Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part Eighty One

Chapter Thirteen of this opus is meant to be paired with Chapter 4, and the discussion of 'religio' in the Greco-Roman world. Now however the focus is on the intersection of Paul with that world, and not just a context description. There has been something of an allergic reaction in contemporary culture to the word religion. You even see bumper stickers these days which read 'I'm spiritual, not religious'. There is of course a long history in Protestantism of tarring the word religion, and … [Read more...]

CSNY 1974– a Blast from the Past

There are many reasons to be upset with the current state of popular music, not the least of which is that mp3s strip the source music of much of its inherent quality, but an even better reason to do so is that buying individual songs purely because you like the 'sound' of the tune, is an act of disembodiment. It strips the music of its human context, and often of its lyrical content as well. Ear candy is one thing, the sound of the soul is another. And so it is with some relief that I can … [Read more...]


It might be thought that after the hugely successful Harry Potter novels, J.K. Rowling would be content to rest on her laurels (not to mention her millions), and put the pen back in the ink well for a while. Not a bit of it! She has now assumed a nom de plume of Robert Galbraith, and is writing whodunnits, or murder mysteries, or crime thrillers, call them what you will. Thus far, two books have come out in this series---- The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013—550 pages), and The Silk Worm (2014—455 p … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Eighty

The remainder of Chapter Twelve (pp. 1300-1319) is in the main devoted to a rebuttal to John Barclay's critique of Tom's reading of Paul's 'anti-imperial' rhetoric. There are some significant qualifications along the way, for example, whatever critique Paul would have offered of Roman paganism and the Emperor cult, it is simply a part of the wider and broader critique Jews had always been offering in regard to paganism and polytheism. Just so. The question then becomes whether Paul was … [Read more...]

Word Up to Students and Bloggers— Weird Al Takes on your Grammer

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Lightfoot is Coming!!

Brought to you by our friends at IV Press. It will become available in November, and will be on discount at the Inter-Varsity Booth at the SBL meeting in San Diego the weekend before Thanksgiving! Stay tuned for more.BW3 … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Nineteen

Our very last thing to do on our trip was to take a leisurely stroll through the old city of Antalya, and have one last yummy Turkish meal. We will start at the famous Hadrian's gate....seen from the front and from the back.We walked through the old streets and saw all kinds of things, a bouquet hotel,beautiful flowers, even wedding photos.We passed cheap street vendors of food and trinkets, and expensive shops selling Iznik tile copies...We saw the ancient … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Eighteen

The Antalya archaeological museum is a world class museum. Indeed, it has won international awards. It's basic problem is far too little space. It needs about three more floors. Then perhaps they could bring in the hundreds of artifacts sitting outside on the lawn in all directions into the museum. Nevertheless, this museum in the very heart of a very busy city of over a million which has been dubbed the Turkish Riviera is a major tourist destination, especially in the summer, especially for … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Seventeen

The ride from Myra to Antalya was rather long, and as we skimmed along the southern coast, and turned north and east, the sun was setting but you could just see a huge array of what looked like plastic covered buildings. As it turned out, that is exactly what they were--- greenhouses. Produce is a huge industry in this country, and they have increased their productivity dramatically through the greenhouses.In fact there are whole towns that depend on their produce for their economy, and … [Read more...]