Five Factors which Changed Church History

Scholars have often debated why it is that the church of Constantine’s period looks so very different in various respects from the earliest church. What were the factors which led to the change or transformation of the early Christian movement, so that by the time we get to Constantine and thereafter the roles of men and women in the church have changed, and indeed the church becomes much more like an OT institution than one like what we find in… Read more

Richard Watson on Biblical Prophecies

‘We are not to suppose that our view of the future, even after the most attentive study of the prophetical books will be perfectly distinct and satisfactory. There is a moral necessity that prophecy should be surrounded with a certain haze and indistinctness. Man is to be the instrument of executing the decrees of Heaven; and it is the principle of Divine government to offer no violence to his moral agency, and a peculiar glory of infinite wisdom to accomplish… Read more

More on Lightfoot and his Legacy

Here are all six little videos Todd Still and I have done on the first volume of the Lightfoot Legacy, in this case, on Acts. Read more

Schoenbrunn Palace— a Nice Little Hunting Lodge

Ah, the lifestyles of the rich and famous, or even worse, the rich and royal. Schoenbrunn Palace was the summer residence or hunting lodge for the royal family that ran the Habsburg Empire. It’s just a little 1441 room Rocco abode, humble in every way, which first opened for business in 1699. The story is ‘tres recherche’ and yes it has to do with Palace envy, in this case Versailles, where the Austrian princess Marie Antoinette, married off to the… Read more

Two Jurisdictions in One United Methodist Church?

One of the recurrent suggestions about how to resolve the impasse in the United Methodist Church, which is now getting a great deal of consideration as something to be proposed to the General Conference in 2016 is the two jurisdiction proposal. This particular post will not deal with some of the merits of the proposal (yes there are some), but with the serious flaws in any such proposal. POINT ONE: Two jurisdictions will of course require two different Disciplines, not… Read more

WORD UP!

One Lone Word Can Be True. God’s Yes, Makes All Things New. Two Words Too, Like ‘I Do’. Can Change A Man Through And Through. Sad Or Glad Up Or Down. One Word, Smile One Word, Frown. Seek Now And You Will Find True Words Heal Or They Blind Word Made Flesh We Have Seen. Touched, Felt For Word Has Been. This My Flesh This My Blood. Truth We Ate, Did Us Good. So We Share The Cup And Plate…. Read more

‘The Theory of (almost) Everything’ (except God)

It was 1996 and I was on sabbatical in Cambridge working on my Mark commentary. It was the Easter season and ‘A Brief Theory of Time’ was still selling well (it came out in 1988). I was at the Sunday performance in King’s College of the Bach St. John’s Passion, and there on the first row was Stephen Hawking in his wheel chair. I knew of the stories about his infidelity to his wife, due to his affair with his… Read more

It was a Black Friday Indeed

One of the clearest signs imaginable that a society is becoming less, not more civilized, is the proliferation of gun buying, and therefore guns in the hands of any and all sorts of people. There are in America, already nine guns for every ten people. Someone is killed with a gun in America every sixteen minutes, and you cannot tell me that the watching of violent films and violent video games doesn’t contribute to a mentality which supports fear-based decision-making… Read more

Saltzburg– Part Four

Seeing the street life of a town is always fun, and in this case it included street artists, chess players, illusionists, puppeteers, and musicians! Yes that guy really is hovering in air…..nothing under him holding him up… Make no bones about it, this guy wanted money! And this guy was near by as well…. pointing to a money pail…. You have to ask yourself, is painting yourself silver really worth the silver you get from observers??? I’d rather play giant… Read more

Saltzburg– Part Three

The Saltzburger Dom is not a new kind of hamburger. It is in fact the name of the beautiful cathedral of St. Rupert in Saltzburg, which we will now visit. The outside of the building is a simple white and grayish colored large edifice…. but inside is a whole different story. What you see here today is a 17th century rebuild, of a 11th century rebuild of the building St. Rupert had something to do with in the 8th century,… Read more

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