The Stimulating Field of Text Criticism

In a recent discussion on this blog we broached the subject of why the ending of Mark may be lost, and why the theory of deterioration may explain this, and why Mk. 16.9ff. is unlikely to be the original ending to this Gospel. In the following review by Larry Hurtado of a recent survey work on the field of textual criticism you will find reference to several books that provide a stimulus for further discussion on this matter, including Hurtado's own important work.It is not difficult to … [Read more...]

The Secret World of Arrietty

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Animated movies for children have of course long been a profitable venture for many movie makers, especially if the film attracts and charms not only the children but the parents who bring them. We now have a Disney film that is in fact an import of sorts.... the Secret World of Arrietty, based on the Japanese Novel whose English title is, loosely, 'The Borrowers'. Here is the basic storyline of the movie...."Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her … [Read more...]

Colbert on Catholics and Contraception

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cContraception Crusadewww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive … [Read more...]

The Art of Persuasion— Rhetoric for Ministers


Here is a link to a lecture I gave to all the ministers of the Western N.C. UMC in February 2012 at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte on the importance of rhetoric for understanding the NT, and understanding the nature of Christian preaching. … [Read more...]

Early New Testament Fragments?


(The following appeared on Larry Hurtado's blog in regard to the Green Collection) Newly-Identified Early New Testament Fragments? by larryhurtadoOver the last couple of days have appeared numerous postings on reports that fragments of several early NT manuscripts have been identified (e.g., A statement by Dan Wallace in a recent debate with Bart Ehrman seems to be the source of these reports. … [Read more...]

Keener on Miracles


Here is a little taste of my colleague Craig Keener's wonderful two volume work on Miracles. … [Read more...]

Corinthian Leather Set on Fire by Kindle


I am pleased to announce that our latest novel, Corinthian Leather is now available with glorious color pictures (on Kindle Fire). Word up to those Down Under........ its available now. … [Read more...]

The Storm on the Horizon— General Conference

(Here is an article reposted by Good News Magazine). See what you think. BW3Outsider influence over homosexuality at General ConferenceBy Karen BoothIn 1989, Hunter Madsen and the late Marshall Kirk published a groundbreaking book entitled After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ‘90s. The book offered step-by-step instructions for winning the war to normalize homosexuality in America as well as tips for overcoming the greatest obstacle: C … [Read more...]

The Trifecta— Three Excellent Murder Mysteries


I have to confess I am a full-fledged fan of the writings of P.D. James. She could write about cricket and I would read it....and that is saying something. In fact I did recently buy on Kindle her tiny introduction to the book of Acts. Its beautiful, but too svelt, unlike her novelsP.D James' powers of description rival those of her biggest influences Jane Austen (and I would add Charles Dickens). The difference is that she writes murder mysteries, which is largely a modern genre of … [Read more...]