The Superman Verse—- Phil. 4.13 and what it does not mean

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We've all seen the T shirts, and the T-bow eye black touting Phil. 4.13. And the translation always is 'I can do all things in Him who strengthens me'. Leap tall buildings in a single bound, overcome all odds, go boldly where no one has gone before. You get the picture.The problem is, that this translation absolutely makes no sense of the context, and is not a literal rendering of the verse in question at all. The verb 'to do' is nowhere to be found in this Greek verse. The verb … [Read more...]

Which Debate will you Watch?

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Sheldon’s Search for Truth and Love– the Best of Big Bang

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A Polite Bribe—- Thursday 7 p.m. Regal Theater/Hamburg Place

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What Can Be Left Behind?

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Every time I look at this photo, I think of Cat Steven's song 'Moonshadow'--- 'and if I ever lose my legs, I won't moan, and I won't beg....'. It's a song about a person who loses various limbs, and how they are still a person after that happens. The 'I' still exists after the loss of that particular body part.Take a good long look at this picture. It's a picture of someone leaving their artificial legs behind, as they go swimming. Is the person without the legs somehow less than a … [Read more...]

Jesus Gets a Website

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I am passing on here the same notice my friend Larry Hurtado mentioned a while back, notice that is of a new blog-site devoted to "historical Jesus" issues and managed by two young-and-coming scholars, Dr. Anthony LeDonne and Prof. Chris Keith: http://historicaljesusresearch.blogspot.co.uk/ … [Read more...]

Oldies but Goodies— Films from the Past No. 1

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Certainly one of my favorite actors of the 1960s-70s and even later was Richard Harris, especially to be remembered for his role as King Arthur in Camelot (the musical). He was also a sometime singer (most famous for his rendition of the Jimmy Webb tune MacArthur Park), but he was a better actor than a singer. What is less well known is that he did a series of Westerns, one of which is particularly worth comment--- Man in the Wilderness (1971) [and kudos to Steve White for the tip on this … [Read more...]

More on a Polite Bribe— the Article in the Lexington Paper

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Here is a link to an article that just appeared in the Lexington-Herald Leader by Rich Copley. http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/06/2361867/rich-copley-asbury-professor-featured.htmlTwo things about this article: 1) I don't teach at Asbury University (my wife does); 2) It is the view of Robert Orlando that "To put it literally, it was Paul saying, if you're Jewish, you can follow Jesus because you're a Jew. You have a birthright to do it. But if you were a Gentile, you had to pay a fee, an … [Read more...]

A Not so Dry Martini

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Ann and I had the pleasure of having dinner one night in Milan at the SNTS meeting at the bishop's palace not quite 20 years ago. We were the guests of Cardinal Martini, as was the rest of the several hundred members of the SNTS. We were served in the spacious courtyard of the bishop's palace by waiters wearing tuxedos, and the hospitality could hardly have been more grand. It was one of the more memorable evenings ever at the SNTS meetings that I have attended. Below you will find Larry … [Read more...]


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