May 13, 2011

I am writing a series of posts on writing by engaging the classic book on style by Joseph Williams and Gregory Colomb, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition). In the lesson 5 they address the topic of cohesive and coherent writing. The topic is the third of four chapters on clarity in writing style. Why does a passage of writing seem “choppy” or “disorganized”? What does a paragraph feel like its moving in fits and starts? Williams and… Read more

May 13, 2011

Francis Beckwith over at The Catholic Thing responds to N.T. Wright’s comments about the (unlawful?) killing of Osama bin Laden. Quite an interesting read! Consider this quote: Now let us imagine another scenario. It is 2:00 AM on July 6, 1535, and Sir Thomas More, a Catholic, is sitting in his cell in the Tower of London awaiting execution for the crime of treason. For he had denied that the King is the Supreme Head of the Church of England…. Read more

May 12, 2011

Gospelizers is an Australian conference dedicated to promoting evangelism and gospel-based ministry  The first annual Gospelizers conference took place at Crossway College in April 2011. We had a great day, a wonderful line up of speakers, and I’m thrilled to say that we now have the audio available on-line from the major talks. Here they are below: Michael Bird (Crossway College) What’s the “Evangel” in “Evangelicalism”? (Note 7.52 is where I start talking, the rest is intro to the conference,… Read more

May 12, 2011

Okay the Christianity and Homosexuality thing has come to a head in several quarters in the USA right now. This week the PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA) decided to change its constitution to allow openly gay people in partnered relationships to be ordained as clergy (see here). The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) decided something similar last year (see here). In response to a gay advocacy group at Wheaton College called, One Wheaton, President Phil Ryken made a public response… Read more

May 12, 2011

It is grammatically possible to translate Iesous estin ho christos as ‘the Messiah is Jesus’ rather than ‘Jesus is the Messiah’. Colwell’s rule, though a grammatical generalization determines that where two Greek substantive nouns stand in grammatical concord, the subject of the verb is normally the noun with the article.[1] D.A. Carson argues that an articular noun takes priority over a proper name as the subjective of a clause, so the phrase should be rendered, ‘that you may believe that… Read more

May 12, 2011

The University of Edinburgh is looking for a lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins. Here are the details: We are seeking an outstanding researcher/lecturer to join the Biblical Studies subject area in the School of Divinity (New College).   The candidate can be a specialist in any area of NT study, but applicants whose field is Pauline studies or the use of the Old Testament in the New are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to… Read more

May 11, 2011

Yes, says one recent pundit. In his new book Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities, Mark Taylor argues that America’s colleges and universities are in crisis intellectually and financially. By his way of thinking, the most pressing problems include a dramatic drop in college and university endowments, an ever increasing number of graduate students and recent PhDs who will likely never secure full-time academic jobs, and a graying, backward-looking professoriate that refuses to get… Read more

May 11, 2011

I post this quote from Wesley especially for the benefit of my many Chinese Methodist students at Crossway College: “”Do I understand Greek and Hebrew? Otherwise, how can I undertake, as every Minister does, not only to explain books which are written therein but to defend them against all opponents? Am I not at the mercy of everyone who does understand, or even pretends to understand, the original? For which way can I confute his pretense? Do I understand the… Read more

May 11, 2011

We have established that the aorist tense form is probably the most origina reading herel. So does that prove that John’s Gospel is meant to be evangelistic rather than (though not mutually exclusive to) building up readers in the faith? Let me put it blutnly- no!  The tense of the verb alone will not tell you if the type of belief is initial or continual.[1] The tense-form, either aorist or present, does not give us any grounds for supposing that… Read more

May 11, 2011

First thing first, we have to solve a textual dilemma. The issues pertains to the disputed reading as to which verb for ‘believe’ we should accept. It comes down to whether one accepts the aorist pisteusete (attested by Sinaiticus2 A C D L N W f1 f13 33) or the present pisteuete (attested by P66 Sinaiticus* B 0250). The material difference is based on the presence or absence of the letter sigma in the verb to indicate either an aorist… Read more




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