Quote of the Day (Adele Berlin)

“Above all, we must keep in mind that narrative is a form of representation. Abraham in Genesis is not a real person any more than a painting of an apple is a real fruit. This is not a judgment on the existence of a historical Abraham any more than it is a statement about the existence [Read More…]

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Using Scripture Unscripturally

In my Sunday School class yesterday, one subject that came up was the fact that even language from the Bible can be used to do harm to others, in ways that are as unbiblical as the language they use is, in one sense, Biblical. While we talked about actual speech, it later struck me that an [Read More…]

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The Syllabus and the Blank Sheet of Paper

I am wondering what would happen if, at the start of the semester, a professor told students it was time to hand out the syllabus, and proceeded to pass out blank sheets of paper. Students would then be asked what they expected/hoped to get out of the course, what topics they expect/hope will be covered, [Read More…]

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Send Jim West Your Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses of Biblical Studies Posts Yearning To Breathe Free

Jim West has posted a reminder that he’ll be doing a Biblical Studies Carnival for July and wants (or at the very least will tolerate) recommendations. [Read more…]

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James and Jesus

My Sunday school class started a new series a few weeks ago, on the Epistle of James. It has often been said that the letter focuses very little direct attention on Jesus. In terms of explicit mentions, there are surprisingly few. But the letter is permeated throughout with teachings and emphases that are recognizable from [Read More…]

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Best Analogy Ever? The Bible is like a Software License

HT to Rev. Jeremy Smith for this great analogy: And of course, we learned recently of the danger of not reading what you are agreeing to. [Read more…]

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Must Christianity Change Or Die?

HT to Chris Tilling for sharing this video of John Shelby Spong and Al Mohler. It is clear from his statements that all Mohler has is a fear of uncertainty and individual responsibility which drives him to view the Bible as providing certainty and authority. (The final statement from Lee Strobel does nothing to change [Read More…]

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Book on Dumitru Staniloae Available Online and for Free Download

Thanks to Danut Manastireanu for pointing out that this volume about the Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Staniloae is available for free on Scribd! Lucian Turcescu, editor, Dumitru Staniloae: Tradition and Modernity in Theology http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf He and a couple of other friends of mine contributed to the volume. [Read more…]

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Happy Bultmann’s and Tillich’s Birthday!

August 20th is the birthday of two of the 20th century’s most influential theologians: Rudolf Bultmann and Paul Tillich. Bultmann was even more so a New Testament scholar. Some of their works in German can be found on the Internet Archive, while several important works in English can be found at Religion Online – such [Read More…]

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A New Kind Of Final

As I have been reflecting more and more on how technology is changing not only how we teach, but also what we need to teach students, and train students to be able to do, I have found myself considering phasing out exams of the traditional sort, in which I essentially test what they have been able to [Read More…]

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Rick Wakeman Keyboard Solo With Transcription

Here’s a video clip of Rick Wakeman that starts with the most phenomenal segment of the keyboard solo: And here’s a transcription of the whole thing on Scribd: ABWH – Rick Wakeman Solo Live (Piano) http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf Once again I am amazed at the resources available online for musicians! [Read more…]

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Butterfly Tree

Today when I was mowing the lawn, I noticed once again that there seemed to be several butterflies, which appeared to be black, spending time in the shadow of our pear trees. This time, however, I took a closer look. The first thing that I discovered was that, far from being plain and black, these [Read More…]

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Freshman Mindset

I always find these lists fascinating. Several blogs pointed out that the latest Beloit College Mindset list is out – highlighting things that have always or never been the case during the lifetime of this year’s incoming freshmen. This made me think of the scene I was told about from the show Wizards of Waverly Place, where [Read More…]

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Butler University Ranking In U.S. News and World Report

The U. S. News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities for this year (actually for 2011 to be more precise) have just been released. Butler University has ranked #2 in the category of Regional Universities in the Midwest. We also ranked #1 on the list of up-and-coming regional universities in the Midwest. [Read more…]

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