Archives for December 2008

Limits of Literalism

Literalism as an approach to the Bible has its limits. For most people who claim to practice this approach to the Bible, the limit is really, really badly not wanting the literal meaning of a text to be true. A case in point is Matthew 16:28, which says (NIV): “I tell you the truth, some [Read More…]

O Holy Night

Here’s a video of my son and I performing O Holy Night on Christmas eve: [Read more…]

Latest Science Fiction Episodes

If you’ve never watched LOST, here’s a video that will fill you in on what’s happened thus far. Maybe you’ll be hooked and want to start watching in Season 5 (and rent or borrow the earlier seasons on DVD or watch them online): And here’s the latest webisode of Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the [Read More…]

Incarnation in Luke-Acts and in John?

Today in my Sunday School class, in which we’re currently surveying the Gospels as part of the “Jesus” topic of the “When Christians Disagree” series, we reached Luke’s two-volume work. Luke’s Gospel differs in lots of interesting ways from the others, but its Christology is particularly interesting, since Luke is usually dated to the late [Read More…]

Naughty Christians of the Bible

Albert Mohler (HT Shuck and Jive) posted the following in a recent blog entry: “Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth? The answer to that question must be a decisive No. Those who deny the virgin birth reject the authority of Scripture, deny the supernatural birth of the Savior, undermine the very foundations of [Read More…]

On the Trail of NT Wrong: Roundup

My quest for the historical NT Wrong began on a whim, after being surprised how often the subject of NT Wrong’s identity came up in conversation with other bibliobloggers. I decided to take some of the extremely implausible theories I’d had fun concocting in my mind and share them with a wider audience. I ignored [Read More…]

Our Daily Neologism

It is well known to New Testament scholars (and for the most part completely unknown to almost everyone else who prays the Lord’s Prayer) that the word translated “daily” is a Greek word the meaning of which is uncertain. It is certainly a strong piece of evidence for the connection between the Gospels of Matthew [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (The Internet Theologian)

“There is one thing in the world I love above all others: accuracy. Particularly, accuracy on the subject of Christianity. For years, I have patrolled the byways of the World Wide Web to correct errors, right wrongs, do battle with ignorance, and make fun of people with bad grammar.” — Tom Breen (aka “The Internet [Read More…]

Carol Without Words

“Songs Without Words” are quite common in the classical repertoire. So why am I calling this piece I’m sharing a carol without words? Because it sounds Christmassy to me. And so I share it (in the last hour and a half before it becomes awkwardly late to do so any longer), and invite any who [Read More…]

History and the Meaning of Christmas

A historian, examining the information presented to us in ancient sources about the birth and infancy of Jesus, would find little that is of historical value. That he was born is beyond question, if one is indeed persuaded that Jesus existed as a historical figure, but a historian would like to be able to say [Read More…]