Sunday favorites

Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. [Read more...]

Mischief follows in partisan Bible translations

Remember Junias? He was the imaginary male apostle with the unique and implausible name. “Junias” was invented by patriarchal Bible translators and inserted into the text of scripture because those translators didn’t like what the text actually said. The text in question, Romans 16:7, says: Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Acts 4:32-35 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. [Read More...]

Noble poetry and some good morals

While we’re on the subject of the gospel and the Gospels, I was excited to hear about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to be build in the mountains of Chile. This promises major breakthroughs in New Testament scholarship. With this massive new … What? Ohhh. Well, that’s pretty cool too. Cliff Vaughn offers a list [Read More...]

Some blood-drenched history

“It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.” — Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth I did a disservice to Richard Beck’s chapel lecture on Judges 19 by linking [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that [Read More...]

Blessed are the poor in spirit and rich in assets

The “Beatitudes” — a list of blessings and woes attributed to Jesus — are listed in two of the Gospels of the New Testament. Well, sort of. The version in Matthew’s Gospel doesn’t include the woes. Matthew’s version is also fuzzier — less concrete and forthright — than the version in Luke. Here’s Luke’s version: [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Lisa Sharon Harper: “Black Evangelicals, White Evangelicals and Franklin Graham’s Repentance“ I sat down for a pleasant meal in the home of two great friends — one of them a white evangelical faith leader deeply committed to social justice. Well into the evening’s conversation —when we’d dropped all our pretenses and our exchanges moved well [Read More...]