August 6, 2011

John Piper sings about John Stott’s expositions. Scott McKnight: John Stott Remembrances Filed under: Uncategorized — scotmcknight @ 9:30 am Share Today I want to open up the Comments to anyone who wants to record memories of John Stott, and you can also drop links to obituaries and memorials about this great man’s ministry. Perhaps you want to comment on what you have learned from him, which of his books has been most influential, or some personal experience. I hope… Read more

August 5, 2011

David Hull is one of our fine Asbury students who has spent the summer as an intern at IHOP in Kansas City this summer.      He has written the following report…..  Read it carefully.  BW3 —————– Brothers and sisters, As I am approaching the end of my summer internship here at the International House of Prayer, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your prayers and support, as well as for your words of encouragement throughout the summer!… Read more

August 4, 2011

Mixing things can be good.   Put a little lime in your ice tea, and it can enhance its flavor.   Hot fudge sauce on ice cream is a great combination.  On the other hand,  mixing orange juice with milk just doesn’t work— it curdles the milk.   What then should one say about a mixed genre movie like Cowboys and Aliens? On the one hand, it comes with the star power of both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, and they don’t look… Read more

August 3, 2011

While it may come as a surprise to many,  the mass murderer  Anders Breivick claims to have been inspired by Islamophobic  fundamentalist Christians in America.   And indeed, his 1500 page rant of a manifesto does indeed show considerable influence from jingoistic Americans who have wrongly equated terrorism with the faithful practice of Islam in general.  This is like equating Christianity with the violent actions of  Anders Breivick himself.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Are both Islam and Christianity religions that… Read more

August 2, 2011

Here is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado about the importance of historical inquiry for Christian faith. (BW3) Historical Inquiry & Christian Origins larryhurtado | July 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-aw Hurtado writes: I’m currently in Vancouver teaching a summer course in Regent College.  My course, “Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity”, draws upon my research and publications over the last 20+ yearas. It’s interesting, yet again, to lead students in focusing on historical… Read more

August 1, 2011

Readers of this blog will be well aware how much I have enjoyed reading the medieval murder mysteries of Paul Doherty about the 14th century clerk/sleuth known as Hugh Corbett.  The 17th volume I have read in the series (of  17 total thus far) is entitled Corpse Candle and it is a doozy of a mystery.  What is perhaps most interesting about this particular novel is that it becomes a cautionary tale about closed or cloistered Christian communities.  In this… Read more

July 31, 2011

This picture was taken in Silverton Colorado in 1992.  Apparently this mob was seen sneaking around the cowboy graveyard there and readin’ epitaphs particularly the following: “Here lies the body of Lester Moore, Shot in the back with a 44, No Les,  no more.” If you can identify these bad hombres and know their whereabouts, please make it known at this blog site by responding to this post.    That guy posin’ as a sheriff looks especially mean. Read more

July 30, 2011

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Hal Holbrook while I was in Malibu.  He had come to the Christian Scholars Conference and asked to perform Mark Twain on Religion.  I hear it was a classic.  I unfortunately was in my own session discussing one of my books.  But in any case,  it was a pleasure to meet him and I thanked him for all the wonderful roles he has played. His most recent role is at… Read more

July 29, 2011

My friend and colleague Larry Hurtado has now posted the following on his blog: More on Manuscripts: Longevity and Other Matters larryhurtado | June 24, 2011 at 12:10 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-af In a recent posting, Craig Evans sumarizes some ideas from a paper that I read some time back, and in which he pointed me to the interesting article by George Houston about the longevity of ancient Greek manuscripts.  There are also some interesting comments, esp…. Read more

July 28, 2011

Ethos, Behavior, and Credibility: What Made the Words of Early Christ-Followers Persuasive? A Response to Ben Witherington’s NEW TESTAMENT RHETORIC: An Introductory Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament (Wipf & Stock, 2009) S.  Scott  Bartchy Professor of Christian Origins & the History of Religion Department of History UCLA. Abstract Witherington wrote this book to persuade its readers “to do proper rhetorical analysis of the NT, and to stop disregarding, or belittling such a form… Read more

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