October 29, 2011

Let’s be honest.  The most popular game in America these days is brutal. I’m talking about the incessantly broadcast game of professional football, a game, as they say ‘won in the trenches’, a term borrowed from WWI and the Maginot line. Today instead it is the offensive or defensive line. Yes, there are thrilling plays in football— elegantly arched passes to diving receivers, runners weaving their way through traffic heading for the endzone. But most of the actual play on… Read more

October 29, 2011

On lime stones we’d laid The chipmunk sat erect His beady brown eye watched me Wondering what to expect While he devoured a nut His teeth worked at warp speed He sat oh so still Satisfying his need. The creek kept on flowing Behind the barrier wall The chipmunk did not notice Its rise or its fall. The ducks kept on laughing Beating their wings in the stream The sun kept on shining But the day ran out of steam…. Read more

October 28, 2011

The following is a post by the pastor of my home church Myers Park UMC and my friend, James Howell. In 1979, archaeologists made a startling discovery: a pair of tiny, delicate, beautiful scrolls, both just 1 inch wide, and 4 inches long, crafted of silver, dated to the time of Jeremiah and Isaiah! The words etched on the scrolls were the memorable verses from Numbers, chapter 6: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face… Read more

October 27, 2011

Duke Professor Mark Chaves has been tracking trends in American religion for some long time now, and in his recent study “American Religion: Contemporary Trends” he concludes that over the last generation there has been a ‘softening’ in American commitment to traditional Judaeo-Christian religion. This ‘softening’ is said to affect everything from whether people feel like they ought to go to worship, to whom they are prepared to marry, to how they identify themselves if asked religious questions. Far more… Read more

October 26, 2011

If it was ever the case that I hoped or expected jurisprudence in America to act in ways that accord with Biblical teaching, I have now officially abandoned hope of that being true, or even mostly true. I do not expect lawyers, courts or executors in America to abide by Christian principles any longer. Furthermore, for those who are so minded, I think a reasonable case for state sanctioned capital punishment can be made on the basis of New Testament… Read more

October 25, 2011

I believe in the God who made and owns the world, and in the Servant God sent to redeem the world, and in the Holy Spirit who is God’s presence in the world today. I believe that everything I have is really God’s, given into my keeping for the good of the world. I believe I am expected to live spiritually in the world, dealing justly with all persons and contributing to the care of the poor and the needy…. Read more

October 24, 2011

HOORAY! My new socio-rhetorical commentary on Philippians has arrived! This is the last volume I am contributing to our Eerdmans socio-rhetorical commentary series, and I hope you will get as much out of it as I got while doing it. What a great discourse Philippians is. While it is not Paul’s last will and testament, it certainly is one of his most poignant discourses. How could you not enjoy a discourse about joy, even in the midst of suffering? Read more

October 22, 2011

The following is a post by my friend Larry Hurtado. 50th Anniversary: Barr’s “Semantics of Biblical Language” by larryhurtado A bit late in the year, I’ve noted that this is the 50th anniversary of the publication of a truly landmark book by a former member of academic staff in New College, Edinburgh:  James Barr, The Semantics of Biblical Language (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1961). Barr served as Professor of Old Testament Literature & Theology in the University of Edinburgh 1955-61, followed by… Read more

October 21, 2011

This post is part of a Patheos symposium on the Future of Seminary Education. Please note that this post is from Dr. Ben Witherington, but Timothy Dalrymple posted it on his behalf.  So the ascription to Timothy Dalrymple is incorrect. * * * * * While it may be true that traditional mainline seminaries are experiencing financial woes and are dying, this is more a reflection of the problem of mainline Protestantism than it has anything to do with the actual… Read more

October 20, 2011

More than a decade has now passed since the filming of the original Lord of the Rings series, however, Orlando Bloom has the task of having to look younger in his role of Legolas, considering The Hobbit takes place much earlier.  Orlando Bloom discussed this challenge and gave his thoughts at a recent press junket, where he had much to say about the new movie.  When asked how he plans do it, he responded, saying “Dude, magic. Good genes…I don’t… Read more

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