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

October 19, 2011

George Clooney likes politically themed movies.  And he has done some fine ones in the past  (see Good Night, and Good Luck).  And this particular movie, just released, is set in northern Kentucky and Cinci,  Kentucky being George’s home turf.    The scenario is plausible, the setting is a primary (finally a movie that has good timing), and the cast is absolutely an A list cast.   Furthermore the plot is tight, and it has several twists and turns.   What’s… Read more

October 18, 2011

http://uk.io9.com/5805358/the-story-behind-the-worlds-oldest-museum-built-by-a-babylonian-princess-2500-years-ago?skyline=true&s=i Read more

October 16, 2011

“Calling upon the name of the Lord” by larryhurtado In the continuing discussion about earliest Christian devotional practice and beliefs, especially how Jesus figured in them, a work that has not received the attention I think it deserves is this one.  I’ve cited it a number of times, and have had occasion to consult it again in connection with a current essay-project. Carl Judson Davis, The Name and Way of the Lord:  Old Testament Themes and New Testament Christology (Sheffield:  Sheffield Academic Press, 1996). The jump-off… Read more

October 15, 2011

The house was sold out, and it was the gala opening of the symphony season for the Lexington Philharmonic.  But it was not the opening of just any season, but of the 50th season of this symphony orchestra.  Lexington is very fortunate, as a city of 330,000 to have a full-fledged symphony and to have it supported so well for a half century. Of course part of this is that because of the fine music degrees and programs at U.K…. Read more

October 14, 2011

What Happens when a Leftist Philosopher Discovers God? Peter Berger Society is the social science journal superbly edited by Jonathan Imber. In its fall issue it carries an article by Philippe Portier (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris), entitled “Religion and Democracy in the Thought of Juergen Habermas”. Coincidentally, in a recent issue of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Habermas is on a list of German celebrity intellectuals who pop up continuously in the media. (The list includes… Read more

October 13, 2011

Thanks Elizabeth.  There are no self-made persons in this country. And there would be no social fabric to this country were it not for taxes— no roads, no fire department, no police department, no traffic lights, no garbage collectors,  etc.  And as Elizabeth says, we have an obligation to those who come after us, to pay it forward.  For example, we need enough money in the S.S. system so my children will have it when their day comes to need… Read more

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