May 19, 2011

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May 18, 2011

The Uniting Church Theological College in Melbourne, Australia is seeking to appoint a lecturer in Old Testament. See advertisement here. Read more

May 18, 2011

Matt Jenson has a sermon on The Church, Singleness, and Homosexuality (very relevant for my ethics class students). David Baruch points to a presentation that an orthodox archpriest from Belarus had to say to the PCUSA General Convention last year. Patrick Schreiner provides a quote from Aldous Huxley to the effect that atheism/nihilism are morally motivated. James McGrath and Roger E. Olson have both made the move to Patheos.com. Read more

May 18, 2011

Ben Myers has a good round upon of the KJV celebration including Tom Wright on Bible translation over at ABC Religion and Ethics. Read more

May 18, 2011

In the Catholic world note the release of a recent report from the USA that has done an in depth study of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. It concludes that celibacy and homosexuality are not to blame for sexual abuse and it is almost impossible to identify potential offenders. Read on at ABC news. Chris Skinner notes that Father Francis Moloney has also received an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University. Read more

May 18, 2011

We’ve been on our Greco-Roman World trip now for three days and have seen some amazing things. There’s something almost  magical about teaching the Bible in the setting where the stories took place. Our first day in Athens for example we taught on Paul’s sermon in Athens recounted in Acts 17 while standing on the traditional spot of the Areopagus, or Mars Hill as it’s also known, where he gave the address. It is just amazing as a teacher! The… Read more

May 18, 2011

The subject of “evangelicalism” is being discussed around the blogosphere a bit these days. First, Scot McKnight has a series of posts on “The End of Evangelicalism” with reflections on David Fitch’s book The End of Evangelicalism. The most recent one (# 5) includes the claim that the “master-signifiers” of evangelicalism are “the Inerrant Bible, Decision for personal salvation, and the Christian Nation”. Though I would point out that this is a very parochially American definition of evangelical. Most evangelical… Read more

May 17, 2011

Over at SAET website (Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology), of which I am a fellow, there is a very interesting and important debate going on between Jonathan Pennington, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Spencer MacCuish, the Academic Dean of Eternity Bible College, a church-based college associated with Cornerstone Community church over the question of the most appropriate context for training pastors. Here’s the introductory blurb: In recent years evangelicalism has… Read more

May 17, 2011

The line in the Apostles’ Creed that Christ “descended into hell” is discussed by Sandy Grant over at the Sola Panel.  Now the fact is that Christ did not descend into hell, so Grant suggests a few options open to us if we want to keep the Creed: 1. Drop the phrase altogether. But if we drop it from the Creed, that sounds like we are getting rid of our belief in hell. An unintended outcome, but it could be… Read more

May 16, 2011

My buddy Nijay Gupta (Seattle Pacific University) has a nine page review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. He gives a good appraisal of the good, bad, and ugly in Bell’s book. Quite rightly, Gupta points out that Bell ignores God’s use of the church as the means by which his salvation reaches the world. Read more




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