Hat tip Halden.
“Holy rusted metal, BArT ehrMAN!”Â (yes, I just typed that; many cheese-ness awards shall I win…) ;)
Respected (and prolific! given the rate he publishes blogs and books!) New Testament Scholar Ben Witherington III is doing an astoundingly in-depth review of Bart Ehrman’s ‘Jesus Interrupted’ (parts 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 and 5) and see Ehrman being humorously interrupted – as many have been! – on the Colbert Report here).Â I’ve only skimmed a couple of them (they’re quite long!), but I’ve seen enough to see that he’s done a patient and – very, very, VERY – thorough job.
I thought it would be a bit of fun to put this INCREDIBLE (but I’m not biased) picture up and let people try out some captions for it…
No, not the recent U.S. election… rather the biblical doctrine of election.
(This will be a quick one)
In this sermon to head-masters/mistresses, Wright touches on quite a few important concerns – especially for our time.Â In particular, he focuses on at least two examples of foolishness ( 1) economic foolishness demonstrated in the current ‘crisis’, and 2) the foolishness of the so-called ‘evolution-creation debate’) and the need for wisdom.Â Good stuff, Bishop.
Here. Â Interesting stuff…
Monday nights, 1, 8, 15, 22 September 2008
7:00 â€“ 9:30pm, Laidlaw College â€“ Auckland Campus,
80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Waitakere
Heaven and Earth: Where are we going? Does it matter?
We are excited by the opportunity we have to introduce you to some of the new faces at College. This group includes Dr Martin Sutherland (Vice Principal Academic) and the Heads of School Dr David Williams (Counselling), Dr Rod Thompson (Theology), and Dr Meredith Wheeler (Mission and Ministry). They will all be taking part in the series alongside Mark Strom.
Hopefully, there will be discussion over the talks over at http://wineskinreview.blogspot.com
A targum of Psalm 8:
Anthropocentric Ethics – In Ancient & Modern Perspective
The author/composer/poet/community which produced the text we know of as Genesis 1 observed many things. Just one of these is the uniqueness of humans in relation to our environment.
Day and night, earth and sky, sea and land, vegetation, and fruits, creatures great and tiny, both in the sea and on land…
And then behold – human beings. These humans are at the pinnacle of creation and are invested with the task and responsibility of governing the entire earth.
I briefly met someone recently who was supervising a group of youth who were attending the ‘Get Smart’ conference in Auckland, NZ.Â He asked if I had been attending the conference.Â When I said no, he replied, “Oh man, it’s great.Â We were just there and when we left things were still going.Â Carnage, man.Â Just carnage.”
I was genuinely confused.
“Carnage?” I said.
“Yeah man,” he replied, “Carnage.Â Kids everywhere.Â All over the floor.”
I — having realised now that I had (unfortunately) learned a new piece of spiritual mumbo-jumbo jargon — bit my tongue.
I’ll keep this post short and to the point.
I see no reason whatsoever to believe that people rolling around on the floor in ecstatic states of consciousness is anything close to the kind of human behaviour that moves the heart of God.Â I have no reason whatsoever to endorse or support such behaviour, much less encourage it.