Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This pair of links could make you go Ga-ga

The title Against Heterosexuality is designed to arrest you! I found this an interesting article.

Along similar lines is Nobody is born that way, gay historians say

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Madam, Where's Adam?

I enjoyed Richard Gaffin's contribution on the historicity of Adam on the Logos academic blog today. I don't know if it will be accessible in the future, but this might get me there, if so!

Inerrancy, Adam and the Gospel from Justin Taylor's Gospel Coalition blog is also promising.

Jared Oliphint gives a list of links on the topic which looks fairly comprehensive.

Keith Mathison's Top Commentaries list

There are some great recommendations in Keith Mathison's list  of top, mostly single volume Bible commentaries.

I like his comment on Leon Morris, born 100 years ago in Lithgow, New South Wales:
4. Leon Morris — The Epistle to the Romans(Pillar New Testament Commentary, 1988).
Students of Scripture should read anything they can find by Leon Morris, and his commentary on Romans is no exception. Morris is always careful and considered in his judgment. Highly recommended.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I've just finished listening to Faith Comes By Hearing's [also known as bible.is] lightly dramatised King James Version audio Bible. It was very well done, with only a few irritations. The speakers read with meaning and very good pronunciation of Jacobean English and biblical names.

I'm now re-reading The Books of the Bible, which is an innovative and inviting Bible, designed to make it easy for you to read the whole thing. This version removes the chapters and verses [but does use space creatively to show logical sections].
It rearranges The First Testament to be closer to the Hebrew Bible format, re-ordering the Prophets chronologically, and dividing into large sections approximating the Hebrew Bible's Law, Prophets and Writings sections.
If the Bible seems like a book of great stories, interrupted by genealogies, this statement from the article introducing Genesis-Kings (The Covenant History) might make better sense of it:
A simple list of people or places provides a "skeleton" that an inspired author fleshes out by telling the stories of the various people or places on the list. This turns each list into a chronicle that traces the unfolding larger story of God.
The New Testament begins with Luke-Acts and Paul's letters, arranged chronologically [because of Luke's connection with Paul], then Mark and Peter's letters [because of Mark's connection with Peter], Matthew, Hebrews and James [the Jewish-flavoured New Testament writings], and ends with John's Gospel, letters and the Revelation.

If you would like to read the whole Bible, I can't think of a better one to use in your project.
But, if reading is a chore, listening to The Bible Experience, an African American presentation of the NIV, could be a good plan.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Four reasons Christianity is wrong

I like James Anderson's series of responses to common objections to Christianity. He is a smart cookie. His book What's your worldview? is well worth reading. I like the way he has used the Choose your own adventure format.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Singing from Jesus' Hymnbook

This is a great post about the benefits of singing the Psalms. The author, Joe Holland, is the pastor of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Culpeper, Virginia

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fred Sanders on Calvin on Union with Christ

Fred Sanders writes some terrific stuff.
Here, he unpacks one paragraph in Calvin's Institutes.
I hope this note helps me to find his article again!