Monthly Archives: July 2012

In Memoriam: Rudolf Bultmann

Rudolf Bultmann was one of the true giants of New Testament studies in the 20th century. A meaningful discussion of his work would fill several pages. While evangelicals disagree with him on fundamental aspects of his theology and hermeneutic, he … Continue reading

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Americans love chicken

Chick-fil-A is closed today, of course. Something to do with the values of the company’s founders and current management. Anyway, in the midst of the recent tempest regarding the CEO’s views on marriage, it seems a fair number of people … Continue reading

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Why aren’t people working?

Representative Kelly (R –  Penn) does a good job here explaining one significant drag on the economy. The costs to businesses of complying with the minutiae included in federal regulations is enormous. I don’t know about the figure he cited, … Continue reading

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on the occasion of J. Gresham Machen’s birthday

I feel like I should compose this post in Koine Greek in honor of the many hours I spent  working through his New Testament Greek for Beginners. Generations of students were introduced to Greek with Machen’s grammar, and its revised … Continue reading

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Chick-fil-A and Chicago values

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, reacted to Dan Cathy’s affirmation of traditional marriage by saying he would hope to preclude Chick-fil-A from expanding in the city because the company’s values “are not Chicago values.” While I suspect the mayor intended … Continue reading

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in Memoriam: B. F. Westcott

B. F. Westcott was one of the most influential British scholars of the late 19th century, much of his work involving the history of the New Testament canon along with several commentaries on the writings of the Apostle John. His most enduring work was … Continue reading

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on stories from earlier days

This morning I’ve been reading about the study of the life of Paul, and one of the more interesting scholars who dealt with Paul’s theology was Arthur Darby Nock. Reading about his work reminded me of a story about him … Continue reading

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on the stories told about guns

There will be a lot more talk after the murders in Aurora about gun control laws and the 2nd Amendment. There isn’t much new to be said about the 2nd Amendment and how to interpret it. Most of what will … Continue reading

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When political discussion is impossible

Here is a woman representing the Obama re-election campaign. In her view there is no reasoned disagreement with the President’s policies. Therefore, if someone does not support the President, that person must be a racist. Her claim runs like this. … Continue reading

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on the occasion of David Scholer’s birthday

David Scholer was the program director of the graduate program where I studied for my Ph.D. Because of this I had the privilege of interacting with him on numerous occasions. He provided wise counsel as I planned how to fulfill … Continue reading

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