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Questioning the "Two Bucket" Approach to Scripture (Guest Post: Dr. Ron Martoia) Today, I am honored to have a bit of a 'hero' on the blog.  Dr. Ron Martoia has made a lasting impact on my spiritual journey.  The same comment has been said by pastors throughout the world who appreciate his work in calling the church to her mission (ultimately, God's mission) in the 21st century.  He started asking questions about reshaping our understanding of the Bible as narrative, before it was en vogue, as he invited pastors and leaders t … Read More

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Jesus said: "Take up your SWORD and follow me?" (Army Chaplain Propaganda) Do you remember that wonderful verse in the Gospel of 2nd Hesitations? You know the one in chapter 9 verse 23 — “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their SWORD daily and follow me."[1] Here is a way to literally apply that verse… U.S. Army Chaplains serve both God and country by bringing their unique gifts with which they are endowed by God, to the Soldiers of our nation in the broad, challenging, diverse, and eve … Read More

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Cole-Slaw: Constantine & The Institutionalization of Church.

In a world where taxes on soda, and prohibition of happy meal toys are becoming more and more talked about A Philosopher’s Blog discusses the pros and cons of banning Four Loko; a new drink that has made recent news.

While drinking until the blackout state is not uncommon among college students, products such as Four Loko changed the drinking game a bit. What makes drinks like Four Loko special is that they blend a relatively high (relative to beer anyway) alcohol content with a relatively high caffeine content. They also tend to be very cheap relative to other drinks and come in rather large cans relative to the standard beer. Because of the cheap price and … Read More

via A Philosopher’s Blog

As I have established elsewhere, the saga of the early church has been obscured for centuries because our New Testament books are arranged out of order. The present arrangement of the New Testament books has created a seedbed for the very damaging "cut-and-paste" approach to Bible study, where out-of-context "proof-texts" are lashed together to support man-made doctrines and practices. In Greek mythology, a man named Procrustes owned a magical be … Read More

via Reimagining Church

HT: David Haslam Open Scriptures announces the availability of the SBL Greek New Testament. This is a first-ever freely downloadable modern critical edition of the Greek New Testament with apparatus. Congratulations and thanks are due to the many individuals and organizations that have worked to make this possible. The edition is available for Logos Software, as plain text, XML and soon as PDF. Haslam has put in a request for a SWORD module which … Read More

via Better Bibles Blog

According to Reuters scholars and anyone with an Internet connection will be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.

Israel Antiquities Authority along with Google’s research and development facility are teaming up to provide digital images of the entire collection.  According to the IAA, “The images will be equal in quality to the actual physical viewing of the scrolls.”

The 30,000 fragments that make up the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible that exist today. Some of these fragments date from the 1st century A.D. and others are as old as the 3rd century B.C.

I will definitely be checking this out once it gets up and running. I love digging into these old documents to see how well they line up with what is being proclaimed in our modern translations of these texts.