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.

Water footprint: how the fashion industry and your shopping impact the Planet Today is Blog Action Day, and I decided to be part of this great event. When I found out this year’s topic – water – and I read the list of suggested post ideas, I didn’t hesitate one second: I was going to write about water’s footprint in fashion. The reason is simple: I am a fashionista, and I love to shop. However for this my first Blog Action Day I really wanted to learn something important and share it with people who have my same passion. U … Read More

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Today is Blog Action Day 2010 and right this minute people all over the word are talking and reading about one thing.  Clean water.

I know that most of the time I take it for granted that I can just go to the sink, turn on the faucet, and water comes out. Doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.  But in many places, just getting water in the first place is no easy task.  In Africa alone, 40 billion hours are spent every year just walking to the nearest source of water.

That 40 billion hours doesn’t count the additional time lost from school, work and taking care of their families because the water, that took all that time to get, made them sick.  Unsafe drinking water and the lack of general sanitation cause 80% of the diseases in places that  lack these necessities.

For the 900 million people world wide that do not have access to clean water and the 2.6 billion that lack basic sanitation, the people that get sick, suffer, and survive are the lucky ones. Every week  38,000 people die just because they lack clean water.  That number is astonishing.  Death caused by unfavorable water conditions out number all forms of violence including war.  Children make up the largest portion of this number because their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery, and other illnesses caused by unclean water and unsanitary conditions.

The UN General Assembly has declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right.  By 2015 the UN hopes to have the number of people that lack these basic human rights cut in half.  However, the solutions proposed are far from being implemented.

The good news is that there are a lot of people already working on this issue around the world today.  Since 1990, Water.org has impacted millions by building wells in areas where people don’t have water access.  Charitywater.org has, in four years, funded 2906 water projects. The NRDC works to conserve, clean, and protect water sources for the use of future generations.

How can you help?  Educate yourself.  Get involved with one of these organizations.  Try implementing some of these simple steps to cut down on water pollution.  Every person that decides to do their part brings the world one step closer to solving the problem of providing clean water for all people.

Bottoms Up, Pregnant Women! Pregnant women everywhere can knock back a pint without feeling an ounce of guilt, thanks to study findings published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (via Discovery News). Based on long-term research that followed 18,500 children from the moment they exited … Read More

via The Blogs at HowStuffWorks

If you enjoy this post, please also read Randal Rauser. C.S. Cowles writes a convincing essay on the christocentric hermeneutic and how one ought to understand genocide in the Old Testament. Those committed to Biblical inerrancy and infallibility of all Scripture must maintain a tension in the texts between the Old and New Testaments and will argue that the indiscriminate annihilation of the Canaanites was indeed willed by God. Since the annihila … Read More

via Philosophia

Today, Mike Huckabee was on The Hot Seat on Fox.  During the interview he was asked if he identified more with the Republican party or the tea party movement.  He said that he identified more with the tea party movement based on its dissidence and insurgence.  When asked if he would make a party switch,  Huckabee answered with this;

“It’s not about a party.  The tea party is not a party, It’s not an organization as much as it is a movement. It’s a spirit. It’s an attitude.”  He goes on to say that; “the real power of the tea party is that it isn’t structured.  If it gets structured it will not be as effective.”

The church should be viewed the same way.  It’s not an organization or a party that someone belongs to.  It’s not about the church.  The church is not an organization as much as it is a movement.  It lives by the Spirit.  It’s a way of life.  The real power of the church is in the Spirit not in the structure.  If it becomes structured it not as effective.”

Read more about the organic nature of the church.