Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jonah vs. Park Squirrel

I was just talking on the phone with my wife and apparently our two year old son Jonah had a little too much fun at the park today. The story plays out like this:

Jonah sees semi-tame squirrel.

Jonah approaches squirrel.

Jonah tries to pet squirrel.

Erin grabs Jonah out of fear of rabies.

Time passes...

Moments later Jonah finds the same unsuspecting squirrel

Jonah kicks squirrel.

The end.

I imagine it looked something like this...

"Rabbi" Duncan on Hyper-Calvinism & Arminianism

“Hyper-Calvinism is all house and no door; Arminianism is all door and no house.”

( Courtesy of The Scriptorium)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Validation - Short Film

Smile, smile, smile...

The "Boomer in the Pew" & a Free Calfskin ESV Study Bible

Considering I am one of the few, it seems, to not own an ESV Study Bible I am always looking for a good deal so that I can pick one up. Westminster Bookstore has great discounts at 40% off, but that cannot compare to getting an ESV Study Bible for free! Thanks to the Boomer in the Pew this free ESV Study Bible "dream" may become a reality.

Go here for more info.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Jesus Under Fire: Twelve Reasons We Can Trust The Canonical Gospels (Craig Blomberg)

Last night Dr. Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, gave a lecture at the University of Northern Colorado. The lecture was titled, Jesus Under Fire: Twelve Reasons We Can Trust the Canonical Gospels and involved twelve main points:

1. We have highly reliable copies of the texts of what Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote.

2. The authors were in a position to report accurate historical information.

3. All four gospels were written during the first century of Christianity.

4. The gospel writers would have wanted to preserve accurate history.

5. Ancient cultures meticulously cultivated the art of memorization.

6. The differences among the gospels closely match the patterns of ancient storytelling.

7. The literary genre of the gospels most resembles that of the other more trustworthy histories and biographies from the ancient world.

8. The presence of the "hard sayings" of Jesus supports the Gospels' historicity.

9. The "missing topics" Jesus does not address also support historical reliability.

10. The testimony of non-Christian writers confirms the general contours of Christ's life.

11. Archaeology has confirmed even more circumstantial details in the Gospels.

12. The testimony of other early Christian writers supports many remaining details.

You can listen to the lecture here, and the short Q&A session can be listened to here.