Comfort’s Encountering the Manuscripts

The Kindle Edition of Philip Comfort’s Encountering the Manuscripts is $2.99 on Amazon.

Its a good resource for those interested in NT Greek and related studies.  :-)

Here is a description from Amazon:

[Encountering the Manuscripts] focuses on the most significant New Testament manuscripts from the perspective of paleography and textual criticism. Paleography pertains to the dating of the manuscripts, as well as to the calligraphic features of the manuscripts themselves. Each manuscript has a story to tell; each manuscript gives us a window into the transmission of the New Testament text in the earliest centuries. Textual criticism pertains to the critical evaluation of the trustworthiness of the text of each manuscript with respect to recovering the original wording of the Greek New Testament. This volume merges the two areas of study by looking at both paleography and textual criticism as we encounter the New Testament manuscripts.

Blessings,

On the situation in Iraq:

Brian Fulthorp:

you need to watch this, listen, then pray,,,

Originally posted on Apprentice 2 Jesus:

Is there any way I could beg 3 minutes of your time to see this video and somehow realize the horror that is going on? Is there any way I could beg 3 minutes of your time to LISTEN… and then perhaps a couple of more minutes to actually pray?

We need a broken heart. I am tired of dividing. I have done enough of that myself. I am sorry.

I want to hear the broken heart of God and I think I hear it clearly in the voice of this woman.

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We’ve moved

So we made the move and are the Greenville, NC area.  We’re also internet-less for a time due to canceling in one place and setting up internet at the new place.  It’s a nice reprieve but I do miss reading the blogs and following along.  Again, I will be a resident chaplain at the Vidant Medical Center over the next year, so that begins Aug 25.  It will be for sure a challenging time and prayers will be appreciated.

Also so a few thoughts on moving

1) I am not a fan. :-).

2) it’s expensive.

3) it’s hard work.

4) it’s hard on the kids.

5) it’s hard on us too.

6)Did I mention I am not a fan?

While ultimately we go and do what the Lord says to do and go,  it ‘s also our heartfelt prayer that the. Lord will lead us to that PLACE where moving will be a thing of huge past if. You understand what I mean.  :-).

-Blessings

We’re moving… again.

Well, its a been a challenging year to say the least (we were here in Columbia, NC, yes, you read that right, NC and not SC :-) to serve as associate pastors with Debbie being the church’s daycare director – i never found work)  – but the time has come for us to move on to other things because, well I did end up finding work – I will be in the Resident Chaplain program at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.  Its only about an hour and a half from here so not too far but yes still yet again moving – it is the cry of our hearts that God will help us find a place to be such that we don’t have to move again for a long long time – not sure yet where that is.  BUT I am really looking forward to the residency knowing full well I will be challenged and stretched in more ways than one – and will get paid.  lol  ;-)   We’ll spend a couple weeks of July with our families in AZ visiting (it won’t be nearly enough time) then will be back to get going.  Blessings,

Leon Morris – On the Cross

Graham Cole reflects on the life of the great Leon Morris (as posted on Mike Bird’s blog):

Leon knew how to preach the cross too. I recall meeting folk in Melbourne who had been brought to Christ through a sermon on the cross preached by Leon. One personal experience of his ministry stands out for me. I refer to it at least once a semester in my classes. Leon came to the chapel at Ridley to preach. He was frail but in good voice. He preached on the cross. No surprise there. The chapel was in the round and quite an intimate space. He paused then surveyed the gathered crowd of faculty and students. Next very slowly, very deliberately he pointed to his right and said quietly, ‘You have been died for’, to the middle ‘You have been died for’ and to the left ‘You have been died for.’ It was electric. I knew that to use Pauline language that I had been bought with a price. The cross and what Christ achieved there as the propitiation for our sins – take that C. H. Dodd – was for Leon no mere theological construct but the life transforming truth from God. My book on the atonement has four lines of reference to his works in the index. Anyone who writes on the cross of Christ and neglects the scholarship of this humble Christian man is foolish in my opinion.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/06/graham-cole-reflects-on-leon-morris/#ixzz34Y5E83Ui

I can only imagine what it must have been like to be in that room…

on a side note, I must admit I really like his work in the NICNT set on John.  really like it..

Fear-Driven Biblical Interpretation

Brian Fulthorp:

Some really really good stuff here from my friend Scott on not allowing fear to drive how we understand and or interpret the Bible. Please do give it a read…

Originally posted on The Prodigal Thought:

Jonah and the Whale Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1887 Evangelicals are passionate about Scripture. It’s foundational to who we are. Well, first and foremost, evangel icals are called to be passionate about the evangel  (or gospel) of Christ and his kingdom. But Scripture is still of utmost importance, a strong bedrock in our theological and life formation.

So, it would follow that how we interpret Scripture must become crucial as well. However, biblical interpretation is no easy task…AT ALL. And to champion the perspicuity, or clarity, of Scripture, as most evangelicals do, could cause a bit of confusion if you simply read Scripture itself, as well as the multiplicity of interpretive approaches across the broad scope of 2000 years of Christian church history (I, of course, am referring to the non-heretical interpretations).

I’m currently thinking about this topic (well, I think about it often, though I’m considering it a bit more today) because of some interaction I came across from an acquaintance and his study…

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