August 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival

is up at Jim West’s blog.

I thought the carnivals were dead, or at least it was talked about in that way (Glad they are back, they help me keep or increase my awareness of different blogs), but also I think it might be the first time EVER I made it on to one of his carnivals and with a compliment to boot!  lol!

Thanks Jim – please know I read your blog and though I know you are not keen on us Pentecostals – I appreciate  your blog and posts.  I am “listening” believe it or not (why else would I have put up posts from Bob Cargill about all the Noah’s “arkeology” nonsense? or link various articles from the Biblical Interpretation site on my Facebook page?)

One link people should read (and Jim says to not miss for any reason) is the link at the beginning in reference to an article by Ben Myers on blogging as theological discourse – it’s the reason more Christians and especially Christian leaders (pastors, teachers, scholars, etc) should be blogging.

good article on healing

from one of my professors from Seminary, Ben Aker is out in the AG’s Enrichment journal – a journal sent out to all licensed and ordained ministers in the US AoG. I think it is worth reading and considering on the issue of healing in relation to Pentecost and the New Covenant.

Here is a brief comment:

It is important to note that Acts 3:1 begins with such distinction of matters and people. Flowing from the summaries of chapter 2 about the beginning of the new age of the new covenant, chapter 3 serves as a distinct model for ministry in this new eschatological age of Jesus and the Spirit.  Luke slows down and blows up a picture of one of these wonderful incidents to begin to show how believers should go about doing ministry in this new time.  Because it is the first descriptive incident in the scheme of Acts following the epochal coming of the Spirit, it becomes typical;  that is, it provides a model indicating the nature of new covenant ministry — the age of Jesus and the Spirit.  From this account we learn what God deems important.

It’s an excellent piece!  Do let me know what you think.

sad news: the passing of Donald G Bloesch

I learned of the sad news on the Western Seminary ThM blog run by Marc Cortez where he posted the following:

Donald Bloesch, professor emeritus at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and a longtime conservative voice for renewal in the United Church of Christ, passed away on Tuesday. Bloesch had been influential evangelical voice for over 40 years through a wide range of writings, but particular his Essentials of Evangelical Theologyand Christian Foundations series.

I first encountered Bloesch during my seminary years, and he quickly became one of my favorite evangelical theologians. I appreciated his careful thinking, his critical engagement with a wide range of biblical scholars and theologians, and his evangelical appropriation of Karl Barth’s theology. In many ways, he modeled how a committed evangelical can and should engage a broad range of theological voices. I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that his contributions have been greatly appreciated and his voice will be missed.


This is indeed sad news – he was a good theologian and I too was introduced to him in seminary (a class on Christology) and enjoyed reading his book Jesus Christ: Savior and Lord in the Christian Foundation series.  I also have his book Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration & Interpretation (Christian Foundations) which I haven’t had the chance to get into yet but am sure will be interesting to read.

Jesus Messiah

I have had the main chorus part of Chris Tomlin’s song Jesus Messiah on my mind and heart lately:

Jesus Messiah
Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of all

Despite people’s concerns about his music and the problems of modern worship, I like this song and it blesses me to sing it to myself now and again.

in case you wondered

I have been on a cruise to Alaska the last 7 days with my family in celebration and honor of my parents 50 year wedding anniversary – so after some 2000+ miles of cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska we have returned – Alaska is a great state and a beautiful part of God’s green earth!  My favorite stops were sailing through Glacier Bay and seeing the awesomeness of the massive glaciers and the wildlife there (though I missed seeing the six grizzly bears eating up a beached humpback whale carcass – was on the wrong side of the boat and was still getting the kids together when we heard the Park Ranger talking about it).  The other stop I liked best was Ketchikan – it’s a cool little fishing town that can only be accessed by boat or by plane.  I wasn’t too into Skagway but we did have fun going on the train up the old route to the Yukon that was the path many took in the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890’s.  That was an awesome ride with amazing scenery – one tunnel was made in the dead of winter with the temps in the -60’s.   We went whale watching in Juneau but the whales weren’t super active and it was rainy and foggy – so that might have contributed to it too.

All in all it was a good cruise and we enjoyed seeing parts of the Inside Passage of Alaska.

sad news: Clark Pinnock passed away

“Kathee” graciously noted on a post I made a while ago about the great Pentecostal theologian Clark Pinnock having Alzheimer’s, that on August 15th, one week ago today, Dr. Pinnock passed away.  He indeed “crossed over Jordan” and went on to his promised reward: eternal life.   Even if you agreed or disagreed with him, he was a great theologian who sought to honor the Lord in and through his writings and scholarship.

Bible Translations quote of the day

Stop buying different bible transaltions and start reading one of them!

Mark Stevens’ wife Beck.

That’s it, you go girl!!   Take the woman’s wisdom people,- it’s easy to get enamored or inandated or over intrigued with all this different and “new” Bible translations – it’s fine if you like Bible translations, but pick one and read it.  Read it consistently, often, and all the way through the Bible, beginning to end – then, start over with the same translation.

on “women in ministry”

I know this conversation is old, but Mark in his comments on the ESV opened up the opportunity for me to bring something up I thought I like to help us all get out on the discussion table and that what exactly meant by the term “women in ministry”?

In short, it means women as “lead” pastors or “senior” pastors, etc.

Why?  Because you don’t really hear anyone making a fuss about a women as a “children’s” pastor.  Few if any complain about a woman being an associate of some sort, be it over the seniors or women’s ministry.  Few if any complain about sunday school teachers, bible study leaders, other ministry staff such as with a campus ministry, church camp leaders, missionaries (who teach the Bible, provide spiritual leadership, plant churches, etc) and so on, all which are forms of ministry – right?  Right.

But when it comes to a women as the lead pastor?  Whoa now, that violating the Bible, women can’t be elders; or the role of casting the vision of the church only belongs to the man (as if the casting vision should be done by one person and only men), women shall not exercise authority over man, wives are supposed to be submissive, women are to be quiet and learn in submission, ask their hubbies at home, etc.

So, to sum it up, when it comes to talking about women in ministry what is really meant is women as pastors, or more specifically, lead pastors/elders.

Are we clear on that?   Okoie dokie now, let’s all continue on with the conversation, shall we?


Book Giveaway: Wright’s ROSG.

Mark Stevens is giving away a copy of NT Wright’s massive work: The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3) (Augsburg 2003).

While readers of my blog know I am not overly enamored by Wright’s work, I have heard this is a good work on the Resurrection. Wright also won Mark’s Scholar’s showdown, by one vote over his friend Gordon D Fee – who I think is a far better scholar and exegete than Wright as Wright is supposedly more a historian than a Bible scholar per se, which explains the fact that he doesn’t really “do” exegesis.

So, perhaps from a historical point of view (not an exegetical point of view – since you probably can’t really exegete historical events and realities – perhaps it will be a good read.

So, if he sends it, I will read it!