Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His Servant?

Archive for May, 2008

Marine Removed for “Proselytizing’

A Marine was removed from duty for handing out in Iraq coins which contained Bible verses.  The story can be found here.

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Church to Debate Convert Motion

I was surprised (not really shocked) to read on BBC that the Church of England will debate a motion about the need/importance of evangelizing people of different faiths – more specifically Muslims. This motion is being brought to the floor by Paul Eddy – a layman who is training to become a priest.

Eddy puts it this way:

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Alister McGrath in Korea

Professor Alister McGrath was invited by a Methodist school from Seoul to give a series of lectures on spirituality and on his book The Dawkins Delusion. I was able to catch only his lecture on spirituality: “A Comparative Study Between the Spirituality of John Calvin and Johe Wesley.”

The lecture was read by McGrath and translated in Korean by one of the professors there.

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Steve Green in Korea

Steve Green is in Korea at the invitation of John Song and our school.  This evening I had the privilege and joy to hear him in concert with Song Jong Mi (an amazing Korean Christian singer) at a Presbyterian church in Seoul. 

I must say that this was by far the best concert that I have ever been to.  (And I have been to U2’s Zoo TV tour in SD in the 90s). 

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The NT and Dead Sea Scrolls IV (Paul and the “Works of the Law”)

In Peter Flint’s presentation in Seoul (December 2007) he also discussed the relationship between apostle Paul’s expression “works of the law” (ergon nomou) and the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS).  He believes that the DSS also affects our understanding of Paul, especially in connection with this special term found in Romans 3:20, 28 and Galatians (2:16; 3:2, 5, 10).  Here is the text in Galatians 3:10:

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GAY MARRIAGE in CALIFORNIA

Perhaps most of you heard the news that gay marriage will soon be legal in California (this is the state to which I immigrated more than 20 years ago). Somewhat expectedly the news was met with both joy and outrage.  Many gays in California and in the rest of the nations seem very happy (most perhaps do not really care since they have no plans to ‘marry’), while many conservatives call this an ‘outrage.’  At least this is the word that James Dobson used.

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Isaiah Scroll On Display Again – DSS

It looks like the Israel Museum has just put again on display the famous Isaiah Scroll. See the article
here. This is the only major complete scroll among the Dead Sea Scrolls (written c. 120 B.C.).

A copy (many think it is the original) is currently on display here in Korea.


MIDRASHIC HERMENEUTICS

Daniel Boyarin (Sparks of the Logos, Brill, 2003, pp. 22-23) gives the following definition for rabbinic hermeneutics: “Hermeneutics is a practice of the recovery of vision.  That is, it is ideally a practice in which the original moments of the unmediated vision of God’s presence can be recovered.”

 

He then goes on and illustrates this model of hermeneutics with the following delightful story from the midrash on the Song of Songs:

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SURPRISED BY HOPE II

For the first part of this series see my previous post: Surprised by Hope I.
Last time we saw that Wright argued that early Christian belief in hope beyond death belonged to the Jewish map (not the pagan one), but it underwent remarkable modifications in seven significant ways. 

 In this post I will summarize the first 4 ways in which Wright presents the modifications of Christian faith.

 

1)      There is virtually no spectrum of belief about life after death.  Even though Christians came from various strands of Judaism and paganism, they all changed their belief to focus on one point of the spectrum…there is an “overwhelming impression of unanimity” about the resurrection.

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Love Sees No Color

Here I (Romanian/American/Canadian/Korean?) am with Raj (India) and Jackson (Kenya) at Suwon Central Baptist Church (Korea). I only wish that I took a picture with our International Choir (over 20 countries).

Revelation 7:9-10

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”