Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New journal

The first publication of a new journal, Student Journal for New Testament Studies, is now available here. It seems that students (either advanced undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level) are the sole contributors to this new journal, and while that might mean a "watered down" level of scholarship(though even that might not even be true) in comparison to journals like JBL, NTS, and the like, it seems like a good place to see what kind of research are being done by students around the globe. Go take a look!

HT: DukeNewt

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bonhoeffer

I've been reading the recently published biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, and I have to say, Bonhoeffer was one legit dude. He finished his PhD by age 21, with his doctoral dissertation Sanctorum Communio (a theological study of the sociology of the church) and finished at age 23 his habilitation, a post-doctoral degree which is basically another PhD (arguably even more research-focused, with stricter rules on publishing, lectures, etc.) with Akt und Sein. He was eventually hanged for his involvement with the plot to assassinate Hitler during WWII. Near the end of his life, he was almost finished with his magnum opus, Ethics, eventually compiled/editted by his best friend Eberhard Bethge. I'm almost done with the biography, and I have to say, Bonhoeffer was an amazingly unique individual with immense intellect as well as a pastoral heart and love for people. I am going to start reading through his various works soon, and as a way to whet your appetite for his thoughts, I will quote the opening lines of Ethics here:

"Those who wish even to focus on the problem of a Christian ethic are faced with an outrageous demand--from the outset they must give up, as inappropriate to this topic, the very two questions that led them to deal with the ethical problem: 'How can I be good?' and 'How can I do something good?' Instead they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: 'What is the will of God?'"
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ETS

In case you dropped by thinking this to be a blog post about the Evangelical Theology Society (by the way, my former professor Dr. Clint Arnold is the president-elect this year), sorry, that's not the group I'm talking about.

I'm talking about the wonderful group we all are familiar with, the Educational Testing Service, raking in millions (maybe billions!?) of dollars through standardized tests like APs, SATs, and GREs. Although I already took the GREs, I might take it again in the future so I've been studying vocabs and in one of the practice questions, the right answer to a blank was "ludology." What the heck is ludology? I went to dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster, and MSN Encarta dictionary, and ALL of them said this word does not exist. It was only after I typed it in Google that I got "study of games (esp. videogames)." What the!

These kinds of words better not show up on the GRE.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The New Bridge Illustration?

Do you guys remember the bridge illustration? It was a simple evangelism tool that was developed a long time ago, and it looked something like this:

It was especially helpful for cross-cultural ministries because it was simple, clear, and interesting (well... opposed to just reading a bunch of words on a page, I suppose). Anyway, I just saw this on my Google Reader feed, and well... it seems like the old method is out and you better bring a sketchbook with you with a full script for the details.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

I've been reading through N.T. Wright's first volume, and in the chapter dealing with important symbols for Israel, Wright says this regarding the temple:

"But the Temple was not simply the 'religious' centre of Israel--even supposing that a distinction between religion and other departments of life could make any sense at the period in question. It was not, shall we say, the equivalent of Westminster Abbey, with 'Buckingham Palace' and the 'Houses of Parliament' being found elsewhere. The Temple combined in itself the functions of all three--religious, national figurehead and government--and also included what we think of as the City, the financial and economic world ... When we study the city-plan of ancient Jerusalem, the significance of the Temple stands out at once, since it occupies a phenomenally large proportion (about 25%) of the entire city. Jerusalem was not, like Corinth for example, a large city with lots of little temples dotted here and there. It was not so much a city with a temple in it; more like a temple with a small city round it."

I guess this is nothing really new, I just liked the way Wright put it at the end.