There’s another helpful weekend video here from Robert L. Plummer, looking at the literary bracket between τέλος (telos) in John 13:1 (‘he loved them to the end’) and τετέλεσται (tetelestai) in 19:40 (‘It is finished’).
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Thursday, 19 February 2015
The latest report in the 21st Century Evangelicals Series from the Evangelical Alliance UK highlights research about politics.
The full report – Faith in Politics? – is available as a (8.7 MB) pdf here.
This is what the EA says:
‘Our latest research explores the political views of UK evangelicals and how engaged they and their churches are in politics. Our survey of more than 2,000 evangelicals found that many are disillusioned with UK politics, with less than one in 10 (six per cent) believing that politicians can be trusted to keep their manifesto promises. But evangelicals are also much more likely to be interested and engaged in politics and to prioritise the common good of society above personal gain.
‘The issues that concern evangelicals are quite different from those that concern the general public. Evangelicals care far more about poverty and inequality than immigration – ranking this the single most important issue facing the UK today. And the key issues that will affect their vote are religious liberty and freedom of expression, poverty alleviation, human trafficking, same-sex marriage and euthanasia.’
PowerPoint presentation and discussion questions for churches are linked to from this page.
The Jubilee Centre is producing a helpful series of short pamphlets on ‘Thinking Biblically About…’ particular topics.
The latest to be released sets itself the modest goal of thinking biblically about... everything.
According to the website, this one ‘introduces the Bible’s relational worldview, and shows how it provides the key for us to translate the biblical social vision into the 21st century – where despite the passage of time, history and geography, human relationships are essentially the same as they were when the Bible was written’.
The pamphlet is available to buy or download here.
The Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics has posted a further two pieces in a special series of eight extended Ethics in Brief essays on the main British political parties:
As a form of political reasoning and practice, conservatism has much to commend it. Its characteristic focus on the what, why and how questions of conservation provides a helpful guide for thinking about politics. Attentive to these questions and inspired by Christian political thought, this vision of conservatism emphasises trust, both divine and creaturely; the interrelation of civil society with government; responsible enterprise; and sober internationalism.
Many commentators are predicting that the SNP could play a key role in the outcome of the 2015 General Election. They have surged in the polls following a tumultuous 2014 in which they led Scotland to a historic referendum on independence, which was rejected by a significant but not large margin. Few commentators outside Scotland know much of the history and background to the party. Many Christians also remain uneasy about explicit avowals of nationalism. This article explores the background to the rise of the SNP and suggests a theological route to evaluating nationalism and nationalist parties.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
The Bible Project – which is putting together a series of short videos introducing the structure and themes of biblical books and tracing some major themes through the entire Bible – have made available the next video, this one on Exodus 19-40. Check them out from here (click on ‘Videos’ or scroll down to the ‘Videos & Study Guides’ section).
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
I’m not entirely comfortable with the proliferation of different types of study Bibles – particularly when so many people still lack any of the Christian Scriptures in their own language – but I was still interested to see the notice by Andy Naselli of the forthcoming NIV Zondervan Study Bible, which promises fresh content from new contributors.
D.A. Carson is the general editor, with T. Desmond Alexander, Richard S. Hess, and Douglas J. Moo serving as associate editors, and Naselli himself as the assistant editor (meaning he will have done much of the work in bringing it together).
There is a 50-page pdf sample here which contains an article by Douglas Moo on the letters and Revelation, along with the text and notes on Romans.
Monday, 16 February 2015
Brian Russell has four posts – here, here, here, and here (though the second and third are nearly identical) on ‘Reading the Psalms as a Prayerbook for God’s Missional People’.
‘The book of Psalms is the prayerbook for God’s missional people. A missional reading of the Psalms focuses on the meaning of the prayers and hymns of the psalter for shaping the identity and ethos of God’s people.’
He has some other recent posts related to the Bible and mission, also worth checking out: