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Undesigned Coincidences

Undesigned Coincidences

Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts Paperback – by Lydia McGrew I spotted this (newish) book in the public library and was intrigued by its concept. As its subtitle indicates, the book is looking for “undesigned coincidences” between the Gospels, and also between the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s… Continue Reading

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Could Jesus Speak English?

Could Jesus Speak English?

What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language?… A Kiwi (or American, or English…) There’s been some discussion recently about how many and which languages Jesus spoke. [For example, here]. These discussions came as… Continue Reading

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The Revised New Jerusalem Bible

The Revised New Jerusalem Bible

The Revised New Jerusalem Bible (New Testament and Psalms Edited By Henry Wansbrough OSB (Darton, Longman & Todd, 768 pages) The Jerusalem Bible is an English translation of the Bible published in 1966. It is the text mostly used in Roman Catholic Masses. It was beautifully presented with wonderful notes and introductions. J. R. R.… Continue Reading

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Gloriavale and a More Forgiving God?

Gloriavale and a More Forgiving God?

This is how Gloriavale could be saved. By religion and theology – not by authorities. https://t.co/8klqeP6Fse — Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) April 30, 2018 “Gloriavale Christian Community is a small evangelical Christian group based at Haupiri on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Its population is estimated to be 550–600…Those who leave… Continue Reading

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Bringing Some Balance to Israel Folau’s Reading about Homosexuals

Bringing Some Balance to Israel Folau’s Reading about Homosexuals

There’s a lot of heat being generated in Downunder Australasia with a Bible verse being bandied around by everyone from sports heroes to journalists saying that homosexuals will go to hell. But, what if the Bible verse they so casually quote doesn’t mention homosexuals at all? Are the journalists actually doing their job responsibly? Where… Continue Reading

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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

I tend to not like religious movies – I find they are often purile, badly acted, with unbelievable scripts, weak conversations, and poor-quality special effects. Give me a deep-thinking movie, instead, any day. There’s more theology, spirituality, and religion in many “secular” movies than most of the overtly “religious” ones. The movie, Mary Magdalene, is… Continue Reading

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So Long Sola and Solo Scriptura

So Long Sola and Solo Scriptura

The above picture has been doing the internet rounds as a way to somehow attempt to save those who follow sola-scriptura (the “Bible alone”) from its inherent tendency to individualism and, concomitantly, incessant fragmentation. Serious analysis of the rate of sola-scriptura fragmentation shows the rapid approach of the time when the rate of fragmentation of… Continue Reading

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