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Extracurricular Activities — April 19, 2014

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Larry Hurtado Gives Further Insight on "Jesus' Wife" Papyrus

First Series of Observations: From an initial (and rapid) reading of the articles in the latest issue of Harvard Theological Review about the “Jesus’ Wife” fragment, I’ll offer the following preliminary thoughts...First, I’ll speak to Malcolm Choat’s preliminary observations about the fragment from a papyrological and palaeographical perspective...I note that essentially Choat concludes that he wasn’t able to find “a smoking gun,” i.e., some clear indication of inauthenticity.

Second Series of Observations: As a follow-up to my initial observations yesterday, I’ll offer a few more to underscore where I think things are at this point. First, let me reiterate that all references to “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” are completely misleading tripe...

Al Mohler Reflects on State of Modern Scholarship In Light of So-Called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife"

The so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism back in September of 2012 whenSmithsonian magazine declared that a papyrus fragment had been found which would “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship.” Well, it didn’t jolt much of anything.

Trevin Wax Reflects on "Multi-Faceted Diamond" of Christ's Atonement

The atonement is like a multi-faceted diamond. What Christ accomplished on the cross is so massive, and the window into the heart of God is so big that no one explanation or description of the atonement can tell the whole story.

Because the atonement is at the heart of who God is and what he has done for us, we can never fully exhaust the riches that flow from this event. But recognizing our inability to mine all the theological treasures represented in the cross of Christ should not keep us from pondering the beautiful truth of this event.

Justin Taylor Offer's S.M. Lockridge's Easter Meditation

It’s Friday
Jesus is praying
Peter’s a sleeping
Judas is betraying
But Sunday’s comin’

It’s Friday
Pilate’s struggling
The council is conspiring
The crowd is vilifying
They don’t even know
That Sunday’s comin’

Scot McKnight Provides Good Friday Reflection

On Good Friday we remember the story of Jesus’ death. We participate in that death through eucharist in faith. And we celebrate the good news of that death in thinking and pondering the immense love of God for us — to clear our debt, to shoulder our load, and to remove our sins.

Perhaps three prepositions of atonement will be of some use to you today:

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