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Extracurricular Activities — November 16, 2013

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The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts Debuts Chester Beatty Papyri

The most exciting new additions to the CSNTM website are the Chester Beatty biblical manuscripts (which we digitized in the summer of 2013). These include all Old and New Testament Greek papyri, apocryphal texts, and all Greek New Testament manuscripts housed at the CBL in Dublin. Best of all, these can now be viewed on the manuscripts page. Using state-of-the-art digital equipment, the Center photographed each manuscript against white and black backgrounds. The result was stunning. The photographs reveal some text that has not been seen before.

Peter J. Leithart On The End of Protestantism

Protestantism has had a good run. It remade Europe and made America. It inspired global missions, soup kitchens, church plants, and colleges in the four corners of the earth. But the world and the Church have changed, and Protestantism isn’t what the Church, including Protestants themselves, needs today. It’s time to turn the protest against Protestantism and to envision a new way of being heirs of the Reformation, a new way that happens to conform to the original Catholic vision of the Reformers.

Scot McKnight Asks, "What did the Creed do to the early Christian beliefs about Jesus?"

One of the most common observations about the development of Christian theology, particularly classical orthodoxy, is that it grew, sometimes dramatically, and that those special lines in the Nicene Creed owe their origins to Greek philosophy and not the Jewish faith of those earliest followers of Jesus. Put differently, the creed is not the faith of the early Christians, especially Paul. This leads many, and I’m thinking of folks like Harnack, to prefer the simple, monotheistic and Jewish faith and orthopraxy of the 1st Century over the complex, philosophical trinitarian orthodoxy of the creed.

Many today seem to me to want to return to the pre-Creed version of our faith. What do you think? Possible? Impossible? Wise?

What Tim Gombis Has Learned About Balancing the Academy and Family

I’ve reflected recently on discussions from the ATS seminar in Chicago for new faculty, blogging on various challenges new professors face and for which they’re largely ill-prepared.

One thing I haven’t mentioned, but one that I’ve given more thought to than any other is the relation of my career to my family.

People in every career need to face this and likely encounter different pressures. But here are just a few thoughts from my situation and I’d love to hear from others, too:

5 Churchy Phrases Scaring off Millennials (Addie Zierman @ WashPost)

  1. "The Bible clearly says..."
  2. “God will never give you more than you can handle”
  3. Love on (e.g. “As youth group leaders, we’re just here to love on those kids.”
  4. Black and white quantifiers of faith, such as “Believer, Unbeliever, Backsliding”
  5. “God is in control . . . has a plan . . . works in mysterious ways”

Also All five contributors of the soon-to-be released book Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy will appear in a session and panel discussion at ETS. Bible Gateway Blog will live-blog the event, so you’ll be able to follow the discussion in real-time. Add Bible Gateway Blog to your bookmarks and visit on November 19, 2013.


Featuring Al Mohler, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, Peter Enns, and John Franke, moderator Stephen M. Garrett, and James R. A. Merrick.

Tues. Nov. 19

8:30 AM–11:40 AM


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