Thoughts on Egypt and prophecies in Isaiah 19 by Walt Kaiser
Recently I was asked by a friend who leads a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) class to offer my thoughts on the recent activities in Egypt, and to comment specifically on Isaiah 19, which the class was studying. Here's what I told the class. What do you think?
Yes, I believe the Isaiah 19 passage is most relevant. Verses 16 to 25 place the coming events “in that day” six times (vss 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, and 24). Since the prophecies to the foreign nations are bounded by chapter on the first advent of Christ (Isa 7-12) and the second advent of Christ (24-27), chapters 13-23 fall between those two end pieces in position and apparently in time as well. That is why I also stress the eschatological phrase “In that day.”
On “Jesus vs. Paul” a response to Scot McKnight by Walt Kaiser
In the December 2010 issue of Christianity Today, which just arrived, the lead article was on "Jesus vs. Paul," by my friend Scot McKnight. I enjoyed reading Scot's discussion of this topic, for I had written on this topic (along with other parallel concerns about unity vs diversity) in my 2009 Zondervan book entitled Recovering the Unity of the Bible: One Continuous Story, Plan and Purpose.
Even though I admire Scot (for after all, I hired him when I was Academic Dean for the TEDS' faculty years ago), I wish he had had the benefit of reading the fifth chapter in my new book on "The Unity of the New Testament," where I discussed "The Relationship between Jesus and Paul" along with other topics such as the alleged tension of the Synoptic Gospels with the Gospel of John, the alleged differences beetween the Paul of the book of Acts and the Paul of the Epistles, and the so-called split between the book of James and the other NT writers in theology.
Impressions of ETS, IBR, and SBL 2010 by Tremper Longman III
ETS/IBR/SBL meetings are among the most interesting, stimulating, tiring, and productive times of the year for me. Attendees have different strategies for making the most of the sessions. My own philosophy is that if a paper is good it will get published, so I personally don’t rush from paper to paper. I also don’t give papers unless invited to do so (the other option is to submit paper topics). My time is usually very busy meeting with editorial committees, publishers, and board meetings.
New From Z, News from Cape Town: Random Thoughts on a Friday Morning
Yesterday I noticed a post by Tim Challies titled "New and Exciting from Zondervan" and I couldn't resist sharing it with you.
Tim is in the process of writing a couple books through Z, and I'm excited to see them once they are finished!
Also of note is this article about Cape Town 2010. In it Chris Wright warns that evangelicalism is prone to idolitry, and Ajith Fernando shares his concern that the lives of Christians may be witnessing against the Gospel.
Ajith Fernando on Cape Town 2010 (Part 2 of 2)
Ajith Fernando has been kind enough to share his thought’s with Koinonia as he looks towards taking part in Cape Town 2010!
Continued from Monday’s post…
2. Prosperity theology is growing at a remarkable rate in the emerging churches.
This is a worrying sign as often with it comes a deficient gospel, and a somewhat selfish and triumphalistic form of Christianity. While attracting large numbers of people it could leave the core thinkers in our nations unimpressed by the gospel of Christ because of selfish and triumphalistic that will do little to commend Christ to a nation.
I believe there will be a good emphasis at Cape Town on a more biblically balanced approach to the blessings of God upon the faithful. My hope is that this will have an impact upon churches all over the world.
3. The Islamic challenge will also be addressed in a major way at Cape Town.
Ajith Fernando on Cape Town 2010 (Part 1 of 2)
The first Lausanne congress in 1974 was used by God in a most amazing way to bring renewal on many fronts to the church worldwide.
The Lausanne Covenant, whose chief drafter was John Stott, became a new standard for unity and mission thinking among a huge segment of the Christian Church worldwide. This had an excellent articulation of what Christians were struggling to arrive at as a biblically faithful understanding of the relationship between social concern and evangelism.
It was through Lausanne 74 that the concept of unreached people became part of evangelical parlance worldwide. It was a good time for God to breakthrough given that it was possibly the most representative gathering of Christians ever in history.
Darrell Bock: Hopes for Cape Town 2010
It does not happen very often. This is the third time. The others were in 1974 (Lausanne) and 1989 (Manila). On October 15-26 over 4000 Christian leaders from around the world will gather to reflect on the call of God for the church.
There will be discussions about truth, reconciliation, the gospel, and the needs of the church worldwide. Each region of the world will get to speak. Beyond this over 600 sites in over 90 countries will be hooked up to watch and participate, so that the event truly will cover the globe.
I am looking forward to hearing what God is doing around the world. I hope to be inspired and renewed in my sense of call. I also hope to sense a greater connection with other believers around the world as we consider what God has called us all to do in and for the world.
My role is Communications Coordinator for the command center of over 600 global link sites. I am overseeing 15 people who will work three shifts around the clock to bring summaries of the events to the Globalink sites to make the conference even more global. Our job is to produce video summaries of sessions within 5 hours of their ending and post them on the Net so other locales can get a sense of what is going on. We will have video material, and reflection questions, as well as summaries of the content.
The schedule is a full one. Exposition of Ephesians will lead off each day. Key topics are a part of the second set of daily meetings of the full gathering. Topics are truth, reconciliation, world faiths, priorities, integrity, and partnership. In addition, specific topics will be the focus of certain afternoon sessions. In the evening sessions, reports on what is taking place in various continents and among various kinds of people groups will take place.
Walter C. Kaiser – Why Write on the Unity of the Bible?
Dr. Walt Kaiser spent some time in front of the camera for us during last year's fall conferences. These two clips from our interview not only discuss his books, "Recovering the Unity of the Bible," and "The Promise-Plan of God," but they also share some of his passion and motivation for writing on the unity of the Bible. I hope you enjoy the clips. We had fun making them!
See also this video interview with Walt Kaiser on Old Testament Studies and Hermeneutics, and these two posts by Dr. Kaiser, "Originalism and Original Intent of Documents," and "A Dead Sea Scroll in Stone."
A Sabbatical Report from Darrell Bock
Jesus Studies Report on a Major Evangelical Project
I am in Germany on Sabbatical in Tübingen, Germany, where I have spent threeSabbaticals in the past. I am writing a popular book on the historical Jesus due out in 2012. (Yes, it can take that long from writing to publication). The book is a report of sorts on a technical study that was already published out of Tübingen in an international NT series known by the abbreviations as the WUNT series (I'd tell you what it stands for but it is in German! The series name translates as Scientific Investigations of the New Testament).
The technical book is entitled Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus. It was a decade long project, involving over a dozen evangelical NT Jesus scholars, eleven of whom wrote articles on 12 key events in Jesus' life. There also is an essay on historiography (how to do history) and Jesus studies. What the books do is take the normal rules of historical-critical study and make a case for the core authenticity of these key events, and then use the results to make certainpoints about who Jesus was. Where normally such study de-constructs the sources significantly, our study argues for a coherent portrait that interacts carefully with the sources and the cultural context of Jesus' ministry.
Ajith Fernando reviews “A God-Sized Vision” by Hansen, Woodbridge
A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Strengthen and Stir by John Woodbridge and Collin Hansen
The Church is ripe for a revival which will bring back true Christian values and empower it to become a powerful force for the transformation of society and for the reaping of a ripe evangelistic harvest. I have been praying for this for my nation Sri Lanka for over 35 years. During this long wait, I have had periods when I lose the urgency of desire for revival. At such times, few things help reignite the yearning for revival as much as reading books describing God’s work of reviving the church in history. This is what happened to me when reading this book. While reading, I had to stop often to reflect and pray for God to deal with areas in my life which needed his sanctifying, forgiving and healing grace. God reminded me that those who pray for revival must first pray for revival in their own lives.
Stairway to Heaven by Daniel B. Wallace
Meteora is one of the most stunningly beautiful and other-worldly places on earth. Over a millennium ago, monks traveled throughout Greece in search of a place where they could get away from it all. Ultimately, six monasteries were established there, all but one perched atop stone pillars rising hundreds of feet above the plain below.
Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, ‘suspended rocks,’ ‘suspended in the air’ or ‘in the heavens above’) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
OK, I confess. The previous paragraph is lifted verbatim out of Wikipedia. But it’s a decent geographical description of the place. Photographs do not do this site justice, but below are a couple that at least give you a glimpse of what these natural monuments are like:
one of the smaller monastaries of Meteora
Craig Blomberg: “Not Many of You Should Become Teachers?”
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1 TNIV).
An old line I first heard in a college education class claims that if a person can’t do anything else, at least they can teach. And if they don’t have any specific subject they can teach, they can at least teach teachers! Growing up in a family of public school teachers, I knew that to be profoundly untrue, but it obviously reflected one segment of our culture’s perception of the teaching field, perhaps fueled by personal experiences with bad teachers.