Posts for May, 2006.

5/30/2006 1:14:00 PM

Cept to a what? The Old Testament in Greek

Part 2

Posted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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This is the second part of my summary of the book I am reading about the Septuagint (which is the play on words in the post title, for those of you who missed it). The sections covered here are the heart of the book and discuss how we can use the LXX today, especially in relation to the NT. Read more of Cept to a what? The Old Testament in Greek

5/26/2006 2:54:00 PM

Stories about my Dad

Posted Friday, May 26, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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My father passed away two years ago yesterday, and as my family gathered last night and told stories about him, I thought I would pass along some of the funny stories, since they are remotely connected to the Bible and religion. My father was a godly man and I miss him very much. Here are some good memories. Read more of Stories about my Dad

5/25/2006 10:56:00 PM

God’s Manly Men: Job

Trash-talking, boasting, and fishing

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 by Brian Beers
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With the outright attacks on manliness represented by gender-neutered translations, and the general unconcern over this issue, I have decided to highlight example of manliness in Scripture. My first example comes from the book of Job in which Job goes toe to toe with God like an ancient Greek hero. God, for his part, comes back at him with a blast of undiluted masculinity.

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5/25/2006 4:15:00 PM

Cep to a what? The Old Testament in Greek

Part 1

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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My ThM thesis on how Stephen uses the OT in his speech in Acts 7. Since Stephen quotes the LXX and not the Hebrew, I figured I had better read up on the LXX. So I decided to read Invitation to the Septuagint, by Karen Jobes and Moises Silva. And since I know I will learn better if I take notes, that is what I am doing. So for all of you (maybe all one of you!) who want to learn more about the OT in Greek, here is a new series for you. Read more of Cep to a what? The Old Testament in Greek

5/23/2006 11:53:00 AM

Da Vinci Code Sermon

Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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This past Sunday (May 21) I preached on the Da Vinci Code, and I thought I would pass along my sermon if anyone is interested. I came across some entertaining quotes about the book that I include in my introduction, and which are fun to read. I also have attached a list of web pages that are relevant. We sold some books to those who wanted them, and we sold 11 copies of The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction and 19 copies of The Story of Christianity. I was amazed how many people bought them. That is ten percent of our church who bought a book on church history! My conclusion, which may or may not surprise you (just to play it safe!), is that the book is a gift to the church. Read more of Da Vinci Code Sermon

5/20/2006 6:11:00 PM

How tall was David?

Or, just because he's a shepherd doesn't mean he's short...

Posted Saturday, May 20, 2006 by Josh Michael
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How tall was David?  All the authoritative flannelgraphs I have seen have him looking rather slight and runty.    But when reading through 1st Samuel recently, I started thinking (which would account for the aroma of burning).

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5/19/2006 6:13:00 PM

Is God Manly

Posted Friday, May 19, 2006 by Brian Beers
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On a scale of 1 to 10, how manly is God? This is an idea that has been growing on me for some time now. I want God to be manly. During our men’s Bible study at church a man at my table put a label on his notebook that reads, “Biblical Leadership for Men.” The “for Men” leapt off the page at me. This Bible study isn’t the ordinary, gender-neutralized Bible study. It is for men. Our pastor is determined to lead the men of our church to be leaders of our families. It was during our weekly men’s Bible study that I realized the scope of this need. We have forty to fifty men at a men’s Bible study in a church of 200.

I suggested the idea to my wife that men want God to be manly, and a pained look flickered across her face. She considered “manly” a belittling adjective for God. But God repeatedly identifies himself as Father. I crave a hero, someone whom I can pattern my life after. Can God be this hero?

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5/18/2006 11:35:00 AM

Hebrew Poetry and Robert Alter

The latest book I've read

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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I just finished reading another book: The Art of Biblical Poetry by Robert Alter. This is a companion volume to his previous book The Art of Biblical Narrative. Both of these books are excellent introductions to their topic. Alter's main point is that the parallel lines of Hebrew poetry are not exactly synonomous or antithetical (per Lowth's classic formulation), but usually the second line intensifies the first. This happens through either an abstract idea becoming concrete, an expanding of an idea, or several other methods. But the second line is not simply redundant: it adds something to the first line. Alter than goes through and explores how all the various types of poetry in the OT (Psalms, Job, Proverbs, prophets, Song of Songs) use this intensification. I highly recommend this book to help understand how biblical poetry works. Read more of Hebrew Poetry and Robert Alter

5/14/2006 9:14:00 AM

Copyrights in the church

Posted Sunday, May 14, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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The issue of copyrights is a difficult subject in the church today. It is not difficult because everyone is talking about it, but for precisely the opposite reason: no one is talking about it when everyone should be talking about it. Churches can take a variety of approaches for assuming that copyright laws do not apply to them. They could simply remain blissfully ignorant. They could argue that the church is using their money more wisely by not paying royalties. Or they could argue that churches are just special and should not have to obey the copyright laws. But none of these are good reasons. Churches should be at the forefront of those setting the example of following the law in this area. How do churches break copyright rules and what can they do? Read on.

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5/10/2006 1:43:00 PM

Living la vida Trinitarian...

Or, foundering upon the shoals of application...

Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by Josh Michael
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Charlie recently offered a posting on the Trinity (don't miss Tom's comment to that post either).  I had been working on one concerning practical ways of applying the Trinity so that follows below.  Generally, the Trinity is considered one of the more (perhaps, most) esoteric and abstract Christian doctrines.  To test the relationship between doctrine and practice, we might as well see what, if any, practical difference the doctrine of the Trinity might make in our lives.  Besides, in one of Millard Erickson’s books (it was on the Trinity), he comments that Kant thought the Trinity the epitome of meaningless, impractical Christian doctrine – and who can resist giving it to a hoity-toity philosopher who can’t possibly respond or find out where I live?

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