Mar 1, 2014

Andrew Lincoln Interview

The Eerdman's blog has a fairly extensive interview with Andrew Lincoln related to his recent book on the virgin birth. Whether one agrees with Lincoln or not, he is a careful scholar and his work will likely need to be addressed by those interested in the topic.

Feb 28, 2014

Mac Apps for Pastors

I don't use a Mac, but those that do might be interested in this post identifying the best Mac apps for pastors.

Feb 27, 2014

Jephthah's Vow

David Murray has a good defense of a positive reading of Jephthah's vow in Judges 11 here. I remain less than convinced but I appreciate David's argument.

Feb 26, 2014

Expository Preaching Workshop Focusing on 1 John

You can still sign up to attend the 2014 Expository Preaching Workshop held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The workshop will take place next week on March 3-4, 2014. Registration for the workshop is $25 for students and $50 for non-students. The workshop will run from 4:00-9:00 pm on Monday and 8:00 am-4:00 pm on Tuesday. You can get more information here.

Feb 25, 2014

Philosophy Humor

I saw this picture on Facebook (HT: Abraham Joseph). Although this is not my usual biblical fare, it was too funny not to share.

Feb 24, 2014

DIY Mud Bricks

The Biblical Archaeology Society's Bible History Daily has an interesting slide show here on how to make mud brick. This might be a project to consider when teaching Exodus 5:6-21.

The link above also includes the following instructions.

Their efforts produced great results, and although time-consuming, their procedures can be followed to create mudbricks of your own:

1. Mix topsoil and water to create a thick mud.
2. Add straw. While the composition of the mud will affect the exact proportions, as a general rule, add a half pound of straw for every cubic foot of mud mixture. If you have access to grain chaff (a byproduct of threshing), you can use that as temper. If not, chop straw into very small pieces—called straw chaff—and use that.
3. Knead the mud mixture with your bare feet for four days.
4. Once it has fermented (after four days of kneading), leave the mixture alone for a few days.
5. Knead the mixture again on the day you plan to form your mudbricks.
6. Pour the mud mixture into molds (the shape of your choosing) and let them solidify in the molds for at least 20 minutes.
7. Remove from molds and deposit on a drying floor layered with sand and straw to prevent the bricks from sticking to the floor itself.
8. Let the bricks dry for a week. After the bricks have dried, they are ready to be used—whether to build something new or to reconstruct ancient walls!