Oct 30, 2015

Particle Board Preaching

Nicholas Batzig has a good post on what he calls "particle board preaching" here.

Oct 29, 2015

The Sin of Sodom

See this interesting discussion of Sodom's sin from a Jewish perspective.

Oct 28, 2015

Reading the Bible Devotionally in the Original Languages

Todd Scacewater offers five tips on reading the Bible devotionally in the original languages here.

Oct 27, 2015

How to Act Less Stupid

The Washington Post has an interesting article concerning how to act less stupid here. According to a recent psychological study discussed in the article, stupidity commonly involves three kinds of behavior. The first and highest level of stupidity involves "confident ignorance." This occurs "when a person's self-perceived ability to do something far outweighs that person's actual ability to do it." Second, "lack of control" "is when someone does something because they have, on some level, lost their ability to do otherwise." Finally, "absentmindedness — lack of practicality" occurs when people "weren't paying attention or simply weren't aware of something." The Bible would also indicate that stupidity has a spiritual component as well, either in rejecting the Lord or His wisdom.

Oct 26, 2015

Free Academic Articles Via Twitter?

According to this article in The Atlantic, there is a movement to gain access to academic "paywalled" articles via Twitter. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I understand that some of the fees for accessing articles are too high and often in biblical studies there is little if any financial reward for the fruits of one's research. On the other hand, this appears to be a blatant attempt to circumvent legal access and probably violates copyright laws. Thoughts?

Oct 25, 2015

Free Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, Aramaic Notes and Charts

Those interested in Semitics (e.g., Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, Aramaic) night want to check out my friend Steven Anderson's website here for free charts and notes.