The soon to be doctor Michael Halcomb (congrats) posted a link to something by Albert Schweitzer and then carried the convo onto facebook a bit with this quote:
I think that those poor mythicists, who so badly want to make a name for themselves here and now by trying to prove 1) that they’re smart, and 2) that Jesus never existed, fail to realize that not only do few take them seriously now, but once they are dead and gone, they’ll most likely be forgotten about forever. And if they do just so happen to be one of the few to write a work that gets some attention throughout history, even in their death, they will always be but mere shadows of say, Voltaire (whose home and press was used and acquired by the Geneva Bible Society upon his death).
Mythicism is fundamentalism in disguise – there is not reasonable doubt (which as a scholarly enterprise has been misrepresented), only the solid wall to facts
Congrats to Michael Halcomb on this!
You have to go here… to learn about ordering it:
We wrote this book because we live in an era when the Bible appears to be less and less relevant to mainstream cultures. Those who do care about the Scriptures tend to derive their interpretations secondhand, from the preacher’s pulpit or from generalized study guides written by complete strangers. These approaches overlook the communal and conversational nature of the Bible itself. Our view is that, if we hope to recover the transformative power of these ancient texts, and invite our world to reconsider their significance, we will need to engage whole communities together in the bottom-up task of interpretation. Thus, People of the Book was written to offer an organic-holistic approach to communal interpretation, an approach that can work for your community and appeal to your wider culture. Indeed, we envision the Bible as a conversation we are privileged to enter: listening, questioning, wrestling, reasoning, and responding together as authentic people of the Book.
Examining the recent controversies with the mosque and Pastor Bonfire, Michael comes to his own conclusion that we must submit to Islam. I generally like Michael, finding his character admirable, but this?
Do me a favor. Read the post. Tell him exactly how wrong he is.
Submission To Islam | pisteuomen : πιστευομεν – the weblog of t. michael w. halcomb.
Thought I might highlight a few of the sermons online, for those who aren’t in a local church or otherwise not able to get out this morning.
You might try Michael Halcomb’s sermon, or Ben Witherington’s when he was in Mark’s congregation a few Sunday’s ago. You might even try all of Mark’s sermons, at least the ones on mp3. Or, you may enjoy a few of those delivered at the congregation we are attending.
Either way, have a blessed Sunday.
Michael has done a tremendous job of putting up several different websites for Theological Languages, and now has combined them into one -
Check out this new theological languages website appropriately titled, Getting Theological Languages. In the main, this is a very simple site that acts as a theological languages portal. In short, it is a quick and easy way to get to my other theological language sites: Getting Greek, Getting Aramaic, Getting (Theological) German, Getting (Theological) French and Getting Hebrew (COMING SOON). Anyway, check it out and spread the word! To visit, click the screenshot below or HERE.
Getting Theological Languages.
Now, if only he would, you know, save his soul and convert to WordPress…
Great news from Michael!!!
I mentioned a couple of days ago that in addition to the HelpKorah Bible Scholars initiative, that we also had a Child Sponsorship project & partnership in the works. I (Michael) cannot even begin to tell you just how thrilled I am to finally be making the announcement that our partnership for this has finally launched! 8 months after starting all of this and two trips to Ethiopia later, HelpKorah, in partnership with Transformation Love Ministries & Mekanisa Addis Kidan Church is finally able to help get children sponsored. Our hope for holistic ministry undergirds our entire approach here as we desire to care physically and spiritually for young boys & girls in Addis.
The majority of our children (we currently have 12 profiles posted), as you will see as you view profiles (click HERE or the “Child Sponsorship” tab above to see them), have lost the at least one parent to HIV & complications and may soon lose their second parent. Typically, when this happens, the child is left to the streets and left to fend for his or herself if no other family members can come to the rescue. However, you can help remedy this problem by sponsoring a child and providing them with food, clothing, shelter, education, teaching / introduction to the Church and more.
Today is much more than a GREAT DAY!!! I truly wish I had the words to express just how much this touches my heart. So, please, take time to browse profiles, read stories and let your heart be touched. And if you are moved, don’t hesitate to sponsor a child and give them an opportunity at life, even life in Christ!
Yes, I stole Michael’s post – but you can find the rest here:
HelpKorah Child Sponsorship Initiative.
Remember this post?
I’ve also been asked “why” I want to do this. Well, there are a few reasons: 1) It will give me the opportunity to stay connected to Ethiopia, where my adopted son is from; 2) It will give me the opportunity to experience Ethiopia in a different setting and context, that is, apart from a week where the adoption “process” is the focus; 3) It will be a good opportunity for me to get more teaching under my belt; 4) ETC is devoted to the Church! And because this is the case, EVERY student who attends there, must be “sent” on behalf of a church, whether it is one where they pastor or serve as a lay person. With this in mind, I realize that I am equipping students to teach and preach in churches in Ethiopia, whether it be in the countrysides or the cities; 5) This will give me a chance to revisit Korah and its ministers/ministries. To read & see more about that, click the following link: Korah; 6) It gives me the opportunity to allow persons & churches in the states to have a direct hand in helping me teach the Gospel in Ethiopia. Those are just a few of the reasons I so badly want to take hold of this opportunity. Again, if you are interested in supporting the cause, I’d be grateful.
Michael is but a short space from his goal. Would you mind stopping by his site, clicking the paypal button and donating something? $5, $10, what ever you can. I know that he would appreciate it. Or, if at your local congregation tomorrow, take a donation. It is for a good cause.
Michael is asking for a few things:
1) A Christian flag
2) A Dell laptop battery (the one found here)
3) A nice, working used laptop (or more than 1) with all personal data removed (she will use the computers to continue to teach her boys how to type)
4) Teaching materials (e.g. pencils, paper, etc.)
Go to his site and if you can, donate a bit of money or see if you can send him a few of those things.
I seriously doubt that any of us could afford to send Michael to Ethiopia for a month, not on our own, but maybe if more than a few us could give him just a little, the combined efforts could put a dent into the problem.
In just 3 months, I’ll be heading back overseas to Ethiopia. I will be staying there for an entire month and am looking forward to it, though, I know it will be very tough being away from my wife and children for that length of time. As you may or may not know, I have two objectives with this trip: 1) To work with Christian leaders in some of the world’s most destitute slums, and 2) To educate Christian laypersons and pastors at the Evangelical Theological Seminary. Currently, I desperately need supporters and sponsors. Can you help? Can your church? Below, I have provided my support letter. If you or your church can help, leave a comment or email me and I will send you the second portion of this letter, which will provide you with mailing info. regarding where you can send your tax-deductible donation. Or, in the meantime, you can also donate via PayPal. here’s the button. Thanks and please, feel free to share this letter with anyone you think might be interested in helping.
To help, go here:
Heading To Ethiopia…Soon.