Links: 21 October 2016

George Will: Donald Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy. “Trump is a marvelously efficient acid bath, stripping away his supporters’ surfaces, exposing their skeletal essences.” Which is he–chemo, or acid bath?

N. T. Wright: The Church Continues the Revolution Jesus Started… | Christianity Today.

Evangelicals, Heresy, and Scripture Alone | Mathew Block | First Things. “Two years after a study found most Evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical—especially on the Holy Spirit—an update has been released. And the numbers are in some ways even worse. So who—or what—is to blame?”

How Curt Flood Changed Baseball and Killed His Career in the Process – The Atlantic.

A very interesting trend: Baseball managers finally making sabermetrically-sensible use of their bullpens. Dave Roberts pulled the right strings using Kenley Jansen in 7th, Clayton Kershaw in 9th – HardballTalk.

Why Baseball Revived A 60-Year-Old Strategy Designed To Stop Ted Williams | FiveThirtyEight.

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October Update

We are well into the Fall, which has been quite busy for our family thus far.
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For Entertainment Purposes Only

If you needed more proof that democracy has jumped the shark…

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Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons

If you know me personally or have followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know that I have unorthodox political views (to put it mildly). When it comes to political correctness, I try not to give unnecessary offense, but I’m concerned about the effects of PC-ness on free speech and the sharing of ideas, especially unpopular ones. Continue reading

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Links: 10 October 2016

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Links: 30 September 2016


Stories of refugees from the Syrian War…
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On National Symbols

51dv9fvigil-_uy250_“Christians are citizens of two kingdoms. Our ultimate loyalty is to the God of the nations, not to any particular nation. We are most patriotic when we love our country so much that we refuse to allow it to become absolute in our lives. Wed accept its guilt and failures as our own, but we refuse to accept things which are wrong and unjust. We are prepared to be ostracised by society for the sake of society. Our loyalty to the God of the nations makes us deeply concerned that our country should exhibit that righteousness which alone exhalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). In seeking to be true patriots, Christians have seldom been popular. Like Jeremiah the prophet they have even been called traitors (see especially Jeremiah chaps. 28 and 37). Continue reading

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How Did Judas Die?

My sister recently asked: I’m reading Acts 1:18 and it says that Judas bought the Field of Blood and burst open with his entrails. I thought he hung himself!

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Links: 14 September 2016

My sister, Rebekah M. Devine, has an essay in this forthcoming edited volume published by Brill: Authoritative Texts and Reception History.

In other (less important) news:

Georgetown plans to apologize for its role in slavery – The Washington Post.

Michael Cannon: Privatize the VA. “The VA provides life, disability and health benefits to certain veterans. But Congress does not fund those benefits until they come due, and the cost of those benefits typically peaks decades after Congress incurs them by sending troops to war. This lag enables members of Congress to ignore one of the largest financial costs of war. The VA lets Congress wage war on the cheap.”

Life at the Nowhere Office | New Republic. “Today’s workplace design asks us to be permanently on call—and demands that we vanish at a moment’s notice.”

Why Ireland Doesn’t Want Apple’s $14.5 Billion in Back Taxes – Bloomberg.

#CocksNotGlocks & Gun-Control Activists’ Idiotic Logic | National Review.


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Evangelical Pope(s)

"As Nathan Hatch and Mark Noll have pointed out, one of the peculiarities of American evangelicalism is that its theological disputes are often settled in the court of popular opinion. Whereas evangelicals appeal to the ‘Bible alone’ for authority, they lack adequate mechanisms for settling differences on how the Bible is to be understood. Typically having weak views on the church or of central ecclesiastical authority, they cannot depend on synods or councils to adjudicate their disagreements. Nor is there any clear principle for establishing the authority of the expert theologians. The authority of anyone in most of evangelicalism thus depends on winning popular support. Losers and disputes among theologians, or among competitors for theological influence, can always go to the court of popular opinion…. Popular opinion has thus functioned as the evangelical pope, the ultimate court of appeal. Vox populi vox papae. Or perhaps popular opinion has more often provided, as in the late Middle Ages, multiple popes, each denouncing the others."

George Marsden, Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987), 291.

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