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    Unicode Sigla for the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia

    Nobody is going to be surprised that text criticism is my favorite subject in the world. As we’ve been doing exegesis on the Hebrew text, I’ve found it pretty difficult to identify Hebrew Bible manuscripts with their Unicode BHS sigla. After searching around the internet for far too long, I’ve decided we need a more accessible list. So, dear paper writers, here you go, the BHS sigal with Unicode and HTML codes for your copy/paste convenience. Sources are included below the table. Drop me a note and let me know how you’re using it. Happy writing! Sigla Manuscript Unicode HTML ⅏ Samaritan Pentateuch U+214F ⅏ 𝔘 Arabic Version U+1D518 𝔘…

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    The Simplest Way to Mentor

    I thought this was an interesting example of a mentoring process that didn’t require a single mentor or any extra effort, but rather deploys a whole organization to provide mentoring opportunities. EVERNOTE CEO PHIL LIBIN: We recently implemented something called Evernote Officer Training. I got this idea from a friend who served on a Trident nuclear submarine. He said that in order to be an officer on one of these subs, you have to know how to do everyone else’s job. Those kills are repeated trained and taught. And I remember thinking, “That’s really cool.” So we implemented officer training at Evernote. The program is voluntary. If you sign up,…

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    80% “Never doubt the existence of God”

    Here’s something that has us a little gobsmacked. According to Pew Research, 80% of Americans agree with the statement, “I never doubt the existence of God.” That’s down from 88% in 1987: You can (and should) read the full article here.

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    Being the Voice of God

    A really spot on set of observations coming from David Prince. First the problem: Many stroll to the pulpit to talk to their congregation about God. They don’t really believe that in Christian preaching they are speaking for God. And the difference: Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “True preaching, after all, is God acting. It is not just a man uttering words; it is God using him.” Do you believe that? I find many evangelicals are committed to biblical inerrancy and have sound theology, but possess a casual attitude toward preaching. The difference between understanding the preaching task as identifying with the people and talking about God and as standing under the…

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    Luke Timothy Johnson on Scripture and Experience

    I’m not sure how I missed this article from 7 years ago, but I was watching a fascinating lecture by Michael Brown who highlighted these two paragraphs: I think it important to state clearly that we do, in fact, reject the straightforward commands of Scripture, and appeal instead to another authority when we declare that same-sex unions can be holy and good. And what exactly is that authority? We appeal explicitly to the weight of our own experience and the experience thousands of others have witnessed to, which tells us that to claim our own sexual orientation is in fact to accept the way in which God has created us.…

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    Jesus’ Wife and Finding the Truth

    A few weeks back, when I saw the headlines that an ancient manuscript had been found that seemed to indicate Jesus had a wife, my reaction was to mutter, “It’s a fake.” But that’s not fair. It’s not enough to just write it off because, as Christians, we should be truth lovers, not quick-drawing skeptics who’s rejections are little more than emotional twitches. Scholarship is not about becoming better geeks, it’s about becoming better truth-tellers. But that only happens if we know where to go and if we’re willing to go there. The problem is that most of us just don’t know where to go. When it comes to Christian…

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    I’m always telling my students, “Profundity stands on obvious’ shoulders.” That simple principle has been illustrated yet again by the (I suppose somewhat embarrassing) fact that my communication has been transformed over the past few months by this comic: Click Here.

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    Beneath the Surface photos

    For those of you who joined us at the Beneath the Surface conference in February, our fabulous and gifted photographer, Laura Clawson (who also shared her testimony right before my session), has posted a pile of pictures on her blog. You can check them out here: Lenses and Looking Glasses: Beneath the Surface Conference. It was great to see so many of you there!

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    Are Publishers Lazy?

    Thomas Nelson chairman and CEO, Michael Hyatt, has a post today that struck at the heart of one of pet questions. The post is Three Reason Why Authors Must Develop Their Own Platform and his arguments all boil down to this: The market is different and publishers are behind. In fact, he goes as far to point out that certain kinds of non-platform thinking is about two decades old (or two centuries in internet years). Maybe you guys can help me: What, exactly, is a publisher suppose to do for me? I understand that certain old-school authors need to be told to get a Facebook, but for those of us…

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    This video has been popping up on various blogs. MacDonald, Driscoll and Dever are at it again; this time talking multisite. Multiple Sites: Yea or Nay? Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald Vote from Ben Peays on Vimeo. Multiple Sites: Yea or Nay? Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald Vote from Ben Peays

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    MacGregor on Timeless Authors

    Chip MacGregor was asked to take a guess at who would be considered relevant authors 25 years from now. His response is worthy of serious reflection. “On the nonfiction side, we can see something similar. People a quarter-century in the future will still be reading Frederick Buecher and John R.W. Stott, but they’ve become old-guard. I’d say the current names that will have a lasting impact are Alister McGrath and Brennan Manning (maybe John Piper, but I’m leery). I’m in the minority in thinking Brian McLaren is a flash in the pan, and I don’t think names like John Eldredge and Max Lucado will have staying power beyond their lifetimes,…

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    The Origins of Servant Leadership?

    From an Inc. Magazine post: “The Greenleaf Center, which Keith presides over, takes its name from Robert Greenleaf, the originator of the concept of servant leadership. …” I think that would come as a surprise to Jesus who said, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35 NASB). Does this make the second “Under the Sun” sighting in a week? It makes me wonder, how often do I live as a copy but think of myself as an original?

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    Piper on Young Speakers and Preachers

    Several people have asked me where I learned to preach to which I often answer, “Mostly by listening to John Piper sermons.” And that’s not much of an exaggeration. Thus, I was fascinated by Pastor John’s answer to this week’s APJ video (embedded below). I’d love to hear back from you, dear readers, especially those of you apologetics students (past and present), on the follow comment: “You don’t become an effective preacher by becoming a loquacious and effective communicator at age sixteen. You become a clever communicator, but you don’t become a preacher of the holy things of God.”