Monthly Archives: August 2010

Israel and the Church: A Common Heritage and Uncertain Future (8-9 Oct, London)

King’s Evangelical Divinity School and Chosen People Ministries are jointly hosting the above conference at the London School of Theology on 8-9 October 2010. Speakers are Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary), Mitch Glaser (Chosen People Ministries), Jules Gomes (London School of Theology), Richard Harvey (All Nations College), Barry Horner (author of Future Israel) and Calvin Smith (King’s Evangelical Divinity School). Full details of the conference, including programme, paper titles, speaker details and booking options, are available on the King’s website. The conference also includes a meal on the Friday night and a concert scheduled for Saturday evening.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend a conference exploring an increasingly polarising issue within Evangelical circles, together with its theological and missional impact, by speakers who between them have written and spoken widely on various aspects of the issue. Bookings are on a strictly first-come-first-serve basis, so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

New Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style—the basic style guide for most publishers—is now available in the 16th edition. If you’re an author, this is an important work to have on hand


Some helpful links:
* Online paid electronic subscription information
* Free 30-day online trial
* Free, quick, online style guide intro
* What’s new in the 16th edition?
* Significant rule changes in the 16th edition

HT: Justin Taylor

For accredited, online and distance education courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the King’s Evangelical Divinity School website.


Live the Word is a leaflet sent out to many (maybe all?) Anglican churches each week. On the rear cover are printed the bible readings for the week, taken from the lectionary. The two inside facing pages are left open for each church to print their own notices. On the front cover is a topical article related to the readings, or the calendar of the Church Year. These are often written by Jane Williams, wife of the famous Archbishop Rowan, but sometimes by others, though Jane Williams is usually named as editor of the publication, which is produced by Redemptorist Publications (a Roman Catholic organisation I believe).

The front page articles are often strange, containing typical ‘Anglican/Roman Catholic-speak’, and when reading them, I’m often driven to the odd ‘tut-tut’. For instance, in the issue for 5th December 2009, there was a piece by Marguerite Hutchinson about work. In it she wrote; ‘Some jobs might seem more obviously about serving God – joining the clergy perhaps. But those of us who are not called to such a vocation need not feel that our working lives are just wage slavery. There are few jobs which offer no scope for serving God.’ And later; ‘Working in itself is not as important as giving glory to God.’ Readers of this blog will know that I really dislike this compartmentalising of Christians into castes of ‘clergy’ and ‘laity’ (thank God that Jesus was ‘lay’!), and the dividing of the Christian life into ‘religious’ and ‘secular’; both notions which, to me at any rate, do not sit well with the teachings of the New Testament. Read more »

Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls by Craig Evans

This helpful book was brought to my attention by Jim Hamilton over at his blog. It’s written by Craig A. Evans, Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada. Don’t let the ‘QuickSource’ name mislead you: this is nearly 400 pages although happily it’s written in an easy to read manner (it’s not a dense academic treatise). There’s a good review of it over at the website and if you want a preview, check it out on Google books.

For accredited, online and distance learning courses in Theology and Biblical Studies visit the King’s Evangelical Divinity School website.

The Seed Company Issues ‘The Blank Bible Challenge’ to U.S. Pastors

The following is a press release from The Seed Company, an offshoot of Wycliffe Bible Translators US, concerning a challenge to open the Bible. For those who have never heard of The Seed Company, it was launched in 1993 with a mandate to accelerate Bible translation efforts. It has now reached 600 language groups and much support is needed to continue their efforts. You can read their mission statement here. The Seed Company is based in America; for British readers of this blog, check out the efforts of Wycliffe UK at (A great place for useful information is their blog) Read more »