Monday, December 28, 2015

God, Guts and Guns

Sorry, but Christians only have the right to bare arms.

Matthew 5:44

I was watching James White's Dividing Line on Youtube the other day. At fifty-one minutes in, White started talking about a John Piper article on guns written the day before (23/12/15) that several of his listeners were urging him to respond to. Back in '08, in response to another, shorter Piper post on Christians and self-defence, White had written an equally brief retort on his website, outlining his contrary blow-em away theology. White's vlog comments were more or less a repeat of what he'd said back in 2008 because, as he noted, he hadn't had time to read Piper's latest article in its entirety. Consequently, White's comments and Piper's article were focused on different aspects of the larger issue of Christian Pacifism.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

“Coin-eh” or “Keen-ee”?

How do you pronounce Κοινή?

Like most English-speakers who learn Koine Greek, I learned Erasmian pronunciation, the standard academic method for non-Greeks since, well, Erasmus of Rotterdam produced his Novum Instrumentum omne in 1516; and judging from this post on the Logos Bible software blog, "Academic," it will remain so for a long time to come.