OsborneIt’s a pleasure to watch a godly scholar honored with and genuinely surprised by a Festschrift. (A Festschrift is a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar.) That’s what happened to Grant Osborne on November 14, 2012, in Milwaukee at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

A few hundred people filled up a convention room to hear a 2.5-hour session on “Writing and Reading Commentaries,” but right out of the gate Eckhard Schnabel revealed the surprise that it was primarily a time to present a Festschrift to Grant Osborne. And it was moving to watch Grant receive a standing ovation from admiring peers and former students.

Here’s info on the Festschrift:

OsborneFsStanley E. Porter and Eckhard J. Schnabel, eds. On the Writing of New Testament Commentaries: Festschrift for Grant R. Osborne on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday. Texts and Editions for New Testament Study 8. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

It’s ridiculously expensive, but it’s definitely worth owning. (You can view it in Google Books.) Continue Reading…

David Platt and John Piper comment briefly on money, materialism, and missions:

One of many ways to give to missions is by donating here.

BellRobert D. Bell, The Theological Messages of the Old Testament Books (Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 2010), 204–18 (formatting added):

Regarding Man

  • 1. Man is a sinner.
  • 2. It is possible for a human to serve God piously with unselfish singlemindedness.

Regarding Satan

  • 3. Satan investigates the men of the earth.
  • 4. Satan accuses the saints before God. Continue Reading…

In this 2006 sermon on John 1:19–37, Mike Bullmore shares how God used John Piper to move him from teaching at TEDS to pastoring CrossWay. Listen from 4:47 to 9:23.

“Yep. God does stuff like that.”

champThere’s a sale this week (through Nov. 25) for God’s Love: A Bible Storybook:

  • The iPad app is $0.99 (normally $9.99).
  • The MP3 download is free.
  • The book is $13 (normally $24.95) with free shipping. Just use the code “MK12THK” during checkout.

I interviewed the author, Champ Thornton, about this children’s book in July.

Rhetoric

Andy Naselli —  November 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

I wish this had been my textbook in one of my speech classes:

Douglas Wilson and N. D. Wilson. The Rhetoric Companion: A Student’s Guide to Power in Persuasion. Moscow, ID: Canon, 2011. Continue Reading…

After I heard Tim Keller’s two-minute illustration (38:45–40:45) on the Sermon on the Mount, I tracked down the article he references.

Here it is (published 25 years ago):

Virginia Stem Owens. “God and Man at Texas A&M.” Reformed Journal 37, no. 11 (1987): 3–4.

Most of the students at my university come from middle-class, conservative, Republican families. The vices here, like the values, are traditional—weekend drunkenness and sexual promiscuity. Things a parent can understand.

Therefore, when I assigned my freshman English class “The Sermon on the Mount,” a selection in their rhetoric textbook taken from the King James Version, I had expected them to have at least a nodding acquaintance with the reading and to express a modicum of piety in their written responses. After all, Texas has always been considered at least marginally part of the Bible Belt. Continue Reading…