Links of the Morning – Mon 17 March

Msfara tour of hope tour winds up with a bang in Kisumu (pictures and details). Pastor M writes,

I didn’t learn enough superlatives in school to describe our time in Kisumu. For me, it will probably rank as the most memorable time of the town the Msafara visited. . . There were few dry eyes in the house. Many leaders on their knees bawling their eyes out . . . I saw visibly something I’ve always believed – that the church is the hope of the world.

A Testimony:

Up until yesterday, John was not a believer. He was one of those Kenyan young men who were involved in the post election violence and looting. He confessed that he barricaded roads, organized looting and violence and led the hate groupthink against certain communities. How he got onto the Msafara is a mystery in itself but today John is a new creation in Christ as he received Christ yesterday.

Serious controversy at my old seminary. I’ve been a little out of the loop, but the roots of this problem frustrated me when I was a student there 8-10 years ago. I’m clearly biased. The Old Testament department at Westminster (all of them) had a deep, life-changing impact on me. One commentator suggests that this is all about donor money. Isn’t that always the case?

Jennifer Myhre watches lives emerge from the face of death; resurrection in a slow time-lapse of day to day glimpses and commenting on the strength of some African women.

Jim West reviews and recommends two books:

  1. Ancient Texts For the Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Guide to the Background Literature, by Kenton L. Sparks, Hendrickson, 2005.
  2. Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature, by Craig A. Evans, Hendrickson, 2005.

A good resource for background.

Chris Tilling makes some too short comments on a too short article. Bruce Longenecker’s, “On Israel’s God and God’s Israel: Assessing Supersessionism in Paul”, JTS 58, no. 1 (2007): 26–44.

From the abstract: ‘Does the church replace ethnic Israel in Paul’s thinking (as so many have imagined throughout the history of the Christian church)? Or is ethnic Israel on a separate salvific path by way of her covenant election (as many are now currently advocating)? Or are there other dimensions to be considered?’

I remember looking at this article and wishing it had said more.