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  1. Duane Arnold says:

    I would commend this article on a recovered mid-fourth century Gospel commentary to all the readers here… it is truly extraordinary.

  2. Josh the Baptist says:


  3. Duane Arnold says:

    #2 Josh

    Even if you don’t have Latin, this is worth looking at! Beautiful Carolingian script…

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    Very cool.

    I only know enough Latin to navigate the notes in Biblia Hebraica Stuttagrtensia.

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    #4 Josh

    Here’s the full English translation… for free!!

  6. John 20:29 says:

    i’m not a scholar, but i sense that this is a great discovery for those of you here who are… hope there will be nuggets to share with all of us as you pursue this…
    i like the boat and Christ analogy… as it is one we hear today and it tells me that such lessons, like the Bible, are timeless

  7. Josh the Baptist says:

    It really is a fantastic discovery.

    Hey Duane / or maybe Michael,

    One or both of you were talking were talking about an author, Ramsay that you were enjoying. Who was this, and what did he write?

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    #7 Josh

    Michael Ramsey – Archbishop of Canterbury. In retirement he was my mentor and confessor for several years. That is to say, I’m prejudiced! Maybe Michael can give you a good starting place…

  9. Josh the Baptist says:

    Very good. Thanks!

  10. Michael says:


    “The Gospel and the Catholic Church”

    Turned my neat Reformed world upside down…

  11. Jean says:

    A few non-prophetic early thoughts on the consequences of Hurricane Harvey:

    1. Our country is stronger together than apart. There is an outpouring of sympathy and tangible aid from across the nation for the people impacted by the Hurricane. I’m proud to call myself an American in the midst of this calamity.

    2. There remains an enormous generosity within our nation for people in need. This is salt and light. Praise the Lord.

    3. The relevance of Christianity in America is manifest in this crisis.

    4. There is neither male or female, black, white or brown, Republican or Democrat, northerner or southerner, conservative or liberal, in the middle of a hurricane. All suffer and all help one another.

    5. I love the fact that the recipients of my aid will never know my name, and I will never know them, only that I am helping victims of the hurricane. I’m reminded of the collection that Paul made for the saints in Jerusalem.

    6. I’m hopeful that when a tornado hits my city, or an earthquake hits San Francisco, or a terrorist hits New York, that the country has a great spirit of generosity and capacity for charity to come to the aid of our neighbors in other parts of the country.

    7. I’m reminded that we are stewards of God’s planet and that we have a responsibility to our God and our neighbors to wisely manage the resources that God has entrusted to us.

    8. I’m reminded that our lives here on earth are like a breath. Am I sowing the perishable or the imperishable? I pray that the Spirit would move me to sow the imperishable.

    9. I’m reminded that the world needs the Gospel. Lord help me improve my participation in the great commission.

    10. I’m reminded that the multitude of our fellow citizens in harms way need our prayers, and that we all need God’s mercy every day. Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.

  12. Josh the Baptist says:

    Thanks Michael!

  13. Duane Arnold says:

    #12 Josh

    Additional to Michael’s superb suggestion, you might also look for Ramsey’s book, “Introducing the Christian Faith”. It’s outstanding.

  14. SJ says:

    Funny and serious story. Naked men with guns at Lauries church.

  15. John 20:29 says:

    it’s quiet up here in the mountains this Sunday morning – only the drifting smoke from the forest fires far away spoil the tranquility and then i hear that NOKO has tested a powerful bomb (hydrogen, most likely)… i was 5 1/2 when Pearl Harbor interrupted another quiet Sunday a half century ago… we need to pray for God’s mercies as these festering, self appointed, evil and the powerful actors/destroyers just don’t seem to go away…

  16. Scooter Jones says:

    Any suggestions on who to donate relief funds to in Houston, besides Red Cross and the mega relief agencies?

    I’ve been encouraged seeing our President, Donald Trump, make his prescence and support so visible. I know he’s pretty wealthy, but a one million dollar donation is still very generous.

  17. The New Victor says:

    Or contact Calvary chapel Houston. They are providing relief at out of their campus from what I could tell (meals, transportation,I think shelter as well).

  18. The New Victor says:

    Is also providing meals there and likely elsewhere in the area.

  19. John 20:29 says:

    for all the criticism of Samaritan’s Purse, they are professional and do a good job, doing it in the name of Christ (they got my daughter safely in and out of south Sudan on a missionary trip some years ago and she was impressed with them)
    however, their efforts may focus on volunteers going in to do clean-up down there in Houston, so may not be the place one wants their contribution to go – dunno
    quite an expose on the FEMA corruption during hurricane Sandy on TV tonight… money brings out the evil in all kinds of people and organizations, too – praying that those who are down there honestly giving sacrificially are recognized and kept safe

  20. The New Victor says:

    I donated to red cross through my company, because they would match it, despite the controversy over what goes where after Katrina. I was unaware of any controversy with Samaritans Purse.

    I saw an acquaintance from high school post a meme on Facebook which disappointed me. I’m not that active there, I have less than 50 “friends.”

    He says he leans left, but is far left. He’s not a Christian. The meme was an empty semi trailer, “the thoughts and prayers just arrived in Texas. Thanks so much!” He lives is Austin.

    I didn’t even bother commenting about all of the faith based groups that were not only praying, but contributing money and sending people and resources to help. It’s not worth validating the invalid.

    Joel Osteen aside (and who knows the real story there), there is something missing from all of the comments on various threads here on what to do about the decline in the church: the world hates us. We do what we do despite that, but this doesn’t change the fact.

  21. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The claim that the world hates the church is 100% false.

  22. Xenia says:

    Maybe only 25% false.

  23. dusty says:

    Miley Cyrus donated a half a million to Texas

  24. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The Church is irrelevant to the world – they don’t even have enough interest to work up a good hate.

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