Looks to be an interesting conference. I’m excited to see what papers are presented.
Our inaugural Edinburgh Postgraduate Conference on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Edinburgh from April 21-22, 2016. This cross-disciplinary conference is intended to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers from across the UK and abroad whose research focuses on any aspect of Late Antiquity. We welcome submissions from disciplines including (but not limited to) history, literature, archaeology, classics, art and architecture, and divinity. The conference aims to provide a forum to meet fellow postgraduates of Late Antiquity and discuss our current research and enthusiasm for the field.
Source: Call for Papers
I have to admit to being baffled myself by the adoration some people have toward Doug Wilson. I just don’t get it. These quotes make it even more baffling. I didn’t even realize how wacky he is until seeing some of these. It’s long but I urge you to read the whole thing.
My question is for those in the Reformed, Presbyterian world who say they really like or appreciate what Wilson says/has written/teaches on various subjects. My question is: what exactly do you like about Wilson?
Source: A Question for Wilson Fans
“Politicians have become masters of “spinning the truth” in their favor. Ancient Sophists were trained in this very skill. They developed the ability to argue for or against anything at any time, spinning the facts in a way which gave the result their patrons desire.
In 1 Thessalonians 2 Paul says this is not the way he presented the Gospel. He was not a huckster trying to get rich off the Gospel nor was he a slick philosopher trying to manipulate the audience to believing the Gospel.”
Source: Paul as a non-Philosopher
Garwood Anderson has an excellent post on preaching over at Covenant.
The end of preaching is the edification of God’s people gathered in worship. Preaching can perform numerous other functions, many of them noble, but if it does not edify, it fails to fulfill its end. Listeners might be moved, inspired, informed, entertained, and impressed, but preaching that does any or all of that but does not bear the fruits of repentance and righteousness in the preacher and listeners, still fails. A lot of exceptional preaching — the best preaching we have ever heard — fails.
Am I really arguing for the end of homiletics? That’s a little severe, isn’t it? One might even say rhetorical. But what if we were to say that by “homiletics” we mean nothing more or less than the applied convergence of biblical exegesis, the cure of souls, and ascetical theology. Biblical exegesis, because preaching must always be the proclamation of God’s word. The cure of souls, because preaching is for the edification of God’s people. Ascetical theology, because preaching is the spiritual act of a servant and preachers must preach what they practice.
Read the whole thing here. I promise it’s worth your while.