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The Theology Research Paper Title Generator

Coming up with a highfalutin title for your next theology paper has never been easier. Just work your way through this handy flowchart and you can’t go wrong. Of course, you’ll still have to write the paper. But coming up with a good title is the hard part.

You’ll need to click on the image to make it readable, but it’s worth it. In my trial run, I ended up with “The Fecundity of Desire: Image and Being in the Thought of Hegel.” That’s not bad. It’s complete gibberish, of course. But it’s smart-sounding gibberish.

And this just in, I will now be accepting doctoral proposals for papers on “Remythologizing the Sacred Ploughshare: Experience as Imagination in Adele and Steve from down the road.”

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Flotsam and jetsam (2/10)


Good Reads

  • Teaching religion: my students are trying to run my course: Academic rigour, research-inspired teaching and independent, critical thinking are the hallmarks of today’s university culture. And yet many of us have found ourselves diluting or softening the topics of our modules, and the intellectual and critical content of our lectures, for fear of poor student feedback (which is carefully monitored by the university). And to take account of the personal preferences of our evangelical students. (The Guardian)
  • But There Is a Problem….: In scripture, there is a richness of response to evil and suffering, of which the assertion of divine sovereignty is simply one part. (Carl Trueman)

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A Prayer for Sunday (Caedmon)

caedmonThe earliest anglo-saxon poet whose name we know, Caedmon was apparently famous for the vivid hymns he composed while living at a monastery in Whitby during the 7th century. Unfortunately, very few of his songs have survived, and we know about his life exclusively through a near contemporary, the English historian Venerable Bede.

Caedmon died in AD 680. Since we don’t know the precise date of his death, I thought we would just go ahead and recognize his life and ministry today. So here is Caedmon’s Hymn of Creation.

Now we must praise the ruler of heaven,
The might of the Lord and his purpose of mind,
The work of the glorious Father; for he,
God eternal, established each wonder,
He, holy creator, first fashioned the heavens
As a roof for the children of earth.
And then our guardian, the everlasting Lord,
Adorned this middle-earth for men.
Praise the almighty king of heaven.

Saturday Morning Fun…Infamous Villain Hideouts

Every good villain needs an evil lair. That’s just how it works. Here are some of the more notorious villain hideouts arranged by size. I have to admit that I would not have expected Mega Maid to top the list.

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Flotsam and jetsam (2/7)

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Good Reads

  • 10 Reasons to Know a Little Bit of Church History: Who was Athanasius? In what century did the Protestant Reformation occur? Why was Jonathan Edwards important? What was the Second Great Awakening? In most churches, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who could answer these questions. Indeed, the study of church history has fallen on hard times. But here are 10 reasons why the average believer’s walk with Christ would be enriched by learning a bit of church history. (BibleMesh)
  • Toxic Leaders in Our Ranks: Ten years ago, the United States Army decided to explore a previously forbidden subject: toxic leadership. What they learned could have far-reaching ramifications for their organization, but also for others, including the church. (Hermeneutics)
  • Where Is Biblical Counseling’s Ken Ham? If our worldview is so sure and strong, why can’t we more frequently recognize, praise, and use findings, advances, practices, and even meds that secular scientists and psychologists have discovered and have used to help others? (David Murray)
  • Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline: Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a prized and teachable skill. Pin it on pushback against standardized tests and standardized thinking, or on the need for ingenuity in a fluid landscape. (New York Times)

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Flotsam and jetsam (2/5)


Good Reads

  • Sneering Calvinists: In a sense, I’m a reluctant Calvinist; I still prefer words like “Reformedish” to describe myself, yes, because of my identification with the broader tradition, but also because of how slowly I’ve been drawn in. That being the case, I still remember what it’s like to find Calvinism and Calvinists thoroughly off-putting. (Derek Rishmawy)

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Academia Explained by the Muppets

I saw this posted several times on Facebook, and it was just too good to pass up. I always tell people that I’m looking forward to hitting that stage in my career when I can just be that quirky old prof who wears Chewbacca slippers to class and occasionally throws stuff at students when they’re not looking. Apparently that’s the “Animal” stage of academic life. Should be fun.

But I would argue that Beaker is a much better image of the untenured prof, perfectly capturing the neurotic, stressed-out look of “I have no idea what I’m doing and I really hope no one else notices” that so epitomizes one’s first few years of teaching.

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January’s Top Posts

top fiveI am currently in denial that January is actually over already. Since my calendar insists that this is true, however, here are our top five posts from the last month. Now I’m going to go change the due dates on my to do list so that it looks like I’m actually staying on top of things.

Flotsam and jetsam (2/3)

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Good Reads

  • Siding with Jesus on the Cross: We tell a story in which we side with Jesus against the world and against the sinners and against the perpetrators of injustice. We thereby become guiltless and just. The opposite of what the cross’s message teaches. (Scot McKnight)
  • God Hears Your Super Bowl Prayers, an interview with William Lane Craig: Ultimately, one is submitting oneself to God’s providence, but I see nothing the matter with praying for the outcome of these things. They’re not a matter of indifference to God. God cares about these little things, so it’s appropriate. (Christianity Today)
  • A new bivocationalism: If it is one option for congregations willing to take the long look at their future and shape another kind of identity realistically and creatively, then bivocationalism may provoke renewal rather than resentment. (ABP News)
  • 5 Things to Remember When It Comes to Church Size: My experience with wise church leaders is that they reluctantly embrace growth when it comes, but they do not chase it, they do not fixate on it, and they do not use it as an indicator of anything in any short-term way.  They do look at long-term trends to help identify obstacles to effective ministry, and they certainly celebrate the stories of people who experience gospel-centered transformation. (Transformed)

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Saturday Morning Fun…Bad NFL Lip Reading

Since it’s Super Bowl weekend, here’s a little video of what you might think that NFL players were saying on TV, if you were a particularly creative lip reader.