N.T. Wright on History and the Virgin Birth (Jan 2012)

By Matt Dabbs

By Edward Fudge

HISTORY AND THE VIRGIN BIRTH — “Religion & Ethics,” an online publication of ABC.NET.AU ran this fascinating article by N. T. Wright on the purpose of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. My thanks to new friend and gracEmail subscriber Claude Mariottini for pointing me to this piece. Dr. Mariottini is Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary near Chicago, and he produces one of the most educational and interesting blogs I see. Read more here.

NEW ON WIKIPEDIA — A teaser from our new Wikipedia article is scheduled to run today (Sunday, January 1) on Wikipedia’s Main Page from 8:15 a.m. till 4:15 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, as an item under the heading “Did You Know… ?” See the full Wikipedia article here. Subscriber Jonathan Clemens asked to create the entry; we thank him for his work.

SCOT McKNIGHT REVIEW — I appreciate very much the following review by Scot McKnight of my book Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today. McKnight’s blog, “Jesus Creed,” is one of the top-rated anywhere.

“Commentary writing usually leads to boring prose; after all, the ‘plot’ of a book is already known and the job of a commentary is to explain what is already there not to invent something that is not there, though many commentaries have done the latter. Fudge, however, parts from the norm by writing prose that keeps the reader alert. He’s got a good format: the ‘Why and Wherefore’ (big picture, clear idea of whole passage) is followed by ‘Unpacking the Text’ (made clear and accessible for English-Bible readers) and throughout excellent sidebars. He is more Calvinist than Arminian on the apostasy passages in Hebrews. This commentary is marked by a thoroughly christocentric approach and a keen sensitivity for the pastor/preacher. For its size and scope, I can’t think of a better commentary.”

NEW WINESKINS IS BACK! — After a year of rest and disconnection with ZOE Ministries, Keith Brenton, who humbly calls himself the WebServant (instead of webmaster) is renewing New Wineskins online magazine’s ministry. Highlighting the January, 2012 edition — themed “Incarnation: Being Jesus in the World” — is a perceptive article by contributor Gary Holloway, imagining what must have gone on in the minds of Joseph and Mary. Check it out at www.wineskins.org.

JMT COMING TO HOUSTON – God willing, John Michael Talbot will return to Lanier Chapel this month on January 12 and 19, for two Thursday evening teachings on the theme “The World is My Cloister.” Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken. John Michael’s CDs and books will also be available for purchase. The Lanier Chapel is located at 14130 Hargrave, Houston, Texas.

MEET MELANIE SIMPSON! — I would like to introduce you to gracEmail subscriber and new author Melanie Simpson. Her first book, Life’s Too Short To Miss the Big Picture (For Moms)! is due out from Leafwood Publishers at Pepperdine University Lectures this May–where she will also have a class on the same theme. Melanie has the gift of story-telling, the kind that leaves you laughing in one paragraph and crying in the next. Reviewer Laura Norman, of Merry Makers Inc., writes: “Melanie Simpson is the voice of every mother. She offers her readers a witty, insightful dose of reality, giving each Mommy an ‘it’s not just me’ moment with every chapter.” (Full disclosure: Melanie is my daughter, but I am not a bit biased, right?)

GOOD WORDS FOR TFTC! — With all the books now available on hell, I am grateful to Australian scholar and gospel-man Dr. Desmond Ford for his ranking of The Fire That Consumes. To see it, click here. The new third edition is available also for Kindle (go to www.amazon.com).

SPEAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR 2012

Fully mindful of the uncertainty of life and of life’s circumstances, if God wills, I will fulfill the following speaking appointments this new year. You are cordially invited to attend any of the public meetings (marked [P],) and to bring as many guests as you wish.

January 10, 2012 – South Alabama
District Pastors Conference (closed)
Discussion about TFTC and “Hell and Mr. Fudge” movie

January 18, 2012 – Houston, Texas [P]
West Houston Church of Christ
Powerpoint presentation “The Fire That Consumes” (1)
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Website: www.westhoustonchurch.org
17100 West Road, Houston, TX 77095-5561
(281) 856-0001

January 22, 2012
Houston, Texas
Guest on “A Show of Faith” radio program, 1070 KNTH (Houston).
Topic: “The Fire That Consumes,” with Dr. David Capes,
professor of theology at Houston Baptist University.
8:00-8:30 p.m.

January 25, 2012
– Houston, Texas
West Houston Church of Christ
Powerpoint presentation “The Fire That Consumes” (2)
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Website: www.westhoustonchurch.org
17100 West Road, Houston, TX 77095-5561
(281) 856-0001

February 5, 2012 – Houston, Texas
10:15 a.m.
Bering Drive Church of Christ
Sermon TBA
1910 Bering Drive
Website: www.beringdrivechurchofchrist.org
713-783-2340

March 21, 2012 – Houston, Texas
Bering Drive Women’s Bible Study
Subject: TBA
10:00 a.m.
1910 Bering Drive
Website: www.beringdrivechurchofchrist.org
713-783-2340

March 28, 2012 – Houston, Texas
Bering Drive Women’s Bible Study
Subject: TBA
10:00 a.m.
>1910 Bering Drive
Website: www.beringdrivechurchofchrist.org
713-783-2340

April 4, 2012 – Houston, Texas [P]
Bering Drive Women’s Bible Study
Subject: TBA
10:00 a.m.
1910 Bering Drive
Website: www.beringdrivechurchofchrist.org
713-783-2340

April 17-18, 2012 – Chicago, Illinois
District Pastors Conference (closed)
Discussion about TFTC and “Hell and Mr. Fudge” movie

May 2, 2012 – Malibu, California [P]
Pepperdine University Annual Bible Lectures
Movie Clips from “Hell and Mr. Fudge”
(Reflections on a Film About My Life -1)
3:15-4:15 p.m., Elkins Auditorum

May 3, 2012 – Malibu, California [P]
Pepperdine University Annual Bible Lectures
Movie Clips from “Hell and Mr. Fudge”
(Reflections on a Film About My Life -2)
3:15-4:15 p.m., Elkins Auditorum

May 4, 2012 – Malibu, California [P]
Pepperdine University Annual Bible Lectures
Movie Clips from “Hell and Mr. Fudge”
(Reflections on a Film About My Life -3)
3:15-4:15 p.m., Elkins Auditorum

June 7-9, 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee [P – fee]
Lipscomb University
Christian Scholars Conference
“The Reconciliation of All Things: God, Hell, and The End”
On panel with Thomas Talbott and Jerry Walls
Moderator: Brandon Fredenburg
Venue, date and time TBA

June 10, 2012 – Franklin, Tennessee [P]
Forest Home Church
Bible study : TBA
Sermon: TBA

Copyright 2012 by Edward Fudge. You are urged to reproduce, reprint or forward this gracEmail, but only in its entirety, without change and without financial profit.

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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