by Edward Fudge
June 8, 2011
MOUNT ARARAT? -- What's the latest on Mt. Ararat, identified in English Bibles as the site of landing of Noah's Ark after the Flood? In his blog titled "Down from Ararat" (June 6, 2011), biblical scholar Ben Witherington III offers well-founded thoughts based on data from Genesis, non-Israelite ancient neareastern literature, history, geography and archaeology. One teaser: "Ararat" is actually the name of a range of mountains, not a single identifiable peak. For more, click here.
MORE ON LOVE/DOCTRINE -- I recently quoted Greg Boyd who said: "Whatever else might be said, I honestly don't believe we'll even begin to move in the right direction until we resolve that loving one another (and everyone else) is a higher priority than proving, protecting and enforcing the rightness of our doctrines."
Alongside anticipated kudos and affirmations in response, good friend and gracEmail subscriber Robert Dozier demurred, inquiring why the person and work of Jesus, for example, does not outrank our loving each other. It is a good question to which there is a good answer: the message concerning Jesus and his saving accomplishments is gospel (the good news of what God has done for sinners), not doctrine (how redeemed sinners are to live in response to what God has done). Boyd and the Bible, which he cited, speak of doctrine and not gospel.
TFTC READY ON KINDLE -- The new third edition of THE FIRE THAT CONSUMES is ready to order from amazon.com.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE -- God willing, I will meet the following schedule during the next 90 days.
June 16-18 -- Malibu, California
Christian Scholars Conference
June 17 (Friday) -- Scholars Panel
The Fire That Consumes: Third Edition,
Dr. Tom Robinson, Generative Leader
9:00-10:30 a.m. - Room: AC 286
June 22-23 -- Athens, Alabama Watch some filming of "Hell and Mr. Fudge"
Fudge family reunion
July 10 (Sunday) -- Orlando, Florida
Metro Church of Christ
Sermon at both morning services
8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"Our Man In Heaven: Jesus our High Priest (Hebrews)"
July 12 -- Fudge family reunion
Informal seminar: "The Fire That Consumes"
July 18 -- Houston, Texas
Lifeline Chaplaincy Headquarters
Share personal pilgrimage
August 14 (Wednesday) -- Houston, Texas
Bammel Church of Christ
"Water From the Throne" (Ezek. 47).
August 19 -- Houston, Texas
Lanier Theological Library
Film interview -- documentary on hell
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