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Naked Bible Podcast Episode 149: Q & A with Fern, Audrey, and Beth: Distinction from Deliverance Ministry

This episode follows episodes 68 and 120. Fern, Audrey, and Beth minister to trauma victims whose trauma has produced DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) or involved Trauma-based Mind Control (TBMC).  If those terms and associated concepts are unfamiliar to you, then episode 68 is an essential precursor to this episode. This episode focuses on addressing listener questions about this ministry. What you’ll hear in this episode, however, isn’t a model for ministry. As you listen, do not assume you can take what’s said today, get the transcript, make a checklist, and do this sort of ministry. The episode discusses in some detail how the ministry of Fern, Audrey, and Beth differs from traditional deliverance ministry and why those differences matter.

The episode is now live.

Please consider donating to Fern and Audrey’s ministry to trauma survivors.

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Book Review: The New Christian Zionism

Most Christians are interested (and many absorbed) by the topic of the future of Israel and how, in the wake of the New Testament emphasis on the Church as the people of God (Gentiles included), Israel still matters. The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land looks like an important book discussing that topic from various angles, judging from the review on the My Digital Seminary blog. Here are some excerpts of the review:

Like many in my age group, my upbringing was filled with New Year prophecy updates and Left Behind novels. Growing up in the Calvary Chapel family (and still happily in it!), this was my bread and butter. But also like many my age, I have found myself reconsidering some childhood assumptions. In light of the modern Christian shift against supporting a national state and prophetic future for Israel, The New Christian Zionism is an opportunity to reconsider a dominant but former consensus of the past, but with fresh argumentation for a fresh generation. . . .

Given the modern distaste and even disgust for Zionism, McDermott is quick to set out what it is not. It is not to be confused with dispensationalism and a specific detailed end-times forecast. Instead, it “looks to a long history of Christian Zionists who lived long before the rise of dispensationalism” (p11). Though I find this distinction a little overstated, given that at least two of the authors are progressive dispensationalists, the point is still received. The New Christian Zionism does not depend on a particular Israel-church distinction or end-times schedule. Moreover, it is not merely nationalism, due to the historical presence of Jews. Nor merely Christian, but shared with ancient rabbinic opinion. Nor is it about land theft, racism or establishing a theocracy.

 

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What is the Meaning of BAPTIZEIN?

Follow the link below to what, in my experience, is the most lengthy scholarly treatment of the relevant primary sources for the meaning of baptizein (“baptize”) availablable. The article just appeared online for free, though it was published in 2011:

Eckhard Schnabel, “The Meaning of Baptizein in Greek, Jewish, and Patristic Literature,” Filologia Neotestamentaria 24 (2011) 3-40.

No coherent discussion of this term (and baptism) can exclude the data of this article.

 

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Early Christian Martyrdom Resources

I’m cranky today after reading Huff Post article about the reconstruction of the Roman machine that lifted wild animals into the Colosseum. It’s all about how the animals should be pitied. I get that, but what the piece is really about is pushing the debunking myth about “phantom” persecution of Christians. Sorry, but Christians were killed for their faith in ancient times. Peter wasn’t making it up. Neither are other non-canonical sources. And the persecution wasn’t focused on the Colosseum. And Christians really aren’t killed today, either. And radical Islam isn’t doing that thing that doesn’t happen, either. In fact, there is no radicalized Islam.

Here are some resources:

Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations

  • Mark Noll’s blurb (look him up; he knows something about history and historical method) puts it well: “Reflections on Christian martyrdom often exaggerate or debunk. Bryan Litfin’s book on early Christian martyrs is different. It will satisfy not only academics looking for careful documentation, but also readers in general. . . .”

Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church

  •  The above was originally published by Oxford University Press in 1965. I presume you’ve heard of it.

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