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Chicken Little Again?

The ancient Mayans, the ancient Egyptians, Nostradamus, the Masons. As the perennial favorite of children, Sesame Street, often asks, “Which of these things is not like the other?” We might be inclined to offer the Masons as an answer because, unlike the two other groups and Nostradamus, the Masons continue to function in contemporary society.

However, the question offered is a trick question because, on January 4, 2009, a special aired by The History Channel linked all four together. “Nostradamus: 2012” aired just a few days ago and linked the end of the world to interpreted prophecies of Nostradamus, the ancient Mayans, and the ancient Egyptians, and information purportedly known to the Masons. Producers of the fifty-minute television show presented arguments for and against the belief that December 21, 2012 will mark the end of the world. Why has this date created such a stir in popular culture? Is there a need to cancel your plans for New Year’s Eve in December 2012? Is Chicken Little rearing his tiny head again? (more…)

Tom Schreiner, ‘Women in Ministry and The Blue Parakeet’

Tom SchreinerOn this first edition of ‘The Boyce Forum,’ Denny Burk talks to Tom Schreiner about Scot McKnight’s new book The Blue Parakeet and the topic of women in ministry.

A couple of weeks ago Tom Schreiner contacted The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (for which I am the editor) and expressed interest in writing a review of Scot McKnight’s new book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. We were delighted to let him write the review for us and plan on publishing the review in the Spring 2009 issue of the journal. In advance of its publication in JBMW, the review essay will appear next week on the Gender Blog of the Council for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.

I sat down last week with Tom to discuss McKnight’s book in particular and the gender debate in general. Tom’s contribution to the evangelical discussion on gender has been substantial, and we were honored to have him as a guest. Among other things, he wrote the article on 1 Corinthians 11 for the book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and edited the watershed work titled Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15.

Tom’s assessment of The Blue Parakeet is very critical and spot-on. So after listening to this podcast, you’ll want to be sure to read Tom’s review on the Gender Blog next week.