Various bits and pieces that have been tucked away for a rainy day:
Calvin 09 - Reading through the Institutes in a year: a nice looking resource from Princeton, in which you can read or listen to a different section every day. Don't worry if like me you are late starting, we are still only in Book 1.
What did Paul Really Write in Philippians 1.11?: see the discussion over at Evangelical Textual Criticism, especially in the comments. I am still of the view that Paul could well have written here, 'for the glory of God and my praise / honour" - but most commentaries dismiss it. Perhaps I should get a Short Note together summarizing the arguments in favour of the harder reading.
On John Updike: I have always been haunted by the opening scenes of In the Beauty of the Lilies, in which Clarence Wilmot loses his faith just like that. As usual, Ben offers an insightful pointer to Updike's role as a theological novelist including this great quotation, directed to a ministerial colleague, from Rabbit, Run:
What is Theological Commentary?: Halden offers his usual provocative thoughts, which I read having just done some work with Joseph Fitzmyer's new commentary on 1 Corinthians which, in many ways, felt rather outdated. The thesis I am unsure about in Halden's list is no.6:
I am not sure that this distinction is as clear cut as Halden's formulation suggests.
Ten Virtues for Theological Students: from Ben, who will no doubt be trying to encourage the formation of such virtues in his students, as i will in mine, as a new academic year begins.