Best of April at Cataclysmic

Don’t miss out on the fun at Cataclysmic – here is a list of our 5 most popular posts during the month of April:

I’d Rather Be Christlike Than Biblical

“Jesus, not the Scriptures, is the true Word of God. The Scriptures give witness to the Word of God, but they are not the Word of God. The Bible needs to be interpreted through the lens of Christ – a truth that can be easily fumbled over when people are holding a fistful of clobber texts in the middle of a culture war.”

Knowing Our History

“The more we understand the historical role of the church in the work towards equality between men and women, the better we can dispel misconceptions about feminism and the church.  This is one reason I plan to start including women from church history in my weekly Frauen Friday series.”

Is Putin Ezekiel’s “Gog”? (Problems with the Bible Code Prophecy Craze)

“My interest in this claim and its popularity lies less in the particular statements made than in the interpretive impulses behind them. There is a bizarre and disturbing tendency for Christians to interpret biblical prophecy as a secret code, pertaining to our current geo-political affairs, which we must decipher.”

“Classical” Western Theory of Metaphor: Aristotle

“Aristotle’s view of metaphor focuses on single words that deviate from ordinary, literal language to evoke a change in meaning based on perceived similarities. Compare this to a summary of the common view of metaphor held today by many: metaphor is a linguistic devise useful for explaining something abstract by referring to something more concrete.”

The Problem of Hina: Theodicy in John 9

“What if John 9:3 is not a statement about God’s mysterious sovereignty, but about his clear desire to overcome any and all evil that has invaded his world. Such an interpretation would have the advantage of the lager context of the Gospels – where the clear assumption is that sickness and disease are the works of the devil, not God.”



Top 50 Biblioblogs

Yesterday Peter Kirby came out with his list of the top 50 biblioblogs (by traffic) in the Spring of 2014.

Who would have guessed it – Cataclysmic comes in at #31. (How have we tricked that many people into reading our blog?!) It’s not a competition, but if it was… well I guess we’d still be pretty far away from getting a medal. 😉

A big thanks to Peter Kirby for putting together the list – go check it out to see some other really good blogs worth reading (make sure to check out some blogs lower on the list too –  there are some hidden gems in there that deserve more readership).


Top 10 Posts on Cataclysmic in 2013

2013 was a good year for Cataclysmic. The biggest development was adding three wonderful new contributors to the blog and as you can see from the following list, they’ve made quite the impact.

The ten most viewed posts from 2013.

  1.  In Which I Disagree with Mark Driscoll (and it has little to do with women)
  2. Jesus is Cruciform, Not Octagonal (A Response to Mark Driscoll)
  3. Interpreting the Violent Imagery in Revelation
  4. Why the Left Behind Series Should be Left Behind
  5. Kenosis, Cruciformity, and Feminism
  6. Have We Ruined The Bible?
  7. Genuine Christmas Theology: Sermon Suicide?
  8. How To: Your First Biblical Studies Conference Paper
  9. Metaphor and The Enlightenment
  10. Paul’s Apocalyptic Imagination: ‘The Martyn School’




Introducing New Contributors to Cataclysmic

Over the next several weeks, multiple changes will be coming to Cataclysmic.

The most exciting and immediately noticeable change will be the addition of two new regular contributors to the blog. I am happy to welcome – Jessica Parks and Mike Skinner. I met Jessica and Mike through our connection with Houston Baptist University. I was once a graduate student there and now teach as an adjunct; Jessica and her husband (Jimmy) graduated in May with matching Masters in Biblical Languages; and Mike is currently working on his Master of Theological Studies. Bios will post later in the week, in the mean time you can find out more about Jessica on her current blog Facing the Jabberwock (also @mrsjessparks on Twitter) or Mike at First Colony Christian Church (also @mike_skinner on Twitter). I am looking forward to all they will bring to Cataclysmic.

A second change is that Jessica has agreed to become the administrator for Cataclysmic and she has a green light to make any changes she wants. Thus, I am sure that over the next few months you will begin to see the blog refined. The changes may be slight or substantial, but certain they will be for the better.

Finally, with new contributors you will see content exploring topics that have not been previously considered on the blog. I am excited to see where Jessica and Mike will lead us in this regard. Also, the blog may even become more academic in nature, will see how it plays out, but it will not lose two central components.

  1. First, all three of us love scripture. We regard scripture as a source of authority over our lives, albeit we might describe it differently, and believe the voice of scripture continues to speak to us, in us, and through us. Thus, the blog will not lose it focus on scripture.
  2. Second, each of us values the church. Our scholarship and this blog are meant to edify; in other words, we think and write to serve the church. Therefore, the blog will continue to engage topics important to the church.

I, for one, am very excited about the future of Cataclysmic. Cataclysmic is changing. Welcome change.