Sad News: Shuka Dorfman Has Died

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He was the head of the IAA and he passed away today and his funeral will be in Gadera tomorrow around noon.   A week ago he resigned his position after being ill for an extended amount of time.    Via Joe Zias, Jerusalem.


Meth Users Are Just Plain Un-Smart

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An Oklahoma woman is regretting her decision to exercise her rights as a consumer.  Lynette Rae Sampson was unhappy about the quality of the methamphetamine she had bought and called the police to complain.  It was a scene that could almost have come from Breaking Bad, the award-winning television series in which Walter White, a chemistry teacher, makes a fortune in producing the purest version of the drug.  The “ice” she said had been laced and was not up to the standard she expected.

According to a police affidavit an officer, Aaron Barber was sent to Ms Sampon’s home and was warmly greeted.   “I’m glad you came,” she is said to have told the officer before showing him a tin container on the kitchen counter.  The woman was arrested following a field test of the substance.  She now faces up to 10 years in jail for possession of the methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Dear Lynette- you aren’t very bright, are you?  See what meth has done to you… or were you like that before you started using meth?  If so, that explains your decision to do so.

Anyway, I’m glad we – taxpayers – get to put you up in the hotel for a decade or so and pay for your medical and dental care (even though most of us can’t afford our own insurance.

They’ve Made the Song of Solomon into a Movie…

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I shudder to think of what they’ve done to it.


The email advert opines

Couples and marriages are hurting. The world is bombarding them with temptation and non-biblical solutions for their relationship.

THE SONG is a music-driven love story, inspired by the life of Solomon and his writings. It’s a biblical adaption based on Ecclesiates and the Song of Solomon. A powerful telling with a central premise: Only God can truly give life meaning. We believe it is the most powerful couples film since Fireproof!

THE SONG is produced by City On A Hill Studio (makers of Not A Fan, Gods At War and AHA!) whose ministry work is used by over 15,000 churches. They have also created a full line of church resources (small group study and Pastor’s kit) engineered alongside the movie to help with ministry to young dating couples and those who are married. These church resources are lead by Teaching Pastor and Best selling author, Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian church, one of the largest churches in America.

Ugh.  There’s even a trailer…

Ugh….  I need to go read Bultmann now to cleanse my mental palate…

Today With Zwingli “In catabaptistarum strophas elenchus”

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190043Vetus dictum est, fratres carissimi, malorum uberem esse proventum, quod adeo verum est, ut nihil ęque. Posteaquam enim quorundam studiis vel tantillum licet per nostram sive inertiam sive cęcitatem, iam modum eis ponere sic nesciunt, ut et perire ipsi et perdere alios malint, quam ab instituto revocari, cuius rei exemplum cum olim cum adhuc inter homines versaretur Christus, tum hac nostra tempestate qum verbi sui lucernam redaccendit, nostro nimirum bono edidit.

Thus opens Zwingli’s broadside at the Rebaptizers that he published in 1527, on the 31st of July.

A very fine essay by von Muralt in Zwingliana addresses the issue of Zwingli’s relationship with the Anabaptists titled Zum Problem: Reformation und Täufertum.

Die äußern Vorgänge der Geschichte des Täufertums in der Schweiz sind bekannt. Aber immer aufs neue bemüht sich die Forschung um ein tieferes Verständnis des tragischen Gegensatzes zwischen Reformation und Taufertum und sucht ein Urteil über die beiden Bewegungen zu gewinnen.

The Revised ICCR Program, Zurich 2014

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Is available in PDF here.  Registration for the conference has been closed for a bit- but those who want to follow the action will know via the program who is doing what when and where.


The Atheist Left and Richard Dawkins, Bigot

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The headline:

Now that Richard Dawkins is attacking Muslims and feminists, the atheist Left suddenly discover he’s a bigot

The substance:

It’s hard to deny that Dawkins’s ‘secular fundamentalism’ — as liberal commentators now describe it — makes for an embarrassing spectacle. When enraged pensioners pick fights with total strangers, one’s natural reaction is to go and sit somewhere else on the bus.

But Dawkins was just as offensive when his target was Christianity; it’s just that the Left didn’t have a problem with his description of Pope Benedict XVI as a ‘leering old villain in the frock’ who ran ‘a profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution … amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.’

As I said at the time, that article — in the Washington Post, no less — ‘conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.’ But Dawkins has not become any crazier in the intervening four years; he’s simply widened his attack on blind faith, as he sees it, to include Muslims and feminists.

And the cogent and accurate conclusion:

In the process, he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists. That rift is growing fast: non-believers, having exhausted their anti-Christian rhetoric, are turning on each other with the ferocity of religious zealots. Enjoy.

Let the dead eat their dead.

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

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A-J Levine has a new book coming out in September:

levineThe renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers.  Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.

Being an unrepentant fan of everything A-J does, I’ve pre-ordered it.  Because, Levine.