Daily Archives: 27 Jan 2010

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To my friend for the new blog badge. It’s at the top of the sidebar, where it deserves to be prominently displayed.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Theology


Straight Bashing: Heterophobia’s Dirty Little Secret

Proponents of gay ‘marriage’ spent the 11th day of the Prop 8 trial Tuesday demonizing religious conservatives in what has become heterophobia’s dirty little secret- straight bashing to advance an agenda.

Religious conservatives once again were the target of criticism Tuesday as the California Prop 8 federal trial — which could result in the legalization of “gay marriage” nationwide — concluded its 11th day.

[NB- if disagreement with the homosexual lifestyle can be labeled ‘homophobia’ and speaking out one’s disagreement can be called ‘gay-bashing’, then persons who are proponents of gay marriage can be called ‘heterophobes’ and speaking out against ‘one man, one woman’ can be called ‘straight bashing’. After all, what’s good for one side of an argument is good for the other].

The heterophobes and straight bashers may well prevail in California and the will of the people may be overturned, but things will be quite different when the case arrives at the Supreme Court.


Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture


The Case Against Raphael Golb

Has been continued until February 24th, according to Robert Cargill on FB.  It’s the eternal foot dragging that bums one out and makes one despair of our system of justice.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture


Apple Unveils Giant iPhone and Calls it an iPad…

Let the wow-ing commence for all those who need a giant iPhone (or just the latest thingy to make them feel chic).

At my age with my failing eyes I could use one but I’m not likely to spill $$$$$$ for it.  I’ll just pick up some bi-focals at the local Wal Mart and use my laptop when I travel and my desktop when I’m home.

No need for another gadget no matter how much Madison Avenue wishes to persuade me to the contrary.


Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture


Congressional Hypocrisy

Congress is unhappy with the Secretary of the Treasury (aren’t we all) for the part he played in the bailout of big banks and insurance companies.  Congress is filled with hypocrites.  They’re the ones who approved the bailout in the first place.

“In effect, the taxpayers were propping up the hollow shells of AIG by stuffing it with money. And the rest of Wall Street came by and looted the corpse,” committee chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., told Geithner. Geithner clearly was getting no cover from committee Democrats on the day that President Barack Obama was to give a State of the Union address intended to assure Americans he shares their economic priorities. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, suggested Geithner was more beholden to banking interests than to taxpayers at the New York Fed and cut him off abruptly when he tried to deny it.

Well Marcy, talk about the pot calling the kettle black… You Congressmen and women are in the pockets of big banks and insurance companies and we all know it. And of course so do you.

Despicable is the only word that describes the Congress of the United States at this moment in its history.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture


Reformed Radio: What Would Calvin Think?

He’d probably think it was a pretty good idea.  You might too, but you won’t know until you check it out.  Via.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Theology


Ferguson Symposium at Lipscomb University

Baptism in the Early Church: A Symposium on the Work of Everett Ferguson

Everett Ferguson’s Baptism in the Early Church offers an exhaustive survey of the literary and material evidence for baptismal practice in the first five centuries of Christian history. This symposium, hosted by the Christian Scholars’ Conference, brings together leading scholars to engage this magisterial work and to honor its author’s contribution to ecumenical theological scholarship.

You can discover registration fees, etc., here.  With thanks to David for pointing it out.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Bible, Conferences


Jesus Users

The Gospel of John contains an amazing and frequently overlooked hardly ever discussed section worth thinking about.  It’s John 6:26ff and it tells the tale of Jesus’ rather direct confrontation with the seekers after personal benefit.

Jesus had just fed the multitude.  When the hungry (again) mob can’t find him, they seek him out and the first words out of his mouth are

“I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

They only had interest in him because he fed them. And that was where their interest stops, as the denoument of the encounter makes crystal clear: they have no intention of doing the will of the Father.

Like their ancient counterparts, today’s ‘Jesus Users’ can be found wherever something is being given away, whether it be gas cards or clothing or food or whatever they can get their hands on.  They have no interest whatsoever in following the Master as disciples, they’re only in it ‘for themselves’.

Pandering to the Jesus Users never results in the desired effect.  ‘Seeker Sensitive’ churches and well meaning Christians haven’t appreciated the encounter with Jesus recorded in John or they would have noticed that Jesus does not in fact feed them again- he offers them himself.  And him, they reject because his words are harsh and his tone demanding.

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.

Or, fully participate in me or don’t participate at all.

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?

Apparently it did.

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

But what of that little minority, the 12?

You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

So the mob is whittled down from the thousands fed to a paltry 12. And one of them is a devil!

What are we to observe in all this? That following Jesus is a minority sport. Big mobs follow only when they sense something in it for them. The little minority with the devil in their midst, they follow no matter what.

Jesus Users- they are part of the mob that turns away. Once the gas cards run out or the clothes closet is empty or the food pantry is exhausted, off they will be to greener pastures, there to die in their sins.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Bible, Modern Culture, Theology


A Midweek Break From Seriousness

And a dive into the shallow end of the gene pool… with a couple of snaps from ‘’ and ‘’.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Humor, Modern Culture


Are The Gospels ‘Copy Exercises’?

That’s what Joe Hoffman wants us to believe in an idea he’s pitching at Bible and Interpretation.  Here’s the heart of his thesis (which he eventually gets to 2/3rds of the way through his essay)

… at a programmatic level, it [i.e., NT scholarship] needs to scrap the idea of authorial attribution completely and to acknowledge that the production of New Testament gospels, at least in the case of the synoptics, was an anacreonic process—a process of imitation, based on the desire to imitate and enhance rather than merely to produce or propagate an original. Admirers of the Jesus-story were using a prototype for copy exercises. Whose story it was is of no importance, and remains of no importance well into the second century.

More evidence will be needed, though, than the tenuous link to a 6th c. BCE Greek than Hoffman provides. He may be right- but his case is slimly built and ideologically driven (on the foundation of a wishful hope that Marcion was right and the Church orthodox wrong)…

We know only one ancient collector who insisted that the source was anonymous, or more precisely “the true source”– the heretic: Marcion. It is not surprising that to smother the effect of this radical suggestion, both copyists and fathers insisted on attribution. The gnostic penchant for attributing and the slanders of both Jewish and conservative Roman observers, with their different but equally sharp insistence on literary- historical pedigree is enough to explain the demand for named sources.

I’ve not read Marcion in a long time but if I recall he attributes the Gospel of Luke to, well what do you know, Luke. So I don’t really think he was all that interested in the ‘anonymity’ that Hoffman supposes. Further, and more importantly, the Gospels themselves never attribute authorship by name. If they were intended to be copy exercises one would imagine that the copyists would tell us who they were copying.

Hoffman tells a fun tale- but that’s all it is. A fun tale, without form or substance.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Bible


Webinar: Evolution and the Doctrine of Sin

Princeton Theological Seminary is hosting a conference which will also be available for those unable to attend (by webinar) titled Darwin Made Me Do It: Evolution and the Doctrine of Sin. February 8, 2010, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (main lecture at 1:30 p.m.), The Erdman Center.

Whether you wish to attend in purpose, or view the lecture over the web, you need to register. And you can do that here.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Conferences, Theology


Are You A Weather Geek?

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture


Twitter and Jocks: The Perfect Match

So opines Frank Deford on NPR this morning.   He asserts the match is right because athletes are seldom able to either spell correctly or use proper grammar.  Hence, their perfect match-up with Twitter- which avoids both proper spelling and grammar.  Give his report a listen.  It’s grand. In part

Now that’s why I do like it that so many athletes are twittering these days. First of all, twittering is a good fit for athletes because it doesn’t require an ability to spell correctly or employ grammar — neither of which most of our erstwhile student-athletes are reel gude at. Secondly, twittering is specifically for those who have signed up for the twittering universe, so those of us who do not wish to be bombarded by aimless, misspelled chatter are a protected species.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Humor, Modern Culture


Quote of the Day

Foolishness corresponds exactly to our arrogance of autonomy and our insane pretensions to it.  — Emil Brunner

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Theology


He’s Not a ‘Man’ If ‘He’s’ Pregnant, He’s a Woman

Men don’t get pregnant. Women who have had sex change surgery while maintaining their reproductive organs do. But yet again the press is trying to tell us that a ‘man’ is pregnant.

Another man has gotten himself pregnant and is due to give birth next month, the UK’s Daily Mail reports. Scott and his husband, Thomas, were both born female and have undergone surgery to become men. Scott, born Laura, had his 36DDD breasts removed but still has female sex organs as his parents couldn’t afford the full surgery.

So, two women were surgically changed into the external form of males while continuing to be biologically females are ‘married’… And now one of the women, after artificial insemination, is pregnant – though she prefers to be known as a man?

Thomas, born Laura, had a hysterectomy and gender reassignment surgery last year. When Scott got pregnant in June, he said, “We were so happy we did what all gay men do when they get excited — we went shopping.”

Ah well there’s no stereotype there, is there? But, Laura, you’re not gay men, you’re lesbian women.

You can see a photo of the ‘happy couple’ at the link above.  If you dare.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture, Total Depravity


Sometimes It’s Easier to Make a Shot Blindfolded…

Than it is if you can see the basket, as this guy shows.

There’s something theological about this. I’m sure it has to do with walking by faith and not by sight.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture, Theology


Caspar Olevianus and Reformed Theology

This may be of interest to you, if you’re curious about the work of one of the most substantial, yet unfairly unknown, personages in Reformed history.

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Church History, Theology


Fred Phelps Has Too Much Time on His Hands

Besides being a hate-monger, doesn’t Phelps and his merry band of lunatics have something better to do than picket Twitter Headquarters?

Sure, I’m no fan of Twitter. I think it’s just about the same thing as indecent exposure. Twitterers are the internet’s equivalent of the little old strange man in the park who wears a trench coat and frightens little children with his gross expostulation.

But picketing its headquarters? Come on. That’s just doofy.  Twitter doesn’t matter that much.  Neither does Phelps.  In fact, his sense of self importance is as ghastly as Satan’s.  And like Satan, Phelp’s has too much time on his hands.


Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Modern Culture, Theology


A Day To Remember

Today marks the anniversary of the births of Mozart and DF Strauss. A good day indeed!

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Posted by on 27 Jan 2010 in Church History, Theology