Daily Archives: 10 Feb 2010

Another Shooting at a School

A suspect is in custody Wednesday after two women were shot at Inskip Elementary School in North Knoxville. Police said the wounded pair was taken to a hospital. Their names and conditions haven’t been released. 6 News Anchor Lori Tucker reports that a man is in custody and police have taken him from the scene. His name hasn’t been released either. The school is at 4701 High School Road. Police said students weren’t there because of an early dismissal due to winter weather.

These things come far too frequently.  Far, far too frequently.

UPDATE: A male employee of Inskip Elementary School is in custody Wednesday afternoon after the principal and assistant principal were shot there. The victims are Principal Elisa Luna and Assistant Principal Amy Brace. No charges have been filed yet and the suspect’s name hasn’t been released.

UPDATE II:  The suspect is Inskip teacher Mark Stephen Foster, 48, of Clinton. He’s been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder.   Apparently, according to the local news, he was not going to be rehired for the next year.

People will do anything when motivated by love of money.

The Covenant Code and the Gate of Tishpak

That’s Tishpak and not Tupac. And it’s an essay in Bible and Interpretation that might be of interest to the hundreds of thousands visiting here each week.

Tishpak was the name of the chief god of Eshnunna (ANET 163 note 11) and so it is that the householder has to go to the gate of the city, named after its god, where obviously the judges sit in public to dispense the law (cf. Ruth 4:1ff) and swear his oath in front of them, at “the gate of (the god) Tishpak.”

Read the whole to see how he makes the connection to the Covenant Code.

Google Really Is Trying To Take Over the Web

It wants to offer in home service at speeds of up to 1 GBPS….  Now THAT would be awesome, wouldn’t it?

People have wondered for years what Google might be up to with all that dark fiber it had bought up around the country. Now, we may have an answer: delivery of open-access, fiber-to-the-home Internet service at speeds of 1Gbps. That’s right: 1Gbps. Google has just announced a trial run of its new scheme, and it’s asking city, county, or state officials to let it know if they’re interested in a pilot project. In its initial phase, the fiber optic network will serve anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000 people.

Google I’m no city, county, or state official, but would you please come to East Tennessee. I’d love to be able to download YouTube videos of Calvin and Zwingli reenactments at those blistering speeds. Plus, if you did, I could post even faster! That would be a blessing to the entire world. Come here, Google, come here!

Dealing With Doubt: Part Three

Doubt is not a function of the reason as such, but it is the fruit of the falsely autonomous human reason, which sets itself up as an absolute authority.

So notes Brunner, in my estimation correctly, as he continues dealing with the problem of doubt.  Doubt, being intellectual sin, is the self-aggrandizement of human reason.  What doubt fails to apprehend, however, is that the human mind is neither all knowing, nor is it capable of such.

Brunner fantastically illustrates his point by making reference to the parable of the vineyard owner, in Matthew 21:33ff

“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

Brunner notes

…doubt is the refusal to pay the rent to the owner of the vineyard; unwillingness to give up usurped rights over property; the assertion of the autonomy and sovereignty of reason in opposition to the summons to return to dependence on the God who gives and who demands.

Indeed. Doubt is nothing other than pride.   Next, the efforts of atheists to discount such arguments and their refutation by Brunner.

[Part One, Part Two]

I Thought Tiger Woods Was A Buddhist…

How can he have a ‘Pastor’ if he’s a self proclaimed Buddhist?  Is he like that Episcopal priestess who is also a Muslim?  A blender of religious traditions with what comes out of the brew neither fish nor fowl?

Ah- turns out he doesn’t have a Pastor at all.  The headline is just a misleading little snippet.  The fellow who did the wedding ceremony for Tiger and his wife has spoken up and told the lovely couple simply to forgive each other and all will be well…

It doesn’t appear that the wedding ceremony guy knows very much about how marriage counseling works.  Nor does he seem to know what’s going on with Woods, since

Rev. Ricky Kirton has not seen Woods or wife Elin Nordegren since they wed in 2004, but that didn’t stop him from offering advice to the pair. “Forgive each other. Be there for each other, and it will work out,” he told the magazine.

Well okie dokie then… Taking marriage advice from a guy you had contact with for a few hours at best (counting rehearsal and ceremony and reception) may not be the best course of action. Taking marriage advice from a publicity seeker, even worse.

A 1500 Year Old Street Found in Jerusalem

AFP reports

Archaeologists said on Wednesday they have found a 1,500-year-old Jerusalem road that was once a bustling throughfare used by throngs of Christian pilgrims and which is depicted on a famed mosaic map of the Holy Land. The small segment of road was found in a dig conducted before Jerusalem authorities carry out infrastructure rehabilitation just inside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.

It’s sort of outside the time-limits of my interests. But who doesn’t love a nice  road dating to 500 years after Christ?