Daily Archives: 25 Feb 2010

Scott’s Unending Parade of Dilettantes

Scott writes, after explaining that he also has a YouTube station where he drops some of the worst theology related videos in the known universe, that

The Youtube channel is interesting. While I have more views here, generally, I get many more comments on my videos, and spread out over a much longer period of time. People don’t stop commenting on a video just because it was posted two years ago. However, there’s an even larger difference between my blog and Youtube channel: the sort of comments I get.  Now, like most of you in the biblioblog universe I have a fairly well read and educated readership here at Scotteriology. Comments are usually on-point and insightful. However, comments at my Youtube channel are not quite as, um, er, refined.

Then he offers comments by a parade of dilettantes that make Simcha look like a true and authorized biblical scholar and Benny Hinn look like a downright prophet and Ted Haggard appear by contrast a true man of God among men.  Enjoy.  If  you don’t have blood pressure problems.  If you do, it might well boot you over the edge.

‘Waiting for Armageddon’

Who knew that one of this year’s first horror movies would arrive not from Japan or the mind of Eli Roth but from three inquisitive non-fiction filmmakers? Turning their camera on the apocalyptic beliefs of American evangelicals (estimated in the film at more than 50 million), Kate Davis, Franco Sacchi and David Heilbroner illuminate a worldview marked by absolute certainty and chilling finality.

As always the failure of the author of the piece to include the word ‘some’ before ‘American evangelicals’ makes it an exaggerated op-ed. Not all Evangelicals have the sort of apocalyptic fever and fervor of the arch heretic John Hagee and other dispensationalists aligned with him.

The editorial continues

… these Christians view the approaching Armageddon with eager anticipation. “The ultimate battle, that will be a lot of fun to watch,” one believer gushes. “God is going to trash the planet,” says another, beaming. These sentiments may raise goose bumps but they’re hardly new; what is, the film suggests, is their growing political influence. Seeing confirmation of biblical prophecy in terrorism and tsunamis may not be the most helpful way to forge foreign or environmental policies.

Again, not all Evangelicals are bloodthirsty lunatics pining for the slaughter of millions. And the Bible is not correctly reflected in the miserable theology of the Dispensationalists who spout this tripe. Yet the piece’s author ignores such facts and lumps all Evangelicals into the same cess-pool of ignorance. Wrongly.

Televising Gridlock

I’d like to thank whoever had the idea to televise the discussion on health care today.  It was a stroke of genius, demonstrating to one and all how absolutely entrenched politicians are and how it is that absolutely nothing is being done.

With tempers flaring, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans clashed in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit Thursday over the right prescription for the nation’s broken health care system, talking of agreement but holding to long-entrenched positions that leave them far apart.

All those who still live under the illusion that the government cares and is doing its best for the country have now had opportunity to see for themselves what a lie that is.

Nothing makes one certain of the need to kick out of office each and every elected official like watching televised gridlock.

A Postcard From The Albright, Jerusalem

Bob Cargill visited the Albright a while back while filming for an upcoming special.  When is that to air, Bob?

Anyway, he was nice enough to send a very delightful postcard which I’ve since framed and hung on the wall down here in the Study.  It’s quite attractive.

Why mention it, you ask?  Because 1) it demonstrates Bob’s coolness and thoughtfulness.  And 2), it’s a picture worth sharing.  So enjoy the ambiance it provides- even at a distance.

A Fitting Sentence Indeed

One of the persons involved in the inhuman slayings of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom has been sentenced to life in prison plus 100 years.  It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

One of the men convicted of the murder of Channon Christian was already sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole–but now he’s been sentenced to another century beyond that. Letalvis Cobbins received a life sentence for his role in the abduction, rape, and murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. He was convicted of felony murder in Christian’s death and facilitation in Newsom’s death. He was previously sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for the most serious convictions against him. However, he still had to face sentencing for the lesser charges against him.

He and his four compatriots carjacked, kidnapped, raped, sodomized, brutalized, tortured, and killed two young people out on a date. Those horrid criminals deserve much more than the state can sentence them to; eternity alone is long enough for the full measure of their just desserts.  Of all the totally depraved persons I’ve had the misfortune of mentioning, this lot is the most depraved of them all.  You can read all the gruesome details here.

The Final Two Baptists Will Be Freed

The two Baptist volunteers still in jail in Haiti will be freed and possibly could be released this week, the judge overseeing the case says. “We haven’t found anything that could suggest wrongdoing on the part of the Americans,” Judge Bernard Saint-Vil told Reuters Feb.18. “I think they could be released this week,” he added. Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter, members of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, have been in jail since Jan. 29, when they and eight of their team members were arrested on charges of child kidnapping and criminal association when they tried to take 33 children out of the earthquake-ravaged country and to a makeshift orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

They should have been released weeks ago. In fact they never should have been arrested in the first place.

Total Depravity: The Facebook Blackmailer Edition

A Wisconsin teen convicted of using Facebook to blackmail dozens of classmates into sex has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Who is he?

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Stancl.

What did he do that merits 15 years in prison?

Stancl is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook and tricking more than 30 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves, then using the photos to blackmail them for sex.

He pretended to be a girl, conned guys into sending him nude photos (they were stupid for doing it, by the way) and then they consented to sex with him in order to avoid public humiliation… (they were stupid for doing that too). But worse than their stupidity is his depravity.  But such things are to be expected among persons who lack ethics and morals.

Young people, here’s a tip- don’t take nude pictures of yourself for anyone. Ever. There’s no sensible purpose in it and these days the one thing you can count on is that some depraved reprobate will upload it somewhere. Think, kids. Use those little brains you have.

When It’s The Beauty Queens At The Head of the Culture Wars…

Things have gone very badly awry.

Instead of letting the blondes (no offense) play talking heads for important issues of the day, shouldn’t theologians and civic leaders and persons in positions of leadership be doing it?

Ashley recently told Fox News and other media outlets that same-sex marriage goes against God and the Bible.

Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows that.  You can ignore Scripture and defend Gay marriage or you can read along with Scripture and disapprove of it.  But you can’t do both.   So why, when some pageant participant spouts this or that notion, does anyone in the media care?  Is the need to fill the news-space so pressing that vacuous bikini models and catwalk prancers have actually become relevant?  And why are these pageant ladies all named Ashley and Carrie and other actress names?  Were their parents fixated on their fame even at their birth?

It’s a sign of the impending apocalypse, my friends.

How Is Jesus’ Crucifixion To Be Understood?

A new e-book investigates just that very – critical and central – question.  You can download the PDF here.  Here’s the blurb-

Wie ist Jesu Kreuzestod zu verstehen? Wie lässt sich verstehen und vermitteln, dass aus dem Foltertod Jesu Heil für die Menschen erwächst? Antworten auf diese Fragen sucht die Broschüre ”Aus Leidenschaft für uns” der Evangelischen Kirche im Rheinland.