Daily Archives: 6 Sep 2010

Dove World Outreach Center is Not A Christian Church

Counter protesters to the Westboro Baptist Chu...

It is a cult. It has nothing to do with Christianity. Please, people, don’t think that it does. It is no more Christian than Westboro Baptist Church. Never confuse those who claim to be Christians with those who really are.

General David Petraeus has condemned a Florida church’s plans to burn Qurans this week, warning that the scene “could endanger troops” in Afghanistan. Petraeus told The Wall Street Journal Monday that Pastor Terry Jones’ September 11 stunt could ignite violence from Taliban forces already versed in harnessing American headlines as propaganda: “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

Such behavior doesn’t represent the cause of Christ. It is a lie. And those who do it heretics and liars. Don’t believe them for a moment nor a second.

Teens Are Flocking to A False Manifestation of Christianity

GAP Teen Church, Bismarck ND

They are, in other words, becoming servants of a god of their own construction and not the God revealed in Scripture.  Why?  Because they’ve been taught that God exists for them- to make them happy and give them whatever they want- instead of they themselves existing to glorify God.

This report in CNN should make every youth worker in every Church sit up and take notice.  Teens and young people are being misled by the self serving version of Christianity youth pastors and others have been peddling just in order to get the kids to attend.

With thanks to Mike for pointing it out- and for making some very relevant observations.

The Worst Movie Ever Made: The American

Don’t see this movie- save your money for something more meaningful like a box of glass to eat.

Some friends invited us to tag along to see what we believed would be an action packed film about an American assassin and what we got was the worst acted, worst directed, most foul splattering of soft porn that has ever appeared in normal movie theaters.  Full frontal was regularly interspersed with pathetic plot development.  It was just awful.  Just purely the worst movie ever made.

George Clooney and the rest of the persons involved in the project, if you can call it that, should be completely ashamed of themselves.

If you go see it, you can’t pretend you weren’t warned.  I’ve tried to spare you the disgust I feel.  Take my word.

The Book of Hosea: A Commentary By J. Andrew Dearman

The kind folks at Eerdmans have sent a copy of J. Dearman’s new commentary on Hosea for review.   Hosea is, after Jeremiah, the most intriguing Old Testament book.  Which other prophet was commanded by God to marry a trollop and name her children scandalous things?  It’s a fantastic book with a fantastic theology.

You can read the Table of Contents here and you can read the review  here.  I heartily recommend Dearman’s work.  It’s excellent.

A Very Brief Blog-rable (That’s Blog Parable)

JDK has it.  Pretty good!

True Words, Jeremiah, True Words Indeed- Quote of the Day

At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse-wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them…. “For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good.” Jer 4:11-12,22

Archaeology in Israel, August 2010

Take a look at Stephen Rosenberg’s newest contribution to the subject in Bible and Interpretation.  It’s a brief overview of things learned in August.

A Veritable Treasure Trove of Amazing Volumes

If you’re a student of religion or theology you simply must take a look at the list of resources online here.

There’s something there for everyone.

An Online Edition of Samuel MacCauley Jackson’s ‘Selected Works of Huldrych Zwingli’

Whilst looking for something I happened across this very useful online edition of Jackson’s famous ‘Selected Works‘.  It includes a number of things which Zwingli wrote that those interested in his theology or just starting out in studying him will find very useful.

September 6, 1522

Statue of Huldrych Zwingli on the corner of th...

It was the 6th of September, 1522 that Huldrych Zwingli published his immensely influential book, ‘Von Klarheit und Gewissheit des Wortes Gottes‘.  In it he correctly asserts that the Word of God as found in Scripture is clear and certain and with the aid of the Holy Spirit, the believer can rightly understand what it says and teaches.

Against the radicals he would later emphasize the centrality of Scripture (because those loons believed in a christianity devoid of Scripture- they instead thought the Spirit alone adequate).  And against the Catholics he would assert the importance of the Spirit (because without the Spirit, one cannot rightly comprehend Scripture at all).

His book still stands as a clear call to Christian exegesis based on Spirit led Scripture study.  In these troubled times, he needs to be heard by one and all.

September 6, 1945

That’s the day that Niels Peter Lemche was born and that means that today is his birthday.

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Those are various and sundry shots of the man and his environment.  From time I spent there with him in Sweden and Denmark a few years back.  One of the best 2 weeks of my life.  I treasure our friendship and I wish my friend the happiest of birthdays.

Happy Labor Day

To all who abide in the USA.  Enjoy a day of rest.  Lord knows you lot spent Sunday at just about every place but worship- so have fun today resting up from all your anti-worship activities yesterday.

Where in the World is Joel Watts Now?

The Black Widow of eating contests gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the national championship record in Buffalo on Sunday. “I’m so happy!” said Sonya Thomas, Joel Watts, who ate 4.86 pounds of chicken wings to win the contest, besting world eating marvel Joey Chestnut at the ninth annual National Buffalo Wing Festival. Buffalo, about 300 miles northwest of New York, is said to be the birthplace of the wings, typically fried and covered in tangy vinegar and hot sauce. Chestnut, America’s No. 1 professional eater, was favored to win Sunday’s competition. He came in second after eating 169 chicken wings, or 4.55 pounds.

And he said he was at Church Sunday.  Please, now we know where he really was and what he was really doing.  So congrats, Joel!  Well done man!  (You backslidden church ditching pagan you).

Louise Hitchcock: The Interview

University of Melbourne (Ormond College), Park...

How far can a made for tv motion picture be behind?  Indiana Hitchcock?

Kidding aside, it’s a great interview and Louise offers some excellent answers.  Aren should be proud.

For the past four years, archaeologist Dr Louise Hitchcock has led a team of University of Melbourne students to dig at the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel. Voice spoke to Dr Hitchcock about her annual excursion as an area supervisor and the experience and training this offers students to work on an archaeological field at the crossroads of the Aegean, Canaanite, Israelite and Egyptian civilisations.

I especially liked this part-

Has your work at Tell es-Safi/Gath shed new light on old myths?

To be a ‘Philistine’ has entered our language to mean uncouth or barbaric, a perception deeply situated in biblical thought. Just as the Greeks described non-Greek neighbours as ‘Barbarians,’ so too did the biblical writers describe people settled along the southern coast of the Levant in derogatory terms. In contrast, our research at Tell es-Safi/Gath demonstrates that the Philistines were a sophisticated and artistic urban culture that positively influenced the surrounding region.

Read it all and share it with a friend. Good job, Louise!

Sheffieldians at Safi

There’s a grand report over on the Sheffield blog relating the experiences of Sheffieldians at the Safi dig this summer.  Enjoy!