Daily Archives: 13 Oct 2010

Thanks Be to God

All 33 of the Chilean miners have been rescued and are reunited with their families.  There’s only one thing left to say: thanks be to God.

Is It too Early to Mention Christmas Music?

I don’t think so.  Therefore, drop by this page and take a look at a new album you can pick up November 15th at any Starbucks across the country.  Your friend and mine Ari Shapiro is one of the singers and he’s fantastic.  It’s got something for everyone (including a few tracks you can listen to now).

1. White Christmas
2. White Christmas (part II) featuring Saori Yuki
3. Shchedryk (Ukrainian Bell Carol)
4. Santa Baby
5. Elohai, N’tzor
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. Congratulations – A Happy New Year Song
8. Do You Hear What I Hear?
9. La Vergine Degli Angeli
10. We Three Kings
11. A Snowglobe Christmas
12. Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles)
13. Silent Night
14. Auld Lang Syne

Quote of the Day

The complaint that church is boring is never made by people in awe (of God). -R.C Sproul (lifted from M. Acidri on FB)

Mark Regier: On Theologians and Mowing the Lawn

Nicely done, kid. Very nicely done!

BAR’s Bias- Again

Since H. Shanks and B. Witherington are virtually the only two people on the planet who still insist that the inscription on the so called ‘James Ossuary’ is authentic it is unsurprising in the extreme that their ‘coverage’ of the trial of the century lauds not the report of Yuval Goren and the work of many others who have clearly shown that the inscription is bogus but instead Jack Kilmon’s. In their email newsletter BAR gleefully writes

According to independent scholar Jack Kilmon, the admission of Tel Aviv University’s Yuval Goren that ancient patina was in “Yeshua” (“Jesus”) “shattered the forgery claim and the entire case … The entire case was a hack job fostered by the Israel Antiquities Authority … Someone’s head should roll.

Then the newsletter points to Jack’s take on things. What I find interesting is that they write

Statement of Jack Kilmon, independent researcher, as edited with the author’s permission from a posting on the blog of Jim West: The forgery case will be dropped.

Why I find that interesting is that they a) never got my permission to post Jack’s remarks on the BAR site and even more interestingly, they b) never provide a link to the post where Jack’s comment appears. I wonder why? Well, no, I don’t. I know exactly why: BAR refuses to cite sources as respectable and honorable persons do.

[Do note, however, that I have in fact linked to BAR’s Jack Hijacking because that’s what decent people do. Unlike BAR, I’m not afraid to point readers to other sites. BAR, tellingly, is afraid to. Their BAR-ian Bias is on exhibition for all those who ‘have an eye to see’ and in that respect are very much like several well known bibliobloggers].

Maybe BAR should pay attention to my license requirements which are clearly displayed on the right nav panel-

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Zwinglius Redivivus by Jim West is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

Crazy Pe(n)t(ecostal) Tricks

Via Mike A. on FB. Those Pentebabblers are a screech… sorta.

The Casey Colloquium: Excerpt Nine

This is the ninth excerpt in what will be a series of ten (with the entire series of excerpts available here) from Maurice Casey’s about to arrive volume titled Jesus of Nazareth.  It is, I have to admit, a very persuasive volume.  Being someone who doesn’t really think we can know much at all about the Historical Jesus (because the Gospels, our only real source for the life of Jesus aren’t biographies and were never intended to be read as if they were), I received the proofs of the volume with more than a little skepticism.  ‘Oh, here we go again….” I thought to myself, ‘another one of many in a long line of purely speculative works which somehow or other are able to make a suit out of a button.’

I’m glad to say that I’ve taken away from this volume a surer certainty that there are things we actually can know about the historical Jesus and that these things can truly be termed ‘historical’.

Is that to say that I agree with Casey on every point?  I can’t, and don’t.  But has there ever been anyone who agreed with someone else about every point?  Hardly.  What Casey does is present a solidly reasoned and well presented reconstruction of the life of Jesus that has more of the ring of truth to it than any that I’ve read (since Bultmann’s slim volume- which, to me, is still the high water mark).

Here’ the ninth excerpt.  The tenth and final comes tomorrow.

The belief that Jesus rose from the dead has been a central feature of Christianity from the earliest times. As Paul put it: But if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is vain too (1 Cor. 15.14). Scholars have however found the origins of Christian belief in Jesus’ Resurrection very difficult to understand. Moreover, the subject is phenomenally controversial, because religious and anti- religious convictions about it are so strong. Conservative Christians believe not merely that Jesus rose from the dead, but that he rose bodily from the dead, leaving an empty tomb behind. This is in accordance with the witness of all four canonical Gospels. In recent years, there have been two outstanding scholarly defences of this tradition, the standard works of William Lane Craig, and of Bishop Tom Wright. Many educated Christians, on the other hand, believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, but not bodily. They follow what used to be a conventional view among critical scholars, that the disciples saw appearances of Jesus after his death, but that the stories of the empty tomb are not literally true. As Barnabas Lindars put it, ‘so far from being the origin of belief in the Resurrection, the empty tomb stories arose from this belief.’

Casey follows this observation with his final chapter – on the question of the resurrection. This chapter will be of great interest to many.

15 Miners Rescued Out of 33… So Far

Almost halfway there!  Soon all of the Chilean miners will be reunited with their families. What got them through this amazing ordeal?  To a man, they’ve all confessed, it was their faith in God.

Blogger Pride

Bloggers this past Monday (I’m not quite sure why they picked that day) gathered for the First Annual Blogger Pride Parade-

From the left to the right, Mark Regier, Chris Tilling Michael Acidri, Roland Boer, Joel Watts, Mark Stevens, James McGrath (and in the back with the strange pink costume, NT Wrong, and next to him, barely visible, Mark Goodacre)

They wish to thank Carl Paladino for providing the space where their club meets monthly and for providing the float.

Carl Paladino…


Do people really vote for duplicitous guys like this? Mr Morality who had a mistress and sends out beastiality videos?

State liquor license records show that New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino had once collected rent from two gay clubs located in buildings he owned in downtown Buffalo, according to a published report. The report in the Daily News on Wednesday comes just after Paladino told a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders that he opposed schools for what he called “brainwashing” of students into thinking that being gay is just another choice and “not the way God created us.” The newspaper reported that a club named Cobalt operated as a gay bar in 2004 and most of 2005 and was run by Paladino’s son, William. It was housed in a building owned by one of Paladino’s many companies, Huron Group LLC, the newspaper said. The club was run under another corporate name.

Just another politician / hypocrite (as though the terms weren’t redundant).

Vices the Founding Fathers Opposed But Which are now Seen Commonly

I found this essay really interesting- especially as a history buff (though normally I find American history in particular about as boring as watching paint drying).

… what the Founding Fathers called corruption, depravity, venality, and vice, many of us would call freedom … Here are “11 Freedoms That Drunks, Slackers, Prostitutes and Pirates Pioneered And The Founding Fathers Opposed,” a sample of the fresh take on American history found in “A Renegade History of the United States.”

They’re all still depravities except for integration.

The Perfect Sign For Archaeological Excavations

Shamelessly lifted from Dorothy King’s photos on Facebook.

Just in case visitors to digs don’t know what digs are…

Sarah Palin and Barack Obama on Dancing With The Stars…

What, it could happen…  see…

The Old Testament in the New Annual Conference

Via Steve Moyise

The next meeting of the Annual seminar for the study of the Old Testament in the New Testament will take place from Thurs dinner (14 April) to Saturday lunch (16 April) at St Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden, North Wales. The cost will be approximately £140 (the centre have not set their 2011 costs yet). The main papers are on the theme of Genesis in the New Testament (for the forthcoming Menken/Moyise publication) but there is space for 4-5 other papers. If you would like to offer a paper or find out more about the conference, contact Steve Moyise at s.moyise@chi.ac.uk.

Insane Serbian Football Hooligans

The Italy-Serbia European Championship qualifier was called off after seven minutes Tuesday after violent Serbian fans threw flares and fireworks onto the pitch, burned a flag and broke barriers in the stands. Serbian fans also clashed with police earlier in the day and delayed the start of the match for 45 minutes. When the game finally began, more flares and fireworks were thrown onto the field, and Scottish referee Craig Thomson stopped the match. Italy could now be awarded a 3-0 victory by default. “The referee felt that the players’ security couldn’t be assured. Now it’s up to UEFA and their disciplinary procedures,” Italian football federation general secretary Antonello Valentini told state TV RAI. Italy security director Roberto Massucci was upset that the Serbian police didn’t warn of the danger from their fans.

That’s nuts.  Crazy Serbs.

And the World Rejoiced

The Chilean miners are one by one emerging from the ground to worldwide joy.

The miners emerged like clockwork, jubilantly embracing wives, children and rescuers and looking remarkably composed Wednesday after languishing for 69 days in the depths of a mine that easily could have been their tomb. The anxiety that had accompanied the final few days of preparation melted away at 12:11 a.m. when the stoutest of the 33 miners, Florencio Avalos, emerged from the missile-like rescue capsule smiling broadly after his half-mile journey to the surface. In a din of cheers, he hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son and wife and then President Sebastian Pinera, who has been deeply involved in an effort that had become a matter of national pride.

It’s the sight of dads being reunited with sons and daughters that’s most moving and most misty eyed producing. Thank God this story has ended with tears of joy.