Daily Archives: 26 Oct 2010

The Bigger the Church, The Less Committed the Members

In spite of Lifeway Research’s clear agenda (that is, to vaunt mega churches) the simplest of facts illuminates the truth of the bankruptcy of the theology peddled at church’s like Joel Osteen’s- the bigger the church, the less committed the … Continue reading

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BAR’s at it Again…

This time offering their readers a real treat- Wow!  If ‘Christian historian/economist’ (????) Gary North thinks I should get it…   I suppose they couldn’t get an actual biblical scholar to endorse it- so you do what you’ve got to do.  … Continue reading

Posted in Dilettante, sarcasm

My Theme: Updated

Not the layout theme of the blog, but the theme of my work, has been updated. Absence of evidence is evidence of absolutely nothing. I have made the statement before (I think it’s even appearing in print one day as … Continue reading

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Moses, Genesis, and You

Genesis and the Moses story were two competing myths of origin for Israel that were literarily and conceptually independent from each other. They both explained in different ways how Israel came to be. That’s Konrad Schmid’s thesis in a new … Continue reading

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Julian’s Right, Larry Should be Ashamed

King’s nasty little ad hominem shows that he has nothing substantive to argue.  So he should be ashamed.  Not just for that, of course, but for so many little acts of pandering. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on Monday’s”Larry King … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture, Politics | 2 Comments

The Great Sausage Controversy Now Spans the Globe

It started in Australia and spread to New Zealand and then the United States, and now, it’s circled the globe and reached the shores of the United Kingdom. Just as Froschauer and his co-workers – guided by the theological wisdom … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Conferences, SBL, Theology, Zwingli | 3 Comments

In The Mail: The Common English Bible New Testament

This arrived today unsolicited and out of the blue.  It’s quite nicely bound actually and utilizes a one column layout, so that it looks like a ‘normal’ book and not like a ‘Bible’ (with the usual two column layout). It … Continue reading

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What Exactly is the ‘SBL Greek New Testament”?

Here’s the webpage for it. Is it an invisible version? Here’s how I found out about it: I’m presuming it’s a bit of software (though it says print- I remain sceptical), but exactly how is it different from the GNT … Continue reading

Posted in Humor | 7 Comments

ITSEE Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yello Polka Dot Textual Criticism

Ok I apologize for that but every time I see ‘ITSEE’ I can’t help but think of the old song, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’. Anyway- my nostalgic memories aside- The Birmingham Colloquia on the Textual Criticism … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Conferences, Humor | 5 Comments

Call for Carnival-eers

We’re (that’s the royal we’re) looking for Biblical Studies Carnival hosts.  Hosts are needed for March-July of 2011.  If you’d like to host, just let me know.  Even if you’re Duane Smith.  Or, if you don’t want to curse the … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

I Know Just What the Psalmist Means

Ps 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Theology

What’s Wrong With Washington? People, of Course

Here’s another one of those ‘duh’ reports- as if we all didn’t already know that people are the problem in DC. As if incumbents didn’t already have enough to worry about, add one more thing to the list. Optimism about … Continue reading

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Google’s CEO is a Prat

And evidently an arrogant, totally depraved one at that. During an interview on CNN’s Parker Spitzer last Friday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt offered a word of advice to users concerned with Google’s Street View cameras, which provide photos of cities … Continue reading

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Breaking News: The Ark of the Covenant Found!

This just in- the Ark of the Covenant has been found- after thousands of years of being ‘lost’, the Ark has been spotted. Here’s the firsthand report of the discoverer, a fellow named John (though he gives no last name)- … Continue reading

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A Rough Weather Day Ahead…

Our friends up in the northern mid-west are in for a rough day today. We’re staring at a powerful storm that is poised to rake high winds, severe t-storms, and, yes, even wet snow in parts of the Midwest. Some … Continue reading

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Loco College Kids

Or perhaps ‘Loko‘ is the proper way to spell it. The manufacturer of a popular alcoholic energy drink is defending its product after police revealed that’s what sent nine Central Washington University students to the hospital this month not drug … Continue reading

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