Monthly Archives: November 2010

Heinrich Bullinger: On Church Decor

All luxurious attire, all pride, and everything unbecoming to Christian humility, discipline and modesty, are to be banished from the sanctuaries and places of prayer of Christians. For the true ornamentation of churches does not consist in ivory, gold, and … Continue reading

Posted in Bullinger, Church History, Theology

A Televangelist Who Deserves a Standing Ovation

This chap gets it. A prominent televangelist appeared before a worldwide television audience Tuesday to admit that he had an affair with a woman years ago — and to allege that three people had tried to extort millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Another University Wasting Money on an Idiotic and Pointless Course

Northwestern University is offering a course on the tv show Mad Men… Fans of “Mad Men” watch the show for the writing, the great costumes and the very attractive cast. Now, a group of Northwestern University students are watching to … Continue reading

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John Calvin on Pride

Owing to the innate self-love by which all are blinded, we most willingly persuade ourselves that we do not possess a single quality which is deserving of hatred; and hence, independent of any countenance from without, general credit is given … Continue reading

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Who’s Number One? Let’s Just Go Ahead and Say It- Not You!

Bwahahahahaha!  So don’t be all up in my grill when Jeremy posts the Top 50 in the next day or so.  Just sing this song to yourself or even adopt it as your theme… Why do I keep coming out … Continue reading

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Bad News For Those of Us Who Shop Second Hand Stores in Ghana…

Ghana plans to enforce a ban on the sale of second-hand underwear beginning in February, an official said on Monday, citing the health risks involved in the hawking of the garments by street vendors.  “We are collaborating with the Ghana … Continue reading

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On Certain British Clerics Who Defend Atheism… An Observation

Clerics (British or otherwise so far as that goes) who defend Atheism are to Christianity what Anne Heche is to homosexuality:  publicity seekers who wish only to appear ‘chic’ only to appear instead trite and ‘neither hot nor cold- and … Continue reading

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My Basement is Seeping Water…

So I’m manning the shop vac and hoping the rain stops before I lose my mind.  At any rate, the sump pumps are still working.  Evidently there’s just so much water in the ground it’s actually seeping through the block … Continue reading

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Archaeology and Chemistry

Israel Finkelstein passes along word of this essay and its connection to the excavations at Megiddo. Read the whole. It commences Fabled as a site of biblical battles and spectacular palaces, Tel Megiddo today is a dusty mound overlooking Israel’s … Continue reading

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Derek Anderson, Another Pampered, ‘Entitled’ Jock, Vents his Spleen

Why? Because nothing’s more important than tossing a ball to a guy who runs for a white line. Because if you don’t ‘win the game’ it’s the end of the world…

Posted in Total Depravity

I’m All For Protests and Student Action…

And in principle I don’t object to the students at the University College London occupying buildings and raising Cain.  What I do object to is poor spelling by College students who should know better. Come on, kids, if you’re going … Continue reading

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It’s Almost Time for Noah’s Ark…

As much rain as we’ve gotten today we could use it.  4″ so far and counting.  Our front yard has become a lake and (thankfully) our sump pumps are running non stop.

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The Most Plausible Explanation for the Origin of the Gospel of John?

There’s an interesting article here which suggests The quest to establish a conceptual background of the fourth gospel has led to converging and diverging opinions. This study reviewed and compared literature on the fourth gospel to establish its most plausible … Continue reading

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The Dilettantism of Robert Cornuke

Cornuke, the founder of one of the many dilettante biblical archaeology groups populating the religious landscape and suckering in the gullible who need proof for their faith or they fear it will be lost takes an absolute beating in a … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Gazans

Business and construction in the Gaza Strip remain stifled half a year after Israel announced it would ease its three-year-old blockade of the needy, war-ravaged Palestinian territory, a report by several aid groups said Tuesday.  The groups accused Israel of … Continue reading

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A New Book by Aren Maeir

Maeir, A. M. 2010. In the Midst of the Jordan: The Jordan Valley during the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000–1500 BCE) – Archaeological and Historical Correlates. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean 36. Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften). … Continue reading

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Thomas Kinkaide’s Empire Isn’t All Sweetness and Light…

As NPR reports Dogged by fraud allegations, his company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June, and it plans to be back in court soon to file a plan of reorganization.  But financial challenges aside, Kinkade’s artwork continues to sell. … Continue reading

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Otto Kaiser’s Birthday

The Old Testament scholar Otto Kaiser was born on November 30th, 1924.   A Bultmannian, Kaiser’s many volumes are articulate and insightful.  His most important work, in my estimation, is Der Gott des Alten Testaments. Theologie des Alten Testaments in 3 … Continue reading

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Bloggers Migrating Home

Now that the annual SBL meeting is a thing of the past photos have surfaced of blogger’s adventures with the TSA on their way home.

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More Political Dirtbaggery: You Elected Democrats But They’ve Become Republicans

Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party‘s final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture, Politics, Total Depravity