Daily Archives: 1 Dec 2010

EABS Annual Meeting Call for Papers

If you’d like to read a paper at the 2011 meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies, check out the contact information on their flyer.

Luther: on Temptation

Temptation, however, or (as our Saxons in olden times used to call it) Bekoerunge, is of three kinds, namely, of the flesh, of the world and of the devil. For in the flesh we dwell and carry the old Adam about our neck, who exerts himself and incites us daily to inchastity, laziness, gluttony and drunkenness, avarice and deception, to defraud our neighbor and to overcharge him, and, in short, to all manner of evil lusts which cleave to us by nature, and to which we are incited by the society, example and what we hear and see of other people, which often wound and inflame even an innocent heart. — Martin Luther

Total Depravity: The Thieves Concealing Stolen Goods in their Fat Rolls…

Obesity now seems not only a national health debacle but also a new methodology for thieves.

Ailene Brown and Shmeco Thomas of Oklahoma attempted to steal $2,600 dollars of clothing and shoes at T.J.Maxx…not by using the usual shoplifting techniques but by “actually concealing them in areas of their body where excess skin was,” read: hiding them in their body fat, according to a police officer.  Among the items the ladies were packing: four pairs of boots, three pair of jeans, a wallet and gloves. One of the women was able to fit three boots under her breast — what we want to know is were they ankle boots?

Good grief.  How disgustingly depraved.


Brazil Has Stricter Laws Concerning its Politicians than America Does

At least in Brazil they have a literacy requirement.  Here, you can buy your office no matter how ignorant you are.  As exhibits 1-435, see the US Congress.

A television clown elected to Brazil’s congress can take up his lawmaker duties after barely passing a literacy test, the judge overseeing the exam said Wednesday. Francisco Oliveira, a 45-year-old comic better known by his stage name Tiririca, demonstrated “a minimum of intellect concerning the content (of a text) despite difficulties in writing,” the Sao Paulo regional electoral court judge, Aloisio Sergio Rezende Silveira, said. That result sufficiently disproved critics who had claimed Oliveira could neither read nor write as required of a member of congress under Brazil’s constitution, according to the judge. “The electoral court considers someone to be ineligible only if they are totally illiterate,” he said in an official statement.

Our elected officials may not be totally illiterate, but they are without question totally inept. Too bad ineptitude isn’t a disqualifying factor.

Your Tax Dollars- In the Amount of $3.3 Trillion – Went to Assist American Corporations…

The Huffington Post is sifting through documents just released by the Federal Reserve which detail how the government, your government, poured money into corporate America’s unendingly greedy gullets.  No wonder unemployment benefits have run out for so many Americans.

Keep checking back at the link above.  They’re updating it regularly.  Already they note

The Fed jumped in to start buying the [commercial] paper [in 2008], sending cash to more than a thousand companies and foreign governments, including McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Harley-Davidson, Amstel Funding Corp., GE, to the Bank or Korea. Bank of America was on the receiving end of several billion in such loans made over several days. The Fed says that all these loans were repaid.

Yeah I’m sure McDonald’s and Harley-Davidson and the Bank of Korea (!) needed the help…

A couple of noteworthy comments with which I agree-

$3.3 trillion in corporate welfare should equal 100% employment and 0 foreclosures.


What a funny headline: “your money”. It’s not your money, not after the government robbed you of it (robbery is taking property by force or threat of force, in this case, threat of imprisonment for tax evasion). No, it’s the government­’s money once they take it from you, to do with it as they will. Have you been asked lately what they should do with it? Of course not, suckers!

Here’s that most appropriate of Proverbs for America’s government:

Six things the LORD hates, in fact, seven are detestable to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers. (Prov 6:16ff).

Congressional Republicans: Thanks- You Guys Are Morons

And I really appreciate your obstructionism.  It warms my heart to see that you’re sticking to all those campaign promises and doing the ‘people’s business’ (oops, except you aren’t).  You lot are a one trick pony who only know how to get tax breaks for your rich cronies and everything and everyone else takes a back seat to that.

Senate Republicans threatened Wednesday to block virtually all legislation until expiring tax cuts are extended and a bill is passed to fund the federal government, vastly complicating Democratic attempts to leave their own stamp on the final days of the post-election Congress. “While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike,” all 42 GOP senators wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The 42 signatures are more than enough to block action on almost any item he wishes to advance.

I hate to put it bluntly, but you guys make me want to vomit.  You’re useless and moronic and I wish that the Constitution had never allowed you worthless and feckless idiots the power it does.  Instead, it should have allowed all public servants one term only.  But because it doesn’t and because too many voters are unthinking dimwits more than willing to return you worthless pieces of Dreck to office, we’re all doomed to endure your uselessness.

Oh how I despise you lot of  ‘politicians’.  If it’s ok for God to hate 7 things, I think I’m allowed to hate one: politicians. In fact, you politicians embody and enflesh everything that God hates:

Six things the LORD hates, in fact, seven are detestable to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers. (Prov 6:16ff).

Yup- that pretty much sums up every politician America presently produces. So I’m in good company finding you, politicians, beneath contempt.

Where the Bloggers Will be Spending Christmas Break… ‘The Ark Encounter’

Led in caravan there by James McGrath and Duane Smith (the tour guides) and accompanied by most of the other theo/biblio bloggers (except me- we Pastors don’t get ‘Winter Recess’ and all the other delightful ‘off days’ that the Ivory Dwellers get.  We have to work for a living).

The new theme park isn’t open yet, but word on the street is that McGrath and the others are going to act as ‘consultants’.  Fun times!  Doubtless their participation will ensure that the ‘theme park’ will be 100% historically accurate and 100% theologically acceptable.

The ‘park’ is big news in Northern Kentucky (where most of the residents are apparently inebriated from too much whiskey and depressed because of massive gambling debt) –

Plans for a new Northern Kentucky theme park were unveiled Wednesday morning in Frankfort, Ky.  Governor Steve Beshear joined Ark Encounter LLC and Answers in Genesis, the developers of the Creation Museum, with details of “Ark Encounter”. The theme park is expected to be built in Grant County near Veteran’s Cemetery in Williamstown, but multiple sites are being considered.  A full-scale wooden Noah’s Ark will be built in the park and include associated museums, theaters, amenities, event venues and outdoor parking. Preliminary indications are that the park could draw as many as 1.6 million guests per year and would cost $150 million to build, all privately funded.  The theme park will create approximately 900 new jobs. Ark Encounter is expected to take three years to build and open in the spring of 2014.

One word: ghastly.  Just ghastly.

It’s Nice to See Other People Getting a Bit of Sense…

And coming around to a correct apprehension of the way things are when it comes to the much vaunted (and very recent – only since the 60’s, in America, remember?) ‘accreditation’ industry.  It may have had honorable motives at the start, but now it’s an industry of shame and sham.  And it produces the very sort of pointlessness lampooned here-

Colloquium Announcement: Jesus, John and History

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Tom Thatcher will be our guest on the Biblical Studies discussion list for a colloquium on Jesus, John, and History commencing on January 10th and proceeding for the next week or so.  Tom is well known to those investigating the Gospel of John and its importance for our understanding of the Historical Jesus.  And he has agreed to allow access to list participants to the following materials (which will be uploaded to the List file page in due course) – from the two John, Jesus, and History collections:

From Vol. 1, Thatcher’s Introduction, which gives a brief overview of the history and goals of the project. Kysar’s “The Dehistoricizing of John,” which gives an overview of why scholars have been less interested in John as a source, including both traditional and more recent postmodern concerns. Smith’s “John: A Source for Jesus Research?”, which again covers some broad issues but also introduces people to Moody Smith, who has been the most significant voice on this topic for quite a while now. Fredriksen’s article on the Temple Incident, which summarizes a good bit of her own research and also of general Jesus scholarship that uses FG positively in the search for Jesus.

And from Vol. 2, Freyne’s essay on Jesus and the Galileans, which is a rising theme in this field of study and a good focused discussion of John 7. Von Wahlde’s article on Siloam, which illustrates how archaeology is being brought into the discussion. Matson’s article on the date of the Last Supper and Passion, which is a good comparative study of FG and the Synoptics on a point that has been disputed for centuries now.

If you’d like to participate, just join the list. This will doubtless be an excellent discussion and Tom is to be thanked for making the materials for discussion available.  Again, the discussion commences on January 10th.

Take That, Feckless Dullardly Atheists

(via) with thanks to SS for the heads up

The Top 50: It’s Official Now, You Aren’t #1 – Again

And if you’ve read the Carnival mentioned earlier just remember, 13 is a made up number that has no official standing.  If site hits are the measure of popularity the ‘top’ of the Carnival’s list doesn’t even blip the radar.  It’s numbers that count I tell you, numbers!

Poor and Unemployed in America? Too Bad…

Vice President Dick Cheney and Speaker of the ...

America's real welfare recipients

The Government can’t extend unemployment benefits to you because it’s too busy pouring money down the Afghan drain and sending aid to countries which gladly take it and despise us behind our backs.

Extended unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million Americans begin to run out Wednesday, cutting off a steady stream of income and guaranteeing a dismal holiday season for people already struggling with bills they cannot pay. Unless Congress changes its mind, benefits that had been extended up to 99 weeks will end this month. That means Christmas is out of the question for Wayne Pittman, 46, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and his wife and 9-year-old son. The carpenter was working up to 80 hours a week at the beginning of the decade, but saw that gradually drop to 15 hours before it dried up completely. His last $297 check will go to necessities, not presents. “I have a little boy, and that’s kind of hard to explain to him,” Pittman said. The average weekly unemployment benefit in the U.S. is $302.90, though it varies widely depending on how states calculate the payment.

Well golly as long as Wall Street and GM and President Karzai get theirs, who is this Pittman fellow to complain, right? Right, ‘American’ government?

World AIDS Day

Over 30,000,000 people worldwide have died from this horrific disease and today is our yearly reminder of the high cost in lives the dread has claimed as well as a call for us to unite in fighting it and, God willing, finding a cure.  Why?  Because AIDS isn’t a ‘gay disease’- diseases don’t know, nor do they care, about one’s sexuality.  And AIDS strikes heterosexuals and children and even infants and must be cured.

Visit the official website and see how you can help eradicate AIDS.

The Biblical Studies Carnival is Up

At the Religion Bulletin.  Fantastic work and you’ll enjoy it.