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Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

He’s gone back to Germany to conduct a bit of ‘business‘ but, unsurprisingly, has gotten himself in a bit of trouble…  He’s being sued by his psychic… for failure to pay-

Chris Tilling and his psychic

A clairvoyant sued a client for 7,000 euros (9,200 dollars) in unpaid fees in Germany’s highest court on Thursday on top of 35,000 euros he had already handed over.  The fortune-teller’s lawyer told the Federal Appeals Court in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany, that she was entitled to charge for her his professional services just like a priest exorcising a house with holy water.  Her His client  [Chris Tilling], who is in his 40 60s, sought out the fortune-teller’s supernatural services in “life coaching” in 2008 in the hope of winning back his girlfriend wife, and was “drawn into her his world like into a sect,” his lawyer said.

Oh Chris… when will you learn?

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Humor

 

Disaster in Israel

The worst forest fire in Israel’s history on Thursday devastated one of the country’s few forested areas, killing at least 36 guards on their way to rescue inmates at a prison in the fire zone, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands.  The fire ripped through the Carmel forest in Israel’s Galilee, reaching the coastal city of Haifa, jumping from place to place in the forest left tinder-dry by a lack of rain and unseasonably hot weather.  Israel appealed for international assistance, a measure of the severity of the disaster, and Turkey put aside recent tensions to pledge aid.

This is a horrific disaster.  Praying persons need to.

“This is a disaster of unprecedented proportions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The fire was still burning out of control as midnight approached.  Most of the dead were Prison Service guards racing through the fire toward a prison to evacuate the inmates, most of them Palestinians. A tree fell across the road, blocking their bus. Some guards were burned alive inside, while others died as they tried to flee. Fourteen bodies were found near the charred skeleton of the bus 10 hours after the fire started. Fire officials said the blaze torched some 1,600 acres (650 hectares). A university, three prisons and a hospital were evacuated and at least one village was destroyed. Police said 12,000 people were evacuated from their homes.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Modern Culture

 

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Steven Hayes Certainly Deserves to Die

 

The human face of Satan

A Connecticut man sentenced to death Thursday in the killings of a woman and her two daughters said his execution will be “a welcome relief,” while the only survivor of the gruesome home invasion told a judge he had struggled with suicidal thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks. Steven Hayes made his first public comments about the case before being formally sentenced by New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue. A jury last month determined Hayes should die. “I am deeply sorry for what I have done and the pain I have caused,” Hayes told Blue. “My actions have hurt so many people, affected so many lives, and caused so much pain. I am tormented and have nightmares about what happened in that house.” Hayes, who did not testify during his trial, said he wanted money for drugs but makes no excuses for what he did. “But this was not the real me, this was an angry monster I have never known, a monster so full of rage it was impossible to control,” Hayes said. 

Excuses, excuses. If he’s so remorseful why did he plead not guilty in the first place and why didn’t he simply confess the moment he was arrested? He’s not sorry. He’s sorry he got caught and now he wants sympathy. It’s despicable.

Generally I think the death penalty should only apply to child molesters and child murderers. Which Hayes is. So let the lethal injection commence.  And when his horrid little accomplice is tried and found guilty, God willing the same fate will be awarded to him.

 

Satan chewing the muderers of children

 

 

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Total Depravity

 

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It’s Not Just Liberals: It’s All Thinking People…

President Barack Obama confers with Federal Re...

He's probably caving in here too...

Who know that Obama doesn’t compromise, he caves.

Liberals see the president as a bad negotiator, willing to sell the farm for nothing. For example, nine months ago he angered environmentalists with a surprise announcement that offshore oil and gas exploration would be expanded. He seemed to be giving Republicans a bargaining chip without getting anything in return. Indeed, the energy bill that Obama wanted died in the Senate for lack of Republican support. In the health care debate, the White House abandoned a public option without winning any Republican votes for the concession. And earlier this week, Obama once again gave Republicans something they wanted, against the wishes of many liberal groups, when he proposed a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers.

Read Ari Shapiro’s full report over at NPR. Maybe we should all start referring to the President as the ‘Cave’ Man.  Or maybe he’s just a crypto-Republican in the same way the Joe Lieberman is a crypto-Deputy Dawg.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Modern Culture, Politics

 

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The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach

I confess, I asked Adrianna of IVP Academic to send a copy of this so I could review it as soon as I heard about it.   The review (in its various parts) is below and complete.

1. Important Considerations on Historical Inquiry Pertaining to the Truth in Ancient Texts
2. The Historian and Miracles
3. Historical Sources Pertaining to the Resurrection of Jesus
4. The Historical Bedrock Pertaining to the Fate of Jesus
5. Weighing Hypotheses
Summary and Further Conclusions

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Bible, Books

 

The Khirbet Qeiyafa Discussion Continues

Jugs in Situ, Khirbet Qeiyafa, archaeology sit...

Jugs in situ at Khirbet Qeiyafa

Yossi Garfinkel, Saar Ganor, and Michael Hasel published fairly recently an essay in Strata: Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 2010 Volume 28, an essay titled The Contribution of Khirbet Qeiyafa to our Understanding of the Iron Age Period (with thanks to Prof. Garfinkel for letting me take a look at it). The abstract maintains

The site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is tremendously important for understanding various aspects of the archaeology and history of the Iron Age, and the biblical tradition. It seems to contradict many assumptions which were strongly advocated by scholars of the ‘minimalist’ schools for nearly 30 years. This article evaluates the contribution of the site to the study of surveys and reconstructing settlement patterns, chronology and the transition from Iron I to Iron IIA, social organisation of Iron IIA in Judah, city planning, pottery repertoire of the 10th century BCE, preparation and consumption of food, household archaeology and writing.

The discussion continues- with- I’m really happy to say – no final word in sight.  (I say that because I dearly love these archaeological discussions.  They’re completely stimulating).

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Archaeology

 

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Those Supporting ‘Marriage Equality’ for All Have no Right to Fuss About This…

And they probably won’t anyway.  But the rest of us can, should, and dare say I, will fuss about it and point out the complete and utter total depravity of this disgusting episode of human grossness.  Naturally, it took place in *drumroll please* – Australia…

Joseph Guiso bends down to kiss his new ‘bride’ in a wedding ceremony with a difference – one of the parties has four legs and a tail.  An Australian man staged a ‘marriage’ to his beloved his yellow labrador in an outdoor ceremony and promptly sealed the union with a kiss.  Joseph Guiso and Honey were ‘joined in matrimony’ at Toowoomba’s Laurel Bank Park – and the real surprise is that 30 friends and family members turned up to witness the event.

One reprobate with 30 co-reprobates applauding the perversity.  How precious…

Yet in our twisted and inside out upside down world this sort of thing isn’t seen as ‘wrong’ or even *gasp* ‘sinful’!   My no, it’s just a man expressing his authentic love for another one of God’s beloved creatures.  And it isn’t the object of said ‘love’ that matters, it’s just ‘love’ itself- which is manifested in countless ways…  Love, and marry, our world says, whatever you wish.  It’s your business…

So the voice of total depravity.

Anyway, the worst person in the entire escapade is the fake ‘priest’ sick enough to ‘officiate’ this bastardization of faith.  His hell will justly burn hotter.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Total Depravity

 

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The Jesus, John, and History Colloquium

Professor Thatcher has sent along materials for Biblical Studies list participants to read in preparation for our January Colloquium.  It’s 109 pages of pdf  joyfulness.  I mention it here because there’s still time to get involved and the materials are only available for list members (and may not be distributed outside said list).

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Bible

 

The Hazor Excavations: Recent Discoveries

The Bible and Interpretation has all the information in an essay by Jennie Ebeling.

The most recently announced epigraphic find from Hazor is a cuneiform tablet dating to the 18th-17th centuries BCE and containing an inscription similar to that on Hammurabi’s law code… the document includes the words “lord,” “slave” and “tooth.” Nineteen cuneiform tablets have been unearthed at Hazor since Yadin’s first season of excavation in 1956, making this the largest assemblage of such tablets from a site in Israel….

Take a look.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Archaeology

 

Did You Put Your Hope in Obama for Change? Well Don’t You Feel Foolish Now…

A WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans got really bipartisan. In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

First, and most importantly, the theological point- putting your hope in people- in any people- is foolish and ultimately sacrilegious. And second, and less importantly, the political point- boy all those who voted for the ‘Change’ candidate must feel pretty foolish about being duped by the falsehood and hypocrisy which is only now coming to light.

Politicians are like leopards- they can’t change their spots, much less anything meaningful like policy when policy feeds their power and bolsters their sense of self importance.  Change?  Ha.  The talk of fools and liars.

Others may be dismayed at WikiLeaks but I’m glad all the filthy depravity is being exposed to the light of day.  As Jesus himself declared, nothing done in secret remains in secret and what is whispered in the corner will be shouted from the rooftops.  Shout away WikiLeaks, shout away.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Modern Culture, Politics

 

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Fantastic Good News!

From the fine folk at the Theologischer Verlag Zurich-

Die Begleitwerke bibel(plus) zur Zürcher Bibel sind komplett: Der dreibändige Kommentar «bibel(plus) – erklärt» ist ab sofort erhältlich. Die Texte der Bibel werden darin Abschnitt für Abschnitt von ausgewiesenen Theologinnen und Theologen erklärt.  Für Kurzentschlossene: Die Vernissage zu diesem Werk findet heute Abend, 2. Dezember, um 18 Uhr im H50, Hirschengraben 50 in Zürich statt.

Freundliche Grüsse
C. Auf der Maur

Wish I could be there for the ‘unveiling’ but I’m gleeful with anticipation of its arrival here.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Bible, Books

 

The Difference Between Luther and Zwingli Nicely Summarized

Gottfried Locher wrote this brilliant line which magnificently summarizes the difference between Luther and Zwingli and their Christologies.

Luthers Christologie ist eine solche der Weihnacht, diejenige Zwinglis eine solche von Ostern oder Himmelfahrt.

You don’t get insights like that from most.


 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Theology, Zwingli

 

Remembering New Zealand’s Miners

Sadly things turned out badly in New Zealand for the miners trapped, and killed, there.  Today, there’s been a memorial service.

New Zealand held a national remembrance service Thursday for coal miners killed in an explosion last month, with a line of 29 black-draped tables each bearing a fallen miner’s helmet, lamp and name.  Pike River mine was rocked by an explosion Nov. 19, trapping the 29 miners. A second major blast five days later dashed hopes any of the workers had survived. The men’s bodies have still not been recovered.

Just dreadful…   Those of us  who pray won’t forget you.

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Modern Culture

 

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Did Calvin Want to Abandon Christmas?

Achim Detmers

A fine essay and timely too today at Reformiert Info asks the question and then strives to answer it.

In verschiedenen Meldungen zum Calvin-Jahr wurde häufiger behauptet, Johannes Calvin habe das Weihnachtsfest in Genf abgeschafft – welch ein Frevel in einer Zeit, die um geschäftsoffene Adventssonntage streitet und in der die Hoffnungen für den Binnenkonsum ans Weihnachtsgeschäft gekoppelt sind. Dr. Achim Detmers erzählt die wahren Hintergründe in Genf und berichtet von einer deftigen Weihnachtspredigt Calvins, die sich gegen ein konsumorientiertes und inhaltsleeres Weihnachtsfest richtete.

Can you imagine what Calvin would think of our modern ‘Christmas’?  Heads would roll…  Read the whole essay.  Fun stuff!

 
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Posted by on 2 Dec 2010 in Church History, Theology