Daily Archives: 30 Dec 2010

What Are Your Favorite Bloggers Wearing as the Preside at Worship Services?

Be prepared to gasp.  Such hideous outfits.

I’m so glad I’m a non vestment wearing Baptist.  Those Catholics and Catholic-Lites can keep their weird clothes.

Total Depravity: Once a Molester, Always a Molester

A 19-year-old Morristown man was arrested Wednesday after being accused of raping a small female child [the Knoxville paper reports that she is 5].  Justin Christian faces charges of rape of a child for allegedly having sexual contact with the child.  Hamblen County Chief Deputy Wayne Mize told 6 News investigators think the alleged incidents happened several times, beginning in May.  An investigation began when the child’s mother became suspicious after talking to the child.

To keep him from victimizing other little girls he should be locked away for the remainder of his natural life.  That is the only safeguard society has against the vile behavior of predatory reprobates like this.  And lifetime incarceration is the only merciful pathway.

Challenge for 2011: Want to blog more often? (via WordPress.com News)

WordPress wants me to blog more often…. Is this a divine sign? Am I being called to more frequent posting? It would seem so…

Ok, I will obey the heavenly vision.

There is a saying among writers: to write more, write more. The hardest part of blogging isn't the tools – it's what goes on between your ears. Many people start blogs with excitement, but lose courage when facing the blank post page, or chicken out before hitting publish. Here at WordPress.com, we know. And we're here to help. Announcing DailyPost.WordPress.com Starting today, you can go to dailypost.wordpress.com for inspiration, encouragement … Read More

via WordPress.com News

Oh Ok, So That’s How Stevens Wants to Roll, Is It?

Then I only have one thing to say-  Mark, and the others listed here, you’re on notice.  One more infraction, and you’ll be ‘Dead to Me’ and I will let fly a phalanx of wrath, rage, and horror such as hasn’t been seen since the Babylonians starved Jerusalem to the point of mothers eating their dead children.   Prepare for the Apocalypse, Stevens… or repent while there’s still time.

The Best Bibliographical Search Tool for Biblical Studies

Is Bibil.

On Labels and Scholarship: Secularism and Faith in L’Accademia (via The Musings of Thomas Verenna)

Tom’s written a very interesting, and thought provoking piece. Do give it a read. He’s right, of course, that labels are problematic. You really can’t tell a thinker by his (or her) label any more than you can tell a book by its cover. And yet, we still try to- even if it means consigning others to misunderstanding.

Up until a little over a year ago, I would have called myself an atheist, a secularist; I have no doubts that many scholars might identify with labels like those or others similarly linked to a lack of faith.  But I have wised up a bit since those days.  On the one hand, I don't think I can really call myself an atheist as I don't think I identify with the label.  I can't idealize Dawkins and, even though I am an existentialist, I cannot push asi … Read More

via The Musings of Thomas Verenna

Quote of the Day

We are so apt to concentrate our thoughts on ourselves. We do not sufficiently often forget our own petty wants and anxieties, and launch down our tiny rivulet, until we are borne out into the great ocean of praise, which is ever breaking in music around the person of Jesus. Praise is one of the greatest acts of which we are capable; and it is most like the service of heaven. There they ask for naught, for they have all and abound; but throughout the cycles of glory the denizens of those bright worlds fill them with praise. And why should not earthly tasks be wrought to the same music? We are the priests of creation; it becomes us to gather up and express the sentiments which are mutely dumb, but which await our offering at the altar of God. — F.B. Meyer

The Truth Revealed (again)! How Jim West blogs so much! (via DR. JIM’S THINKING SHOP & TEA ROOM)

I would only add to Jim’s remarks, which are as sage as ever, that blogging doesn’t require thought (most of the time). Thought is for publications. Blogging is for something else… sometimes.

The Truth Revealed (again)! How Jim West blogs so much! Jim West, the non-ignorable nemesis of so many Bible Bloggers answers a question from a reader as whether he ever has an unblogged thought. The reply  reveals the typical Westian humility, ignoring, the essential issue of whether any of West's frequent posts reflect any thought at all. Be that as it may, our band of roving researches have uncovered how West does manage to get so many posts crammed into his blog. It is a technological advancement. … Read More

via DR. JIM'S THINKING SHOP & TEA ROOM

Struggling BAR Needs Your Help… Or… You Could Support Archaeology

Like many of you (I’m sure) I’ve gotten an email from the Biblical Archaeology Review asking for help.  Twice now. Here it is-

Please, when you’re thinking about your end-of-year charitable gifts, we ask you to consider the Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of BAR. Yes, we’re a tax-deductible charitable organization. And, yes, like other magazines large and small, we’ve been hit by the recession. Quite frankly, we need your help. We’re also different: We haven’t dismissed a single member of our staff. AND we haven’t reduced our quality–not even the size of the magazine. And we still have the same gorgeous color photographs and uniquely exciting stories. Please help us weather this storm. Our readers are the particular strength of BAR. We know we can count on you.

Yeah you could do that. OR, if you have some extra cash lying around you could contact Aren Maeir or Eric Cline or Israel Finkelstein and support an archaeological dig and genuine archaeological work.

Buy a magazine and donate to its ‘non-profit’ parent corporation OR directly support archaeological work. You decide.

Get Out of Jail Free With a Kidney Donation Card

A pig's (Sus scrofa domestica) kidney (ren) opened

For 16 years, sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott have shared a life behind bars for their part in an $11 armed robbery. To share freedom, they must also share a kidney.  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour suspended the sisters’ life sentences on Wednesday, but 36-year-old Gladys Scott’s release is contingent on her giving a kidney to Jamie, her 38-year-old sister, who requires daily dialysis.

Is that even legal?  Or moral?  Forcing a person to donate an organ in order to see freedom?  That strikes me as odd.  If the one is getting out the other should get out and if the one isn’t getting out, neither should the other.

The Scott sisters are eligible for parole in 2014, but Barbour said prison officials no longer think they are a threat to society and Jamie’s medical condition is costing the state a lot of money.  Lumumba said he has no problem with the governor requiring Gladys to offer up her organ because “Gladys actually volunteered that as part of her petition.”  Lumumba said it’s not clear what caused the kidney failure, but it’s likely a combination of different illnesses over the years.

Oh her condition is costing the state a lot of money… hmmm.  And who exactly is going to pay for the transplant?  Why the taxpayers of Mississippi of course.  Either way, they’ll pay.

Now the government is even telling you what to do with your organs.  What next, your soul?

The Catholic Response to the Writings of the Reformers and Radicals…

Coloured woodcut of the Marburg Colloquy, anon...

Was to ban them- pure and simple.

I. All books which have been condemned either by the supreme Pontiffs or by ecumenical councils before the year 1515 and are not contained in this list, shall be considered condemned in the same manner as they were formerly condemned.

II. The books of those heresiarchs, who after the aforesaid year originated or revived heresies, as well as of those who are or have been the heads or leaders of heretics, as Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Balthasar Friedberg, Schwenkfeld, and others like these, whatever may be their name, title or nature of their heresy, are absolutely forbidden. The books of other heretics, however, which deal professedly with religion are absolutely condemned. Those on the other hand, which do not deal with religion and have by order of the bishops and inquisitors been examined by Catholic theologians and approved by them, are permitted. Likewise, Catholic books written by those who afterward fell into heresy, as well as by those who after their fall returned to the bosom of the church, may be permitted if they have been approved by the theological faculty of a Catholic university or by the general inquisition.

After all, the best way to deal with disagreement is to forbid the reading of your foes work. Funny how that tactic is still pretty common, isn’t it. And it’s never worked, which tells you a good bit about the people who try it and their complete lack of historical awareness.  Funny, too, that the Church attempted to exercise control by the 16th century equivalent of ‘accreditation’.  Only books whose authors were approved by theological faculties at Catholic universities were to be acceptable.  Fascinating, isn’t  it, how authoritarians have always tried to exercise dominion.  And equally fascinating is the amusing fact that the modern counterparts of the 16th century Catholics imagine themselves to be so ‘liberal’ and ‘learned’ and ‘open to new methodologies’ in the ‘quest for truth’.  Ah, hypocrisy, thy name is tyranny.

Leave Christine O’Donnell Alone

The witch-hunt has become absurd, and Biden and others are just making themselves look even smaller than they already are (as if they weren’t already seen as completely dull and useless).

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said Thursday that accusations she misspent campaign funds are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers. The Delaware Republican appeared on several network morning shows to defend herself a day after The Associated Press reported federal authorities have launched a criminal probe to determine whether she broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses. “There’s been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsover,” O’Donnell told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

So leave the poor woman alone. Good grief.  American politics is just completely disgusting.

Answering Your Mail

c. 50

Lonnie from Pittsburgh writes

Jim,

While I appreciate your blog, and while it’s amusing, I do have to ask, do you ever have an unblogged thought?

Lonnie,

I actually have been asked that question before and it’s even appeared on other blogs in a far more snarky and insulting form.  The short answer is, of course I have lots of unblogged thoughts.   Tons of them.  Thousands and tens of thousands of them.  Every day, because there’s theological grist for the thinking mill everywhere you look if you have ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’.

Underlying the question, however, is something of an accusation: a not so subtle and thinly veiled denigration.  It runs something like this: ‘why do you blog so much and why don’t you stop it’.

My answer to the real substance of your question, as I see it anyway, is this:  just because others are less ‘thoughtful’, i.e., think less, doesn’t mean I’m required to lower my standards in order to align with theirs.  And just because others only think shallowly and are incapable, unable, or unwilling to put their nose to the grindstone doesn’t mean I’m obliged to follow their course of laziness.

I hope this brief response answers your even briefer question.  Be well.

Yours,

Jim

ASOR Scholarships

If you’d like to help in an archaeological dig during the Summer of 2011 and need financial assistance, ASOR offers scholarships.  Take a look.

[Note: The shovel isn’t for digging yourself out of a hole… it’s for uncovering things].

The Logical Conclusion of the Matter

Snow on Franklin Mountain & El Paso, causes a ...

Illegal drugs destroy lives, families, and whole cities.

No one knows how many residents have left the city of 1.4 million since a turf battle over border drug corridors unleashed an unprecedented wave of cartel murders and mayhem. Business leaders, citing government tax information, say the exodus could number 110,000, while a municipal group and local university say it’s closer to 230,000 and estimates by social organizations are even higher. The tally is especially hard to track because Juarez is by nature transitory, attracting thousands of workers to high-turnover jobs in manufacturing, or who use the city across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, as a waystation before they slip north illegally. But its toll is everywhere you look. Barely a week goes by when Longoria and her husband don’t watch a neighbor move away. Then the vandals arrive, carrying off window panes, pipes, even light fixtures, until there’s nothing but a graffiti-covered shell, surrounded by yards strewn with rotting food or shredded tires.

Hey dopers, thanks. Your actions have resulted in this. You are the direct cause of this. Were it not for your demand, there would be no supply, and consequently no fighting over control of the supply line. So thanks. Pat yourselves on the back and tell yourselves and keep telling yourselves that toking a joint every now and then doesn’t hurt anyone. Enjoy the lie.

This Means War!

The heretics at Near Emmaus have done gone and forced me to call down the wrath of heaven on them.  I tried to warn them, but, alas, they didn’t heed.  So, here goes…

Don’t blame me for the brutality. I warned them. And if an apology isn’t forthcoming today, I will unleash against them the Spanish Inquisition!

It’s Official! Bob Cargill’s Blog Has Been Voted the Best of 2010!!!

Congratulations to Bob!  Well done!  Bob received 13 votes, which, by anyone’s reckoning, is more than 99.9% of all other biblioblogs received.  The voting was managed scientifically and though persons were allowed multiple votes, this in no way colored or affected the results.

[Because that’s how voting for blogs works].

How Could She?

An Indiana woman accused of feeding her young son olive oil and vinegar until he stopped breathing and died and then hiding his body more than a year has been formally charged.  Latisha Lawson, 31, of Fort Wayne faces two felony counts of battery and three felony counts of neglect of a dependent, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Allen County Superior Court. The document also provides details from an interview with Lawson’s 10-year-old daughter, who was also allegedly neglected.

How could she?

She should spend the rest of her life in a 3×5 cell.

On Sex: An Observation

Matt Flannagan has a pretty interesting philosophical look at the nature of sex as ‘casual’ activity.  His syllogism may turn out to be false.  But it’s worth thinking.

Total Depravity: The Abuser-Dad and Pot

Police in Portland arrested a local father earlier this week after pictures showing his two-year-old son playing with a large amount of marijuana were discovered on his cell phone.  The images were found on Tuesday by officers who responded to a domestic incident at the family’s home in the Treetop Apartments off Highway 109.  In at least one of the photos, the boy is shown standing at a table placing marijuana into a jar.  Rolling papers and a lighter were also on the table in the picture.  The toddler’s mother, Ashley Bradley, told News 2 her estranged husband physically assaulted her while children were present and that she found the photos of her son with marijuana.

And the inhuman thing that abused Mom and children-

I know his kind.  His name is Legion.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he giggled and chuckled and thought it was the coolest thing in the world when he took the photo of his son playing with pot.  Totally depraved doesn’t really capture the fullness if his senselessness.  One can only hope that he enjoys jail (where he’s been a frequent visitor).