Daily Archives: 1 Apr 2011

The BEST Review of ‘Love Wins’ Ever Written

And it’s by someone called Donald Miller.  With thanks to someone called Brian Fulthorpe on something called Facebook for bringing it to my weary attention.

Love Wins: Caught in a fierce love triangle, Joan June is torn between her dentist and her chiropractor. The dentist has more money, obviously, but is less open to the spiritual ideas and natural practices of the chiropractor. One gives her security and the other pops her back for free and introduces her to the ancient practice of smelling plants and rubbing oils and bird poo on her face. And whale music. What ever shall she do?

Thinking she’s made her choice, and on her way to tell the Chiropractor he’s the one, June doubles over on the street with a severe tooth ache? Is it a sign? You’ll have to read the book to find out that, in fact, she chooses the dentist! And the chiropractor turns out to be two-timing her anyway. Occasionally she looks back on a life that could have been, but each time she thanks God in heaven for the good man she’s found, even if in moments of temptation she spreads a little dried bird poo on her cheeks to keep her looking young.

Man this book was good. With all due respect, John Piper has no idea what he’s talking about. Read it. Love it. Feel it. Live it. Thank you Barbara Cartland.

Colbert Looks at the Most Unhinged Man Ever: Roy den Hollander

Anti-feminist lawyer Roy Den Hollander has been waging a not-so-silent war against Ladies’ Nights for the last few years, fighting what he calls the systematic destruction of society caused by bars giving free or reduced admission to women. Last September, the court ruled that Hollander was unable to prove clubs broke discrimination laws by attracting ladies with cheaper drinks, which only enraged him more. And last night, he was featured on The Colbert Report for his “Difference Makers” segment. In the clip, he rails against feminists, and admits he may be suffering from PMS: Persecuted Male Syndrome. Watch the video here.

The guy really is unhinged.

If You’re Ever Arrested…

Be sure to make it happen in Spain.  Apparently there all you need to have happen to be released is to have your wife send in a fax pretending to be an authority and demanding it…

Fifty-seven-year-old Jose Carlos Serna was taken into custody at his home in San Lorenzo del Escorial, a suburb north of Madrid, on Friday, while hiding in a hollowed-out sofa, police said.  In December, he was in a cell at Arganda del Rey courthouse awaiting trial when officers got a fax purportedly from a regional court. It was followed by a phone call purportedly from a court official, corroborating the release order. Spanish officers tried to verify the order, but their calls went unanswered. When a second call was received confirming Serna’s release, he was freed to a waiting taxi.  Police said Serna used the same trick to escape from Valdemoro jail in October.

Oh my.

Quote of the Week

I encourage scholars to write to all those ‘respectable’ newspapers that reported the ‘lead codices’ story and complain of their lack of objectivity or preliminary research. There is an important point to be made here about religious reporting and its sensationalist nature. Most bloggers and FB friends in the field recognized these as likely fakes from the start. — Jim Aitken, Cambridge University

JSTOR Tries its Hand at April Fools…

I don’t make ’em up, I just report ’em...

We’re celebrating April Fools’ Day with the first JSTOR Facebook contest!

by JSTOR on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:01pm

Five of these are real articles in JSTOR, one title was made up by our staff. The first person to identify the fake title in a comment on this post wins a gift certificate for JSTOR Gear!

  1. “Bobbed Hair Threat to Hairpin Industry”
  2. “Do Dogs Know Calculus?”
  3. “How to Feed Flies in Case You Love Them”
  4. “Macroeconomic Policy and the Optimal Destruction of Vampires”
  5. “The Influence of Heavy Metal Music on Reagan-Era Politics”
  6. “British Library Steps Made Rusty for Safety”

[UPDATE – We have a winner! #5 is the answer – thank you for taking part – we’ll do another one soon!]

What’s it all mean?  It means there are some really stupid articles published!

The Scottish Bible Society’s Version of King James and his Bible…

Via

‘Interesting’… to say the least.

Muslim Barbarity

Eight foreign employees of the United Nations in Afghanistan have been killed after protesters overran their compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Two of the dead were beheaded by attackers who also burned parts of the compound and climbed up blast walls to topple a guard tower, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a police spokesman for the northern region. It is believed to be the deadliest ever attack on the UN in Afghanistan. Over a thousand protesters had flooded into the streets of the normally peaceful city after Friday prayers to denounce the burning of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, by a US pastor, and after two or three hours violence broke out. Police fired into the air in an unsuccessful bid to control the crowd. A United Nations spokesman confirmed employees had been killed but declined to comment on numbers of dead or their nationalities, saying reports from the scene were confusing.

Barbarism, pure and simple. No excuses, no equivocation, no pointing the finger at the foolish Terry Jones- this is Islamic barbarity and nothing else, motivated only by hatred.

Ok Houston (WordPress), We Might Have a Problem…

Visits here fluctuate between 1200 and 2000 each day most weeks.  I mention that not because I’m a boaster (no need for that anyway is there), but because the graph of today’s visits is way out of kilter and just simply can’t be right…  or can it?

Nearly 10,000 today so far and it’s just past noon?  As fantastic as that might be…  I find it unlikely.  But who knows.  Stranger things have happened.  Rutgers paid Snooki $32,000 to tell students how to live idiotically.  So I suppose anything is possible in this whacky world.

UPDATE:  WordPress is having fun with us- their graph is wrong- their stats are right… as this screenshot I just took demonstrates:

Nicely played, WordPress, nicely played!

Rutgers Gave ‘Snooki’ $32,000 to Speak about her ‘Lifestyle’

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at an appear...

What Rutgers pays for...

Two words: how stupid.  Is Rutgers run by lunatics?

The pouf is mightier than the pen when it comes to speaking fees at New Jersey’s largest university.  The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of the reality TV show “Jersey Shore” $32,000 Thursday to dish on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as the GTL – gym, tanning, laundry – lifestyle.  That’s $2,000 more than the $30,000 the university is paying Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver Rutgers’ commencement address in May.  …  Freshman Adham Abdel-Raouf told The Star-Ledger of Newark he thought the price was a bargain given Snooki’s popularity. Another freshman, Dan Oliveto, said it was a waste of money.  Snooki’s advice to students: “Study hard, but party harder.”

She’s an idiot.  And when a freshman recognizes her appearance a waste of money when the Administration doesn’t…  that’s even sadder.  But on the plus side, Rutgers is ‘accredited’…

[If I were paying fees and tuition for a child there I would be FURIOUS and the school would be receiving a deluge of calls and emails].

I’m Proud of Joel

And I’m proud of the decision he’s come to. Many of you may not understand the excruciating struggle that many experience when dealing with a ‘call’ into the ministry; but those of you who do, do know how much a toll it can take on one.

So I want to go on the record saying that I’m proud of Joel, happy for his decision, and glad to call him my friend and colleague.

Fight the good fight, brother. And remember, it’s called a fight for a reason.

Not Every Christian Has it Easy…

Like the fellow in Bangladesh whose house was destroyed because he preached the Gospel-

Unni Joyce is homeless today because he preached the Gospel.  Unni is a simple believer who lives in Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations on earth, yet he is rich in faith. Every Sunday Unni could be found leading worship services in his village of 500 people. Initially, his family was one of only three Christian families in the entire village.  However, due to his faithfulness, about 40 people chose to follow Christ. They were set to have a ceremony to testify of their newfound faith, but that triggered animosity from some of the villagers.  Anti-Christian extremists decided to try and stop Unni’s work by destroying his house and physically running him and his family out of the village.

The reason such things don’t happen in the West is because 1) many Christians don’t live the Gospel much less preach it and 2) most Westerners are totally immune to the Gospel and simply don’t care about it enough to oppose it.  That is, to put it another way, their hearts are utterly hardened to the Gospel and they just ignore it and its proclaimers in the same way they ignore airport noise when they’ve lived near the runway for 30 years.

Eisenbrauns’ Newest Offerings

Well what can I say but wow.  Just- well- wow…

Crocheted Assyrian Helmet and Beard

Yes… just…. wow….

4Q Wiles of the Wicked Woman

By Eibert Tigchelaar is online and available here.  How very interesting.

Oh My Goodness!!! Jim West Lost (via The Biblioblog Top 50)

Shocking!

Ok … So, I guess for an April Fools joke to work it has to have some kind of credibility, right?  Anyway, here are your March BiblioBlog rankings: Rank Blogger Blog Name Alexa Rank 1 Jim West Zwinglius Redivivus 67430 2 Joel L. Watts Church of Jesus Christ, The 76709 3 Dan Wallace Contra Mundane 142679 4 James McGrath Exploring Our Matrix 146530 5 John Loftus Debunking Christianity 150931 6 Brian LePort Near Emmaus: Christ and Text 163558 7 Mar … Read More

via The Biblioblog Top 50

The Best April Fool’s Related Post To Date…

This made me chuckle… but you watch, someone will actually produce it now!

Introducing Re:Play, our new video game branch. On April 15, the Resurgence will release its first game: Church Planter, based off Pastor Darrin Patrick’s book. It gives the player hands-on training for what the trenches of ministry looks like as they learn to navigate the turbulent waters of religion in contemporary culture.

About the Game

Players will work their way out of their room and into the streets to find out what it’s like to plant a church. You’ll have to find your pants, your Bible, a shirt with buttons, while battling temptations (old and new) along the way. Next, you’ll need to gain knowledge of the Old and New Testaments while also studying prominent theologians across church history.

HAHAHAHA!  With thanks to Nigel on FB for pointing it out.

Logos’ Shibboleth: A Screenshot

I mentioned Shibboleth earlier and thought I would make an additional mention- with a screenshot.  It really is a most useful accessory and very much worth the effort of downloading and installing.

Are the Libyans Talking Gaddafi Exit?

Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (in Dimashq, Syr...

Melty face

Al-Arabiya reports that this is indeed the case.

A senior aid of Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, has been sent to Britain for secret talks on an exit strategy for the Libyan leader and his family members, UK media revealed on Friday citing UK government sources familiar with the meeting.   Mohammed Islamil has been in London for several days and his visit was said to be one of a number of contacts the British government has made with several Libyan officials over the past two weeks.

Let’s hope so.  Maybe he can go somewhere cooler, where he won’t continue to melt.

The March Carnival is Posted- And Has Been Brilliantly Done!

Check out Darrell’s March Madness themed carnival.  The bar has been set high!  Really nicely done indeed.

Sometimes, To Protect the Sheep From the Wolves…

You have to break the wolves mouths; you have to pick up the jawbone of an ass and slay the lion; you have to enter the pagan temple and pull down its pillars; you have to cleanse the temple itself; you have to warn the foolish.

To protect the sheep from the wolves, Shepherds have to take their commission seriously and not crumble under the pressure of even their dearest friends. As God said to Ezekiel (3)-

Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them. Not to a people with difficult speech and barbarous language am I sending you, nor to the many peoples (with difficult speech and barbarous language) whose words you cannot understand. If I were to send you to these, they would listen to you; but the house of Israel will refuse to listen to you, since they will not listen to me. For the whole house of Israel is stubborn of brow and obstinate in heart. But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your brow as stubborn as theirs, like diamond, harder than flint. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. … Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, you shall warn them for me. If I say to the wicked man, You shall surely die; and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his wicked conduct so that he may live: that wicked man shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death. If, on the other hand, you have warned the wicked man, yet he has not turned away from his evil nor from his wicked conduct, then he shall die for his sin, but you shall save your life. If a virtuous man turns away from virtue and does wrong when I place a stumbling block before him, he shall die. He shall die for his sin, and his virtuous deeds shall not be remembered; but I will hold you responsible for his death if you did not warn him. When, on the other hand, you have warned a virtuous man not to sin, and he has in fact not sinned, he shall surely live because of the warning, and you shall save your own life.

Being a shepherd is a weighty responsibility. Shepherds can either please their Master or they can ‘become men-pleasers’. But they can’t do both.

Logos’ Shibboleth

It’s a fantastic linguistic tool but the most annoying part is getting the microsoft net requirement downloaded.  It takes FOREVER.

Shibboleth is a tool for typing Unicode text in ancient scripts. It was designed to help people unfamiliar with a script easily enter the correct characters, and then copy text to the clipboard in Unicode or another format.  While a keyboard layout is provided for several scripts, the emphasis is on helping the user recognize and select the proper characters. To that end, user input is shown in both typed and rendered format, with multiple font options, and all of the characters for each script are selectable from a well organized palette on the right side of the application window.  As an internal tool, Shibboleth is designed around our specific needs. But we have found it useful in so many situations that we wanted to share it with others. Shibboleth is licensed for personal, non-commercial use, and is offered with no warranty and no support.

If you can endure the excruciatingly long download time, it’s worth it.