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Archive for May 2nd, 2011

There’s Something Seriously Wrong with Some People

The ‘top ten’ (or more properly, ‘bottom ten‘) right wing reactions to the days events.  #4 deserves some investigation by the Secret Service-  it’s SICK

4. WorldNetDaily contributor Mychal Massie: Maybe Obama deserves to be assassinated, too.

And #10- well, Breitbart is just a foolish buffoon-

10. Andrew Breitbart’s website, Big Peace:Show us the death certificate!

The free world, particularly the United States, has a right to make sure that Osama Bin Laden is really dead.

There really is something seriously wrong with some people.  They have severe, real, and serious mental issues.

Written by Jim

2 May 2011 at 6:40 pm

That Little Ear Covering Girl Sure Gets Around!

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2 May 2011 at 5:04 pm

Posted in Humor

Even Albert Mohler Sees the Wrongness of Christian Celebrations of Bin Laden’s Death

And if he can see it, anyone should be able to.  In the midst of observations he remarks, correctly (!)

And yet, there are two troubling aspects that linger. The first is the open celebration in the streets. While we should all be glad that this significant threat is now removed, death in itself is never to be celebrated. Such celebration points to the danger of revenge as a powerful human emotion. Revenge has no place among those who honor justice. Retributive justice is sober justice. The reason for this is simple — God is capable of vengeance, which is perfectly true to his own righteousness and perfection — but human beings are not. We tend toward the mismeasure of justice when it comes to settling our own claims. All people of good will should be pleased that bin Laden is no longer a personal threat, and that his death may further weaken terrorist plans and aspirations. But revenge is not a worthy motivation for justice, and celebration in the streets is not a worthy response.

If he can see it, why can’t everyone?  With thanks to Joel Watts for the tip.

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2 May 2011 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Theology

Fox News: Where the Lunatics Really are in Charge of the Asylum

… the anchor at the Fox station in Washington, WTTG, said – first thing out of his mouth as the President walked away from the podium:  “President Obama speaking from the East Room of the White House, telling the nation and the world: President Obama is in fact dead. It was a U.S.-led strategic (horrified co-anchor mumbles correction) I’m sorry. Osama Bin Laden is dead.”

Oh Fox… you really do know how to bungle and mangle facts don’t you.  Accidentally?  For some reason, given your track record, I seriously doubt it.  More like wishful thinking on your anchor’s part.

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2 May 2011 at 2:27 pm

Posted in mockery, Modern Culture

On Group Blogs: An Observation

Group blogs are the biblioblogging equivalent of the Tower of Babel- all confusion because there are too many tongues and too much confusion and the end result is dispersions and scatterings.  [And mennonite/anabaptist blogs are like that no matter how many  people pen them].

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2 May 2011 at 12:50 pm

Posted in Humor, mockery

In the words of Desi Arnaz, “Pakistan, you got some ‘splanin’ to do!” (via XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill)

Nicely put.

In the words of Desi Arnaz, "Pakistan, you got some 'splanin' to do!" In the words of Desi Arnaz, “Pakistan, you got some ‘splanin’ to do!” The heat is now on Pakistan. Far from the mountainous region separating Pakistan from Afghanistan, our “partners” in the fight against terrorism apparently didn’t know that Osama Bin-Laden was hiding in a heavily fortified, specially built, digitally dark (lacked al … Read More

via XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill

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2 May 2011 at 12:24 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Today With Zwingli

On the second of May in the year of our Lord, 1524, Huldrych Zwingli sent what amounts to an ‘open letter’ to the Swiss Confederation pleading with it to avoid entanglement in yet another war on foreign soil.  Having seen at first hand the horrors of war early on in his career Zwingli was and remained a foe of Swiss mercenary service.

He couldn’t see the deaths of his beloved Swiss countrymen on foreign fields employed by foreign kings and used as fodder in their battles for land as anything but idiotic and pointless.  No longer should Swiss boys die for the French or the Italians.

Unfortunately he was ignored and the Swiss practice of selling youth for gold continued- until the Swiss finally saw the light and embarked on the path of neutrality.  That choice was due in no small part to an appreciation, eventually, for Zwingli’s sage guidance.

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2 May 2011 at 11:48 am

Posted in Church History, Zwingli

The Reformed Church of Germany and the Death of Osama

Der Tod des Terroristenführers Osama bin Laden kann nach Auffassung des Friedensbeauftragten der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), Renke Brahms, kein Grund zur Freude sein. «Ich würde es nicht einmal als Erfolg bezeichnen», sagte der leitende Bremer Theologe am 2. Mai in einem epd-Gespräch. Es sei immer richtig gewesen, Bin Laden zur Rechenschaft ziehen zu wollen, betonte Brahms. Dies könne aber nur mit rechtsstaatlichen Mitteln geschehen.

Indeed.  And

… sagte Brahms: «Es kann nicht die erste Absicht sein zu töten.» Wenn er im Feuergefecht getötet worden sei, «ist das kein Grund zum Feiern».

And again

Brahms begrüsste die Aussage von US-Präsident Barak Obama, dass die Kommando-Aktion nicht gegen den Islam, sondern gegen einen falschen Propheten gerichtet gewesen sei. «Muslim zu sein heisst im wörtlichen Sinn, für den Frieden zu sein», bekräftigte Brahms.

…einen falsche Propheten…  true that.  Now if only American theologians could see so clearly and perceptively.

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2 May 2011 at 11:32 am

Posted in Theology

Mommas, Don’t let Your Babies Grow up to be Laker’s Fans!

Finally, a Country song I can agree with-

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2 May 2011 at 11:21 am

Posted in Humor

And So Begins the Stupidity

It was inevitable and though I figured it would commence today, I am a little (but not much) surprised that it’s this soon.  Students react to the news of bin Laden’s death by, of all things, burning stuff and exposing themselves…

For a generation that has come of age during the War on Terror, bin Laden’s death Sunday provided a poignant moment for celebration, reflection and standard college-grade mayhem.  Lavender said students at West Virginia University took to the streets, burning dumpsters and couches. At Penn State University, however, fire was reserved for homework. Daily Collegian editor Ashley Gold was there:  Amid chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” and renditions of “God Bless America” and “Proud to be an American,” students burned their notes for Monday’s finals, strew toilet paper in the trees, set off fireworks, crowd surfed and ran through the crowd with American flags. One girl even starting doing cheerleading stunts and unbuttoned her shirt in front of the crowd.  Students began running toward the Beaver Avenue area of State College’s University Park campus shortly after Obama’s speech and the crowd grew to be huge within minutes. Students at Penn State have seen huge rallies before, but many agreed that they’d never seen anything like this.  “This is complete and utter madness, but I think that it’s called for. Most people would consider themselves un-American if they weren’t happy right now,” Grant Bower, a freshman, said. “It’s gonna be the fourth of July until the fourth of July.”

Un american?  No.  Glee at the death of the lost is, however, exceedingly un-Christian.  But college kids who celebrate by destroying and exposing themselves can’t be expected to understand such subtleties.  In their minds it seems that exposing their breasts is a celebratory act.  Which only goes to show how sad such persons are.

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2 May 2011 at 9:53 am

The Latest Newsletter from the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit

At Cambridge has arrived today and it’s lead article is about the discovery of another ben Sira fragment T-S AS 118.78.    It belongs to MS D and contains ben Sira 7:18-8:18.  With the kind permission of the T-S folks, here’s the image-

click to enlarge

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2 May 2011 at 9:23 am

Posted in Bible

Insane Commentators and A Reminder of My Comment Policy

Ok apparently it’s time to restate my comment policy-

To save you, good reader, the dismay that fills the hearts of those who comment and to their shame never see their (at least to their own mind) wit received and shared- I offer once more my simple comment policy- I do not approve comments that are anonymous or those comments by persons who think that I ought to immediately approve their ramblings just because they think they’re so special and insightful.

If you comment civilly, your remarks will be approved even if I disagree with them.  If you comment like a jerk, I can only suggest that you get your own blog and then babble on as you please.   I’m under no obligation to give you space and you shouldn’t imagine for a second that I am.

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2 May 2011 at 8:43 am

Posted in Modern Culture

Today: An Observation

I think that Christians ought to be guided by Scripture and not sentiment on day’s like this.  The spirit of Christ should fill us, not the spirit of this age.

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2 May 2011 at 8:00 am

Posted in Theology

Another Passage Christians Should Remember Today (and Every Day)

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;  18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.   (Pro 24:17-18).

[With thanks to Joseph Lauer for the reminder]

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2 May 2011 at 7:05 am

Posted in Theology

Christian Reaction to bin Laden’s Death

As word spreads and Christians respond may I suggest, from a theological point of view, that it is extraordinarily important that Christians be very Christian on this particular day concerning this particular topic.

It’s too easy to fall into the trap of substituting national pride or nationalism for Christian belief and practice.  Christians are obliged always to be Christian.  But right now, they must mind themselves and be outspokenly Christian.

We can, to be sure, rejoice that evil is overcome by good and that injustice always finds its way to the court of justice.  But we cannot allow ourselves, or anyone else, to forget that it is before the bar of God’s judgment that all must stand.

And there should be a part of us that regrets his unrepentant murderousness and the certainty that he has been swept into an  eternity without hope or salvation.

Had he been introduced to Christianity’s message of the love of God, the opportunity of salvation, and the offer of forgiveness, the world may be a very different place.

Dancing on the grave of the damned, however, ill suits the disciples of Jesus Christ.

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2 May 2011 at 6:39 am

Posted in Theology

The Most Disturbing News of the Day

This email from Twitter arrived this morning…  and it’s very disturbing.

A male Bieber fan?  That’s disturbing… for more than one reason.

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2 May 2011 at 4:54 am

Posted in Humor, mockery

Verse of the Day

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.  Mt 5:44

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2 May 2011 at 4:43 am

Posted in Bible, Theology

Why Bin Laden’s Death No Longer Matters

An essay in Time says it best-

… But where killing or capturing Bin Laden might once have been imagined to be a decisive turning point in a struggle between the U.S. and its challengers in the Muslim world, today, the death of America’s erstwhile nemesis is little more than an historical footnote – a settling of accounts for a spree of ugly crimes and the elimination of a symbol of global jihadist nihilism, perhaps, offering justice and closure for the victims of 9/11 and other atrocities.

But it does little to alter the challenges facing the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan or any other major country in the Muslim world. That’s because much to his chagrin, Bin Laden and his movement have achieved only marginal relevance to power struggles throughout the Muslim world.

The strategy of spectacular acts of a terror had briefly allowed a band of a few hundred desperadoes to dominate America’s headlines and its nightmares, but on the ground in the Muslim world al-Qaeda had largely been a sideshow, failing miserably in its goal of rallying the Islamic world behind its banners and finding itself eclipsed by such despised rivals in the battle for Islamist leadership as Iran, Hizballah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

There’s rather a lot more.  I commend it.

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2 May 2011 at 4:33 am

Posted in Modern Culture

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Pakistan is no Friend of the U.S.- They Clearly Harbored Bin Laden

India is right.

The killing of Osama bin Laden near Islamabad is proof that “terrorists belonging to different organisations find sanctuary in Pakistan”, Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram says. President Obama’s statement that the Al-Qaeda leader was killed in Abbotabad “deep inside Pakistan” was a matter of “grave concern”, he said. The minister urged Pakistan to arrest those behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. India has blamed the attacks on Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group. After initially denying the charge, Pakistan later admitted that some of the attacks were planned on its territory.

Pakistan is a haven for terrorists and the United States needs to reconsider its relationship to it. And the United States certainly should end financial support for such a state. We’re supporting a country supporting our enemies. That makes no sense whatsoever.

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2 May 2011 at 4:25 am

What Does it Say of us When We Rejoice at Death?

Jeremiah Bailey puts it nicely and with great theological adeptness when he remarks on the Facebook-

“I find the people chanting “USA USA” in DC to be eerily reminiscent of the celebrations on the streets of Palestine after the attack on the twin towers. Justice may require the death of evil men, but it never requires our joy at their passing.”

Quite true.

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2 May 2011 at 4:16 am

Posted in Modern Culture