Daily Archives: 11 Jul 2011

Would Caspar Schwenkfeld Like Mark Regier and ALL Other Bibliobloggers?

Sadly, yes, very much…  And so would that foulest of all heretics, Menno Simons.

Would Huldrych Zwingli Like Jim West and Chris Tilling?

Unquestionably yes.

Would Martin Luther Like Scott Bailey or Deane Galbraith?

Not a chance.

Would John Calvin Like Joel Watts or Jeremy Thompson?


Another Essay in the Israeli Press on Archaeology and the IAA

This one isn’t very kind.  Do give it a read (and it’s an interview with B. Kedar).

138 Minnesota Lawmakers are Still Being Paid…

Unlike the rest of the State’s employees.

It’s either laugh or go insane, snap, and beg God to go all Old Testament judgment on them. Personally, I wouldn’t at all mind if the latter happened. What unutterable perversity those Minnesotan lawmakers evince.

This weekend, The Minnesota Star Tribune printed a list of 138 legislators who are still collecting paychecks despite the state government shut down. The paper reports that Gov. Mark Dayton, as well as 14 senators and 48 representatives, announced they would not accept pay as long as the shutdown lasts. But that means that 72 percent of Republicans are still cashing their paychecks and 65 percent of Democratic-Farmer-Labor party members are still getting paid. The AP reports that news has angered some public employees. “None of them should be getting paid,” Mike Lindholt, a furloughed Department of Transportation maintenance worker told the AP. “If you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid. That’s how it is for most people.”

Unfortunately Mr Lindholt has forgotten the one overriding truth about politicians: they are self serving dirtbags. One must always remember this when one observes the actions of political operatives. Politician = dirtbag. It is an eternal and unalterable fact. And dirtbags can never, and will never, rise above being just and only that.

Best Soccer Goal in Human History!

Wambach and the US against Brazil, 2011 World Cup.

Rupert Murdoch Really is an Evil Man over an Evil Empire

The hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s British media empire widened dramatically on Monday, as new reports emerged that papers beyond the News of the World were also involved in serious criminal behavior. In addition, Murdoch’s bid to take over BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster, looked to be in serious peril as the government delayed it from going forward. The delay of the deal is a crushing setback for Murdoch, who wants full control of the highly lucrative company.  In the biggest revelation, multiple outlets reportedthat several of Murdoch’s papers illegally hacked into the records of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown for years.

A number of people should be in prison, and Murdoch should be one of them.  He is the head of the company: he is ultimately responsible for the misdeeds of his employees because he clearly fostered an environment where the sort of behavior lately exhibited was tolerated and even promoted.

Some Other Guy’s Confession at Driscoll

This one’s pretty funny.  I wish I could remember who blogs at pastoral musings but I honestly don’t recall.  The curse of knowing too many people- after a while they’re all jumbled together.

I’ve Been Invited…

To a golf tournament, for Pastors.  Only thing- I don’t golf.  I have no clubs, no cleats, no bag, and no motivation.  Chris Tilling should go.

The last time I played golf was in Seminary and my best score on 9 holes was 154.  That’s right!  It was the high score for our group so I won!!!!   Tiger Woods doesn’t have anything on me.  (Except I’m not a philanderer or a buddhist).  (Or black).  (Or rich- dagnabbit).

Loaded Guns Do Go Off, You Know…

Maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t treat them as toys.

Derek “Tex” Grebner, who describes himself on his YouTube channel as “a pretty unprofessional outdoors show host and an unbiased online gear reviewer,” accidentally shot himself in the leg with a Kimber Pro Carry II .45 while drawing his weapon.  He’s since uploaded the video to YouTube as a warning that “negligent discharges happen.”

‘Tex’… How many of you want to bet that he’s from Texas?  And apparently he should have viewed a few gun safety videos himself before he strapped one on.

Stephen Made Me Chuckle…

When he called Israel Finkelstein a minimalist! HA! Either Stephen isn’t familiar with minimalists or he hasn’t read much of Finkelstein!!! Finkelstein can HARDLY be called a minimalist. Rather than reading Bolen’s take on Finkelstein’s essay Stephen would be better served to read Finkelstein’s work for himself. And a lot of it.

[NB- I like Stephen. He’s just wrong with his label of I.F.]

The Minimalists, doing their damndest, again… In a new article in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (11/12), Israel Finkelstein, Ido Koch, and Oded Lipschits propose that the city of Jerusalem only rarely included the “City of David” ridge south of the Temple Mount. The article, available in pdf format, begins with these paragraphs: The conventional wisdom regards the City of David ridge as the original mound of Jerusalem. Yet, intensive archaeo … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

This is What Indifference Does

The tragic story of Christian Choate, the Gary, Indiana boy who was allegedly locked in a cage, beaten and ultimately killed by his father and stepmother, was apparently known to several family members, neighbors and others.  But almost all of the at least 13 people who knew about Choate’s abuse didn’t report it to authorities, out of either apathy, uncertainty, or fear of retribution, according to a new report in the Northwest Indiana Times.  Riley Choate, Christian’s father, and Kimberly Kubina, his stepmother, are charged with murder and several other felonies after the boy’s body was discovered in a shallow concrete grave earlier this year. According to authorities, the two kept Christian locked in a dog cage, fed him infrequently, and beat him regularly for the last year of his life. One such beating apparently took his life on April 4, 2009.

Why didn’t people who knew do something?  I just don’t get it.  Didn’t they care?  I don’t understand people who stand by silently while evil is committed.  How do they sleep at night knowing they are guilty along with the people who commit the heinous act.  I don’t get it…  I hope I never do.

Bad News for the Promiscuous: Say Hello to the Gonorrhea Superbug

Those outside monogamous relationships may want to beware that a new superbug has arrived on the scene to spoil your indecencies.

Scientists have found the first “superbug” strain of gonorrhea — a discovery they’re calling “both alarming and predictable.”  Found in Japan, the H041 strain is resistant to the class of antibiotics, called cephalosporins, commonly used to treat the STD.  This could “transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat,” reports Reuters.  Gonorrhea has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics for several years now, and the percentage of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea cases in the U.S. is on the rise, according to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Immortalized in Art

I’ve been art-ized!  (via adaptation by a long dead Bishop).

Yes, I can see myself spraying evildoers with insecticide.

Confession: @PastorMark- I Cry At Movies

I, like Joel, have a confession to make in response to the absurd and theologically bankrupt misprisions of Mark Driscoll (who is the pastor of a large church because in these last days people love to call teachers who will tickle their ears and tell them what they want to hear) :

I went to see Step Mom (the very fine Julia Roberts movie) and was so torn up that by the end of the film I was audibly snivelling.  At which point an old woman sitting in front of me, turned around, and laughed.  Old heartless crone.

I also cried at The Passion of the Christ, but for other reasons…

And when I watch shows like ‘Extreme Home Makeover’, well you might as well expect me to wipe my eyes.

So, Mr Driscoll (a far more deserved title than Pastor or Reverend), you’re tweet ranks right down there with the abomination twittered by one of your kindred spirits John Piper.  Maybe the two of you could hook up and talk about women in a demeaning way and then 5 year olds and sex…

It Has Arrived!



Texas Has Big Babies…

And no this time I don’t mean the big babies at SWBTS.  I mean an actual big baby, born weighing in at 16 pounds.  Poor mom…  I’m betting she’s not interested in having more…

The average weight of a newborn baby is about 7 1/2 pounds, which is why it’s shocking — even in Texas — that a woman has given birth to a 16-pound baby boy.  Two feet tall at birth, JaMichael Brown is the biggest baby ever born in the state of Texas.  “A lot of the stuff we bought him is too little,” mother Janet Johnson told The Today Show.  The nurse who helped deliver JaMichael said there are health implications for an infant this large.

No kidding.  Anyway, mom of huge baby, I’m thinking of you!

New Search Methodologies at BIBIL!

BiBIL – Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne (Switzerland), announces (on the FB)

New IMPORTANT feature : PERICOPE SEARCH with 3 modes (Within range, Range contains, and Precise value). You can learn more about it here- http://www.bibil.net/docs/BiBI​L_pericopeSearch.pdf. Their website is here (and it’s also linked to in the nav panel to the right) www.bibil.net.

If you’re not using BIBIL for searches, you’re missing loads of biblical studies materials.

It’s Time to Abolish the Two Party System

It doesn’t work any longer (if it ever did).  The American people are no longer served by their elected officials, they are their servants.

‘When in the course of human events…’ is as true now as it was in 1776.  And the US needs a new revolution whereby the present system is replaced by a more sensible and more sane parliamentary system.

You know I’m right.  Just look at the buffoons in Washington and their toying with the economy and you’ll realize it’s time.