Daily Archives: 9 Aug 2011

The Catholics Aren’t The Only Ones Who Cover Up Their Clergy’s Evils


A Southern Baptist mega-church held up as an example for taking a hard line three years ago against a staff member arrested for soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl now stands accused of covering up a similar case in the late 1980s.  John Langworthy, former youth minister at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Miss., confessed past sins to the congregation Aug. 7. Langworthy had resigned earlier, citing “mental and emotional reasons.”

“Prior to coming to Clinton 22 years ago, while serving at a church in Mississippi and then Texas, I had sexual indiscretions with younger males,” Langworthy told the congregation. “These decisions were ungodly, and I deeply regret them.”

And now the worse part-

The admission culminated a year-long campaign by a former close friend of Langworthy who was on staff as a college intern at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas in 1989, when she says he confessed to molesting boys in the church.  Amy Smith, who now lives in Houston, says church leaders fired Langworthy and told him to leave town but did not report him to the police as required by a Texas law enacted in 1971.  After holding a couple of secular jobs, Langworthy returned to his home state of Mississippi, landing the job at Morrison Heights Baptist Church while moonlighting as a choir director at Clinton High School.

There’s a lot more.  The gist, a big church in Texas knew the fellow was a molester and didn’t report him.  Hence, it enabled him to perpetrate further crimes.  It’s completely wrong, and even evil.  And then he only admitted his behaviors because forced to, not because he wished to- meaning that if there had been no pressure, he would still be in his Church job.

It’s just so discouraging.  People should act right, and so should churches.  They shouldn’t overlook evil- that only allows it to perpetuate itself.

‘The Laws of Nature’

What is meant by laws of nature other than some rule or order established by some legitimate authority?  That implies a combination of intelligence and power or a designing, governing mind, which is what [the doctrine of] providence essentially asserts.  — Thomas Oden

This suggests that when science speaks of the ‘laws of nature’ it implies a lawgiver.  Whether it wants to admit it or not.

Computerized Bible Criticism: New in Bible and Interpretation

This essay has just appeared, and in sum

While the theory that God dictated his book to Moses cannot be disproved, there is a different, more falsifiable component of widespread traditional thought: that the Pentateuch is a unified text, rather than an amalgam of distinct compositions. At the very least, the fact that our results align so closely with previous scholars’ proposals should indicate that Bible critics are on to something in their quest to unravel the threads of the Pentateuch.

Do enjoy!

The Daily Telegraph’s Headline, For Tomorrow

Biblical Reception Journal

Sheffield Phoenix Press are to publish a new journal called Biblical Reception. It will be edited by Cheryl Exum and David Clines and the first edition is due October 2012. It will be an ‘annual volume covering all kinds of use of the Bible — in art, literature, music, film and popular culture, as well as in the history of interpretation.’ Further details, including a call for papers, can be found here.

Oh I’m going to get in on the ground floor of this one!  Sounds grand!


‘New Welcome Baptist Church’ Might Want to Change its Name

To something less…. welcoming….

 A minister of music at a church in the St. Elmo community Tased the pastor who had just fired him Sunday, touching off a fight and various knife slashings, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  Mobile County deputies were called just after 1 p.m. to New Welcome Baptist Church in the 8600 block of Boe Road.

The mayhem erupted when the Rev. Darryl Riley told minister of music Simone Moore that he was no longer needed and gave him a final paycheck, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Moore disagreed with the amount of the check and an argument broke out, in which Moore wielded a Taser gun, according to the account given to deputies.

Several church members became involved, including Agolia Moore, the music minister’s mother, who suffered a stab wound at the hands of a deacon, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The deacon was identified as Harvey Hunt.

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat!  They’ve lost the plot.  [Alas, Baptists… you shame us with such behavior- and worse, you shame Christ].

Oh It’s One of Those Meme Things!

I haven’t participated in one of those meme things in a long time (but that’s because they’ve all been about cats and wine and nonsense like that).  But here’s a fun one (from JRDK on the Google+).

It’s National Book Week. The rules are: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don’t mention the book. Post these rules as part of your status.

ויעקב שׁמע ארום סאב ית דינה ברתה ובנוי הוון

Congress Goes to Israel, Via AIPAC

Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia

One of the many Congressional Lackeys of Israeli Policy

So who do you think Congress is going to support?  The Palestinians?  Nope.  They’ll continue to serve as AIPAC’s lapdogs.

For critics of the Israeli government, news that 20 percent of the U.S. Congress is heading to the Jewish state during the three-week recess is a pretty clear sign that the U.S. does not use an even hand in the Middle East. While many members of Congress scheduled visits to the Palestinian territories as well, the Israel trip is sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a group affiliated with the pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee. They signed up 55 Republicans and 26 Democrats, with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer leading the Democrats and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor leading a cohort of Republicans. The first group is scheduled to arrive today. The large group of vacationers (The Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg says the numbers “seem even higher than usual”) didn’t go unnoticed in the foreign affairs blogosphere.

Meanwhile, in the US, Washington (and New York and the rest of the country) is burning down.

The ‘Father of Biblical Archaeology’? Israel Finkelstein??

I don’t think so.

A senior archaeologist at Tel Aviv University has cast doubt on the alleged Jewish heritage of Jerusalem. Israel Finkelstein’s claims have been made in the face of official Israeli and biblical claims to the occupied city.

Professor Finkelstein, who is known as “the father of biblical archaeology”, told the Jerusalem Post that Jewish archaeologists have found no historical or archaeological evidence to back the biblical narrative on the Exodus, the Jews’ wandering in Sinai or Joshua’s conquest of Canaan. On the alleged Temple of Solomon, Finkelstein said that there is no archaeological evidence to prove it really existed.

According to Finkelstein’s university colleague, archaeology lecturer Rafi Greenberg, Israel is supposed to find something if it digs for a period of six weeks. But, Greenberg told the Jerusalem Post, Israelis have been excavating the so-called City of David in the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan for two years to no avail.

There’s more.  I have to admit being bemused by the report.  And especially by Finkelstein being called the ‘father of biblical archaeology’.  That title belongs to Albright.  And Albright was no Finkelstein!

UPDATE: Israel remarks concerning the article-

This is typical Palestinian propaganda, aimed at showing that there was no Temple in Jerusalem etc. Of course, this is not what I say. What a pity. As long as they go this way, there is no chance for real peace in the Middle East.

Rioters (Thugs and Miscreants) in London Attack a Reporter

I completely understand such behavior. It’s animalistic. And it comes about, sadly, when young people are told all through school that they’re animals and so that’s exactly what they become. Animals in whom the Imago Dei is utterly and thoroughly effaced.

The Easy Way to Fix the World Economy

Truly.  And it’s just a two step procedure:

1- The US Government can report that 500,000 jobs have been added.

2- The news networks can report that the stock market is up 700 points.

Neither of these have to be true.  The government lies all the time, as do the news outlets, so telling these two lies will not be at all unusual.  The benefit of both is that they will, if repeated often enough, be believed and so hope will be restored and the economy will recover.

And given the simple truth that people love lies (just think of the angry atheists and their prattish lies or the people who attend the eMErgent church- they love lies too- especially the lie that God lives to make them happy) they won’t at all be bothered if the truth ever comes out.  Heck look at Iraq.  We’re there because we were told that Hussein had WMD.  We’ve known that was a lie for years and it hasn’t changed our behavior: we’re still wasting money there!  Look at Afghanistan: we went there to get Osama.  Well guess what, we got him and we’re still there!  Or look at the politicians Americans keep voting for!!!!  A lying lot the bunch of them but they retain their power.

Yes, Americans love lies.  Lying to fix the economy is just what’s called for…

The British Looters Should Be Utterly Ashamed

On the twitter- from Steve Inskeep-

“@AyeshaHasan: ‘We peacefully toppled murderous regimes, you steal DVD players’. Egyptians on riots nyti.ms/oRikBu “

Of which he remarks



Oh That’s Rich: Iran Urges Britain to use Restraint Against Looters…

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast urged the British police to exercise restraint against protesters. Mehman-Parast asked the British government to start dialogue with the protesters and to listen to their demands in order to calm the situation down. He also called on the independent human rights organizations to investigate the killing in order to protect the civil rights and civil liberties.

Really, Iran? You have ZERO credibility when it comes to urging ANYONE to act decently given what you’ve done to repress your own population over the decades. So I think I speak for all when I say, shut up.

John 3:16 – The Most Famous Verse of the Bible

The Bibledex folk have done it again- producing excellent exegesis for the masses.

British New Testament Conference 2011

It sounds like a fine lineup.

Sheffield is, naturally, well represented at the British NT Conference in Nottingham (1-3 Sept). First, here is a genuine world exclusive…the Jesus seminar programme: Session 1 Michael Sandford (University of Sheffield), ‘Chanting down Babylon or Weeping for Jerusalem? The historical Jesus, Roman Imperialism, and Cultural Resistance’ Abstract Using insights from postcolonial theory, this paper explores parallels between the cultural resistance … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

Oh No, Not More ‘Science v. Theology’ Nonsense…

Will it never end?  Apparently not. But why don’t people comprehend the simple, self evident fact that the scientific questions of today are irrelevant to the biblical authors?  They don’t address them, they don’t know them, and if they did, they wouldn’t care about them at all.  Why?  Because the authors of the Bible are focused on God, and not on science.

Science is utterly incapable of approaching God.  Science is bereft of the tools necessary- because its only tool is human reason; that most fickle, most frail, and most incompetent of all judges of truth.

Science just can’t tell us if Adam and Eve existed any more than it can tell us if Joel loves Leigh Anne.  And, frankly, the biblical authors would be completely unconcerned.

Those who worship at the altar of science worship a false god.  Those who believe that science has all the answers are fools.  And Christians need to learn to think theologically because when they don’t, they don’t understand the Bible at all.  And they can’t.

God doesn’t need you to defend him against science.  God doesn’t need you to defend him at all.

The Formal Introduction of MacLaren Grey Cargill

From the proud dad!

Roslyn and I are proud to announce the birth of our son, MacLaren Grey Cargill, born Aug. 7, 2011 at 10:05 PM. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20.5 in. long. Roslyn delivered after 34 hours at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Fresno, CA. We want to thank everyone for all of their support and encouragement over the past 9 months. … Read More

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

The Coward Who Used an 11 Year Old as a Shield

In North Carolina,

A Gastonia man is accused of using an 11-year-old boy as a human shield to block a shot from a police Taser.


Police told Eyewitness News that officers stopped Terry Montgomery during a routine license check around 2 a.m. Saturday. Officers said they smelled marijuana in Montgomery’s car and saw an open liquor bottle. Police said when they tried to arrest Montgomery, he attacked two officers, ran off and kicked in the door to a home on West Airline Avenue. A man, his 11-year-old son and 90-year-old mother were sleeping inside.  Neighbor Cathleen Metterville saw police swarm the house.   “We were out here and the cops told us to go in because somebody was on the loose,” she said.  A dramatic scene unfolded inside. Police said Montgomery used the little boy as a shield.

I hope he enjoys jail.

London Overnight: The Worst Rioting in Memory

The very latest news is here on the BBC.  Shockingly, rioting has spread to Nottingham, Liverpool, and Bristol.

What insanity.  I appreciate the remarks of this MP-

LibDem MP Lynne Featherstone  blogs about a Night of Shame: There can be no justifications and nowhere to hide from such behaviour. We all need to stand together on this and condemn all those who perpetrated these acts. No ifs – no buts.
So true.