Daily Archives: 17 Aug 2011

What do You get When you Cross a Loaded Gun and a Speeding Redneck?

That’s right, a self inflicted wound to both legs

A 23-year-old man faced possible criminal charges on Wednesday after he accidentally shot himself in both legs when he reached for his gun while driving on a highway in Tennessee, authorities said.

Police who responded to the man’s 911 call for help found Justin Newberry “wailing in pain” and in need of immediate emergency attention, said Officer Jim Knoll, spokesman for the Clarksville Police Department.

The gun apparently slid out from under Newberry’s seat when he hit the brakes on his Nissan Altima on Interstate 24, about 50 miles northwest of Nashville.

When he reached to retrieve the weapon, he accidentally grabbed it by the trigger and the gun went off, sending a slug through his right thigh and on to his left leg, just above the ankle.

I don’t know this for a fact but I have the impression that he came from West Virginia by way of Florida headed to Texas.  And if that isn’t the case, it should be.

Loaded guns… We will never learn will we.  Never.

Sure, It’s Perfectly Normal To Look For a Young Wife…

So you can have lower insurance premiums…

What’s love got to do with it?

When Rabbi Craig Ezring’s annual health insurance costs soared 38 percent this year to a whopping $18,636, he did more than just complain.  He went looking for a young wife.

not the actual rabbi with his trophy (er i mean insurance) wife

7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Your Time On Right Now…

Sure, The HuffPo came up with the idea but I feel it my duty to refine it and make it better.  Here are the 7 sites I think you ought to be visiting if you have time to kill:

1-This one is HILARIOUS!
2-This biblioblogger cracks me up!
3-This atheist website is the most engaging you’ll ever read.
4-I’ve never seen a cat do that before…
5- I’ve never seen someone do that to a cat before, but it’s a great idea!
6-ESPN’s coverage of golf is SO thrilling.

and finally

7-This blogger is my absolute favorite.

You should definitely visit all these sites…

Much Ado About Nothing

Thanks to Tom Verenna for mentioning this on FB.  James McGrath evidently blogged on it earlier (as he tells Tom in a comment) but I haven’t seen Jim’s post yet (sorry, it’s hard to do everything and frankly sciency stuff holds little interest for me).

It seems, though, that a lot of people feel otherwise than I.  To these folk, on both sides of the issue of evolution as taught in the context of a Christian college, the whole matter is at the apex of what’s important.  But I don’t see why.  It’s really much ado about nothing.  Here’s why:

1- Science isn’t going to accommodate itself to Christian belief.

2- Christian belief isn’t going to accommodate itself to the latest scientific theory.

3- Neither can do so without eviscerating themselves.

So when all is said and done, science is going to think what it wants and Christianity is going to think what it wants and that’s just as it should be because science isn’t concerned with the same subject matter as Christianity is.   Science is about the material world and Christianity’s focus is the metaphysical.

For hundreds of years Christians have (wrongly) wanted to be pleasing to science.  This is just abhorrent silliness.  You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole without shaving off so much of it that it’s no longer square.  Christianity should simply stick to its purpose and so should science.

Christian colleges which have departments of science should realize with the very establishment of those departments that their methodology, aim, goal, and purpose is scientific.  If they can’t live with that, they shouldn’t have such departments on their campuses.  It’s just as unfair to expect science (the square peg) to fit into Christian dogma (the round hole) as it is the other way around.

Ergo, Christian Colleges (and alumni) who get all fired up in anger that someone in the biology department is actually discussing evolution should, well let’s say it, grow up.  Christian faith isn’t threatened by science any more than science is threatened by Christian faith.  And if a Christian’s faith is so weak, so unsteady, so uncertain, so tenuous, and so fragile that it requires ‘evidence that demands a verdict’ or some other such claptrap, it isn’t real faith anyway.

Perhaps over the doors of Calvin College and every other Christian school which has a sciency department the words of the author of Hebrews should be inscribed in huge bold letters:

Ἔστιν δὲ πίστις ἐλπιζομένων ὑπόστασις πραγμάτων ἔλεγχος οὐ βλεπομένων

The whole faith v. science discussion is just so boring and uninteresting.  It’s akin to watching paint dry or grass grow and I wish it would die off.  It always has been, and always will be, much ado about nothing.

Ashkelon: And Amazing Publication News

Larry Stager writes

Ashkelon 3: The Seventh Century B.C., has just been published. To mark its publication, the publisher is offering a sale on volumes 1, 2, and 3. If you buy Ashkelon 1, you will receive volumes 2 and 3 at no cost. You can find more details at http://www.eisenbrauns.com/. Please share this special offer with your students and colleagues.

All the best,
Larry Stager

That’s what we call a bargain! Volume 3 for the usual price and 1 and 2 for free! Brilliant!

Sexual Contact With Cons Isn’t ‘Ministry’, Mr Rawlins

Charles Rawlins, 63, was volunteering his services in a ministry program to help the prisoners at the jail, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He was also overseeing the Sequatchie County food bank where inmates work.  Rawlings is charged with sexual contact with an inmate and coercion of a witness.

Ick.

Rawlins was booked into the Sequatchie County Jail where he’s being held without bond until a court appearance on August 19.

For some reason I don’t think he will mind sharing a cell with other criminals.

Violent Cultures Breed Violent Children

Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday.  Police Chief Jane Castor said Jared Cano, 17, had threatened to plant a device at Freedom High School in north Tampa and discharge it on the first day of school. He was arrested Tuesday night after someone tipped off police about the plot.  Castor told a news conference that police and the school system “were probably able to thwart a potentially catastrophic event, the likes of which the city of Tampa has not seen, and hopefully never will.”

He looks pleased with himself.  When he gets out of jail, he will kill, or try to kill, as many people as he can.

But where does such insane violence originate?  In violent cultures.  Where disagreements are settled by war rather than diplomacy, citizens would do well to expect attacks at any and every moment.  And that’s probably why America is so paranoid.  It’s afraid that from within and from without those who agree with it that violence is the solution are planning…  and they are.  So much, then, for the atheist lie that secular cultures are more peaceful.

More ‘Stupid Drunk’ Tricks

A seemingly drunk [Gerard] Depardieu is caught short in a Paris to Dublin flight after the seat belt sign has been switched on for take off. With the lavatories closed, the 62-year-old calls out “I need to piss, I need to piss”. But the cabin crew say “non”, he will have to wait until the plane is airborne. So the corpulent star of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette and Green Card decides to take matters into his own hands: he stands up, unzips his flies and relieves himself in the cabin.

Drunk + actor + airplane = reprehensible.

Who Doesn’t Enjoy Seeing LeBron Get Schooled?

No one. That’s right. No one.

Schadenfreude!

Evans contra Smith

In a new essay at Bible and Interpretation Craig Evans takes on the fraudulent silliness of Morton Smith’s ‘Secret Gospel of Mark’.  Double enjoy.

Oh MY! The Vatican is Back to its 16th Century ‘Indulgences’ Ways!

I hope this is a farce.  If not, as soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the aborting mother from purgatory springs

The Vatican is marking World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid by offering women who have had abortions an easy way to become Catholics again, reports the Guardian. Abortion is punishable by instant excommunication and “normally, only certain priests have the power to lift such an excommunication, but the local diocese has decided to give all the priests taking confession at the event this power,” explains a spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI.

Be sure to drop the offering in the collection plate, and rest assured, if a Roman priest forgives you, God has to as well…  You just have to make holy pilgrimage to Madrid (where your tourist dollars are much appreciated in these trying times).

[Apparently Luther didn’t make as big an impact on the Tetzels of the world as we had hoped].

Aw, People are So Nice

Look what’s come today from my humble little Amazon wishlist:

Thanks Gary, Barb, Sie, Whit, and Ber!

Quote of the Day

‘Listen to the one who listens to God.’  — A.W. Tozer

Speaking of Montanism…

Here’s the description of the heresy by Charles Hodge-

Montanus taught that as the ancient prophets predicted the coming of the Messiah through whom new revelations were to be made; so Christ predicted the coming of the Paraclete through whom further communications of the mind of God were to be made to his people. Tertullian, by whom this system was reduced to order and commended to the higher class of minds, did indeed maintain that the rule of faith was fixed and immutable; but nevertheless that there was need of a continued supernatural revelation of truth, at least as to matters of duty and discipline.

Sound like any Pentebabbleists you know?

This supernatural revelation was made through the Paraclete; whether, as was perhaps the general idea among the Montanists, by communications granted, from time to time, to special individuals, who thereby became Christian prophets; or by an influence common to all believers, which however some more than others experienced and improved.

Again, sounds familiar doesn’t it…

… Montanism … assume[s] the insufficiency of the Scriptures and the ordinances of the Church for the full development of the Christian life; and … assert[s] the necessity of a continued, supernatural, revelation from the Spirit of God … and … the dominant authority of the bishops. Its denunciatory and exclusive spirit led to its condemnation as heretical. As the Montanists excommunicated the Church, the Church excommunicated them.  —  Hodge, C. (1997). Vol. 1: Systematic theology (69–70).

Again, adherence to church leaders as the dominant authority (even above scripture) is precisely the practice of our modern pentebabbleists.  This is why they will follow the ‘bishop’ (curious that even non Roman Catholics attending neither Reformed, Lutheran, nor Catholic churches will call their leaders ‘Bishop’) no matter what his behavior or morals or theological ineptitudes.  It further asserts that since its adherents enjoy the ‘second blessing’ of the Spirit, they are superior to the average believer who has not.

Montanism is alive and well in Pentecostalism.  The historical parallels are plain to see if even one eye is open.  There’s nothing new under the sun.  Not even heresy.

Pentebabbleism Knows No Shame

Even going so far as to exploit a 4 year old whose only ‘knowledge’ of preaching and theology is what he mimics in other pentebabbleists.  Joel’s right, it isn’t cute, it’s disturbing.  Par for the course, really, for the new Montanists.

Subsidium sive coronis de eucharistia: Today with Zwingli

What is the Eucharist?  Is it a sacrifice?  A memorial?  The means by which salvation is conferred?  A simple sign?  Those were the questions plaguing the Reformation beginning as early as 1522 and coming to a head in 1529 at the Marburg Colloquy.

In 1525 Huldrych Zwingli addressed the question in a quite scholarly volume titled Subsidium sive coronis de eucharistia and published on the 17th of August.

The story of Zwingli’s coming to a clear understanding, finally, of the meaning of the Eucharist is related by himself in this volume.  He remarks that Exodus 12 came to mind while he was lying in bed and that he sprang to his feet, opened his Septuagint (which he apparently kept right at his bedside) and read it.  The next day, they discussed it at the Prophezei and that discussion became the outline of the present book.

What, you may be wondering, has Ex 12 to do with the Eucharist?  Zwingli noted in explaining his discovery that just as the events of the Passover were ‘memorialized’ in the passover meal, so too the death of Jesus was ‘memorialized’ in the Supper.

He Killed his Great-Granny Over a Video Game…

Heavens to betsy

A 15-year-old accused of killing his great-grandmother is said to have done so over a video game, according to the Douglas County sheriff. He will stand trial as an adult.  A family friend told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi that the teen was angry that he was told to stop playing the game Halo. Investigators said he used a 34- to 36-inch sword to cut his grandmother, 55-year-old Laura Prince, in the arm and to kill his great-grandmother, 77-year-old Mary Joan Gibbs, on Monday.

Total depravity has a new poster teen.  Unsurprisingly, this isn’t his first run in with the law-

The attack marks the third time deputies have encountered the teen.  Sheriff Phil Miller said on two previous occasions, the teen was sent to a hospital to be mentally evaluated and then turned over to Juvenile Justice. But both times, Miller says, the boy was released, despite his violent history.

Someone blew it big time and now an elderly woman is dead because of it.

New in Novum Testamentum

Among other things-

The Confession of Jesus and the Curses of Peter – Joel Marcus has recently revived the view that the longer reading of Jesus’ words in Mark 14:62 … is original, for the shorter reading … threatens Markan priority, given Jesus’ enigmatic, ambivalent response in Matt 26:64 … Marcus and all other commentators have conducted the debate on traditional text-critical and redaction-critical grounds. Employing a disciplined and historical approach to narrative criticism, this article (1) contends on narrative and Christological grounds that the shorter reading of Jesus’ words in Mark 14:62 is original; and (2) explores how narrative criticism contributes to textual criticism.

If you don’t subscribe to NT this article can be yours for a paltry $35…  Baby’s gotta eat I suppose.

Big Time College Sports: Corruption

Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930-million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010.  Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players including Vince Wilfork, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle, Devin Hester, Willis McGahee and the late Sean Taylor. Shapiro also claimed he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player. One former Miami player, running back Tyrone Moss, told Yahoo Sports he accepted $1,000 from Shapiro around the time he was entering college.

NPR reported the case this morning and said that when asked why he did all of those things Shapiro responded ‘because I could, and because no one stopped me’.  That pretty much sums up the entire atmosphere of big time college sports.  From boosters to players to coaches to staff, all manner of corruption exists because at every level people know it’s happening and no one is really making any effort to stop it.