A New Candidate for 2012 (via Εις Δοξαν)

Oh I like that photo! Very flattering…  That’s one good looking candidate!

A New Candidate for 2012 You may not have heard, but there’s a new candidate who is certain to draw the lion’s share of votes for the White House. I know who I am now voting for! You can read his platform here. Αυτω η δοξα … Read More

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On True Preachers: Martin Luther

“It is a great thing to set a true preacher in motion, and unless our Lord God himself gets him going, nothing will come of it. It requires a mighty spirit to serve people in body and soul and yet suffer extreme peril and the basest ingratitude for so serving. [Jesus] therefore asked Peter, ‘Do you love me?’ and then said, ‘Feed my lambs’ [John 21:15]. It is as if he would say, ‘If you wish to be a true pastor, only the love with which you love me will do. Otherwise it is impossible, for who will suffer ingratitude and give up money and health to study, only to expose himself to the gravest danger?’ Therefore he says, ‘It is necessary that you love me.’ ”  — Martin Luther

More Pastoral Misconduct: The Dale Richardson Edition

A South Carolina pastor has been charged with raping two women in a trailer behind his church.  A magistrate denied bond Thursday for Dale Richardson of Summerville, which is about 25 miles northwest of Charleston. He also was charged with a third sexual assault that occurred in January 2010. An arrest warrant claims Richardson picked up a woman hitchhiking and took her to a wooded area. He is also charged with a separate kidnapping.

Authorities say Richardson is accused of giving two of the victims a ride, drawing a gun and taking them to a trailer behind the Free Will Baptist Church.

Here’s his bio.  He’s a fundamentalist who pastors a King James Only church (We at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church follow and use only the King James Bible).  Unfortunately, he’s another in a long line of persons who have besmirched the name of Christianity and harmed the congregation he’s supposed to serve.  All for the sake of his own pleasure.  I feel incredibly sorry for his family and the church.  Him, not so much.  He’s an enemy of the Gospel.

He remarks in his ‘Pastors Page’

So often it seems that more people are concerned with self and less concerned with Christ, even those who claim to follow him.

Indeed…  and he’s willfully proven it in his own life.

Wedding Preacher Shopping?

Hey here’s an idea; instead of ‘preacher shopping’ for your wedding why don’t you get the Pastor of the Church you attend to do the ceremony and if you don’t have time for Church in your life, don’t bother getting a Preacher at all.   Just go to a justice of the peace.

I’ve never understood why people who don’t worship God want some preacher to marry them in the first place.  And if they do worship God, why they don’t just ask their Pastor to do it.

Those with no connection to the community of faith shouldn’t act like, all of a sudden, they want God involved in what will likely turn out to be a sham of a marriage anyway.

Go to a justice of the peace.  It’s more fitting.  And shop for a JP instead of a Reverend.

If I Were President

1- The US would fight defensive wars only. If invaded or attacked, we will destroy you. You leave us alone, we will leave you alone.

2- All foreign aid would be eliminated except for humanitarian aid.

3- School would last 240 days each year and children would be required to graduate or be forced into military service at the age of 18.

4- The tax rate would be a flat tax of 7%. What you earn, whatever your income level, 7% is the governments. No breaks, no loopholes, no tax forms longer than 4 lines. ‘Income. Taxes paid. Taxes due. Send it here.’

5- Welfare would be restricted to widows over 60 and orphans. No one able to get out of bed should be on the public dole even if that means sitting at a desk and answering phones.

6- Atheists would be banished to Florida, which would become a penal colony where all America’s prisoners live.

7- Athletes and entertainers would be paid minimum wage. Playing games and pretending to be someone else isn’t worthy of more income than people who actually contribute to society.

Vote for me.

Joel’s Contest

Joel has decided to give away a copy of ‘Christ our Captain’: an Introduction to Huldrych Zwingli.  He has all the rules and such and I thought I’d mention it here since, poor lad, since the Harold Camping end of the world stupidity has died out so have visits to his blog…

Go on over and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner (chosen by some mysterious method Joel has come up with).

[For those curious, it will be available soon at Amazon but sometimes they’re a bit slow getting things listed].

Don’t Let This Woman Babysit for You

She’s whacky.

A woman in Daytona Beach was arrested and accused of child-neglect that was caught on videotape, according to a report.  Keyona Davis, 23, was riding along in the bed of a pickup truck next to a baby in a baby stroller Wednesday afternoon, WESH.com reported.  Surprised passers-by called police, and officers responded and pulled the vehicle over, according to a police report cited by WESH.

There’s a video…

Gov. Perry is Now ‘The Science Guy’

Rick Perry told a 9-year-old boy Thursday that evolution is “a theory that’s out there” but that “it’s got some gaps in it.”

The GOP hopeful’s comments came after the boy’s mother prompted him to ask Perry whether he believes in evolution. “In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution, because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one’s right,” Perry told the boy.

Perry’s answer, which was captured on video, is the latest sign that he will hold steadfast in his attempt to appeal to religious conservatives. As governor of Texas, Perry has expressed his support for teaching the theory of “intelligent design” in public schools. In 2007, Perry also appointed Don McLeroy, who has advocated teaching creationism in classrooms, to head the Texas State Board of Education.

Ah politicians.  Let’s hope when Perry is elected (with Bachmann as his VP)  he continues on his spewing spree.  It’s just what the country, and the world, need.

More Anti-Christian Nonsense: The Tyranny of the Minority, or How America Has Become a Minoritocracy™

As though a few crosses on the side of the road were going to convert the whole of pagan Southern California. (If only).

It could be the end of days for a few crosses outside San Diego. The California Department of Transportation plans to remove three long-standing crosses from public property after receiving complaints about them, reports the San Diego Union Tribune. The large monuments have stood just east of a state highway for decades, serving as an unofficial worship spot for generations. The DOT says it had no choice but to remove the crosses and hopes they can be relocated to private property. “This policy does not apply only to the crosses,” says a spokeswoman. “But to anything erected along state property without the proper assurances proved by a permit.”

Yet another example of the tyranny of the minority. America is not a Democracy any longer, it’s a tyrannocracy™ or a minoritocracy™.

Gandhi: On Atheism

Mahatma Gandhi was once approached by an atheist with the request to organize and promote an anti-God society. Gandhi replied, “It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists.”

Fox Soccer Plus Free Preview!

This is good news for soccer fans!  All these games will be available for free to viewers of DirecTV (and some other providers, see the link for the list) :

UEFA Champions League:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011: Malmo FF v GNK Dinamo Zagreb, live @2:00pm EST and 11:00am PST in HD

Tuesday, August 23, 2011: FC Zurich v Bayern Munchen, delayed @5:00pm EST and 2:00pm PST in HD

Wednesday, August 24, 2011: Villarreal CF v Odense BK, delayed @12:00am EST and 9:00pm PST in HD

Wednesday, August 24 ,2011: SL Benfica v FC Twente, delayed @8:00pm and 5:00pm PST in HD

Wednesday, August 24, 2011: APOEL FC v Wisla Karkow, delayed @9:00am EST and 6:00am PST in HD

Wednesday, August 24, 2011: Rubin v Olympique Lyonnais, live @12:00pm and 9:00am PST in HD

Thursday, August 25, 2011: Udinese Calcio v Arsenal FC, delayed @11:00am EST and 8:00am PST in HD

Thursday, August 25, 2011: Viktoria Pizen v Kobenhavn, delayed @5:00pm EST and 2:00pm PST in HD

Friday, August 26, 2011: FC Barcelona v FV Porto, delayed @5:00pm EST and 2:00pm PST

Carling Cup (Second Round):

Wednesday, August 24, 2011: Exeter City v Liverpool, live @2:30pm EST and 11:30am PST

Thursday, August 25, 2011: Scunthorpe United v Newcastle United, live @2:30pm EST and 11:30am PST

English Premier League:

Saturday, August 27, 2011: Wigan v Queens Park Rangers, live @7:30am EST and 4:30am PST in HD

Saturday, August 27, 2011: Swansea City v Sunderland, live @10:00am EST and 7:00am PST

Sunday, August 28, 2011: Newcastle v Fulham, live @8:00am EST and 5:00am PST in HD

Sunday, August 28, 2011: West Brom v Stoke City, live @10:00am and 7:00am PST in HD

Italian Serie A:

Saturday, August 27, 2011: Siena v Fioretina, live @12:00pm EST and 9:00am PST

Sunday, August 28, 2011: Napoli v Genoa, live @12:00pm EST and 9:00am PST


Saturday, August 27, 2011: Crystal Palace v Blackpool, delayed @2:00pm EST and 11:00am PST

Sunday, August 28, 2011: Nottingham Forest v West Ham United, delayed @5:00pm EST and 2:00pm

French Ligue 1:

Sunday, August 28, 2011: Metropole v Olympique de Marseille , live @3:00pm EST and 12:00pm PST

If You Get Your Pet ‘Plastic Surgery’, You Have More Money Than Sense

And you’re a bit sick in the head it has to be said.  Who else would spend their day looking at their dog’s testicles and feeling sorry that they weren’t large enough?

Munson, a burly 7-year-old English bulldog, has a secret: His testicles are fake.  Neutered as a puppy, Munson (named after Larry Munson of Georgia Bulldog fame) got a pair of synthetic stand-ins to preserve his manly pride. Not his idea, of course, but his owner’s.  “A lot of dogs have a lot of hair back there so you can’t tell they’re neutered. But with bulldogs, it’s just right out there for everyone to see,” said Jaime Davenport of Atlanta, whose husband, Jim, stood up for Munson’s mojo.  Over dinner with a veterinarian friend, the Davenports learned about Neuticals — bean-shaped silicone implants swapped in through a tiny scrotal slit during the neutering procedure. The vet even had a catalog detailing faux sets from “petite” to “XXL.”


That’s An Interesting Idea; One That All Biblical Studies Publishers Should Ponder

IVP Academic has up on their website what I think an interesting tool for biblical studies professors and theologians and others teaching in the field: Textbook Selector.

Click your discipline, subject, or interest, and then the course and voila! This would be something very useful that all biblical and theological publishers might want to set up on their own websites.


Just a note to let you know that around and about the biblioblogs you might notice video segments. Copycats… copying my video book recommendation series.

I guess imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery- especially for the un-inventive.

The Latest Volume in the Calvin Studienausgabe

Der 8. und letzte Band der Calvin-Studienausgabe enthält eine gezielte Auswahl der Briefe Calvins. Sie sind geeignet, manches Vorurteil und Klischee, namentlich das durch Polemik entstellte düstere Bild des “Despoten von Genf”, wirksam zu korrigieren. In der umfangreichen Korrespondenz mit bedrängten protestantischen Gemeinden, vollends in den Briefen an gefangene, wegen ihres Glaubens verurteilte Anhänger der “neuen” Lehre, die er bis zu ihrem Märtyrertod begleitete, begegnet man einem einfühlsamen Seelsorger und Freund, der Not und Hoffnung mit ihnen teilt.

I’m excited about this one.  This spectacular edition of Calvin’s works is noteworthy for two reasons.  First, it offers readers Calvin’s work in his own words.  That is, if Calvin wrote a tract in Latin, it’s produced here in Latin.  If in French, it’s reproduced in French.  One, then, can read what Calvin himself wrote without the filter of a translation.

And second, if one isn’t as comfortable in French or Latin, the editors are also translators, offering, on the page facing Calvin’s original, a very, very fine modern German translation of the Latin or French original.  They’ve done us all a mighty service and we should be grateful for it.  Here’s a link to the series.

Check Your Brain at the Door: Faith and Intellectual Freedom (via scientia et sapientia)

Truly, nicely done.

Check Your Brain at the Door: Faith and Intellectual Freedom Am I free? Not legally (I’m not in jail) or metaphysically (who knows if I have “free will”?) but intellectually. Do I have intellectual freedom? After all, I teach at a school with belief commitments. To get my job, I had to sign our Faculty Teaching Position. And, if I ever changed my mind on a core aspect of that document, my job would probably be in jeopardy. In that kind of situation, can I have any kind of real intellectual freedom? Or, am … Read More

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