Daily Archives: 22 Aug 2011

More Professorial Misconduct

The University of Northern Virginia had already made news over an immigration raid last month of its Annandale office-mall headquarters.

Then, the story got stranger. Someone, presumably conducting a journalistic background sweep on university Chancellor David Lee, unearthed pictures and ads posted by the academician on an S&M Web site.

The revelation prompted little serious news coverage but fired up a whole ‘nother sector of the news media, drawing headlines such as this one, from Britain’s Daily Mail: “University chancellor, 64, exposed as sadomasochistic, suburban sex-dungeon master.”

In a letter dated Aug. 19 and posted to the university’s Web site, Lee wrote that he was stepping down immediately: “Discussions of my personal life have become a distraction,” he said, at a time when the campus faces “much more significant issues.” Lee’s replacement is Habib Khan.

Perv much?

The account stated that 64-year-old Lee had “transformed his basement into a suburban dungeon complete with bondage racks.” It said Lee and his companion posted ads seeking “attractive submissive” women to “be part of our poly family. Ideally you will consider yourself a slave or a sub with slave tendencies.”

Yup.

Pentebabblesists and their Refusal to Read Scripture or take it Seriously

Which part of Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians doesn’t Paula White get? Read it for yourself and then lament the theological poverty of the pentecostal/montanist movement (heresy).

1 Co 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! 7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!

Again, which part of that don’t you get, ‘Rev.’ White?  And why are pentebabbleists so bereft of Scriptural knowledge?

Sports Fans in San Francisco Are Lunatics

And even the ‘women’ can’t help themselves being ‘rednecks’.

Disgusting

From last  week-

Researchers from several prominent U.S. universities will participate tomorrow in a Baltimore conference reportedly aiming to normalize pedophilia.  According to the sponsoring organization’s website, the event will examine ways in which “minor-attracted persons” can be involved in a revision of the American Psychological Association (APA) classification of pedophilia.

B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals, is behind the August 17 conference, which will include panelists from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois.

B4U-ACT science director Howard Kline has criticized the definition of pedophilia by the American Psychological Association, describing its treatment of “minor-attracted persons” as “inaccurate” and “misleading.”

Sick- and anyone who participated is sick as well.  Talk about total depravity these people exemplify it.  Via Ron Kubsch.

1 Enoch 2: A Critical Commentary on 1 Enoch 37-82

For all those folk who are interested in the Enochic literature, this forthcoming volume (the second in the series) will be a welcome addition to their library.

With thanks to Eibert Tigchelaar for the tip.

Quote of the Day

It is easier to baptize a culture than to change it.  — David Bentley Hart

All Charges Against D. Strauss-Kahn Dropped

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (French socialist polit...

falsely accused?

According to the Washington Post (via email)

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will no longer face criminal charges related to allegations that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper, the housekeeper’s attorney said Monday after meeting with prosecutors.  A grand jury indicted Strauss-Kahn in May on charges that he sexually assaulted housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo at his luxury New York hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys have insisted that any sexual encounter was consensual.  A judge freed Strauss-Kahn on July 1 after prosecutors learned Diallo had lied about the specifics of her whereabouts after the incident and past details of an asylum application and information on tax forms.

And that’s why being a falsifier is bad for one and all.  Like the boy who cried wolf, when real disaster strikes, no one can rely on you.  ‘Be sure, your sins WILL uncover who you are’.

Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary

Building on his own fresh translation from the Greek, [Arland] Hultgren walks readers through Romans verse by verse, illuminating the text with helpful comments, probing into major puzzles, and highlighting the letter’s most inspiring features. He also demonstrates the forward-looking, missional character of Paul’s epistle — written, as Hultgren suggests, to introduce Roman Christians to the major themes of Paul’s theology and to inspire in them both confidence in the soundness of his teaching and support for his planned missionary efforts in Spain.

Here’s the Table of Contents.

INTRODUCTION
1. OPENING, 1:1-17
2. THE REVELATION OF THE WRATH OF GOD, 1:18–3:20
3. THE REVELATION OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, 3:21–4:25
4. THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST, ROMANS 5:1–8:39
5. ISRAEL IN GOD’S PLAN, 9:1–11:36
6. SERVING GOD AND LOVING OTHERS, 12:1-21
7. ON GOVERNING AUTHORITIES, LOVE, AND CONDUCT, 13:1-14
8. THE WEAK AND THE STRONG, 14:1–15:13
9. PAUL’S PLANS, 15:14-33
10. GREETINGS AND CLOSURE, 16:1-27

A Respectable Atheist

A Florida high school teacher who was suspended from the classroom for a comment he made against gay marriage on his Facebook page has gained an unlikely defender – an atheist.

And

“This is a free speech issue,” Mehta wrote on his blog Saturday. “You don’t have to like what Buell said – I know I don’t – but everyone has the right to believe what they want, even if it’s crazy, untrue, or harmful.”

Same thing I said the other day. It’s a free speech issue. Period.  So good for Mehta and clear-thinking.

A Bad Day… A Very Bad Day…

A truck driver in Kentucky whose penis was amputated during an operation is suing the surgeon, claiming it was done without his consent.  Phillip Seaton says his penis was removed during what was supposed to have been a circumcision to treat inflammation four years ago.

Amputated… during circumcision… because…

Dr John Patterson says it was necessary because he found life-threatening cancer during the operation.

And now for the most horrific part…

Mr Seaton and his wife are seeking unspecified damages for “loss of service, love and affection”.

Wait what?  She stopped loving him because his member was hacked off?  That’s not a very loving wife after all is it.  And she deems it ‘service’.  Heavens.  And it’s the only means by which he can render affection?  Seriously?  It sounds like the pair of them don’t know what real love is.

Oh, by the way, the title of the post here doesn’t refer what happened to Mr Seaton, it’s what happened to me, and now you, because we read this story…

Ken Ham Should Shut Up

He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  I doubt that he’s ever even been to Britain.  And if he has, he’s visited the wrong sorts of places.

Quote of the Day and the Dilly Award

A student who has not taken Hebrew stopped by to discuss a book he’s writing on Hebrew. Yeah, it’s the first day of school.  –  Gary Yates

To the unnamed student I award this week’s Dilly!

[Sounds like a lot of people I know.  They have a ‘Strong’s Concordance’ and they think they’re expert linguists but we all know what they really are.  That’s right, expert dilettantes].

Just Because

I like this art-

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Other Videos from Refo500

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How Scott Distorts the Pope’s Message

In a very subtle way, Scott turns what the Pope said positively into a slam on something else. The Pope spoke positively of marriage which Scott then took to mean that the Pope was slamming gay marriage.

Alas, speaking positively of something does not rightly equate to speaking negatively of something else. And Scott needs to be fair.

To be sure, the Pope has spoken out against gay marriage. But the notion that every utterance positively spoken about marriage is a veiled slam at gay marriage is misleading misprision.

If I say that Scott’s wife is pretty I am not at all implying that everyone else’s is ugly. If I confess that my wife is the most beautiful woman I know it isn’t a slam on the wife of everyone else.

Scott is free to support gay marriage all he likes just as I and the Pontiff are free to object to it. But Scott (and marriage equality-ites) aren’t free to insist that every positive comment is also a negative comment at the same time. That’s just not fair. And how can Scott, or anyone, talk about equality inequitably!?!?!

God Comes Out In Favor Of Marriage Equality Yesterday in Madrid, Pope Benedict tried to give a speech to approximately 1.5 million people at Spain’s World Youth Day. In the address he said “The Lord calls many people to marriage, in which a man and a woman, in becoming one flesh, find fulfilment in a profound life of communion,” he told the young pilgrims. “For this reason, to acknowledge the beauty and goodness of marriage is to realize that only a setting of fidelity and indissolubility, … Read More

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Reformation Spirituality Conference: Samford University

A fine conference is scheduled for Nov 1-2 at Beeson Divinity School at Samford and the speakers include

Timothy George, Carl Beckwith, Gerald Bray, Graham Cole, Gisela Kreglinger, and Piotr Malysz  along with special guests Dr. Herman Selderhuis, from the Theological University of Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and Karla Apperloo-Boersma, Project Manager of Refo500.

Visit here for the schedule and registration information.  Perhaps I’ll see you there.

Conference Announcement: In Honor of Leonhard Goppelt

Professor für Neues Testament und Gründungsdekan der Fakultät. Den Festvortrag hält Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Horn (Professor für Neues Testament, Mainz): “Die Verantwortung der Christen in der Gesellschaft. Leonhard Goppelts Beitrag zur Auslegung des 1. Petrusbriefes” Der Festakt findet im Senatssaal der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität statt. Anschließend bitten wir Sie zu einem Empfang. – Monday, November 7 · 11:00am – 2:00pm.

If you’re in Munich you should make plans to attend.

The Truth About Israel

Quite a stirring speech which a lot will not like at all.  But it is the truth as many see it.  Via Matthew Kalman on the Facebook.

Don’t Look, You’ll Go Blind (Or Wish to Heaven you Were!)

Dozens of women bared their breasts Sunday in a protest for gender equality that attracted so many gawkers that traffic on city streets slowed to a crawl. Onlookers jammed into the area around the Vance Monument cheered and snapped photos as topless women, accompanied by men wearing bras or bikini tops, danced on the nearby fountain. Police estimated the crowd at its peak at around 2,000. Like many in attendance, Asheville resident Gus Gustafson said it was curiosity that attracted him to the unusual spectacle.

People are sad. First, it looks from the (g rated) photos like the nudists aren’t exactly the most attractive people and second they’re just glands people, just glands. That’s all.

May I remind one and all that if you don’t look like you belong on the cover of a fashion magazine, you should keep your shirt on in public, at the beach, pool and in all other venues where people gather.

[Isn’t it a sad commentary on American culture that our people hit the streets for boobs and in Arab countries they hit the streets for something that really matters…]

Bryan Chappell on the Reformation

This is a nice little video on the Reformation’s main emphases then, and now: