Daily Archives: 23 Aug 2011

Stunning Photo of the 2011 Virginia Quake!

via Alastair Roberts on G+

Plastic Surgery Plumbs New Depths

The BBC headline says it all: Designer vagina NHS operations unwarranted.

GPs should not refer women who are well but worried for female genital cosmetic surgery on the NHS, say experts. Specialists at a Central London teaching hospital say they received 30 such referrals, mainly from family doctors, over the past three years. This included eight schoolgirls – one as young as 11 – the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reports.

It’s absolute madness. Just utter insanity.

And Now We See What the ‘Lead Codices’ Nonsense is Really All About

It’s about suckering gullible people into spending huge sums on absolute rubbish sold by immense dilettantes.

Ancient Antique copper Lead Christian book,14cmx10cm

‘Copper lead’? Really?

US $13,000.00

Seriously? If you’re that senseless I’ll sell you an ancient piece of the true cross for $5000.

And oh the description:

Ancient old book . I am not sure copper or lead . I found this book my self in the Middle East , don’t know much about it but it has 7 pages . there is a small character in the pages but can’t get it with my camera . I think it’s old jewish or Aramic . It could be Christian or jewish Religious .

So he calls it an ‘ancient old book’ (!!) that he found him self (!) and it has small characters which he can’t photograph but which he’s informed enough to know it might be (!!) ‘old jewish’ (!!!!!) or ‘Aramic’ (whatever that’s supposed to be. And it could be ‘Christian or jewish Religious’ (!!!!!)

Seriously, if this doesn’t stir mockery in even the most placid of you, you just don’t have any wit or sense of humor at all. With thanks to David Meadows for the tip. I think he might buy it. He’s rolling in the dough.

Zwingli’s Impression of Melanchthon

From their dealings at Marburg, Zwingli wrote his friend Vadian the following about Melanchthon:

Melanchthon I found uncommonly slippery; he kept changing his shape like another Proteus, forced me—in lieu of salt!—to use my pen as a weapon and keep my hand dry, so that I could hold him fast for all his chafings and wrigglings and dodgings. I am sending you a copy of a few extracts from our very lengthy conversations on the understanding that you will only show it to those you can trust—I mean, to those who will not use it to stir up another crisis: remember that Philip [Melanchthon] has a copy too, for I drew it up in his presence and under his eye, and many of his own words he actually dictated. But the last thing we want is to bring on a new crisis. Philip and I spent six hours together, Luther and Oecolampadius three.

Slippery… that actually sums Melanchthon up quite well.

You Can have My Bullets When You Dig Them Out of a 1 Year Old’s Skull…

A 1-year-old girl is reportedly having surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital Tuesday after being shot in the head on Chicago’s South Side.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the child and her 15-year-old aunt were walking a dog near 84th Street and Muskegon Avenue about 8:10 a.m. when young men nearby opened fire.

Because America thinks everyone has the right to carry a gun.  Everyone.

A man was bicycling in the area near the woman and her child when two male teens between 16 and 19 years of age began shooting at the bicyclist, who managed to get away, police said.The baby’s aunt got on the ground and tried shielding the child, but once the gunfire stopped she discovered the baby “had visible trauma” to her head, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  Residents of the South Chicago neighborhood told reporters that gunfire was common in the area, which has a gang problem.

And we still aren’t sick and tired of it as a society.  Maybe one day we’ll see the utter stupidity of making guns available to one and all.  But I doubt it.  American culture doesn’t inspire much hope.

He Murdered his Children

Police records show that a Dallas man has confessed to drowning his two young sons, whom authorities say he kidnapped along with their mother as they walked to school.  …  32-year-old Naim Muhammad told homicide detectives in a videotaped interview that he drowned the 3-year-old and 5-year-old boys in a remote area.

Here’s the depraved thug’s mugshot:

And here’s his destiny:

Washington DC Has Been Rattled by a Quake…

God willing the next one will open wide the earth and swallow up the entire ‘Tent of Achan’ that the wretched greed driven city has become.

Genesis 1-2 Gets its own Conference!

9/30- 10/1 “Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation”

 A “multiple views” symposium on how to read the creation narratives of Genesis 1 and 2, taking place at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN.

Principal speakers are

(1) Prof. John Walton of Wheaton College/Wheaton Graduate School (“cosmic temple” approach);

(2) Prof. Tremper Longman III of Westmont College (theistic evolution);

(3) Prof. Richard Averbeck of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (“literary/intertextual” approach);

(4) Prof. C. John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary (“analogical days” approach); and

(5) Prof. Todd Beall of Capital Bible Seminary (literal/”recent creationist” approach).

More information

You know, Chattanooga isn’t that far from Dayton (in so many ways)…

Sad News: Pat Summitt Has Dementia

She is the greatest college basketball coach ever and it is terribly sad to me to hear that she has been stricken with such a horrid disease.

Lady Vols head basketball coach Pat Summitt says she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

Coach Summitt, 59, released a video and a statement Tuesday afternoon on utladyvols.com and utsports.com.

She says when last season was over, “I addressed some ongoing concerns regarding my health. After consulting with my local physicians, I decided to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Earlier this summer, the doctors at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed me with early onset dementia (“Alzheimer’s Type”) at the age of 59.”

Summitt goes on to say, “I plan to continue to be your coach. Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.”

Coach Summitt says for the upcoming season, “I will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before. We have always collaborated on every facet of Lady Vol basketball; and now you will see Holly Warlick, Dean Lockwood and Mickie DeMoss taking on more responsibility as their duties will change significantly.”

We will all be praying for her.  She’s an awesome person.  Truly one of the best.

Yes, It Is

The Washington Post poses this question:

My son was denied coverage on the basis that he had been drinking before going to the ER with a broken shoulder. Is drinking a legitimate reason for denial of coverage?

Yes, it is. Why should those of us who pay insurance premiums (and they’re sky high!) have to pay for your drunken son’s injuries? Heartless? Hardly. What’s really heartless is the notion rampant among so many that the entire public owes them help when they act stupidly and foolishly. That’s real heartlessness, real selfishness.

If he had been injured in an accident sure, he should be covered. Insurance is for accidents or conditions over which we have little or no control. Drunks, on the other hand, bring disaster upon themselves knowingly and willingly. They should bear the financial cost for their actions themselves.  The insurance paying public shouldn’t be saddled with the high cost of stupidity.

In Tennessee…?

Canisters of frozen bull semen that fell from a Greyhound bus caused a minor scare when emergency officials found them emitting vapor by the side of the road near downtown Nashville.  The canisters fell off just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday as the bus traveled around the curve of a ramp to Interstate 65. Metro Nashville police and fire officials were called to the scene because of reports of a foul odor coming from the leaking canisters.

Speechless.  I thought such things only happened in Texas.

Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan

These photos all speak for themselves.  Via.

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The Abbot Fled and Left The Monks Confused

Titel Bibel Zwingli zürich

Zurich Bible

Before the 22nd of April in 1525 the Abbot of the Monastery at Rüti became so fearful, convinced that the German uprising of peasants was headed his way, that he fled, taking everything valuable that wasn’t nailed down with him.  This left the monks without leadership or guidance so they sent a letter to Zwingli asking for his help

He responded, on the 23rd of August that same year with a Flugschrift entitled Wie sich die Mönche zu Rüti verhalten sollen which outlined – essentially – the practice of the Zurich Prophezei and admonishing the monks to follow the same practice for themselves.

Beginning with Genesis 1, they should read through the Old Testament and hold lectures on it in the mornings and then after noon follow the same procedure with the New Testament (3-4 chapters at a time).  Readings and lectures should be followed by songs and prayers.  This should be done each day of the week save Sunday, which was of course the day of Worship.

In this way the text would regain the center stage and the monks would learn it and be able to preach and teach it.  Reformation can’t happen if Scripture isn’t key.

Elkington Isn’t the Only One Keeping The Lead Codices Idiocy Alive

So are we all, every time we mention it.  And sadly we have to mention it because if we don’t our silence is taken as agreement with the lies told by those hawking the rubbish for profit.

We stand on the horns of a dilemma.  To mention it is to aid in the spreading of interest in the fraudulent objects.  To fail to mention it is to drop our responsibilities as scholars to debunk and demythologize.

I can only hope for two things:

1- That Elkington and his ignorant cohort will just disappear into silence so that the whole subject rightly dies off as it so richly deserves.  And

2- That all those persons who somehow for whatever bizarre reason or other have interest in such nonsense will go back to playing their World of Warcraft game.

Excavating the EB jar at Gath

Nice work.

Excavating the EB jar As I had mentioned in my posts during the season, in Area E, a very nice assemblage of EB III pottery was found, including a restorable jar and cooking pot. This was of interest from various perspectives, including providing an assemblage of pottery from the last EB phase in Area E, but also, for the possible study of contents of these vessels, the processes related to the destruction, and also, the dating of the final EB III phase thru Carbon 14 … Read More

via The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue

Thanks to IVP Academic I’ve got a copy of this to review.  It is a tragic fact of these so called ‘post enlightenment’ times that human slavery in the form of sex trafficking is a reality.  This book is the

true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion dollar global sex industry.  It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement.  It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption.  And it is a challenge to God’s people to join in the battle that all might be freed.

Here’s my review:

Is The Narrator of Job Unreliable?

An essay by James Watts examines the question.  You can acquire it here.  And here’s the source and the abstract:

From The Whirlwind: Essays on Job, Hermeneutics, and Theology in Memory of Jane Morse (ed. S.L. Cook, C.L. Patton, and James W. Watts; JSOT Supplement Series 336; London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001), 168-80.

The author of the book of Job employed an unreliable third-person narrator of the prologue and epilogue whose claims to knowledge of heavenly motives are challenged by an omniscient character, God, in four chapters of divine speeches. Readers, however, have been swayed by literary convention to believe the prose narrator rather than the divine challenger of such narrative pretensions as omniscience.

A New Children’s Bible

This one looks excellent:

Schöpfung, Sintflut und viele andere Erzählungen aus dem Alten Testament sowie zahlreiche Geschichten von Jesus machen die Kinder mit einem Kernbestand biblischer Texte vertraut. Auf jeweils einer Doppelseite gibt das Buch die 24 schönsten biblischen Geschichten für Kinder ab drei Jahren wieder.

Lebendige und farbenfrohe Illustrationen ergänzen die kurzen, leicht verständlichen Nacherzählungen. Ideal zum Vorlesen und gemeinsamen Betrachen! An diesem fröhlichen Bibelbuch haben Mädchen und Jungen lange Freude. Mit seiner hochwertigen, originellen Ausstattung ist es ein außergewöhnliches Geschenk für viele Anlässe.

If you’re looking for a Children’s Bible, this might just be the one.

Eating Ice Cream While You’re Asleep

Ok this is just too adorable