Daily Archives: 26 Aug 2011

On Marriage and Divorce: The Westminster Confession

Of Marriage and Divorce I. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband, at the … Continue reading

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You Know, Dear People, I’m on the Skype

Feel free to ring me up whenever you like- my skype ‘address’ (is that what we call it?) is drjewest.  (Not, as Bob Cargill once humorously suggested, because I’m the jewest, but because my initials are J.E.W.  And no, I … Continue reading

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Text, Theology and Trowel: New Research in the Biblical World

Wipf and Stock have a new volume that looks – admittedly – pretty interesting:  Text, Theology and Trowel: New Research in the Biblical World, ed. by Jason Silverman and Lidia Matassa. Text, Theology, and Trowel consists of ten essays on … Continue reading

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The Biography of F.F. Bruce

F.F. Bruce: A Life is set to be published here in the States in early 2012.  The Germans can already get it though. Tim Grass outlines the life of F. F. Bruce, one of the most significant Evangelical scholars of … Continue reading

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Ghastly ‘Parenting’

A Florida couple whose pet Burmese python crushed the woman’s 2-year-old daughter to death have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each on manslaughter and child neglect charges. Experts testified that the 8-foot-long snake was severely underweight and had … Continue reading

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Talk About the Pot Calling the Kettle Black… Pat Robertson is Cracked Himself

You knew it was coming: another of Pat Robertson’s ‘I think I’m a prophet’ pronouncements: Televangelist Pat Robertson suggested Wednesday that cracks in the Washington Monument caused by the August 23 earthquake could be a sign from God, and the … Continue reading

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Was Jesus Judgmental? You Bet!

A Priest asks the question and gives sort of the same answer as the post title indicates in an essay today in the Guardian. The priest is right in that the picture soft Christians paint of Jesus is to make … Continue reading

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Those Canadians Sure are a Hearty Lot…

Or weird.  I can’t really decide if I think it’s awesome that a 12 year old delivered his baby brother or just really really creepy and emotionally scarring forever. Gaelan Edwards first met his new brother in an unusual way: … Continue reading

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A Volume to Consider: From Itamar Singer

From your friend and mine, Itamar Singer. In a career that has spanned nearly four decades, more than thirty of them as Professor of Hittitology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University, Itamar … Continue reading

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More Stupid Atheist Tricks

A Mississippi high school principal and teachers, threatened with an investigation because they participated in a privately held prayer event meant to usher in a school year, are now being reassured of their right to express their faith. Threatened, evidently, … Continue reading

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Congress, Mr. President, Do You Guys Get it Yet?

We think you’re all doing a pathetic job. Keep it up and you’ll be tasting how nasty unemployment is after the next election.

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My Greatly Expanded Blogroll

Have I missed anyone significant?  If you have a recommendation, let me know.

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Finally, Women are Equal to Men!!!!

I didn’t know it was ‘Women’s Equality Day‘ but I greet it with joyful relief. Finally, women are equal to men and will have to mow the lawn, cook dinner, do the laundry, run errands, go by the bank, do … Continue reading

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How Can You Spot an Online Fake?

I think this holds in general and not just for Facebook profiles: I especially like 7 and 9- 7. Don’t be tricked if your friend has multiple people who vouch for him or her online. One person can easily make … Continue reading

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Earth’s Treasure is Heaven’s Trash

Given that roads in the Levant in the first century CE were constructed of rubble, rubbish, and castoff materials; and given the fact that Revelation 21:21 says καὶ ἡ πλατεῖα τῆς πόλεως χρυσίον καθαρὸν ὡς ὕαλος διαυγής. I think that … Continue reading

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I Feel Bad for Texas

The drought they’re suffering down there is truly of biblical proportions. Some 3.4 million acres have burned in 19,000 fires in Texas over the last five months. There is charred land everywhere. It’s so dry that the blistering sun, magnified … Continue reading

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Nothing Says ‘Respectable’ Museum Like Fake Archaeology

To mark the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” a touring exhibition is spotlighting famous props from the Indiana Jones films and putting them side-by-side with real archaeological artifacts. The exhibition, called “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” … Continue reading

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James Posts Part II of His III Part Carnival

Here. Brunner published his dogmatics in three volumes.  So did Pannenberg.  I’m just waiting for someone to do a 14 part carnival like Barth did a 14 part theology. Enjoy James’s part 2.  Part 3 will doubtless appear next week … Continue reading

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