Daily Archives: 14 Sep 2011

September Biblioblog Carnival (via )

Let Scott know what you think should go in it. I have no doubt it will be rollicking and snarky and 100% Scott.

September Biblioblog Carnival All right Biblioblogosphere: apparently, I’m on deck to be the ringmaster for this month’s carnival. Not sure what the theme will be yet other than: will suck more than any other Carnival, EVER! Or something like that. To ensure the Carnival is extra-bad I’m including a post from Unsettled Christianity. Also, Joel will be the official “Carnival Jester” for this month. He may not appear in the carnival in his official capacity, but any chance to p … Read More


This is Why I’m Who I Am- I Get up at 4 a.m.

Those who fight the urge to ignore the alarm clock complete morning chores faster, pack their children off to school earlier and thrive in the workplace, researchers concluded.  But people who can’t resist a lie in have a higher chance of feeling depressed or stressed and becoming overweight.

Researchers questioned 1,068 adults about their levels of happiness and anxiety, their physical health and their eating and sleeping habits in an online survey.  They found that “morning people” were out of bed by 6.58am on average, while “evening people” waited until 8.54am to start their day.  At the weekend both groups enjoyed about an extra hour under the covers, with early risers waiting until 7.47am to get up and night owls lying in until 10.09am.

If you got up early you could get loads done too… just sayin…

What the Tea Party Thinks of Your Uninsured Baby


More ‘We Hate the 10 Commandments Because We Hate Morality’ Stupidity

Civil liberties groups have sued the school board in Giles County, Virginia, demanding that a Ten Commandments plaque be removed from a high school hallway. The board says it’s simply part of a display of historical documents, including the Declaration of Independence, but the federal lawsuit by the ACLU and others calls that a “sham” excuse and says the plaque is up “with the primary aim of advancing religion,” reports the Roanoke Times.

Absurd.  The only reason these groups are opposed to the 10 Commandments appearing in public is because they want to ignore morality and do what they please without being reminded that there is such a thing as evil.  Buffoons.

Pentebabbleists Exposed for the New-Ager-Cultists That They Are

By a Pentecostal!

This isn’t Christianity in any form. It’s evil. Via Michael Acidri on the FB.

Introduction to the Theology of Karl Barth

If you’re so inclined you can view, and even download if you like, a video series from the Summer Semester of the Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität, Münster which introduces students to the theology of Barth. It’s just like being there in Muenster!

Die reformierte Sommeruniversität ist ein Projekt des Seminars für Reformierte Theologie an der Evanglisch-Theologisch-Fakultät der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, der Theologischen Universiteit Apeldoorn und der Stiftung Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek Große Kirche Emden.

Give it a look.

More Stupid Atheist Tricks

A rather long excerpt, but worth the time-

A federal appeals court in California ruled Tuesday that a San Diego-area math teacher does not have the constitutional right to display banners referring to God in his classroom.

Bradley Johnson, a 30-year-old math teacher for Poway Unified School District, had banners he believed celebrated “the religious heritage of America,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Johnson had displayed the approximately 7-foot-by-2-foot banners — one of which had the four phrases “In God We Trust,” “One Nation Under God,” “God Bless America,” and “God Shed His Grace On Thee” — in his classroom at another school for nearly 20 years. But when he came to Westview High School,Principal Dawn Kastner said the banners were “a promotion of a particular viewpoint” and ordered Johnson to take them down, the LA Times reports.

The second banner stated, “All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed By Their CREATOR,” according to the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm that filed the lawsuit on Johnson’s behalf. Tuesday’s ruling overturns a February decision by California Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez that said the school districted violated Johnson’s constitutional rights.

Johnson argued that school officials discriminated against Christians by forcing him to remove the banners, noting that other teachers were allowed to hang Tibetan prayer flags or lyrics to a John Lennon song that references heaven, hell and religion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The appeals court said Tuesday that Johnson’s role as a state-employed math teacher was to do as his job title conveys, not to “use his public position as a pulpit from which to preach his own views on the role of God in our nation’s history to the captive students in his mathematics classroom,”Christian Science Monitor reports.

But it’s ok to promote John Lennon’s atheism or Tibetan Buddhism…  Naturally it’s only Christian faith that comes in for criticism.   It’s idiotic judicial decisions like this that make a part of me hope Michelle Bachmann wins the election and she chooses Rick Perry for her VP.

Now That’s Worth Pondering

‘“It’s doubtful that God can use any man greatly until he’s hurt him deeply,” said A. W. Tozer. In weakness, God’s strength can be revealed. Joseph was jailed, David driven into hiding, Paul imprisoned, and Christ crucified, but even in defeat, God’s servants are not destroyed. Part of the miracle of grace is that broken vessels can be made whole, with even more capacity than before.’ — M. Shelley.

Pamela Myles Took An Axe, Gave Two Church Members…

A woman currently being held in a mental institution for allegedly stabbing a senior citizen with a butcher knife at a bus stop has been charged with the 2006 ax murders of two members of her church.  Pamela Myles, 43, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder Tuesday after she submitted a written confession on June 20, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Myles was a suspect when the deaths were originally investigated in 2006 after witnesses reported seeing her walking around her South Side neighborhood with an ax or large hammer.

Of course she’s insane- no sane person does such a reprehensible thing.  But that doesn’t mean she isn’t evil.  Evil is, after all, at its very core- insane.  And there’s more-

Annie Mae Davis, 59, and Everleana Brame, 74, were both found murdered in April 2006. They died from blunt trauma and multiple wounds to the head inflicted by an ax, court records indicate. The women were murdered three weeks apart and were both members of New Triedstone Church, where Myles often attended services and had a falling out with the pastor and several members, according to the Sun-Times.

The Pastor should be very concerned if Pamela is ever freed.

Facebook ‘Smart Lists’ – Because of Google+ Circles?

Evidently Facebook doesn’t want to be left behind and they’ve seen Google’s ‘circles’ feature and so they’ve put together their own equivalent feature.

A word of advice to all you who have Joel Watts as a FB friend- make sure he’s in the lowest circle, so he gets used to it…  just sayin…

To make lists incredibly easy and even more useful, we’re announcing three improvements:

  • Smart lists – You’ll see smart lists that create themselves and stay up-to-date based on profile info your friends have in common with you–like your work, school, family and city.
  • Close Friends and Acquaintances lists – You can see your best friends’ photos and posts in one place, and see less from people you’re not as close to.
  • Better suggestions – You can add the right friends to your lists without a lot of effort.

Friend Lists are completely optional. If you don’t like lists, you don’t have to use them.

When You See the Tide Turning Against You, Threaten: That’s The Israeli Government’s Method of Diplomacy

The Israeli Foreign Minister said

Unilateral Palestinian moves will have dire consequences

I wonder who in the world he could have in mind, don’t you?

Avigdor Lieberman says Israel will not tolerate one-sided moves by PA, adds there is no more room for goodwill gestures as they are ‘taken for granted, seen as sign of weakness’.

Israel doesn’t want any one sided moves by the PA because it wants to hold on to all the one sided moves itself. Like planting settlers in the West Bank and tearing down Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. Stuff like that.

That shaking you just felt under your feet wasn’t an earthquake, it was the herds who follow Hagee jumping up and down gleefully in hopes that the Palestinians and the Israelis would go to war and kill each other so the Messiah will return.

Israel has “shown great generosity towards the Palestinians, but it did not bring us peace,” he said.

Oh boy! I’m sure that the Palestinians who have been robbed of their land, jailed, displaced, scorned, treated poorly, and essentially caged into huge ghettos from which they can only exit with the patronizing permission of the Israeli government will say the same thing. Indeed, I’m really surprised they want their own state at all, as beneficent as Israel has been and as lovingly as they’ve been embraced by their ghetto masters. If they would just be patient and calm down and wait 400 years they can have their own country. Gosh, they’re just so selfish…

More Stupid Student Tricks: The Case of Sarah Grunfeld

Gawker reports

Cameron Johnston is a professor of social sciences at York University in Canada. He is Jewish. But the bad part is, he’s also a Nazi! Fire him at once! Wait… what did he say?  See, on Monday, on the first day of class, he was telling his students about acceptable and unacceptable opinions. And as an example of an unacceptable and dangerous opinion, The Toronto Star reports, he said “All Jews should be sterilized.”

Ok that seems reasonable.

Well! Twenty two year-old Sarah Grunfeld, a student with poor listening skills, was not about to stand for whatever it is he just said! She stormed out of class and informed a campus Jewish group that Professor Johnston was a rabid anti-Semite. Predictable outrages ensued! And Johnston has spent all week now explaining that he actually said the opposite of what Grunfeld thought he said. Sadly, Sarah Grunfeld is this kind of person:

Grunfeld said Tuesday she may have misunderstood the context and intent of Johnston’s remarks, but that fact is insignificant.  “The words, ‘Jews should be sterilized’ still came out of his mouth, so regardless of the context I still think that’s pretty serious.”  Grunfeld also expressed skepticism that Johnston was in fact Jewish.  Asked directly by a reporter whether she believes Johnston is lying, she was unclear.  “Whether he is or is not, no one will know,” she said. “. . . Maybe he thought because he is Jewish he can talk smack about other Jews.”

Sarah, if I may, your ignorance, poor listening skills, and dogmatic blindness to the facts ill suits you to be a student.  You should drop out immediately and seek employment at a roller skating rink where the music blares so loudly you need not hear anyone and no one need hear you.

Timothy George: Reading Scripture with the Reformers

A new volume by IVP Academic is excerpted here. And you can acquire a copy of the volume here.

In Reading Scripture with the Reformers, Timothy George takes readers through the exciting events of the sixteenth century, showing how this dynamic period was instigated by a fresh return to the Scriptures. George immerses us in the world of the Reformation, its continuities with the ancient and medieval church, and its dramatic upheavals and controversies. Most of all, he uncovers the significant way that the Bible shaped the minds and hearts of the reformers.

Because It’s Michael Haydn’s Birthday…

Here’s a delightful piece from one of the most underrated and underappreciated composers of all time:

He was born on the 14th of September, 1737. Have a happy Haydn day.

Google Flights

It’s useful if you want to fly in the United States, but it doesn’t support flights overseas.  So I can search for flights to Frisco or Chicago or New York (and it’s a simple to use tool) but if I want to go to Zurich or Manchester or London or Stuttgart, I’m out of luck and have to use Kayak or Hotwire.

Oh and I’m also out of luck if I want to go to Frisco (because it doesn’t return any listings for the SBL period).  Fortunately, I know there are flights because I have one booked.  In other words it doesn’t show existing flights…  which seems to make it fairly useless.

Google Flights… I’ll keep an eye on it but it’s, at this stage, sort of like Google Plus- some will check it out, play around with it, and then drop it unless they implement overseas travel too and fill up the database with flights in the States (which they clearly haven’t done).

If They Won’t Become Priests Because they Love God and People, Maybe They Will Because they Love Sports…

It’s sad if you think about it.

Catholic priests Larry Swink and David Wells returned to Bowie on a recent Sunday, but it wasn’t to deliver a sermon at St. Pius X Church, where Swink served as a priest and Wells conducted his first Mass.  Instead, they took the field Sept. 4 at the Bowie Baysox Stadium — Wells at third base and Swink pitching — as players in the first D.C. Padres baseball game.Yes, why entice people to the priesthood with religion when baseball will do the trick…

“It allows kids and families to see priests in a fun setting doing everyday things,” said Mary Regan, a 30-year member of Sacred Heart Parish in Bowie.  “It makes them approachable,” said Regan, whose son, Kevin Regan, is a priest.  After six competitive innings, the priests won, 5-4, before a crowd of more than 600 enthusiastic fans, most of whom knew the players on both teams personally.  “That was the most fun I’ve had as a priest,” said Swink, 35, who conceived of the Padres as an offshoot of the D.C. ’Hood basketball team, on which he also plays. The team, which represents the Archdiocese of Washington, promotes the priestly vocation.

I’ve got nothing against baseball.  But why do Priests have to be seen ‘in a fun setting doing everyday things’?  Isn’t the Priest supposed to be different?

‘That was the most fun I’ve had as a priest’?  So Mass and preaching, teaching and visitation, sermon prep (do Catholics do sermon prep?) are unfun or less fun or less enjoyable than hitting a ball around?

Priests wanting to be ‘good time charlies’ may make them more acceptable to the world but does it make them acceptable to God?

An Update on the Sepphoris Cemetery Inscription

Via Jack Kilmon on the Biblical Studies List, notice of this:

Greek inscription found at Sepphoris, tentatively dated to the fifth century CE, mentions Judah, the archisynagogos (leader of a synagogue) of Sidon, and Severianus Afrus, the archisynagogogs of Tyre.  —  Nagy, Rebecca, Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1996.

So evidently the ‘recent discovery’ isn’t recent at all.

A Very Useful, and Free, Diet Journal and Calorie Log

Robert "Bob" Harper (born August 18,...

Bob is watching you!

I like it anyway. Easy to use, all the essentials, and completely free. What could be better?

Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that two things work: diet and exercise. Hiring a personal trainer might help motivate you to exercise, but studies show that keeping a journal actually helps dieters stick to the plan. That’s where Calorie Balance Diet comes in. It’s a free utility that makes it entirely too easy to figure out just how many calories you need to achieve your dietary goal, and what foods you should and shouldn’t eat to help you stay on track. It also helps you keep useful schedules and records.

Yup, very useful. That White Castle Stockbroker ought to use it too.

Quote of the Day

Resolved: that all men should live for the glory of God. Resolved second: that whether others do or not, I will. — Jonathan Edwards

I Have an Admirer!

It’s so moving to get mail like this…

How are you today, I hope all is well with you .I am sorry to worry you with my Proposal for a relationship with you, but I know that you will grant my request in good faith and understanding, My name is Miss Masha, I just went Through your profile today and I have no options than letting you Know that I am interested in having a relationship with you, I will also like to Know you the more, this is my mail (bhattimasha02@yahoo.com) I await to hear from you with love
Yours Masha

Wow. Masha. Do you mind if I call you Mashed Potato? Because I’m more likely to enjoy a plate of that than I am a relationship with a total spammy stranger…