Daily Archives: 26 Sep 2011

Genuinely Christian?

If a man is not oppressed by his environment, if he has nothing serious to fear or to suffer at its hands, he has reason carefully to ask at least whether and how far he is genuinely a Christian at … Continue reading

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Sick Of Your Sons Wearing their Pants like Thugs?

This will cure them…

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On Karl Barth: An Observation

No matter how mad I get at Barth, whenever I read him, he constantly delights, edifies, encourages, and exhorts; as well as challenges, confounds, and enrages.  He truly is an inescapable and unconquerable Everest.

Posted in Theology

It’s Too Bad Utah’s Undie-Runner’s Aren’t Very Bright

Otherwise they would have members who know how to spell ‘lest’. Oh and by the way, do you know what the first words out of the mouth of the guilty conscience are?  ‘Don’t judge me’.

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New in the Scottish Journal of Theology

On history, theology and scholarly method  — Christopher A. Beeley Scottish Journal of Theology, Volume 64, Issue 04, November 2011, pp 474 – 480 doi: 10.1017/S0036930611000263 (About doi) Published Online on 26th September 2011 [ abstract ]

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It’s More Important to Demolish than You Think

Primarily because you can’t build up until you’ve torn down- “I will most assuredly give you the words you are to speak for me.  Know for certain that I hereby give you the authority to announce to nations and kingdoms … Continue reading

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Pakistan Does Make US Look like Chumps

It’s true and as I’ve said for a good while, we need to dump the beggars. Last week, Admiral Mike Mullen called out Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency “as the most adroit double-dealing profiteer from terrorism in the entire region,” Christopher … Continue reading

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Calvin: On Dressing Up the Gospel to Make it ‘Pleasing’ to Men

At 2 Cor 4:2 Calvin astutely observes of those who ‘dress up’ the Gospel to make it acceptable to the ignorant- For as chaste and virtuous women, satisfied with the gracefulness of natural beauty, do not resort to artificial adornings, … Continue reading

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‘Bribe Them In From The Fields of Sin…’

Sung to the tune of ‘Bring them In’ Bribe them in, Bribe them in, Bribe then in from the fields of sin. Bribe them in, Bribe them in, Bribe the wandering ones to Je-sus… That’s the theme song of the … Continue reading

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Apocalypticism and American Politics

This is a good essay, with thanks to Chris Rollston for pointing it out. THE end is near — or so it seems to a segment of Christians aligned with the religious right. The global economic meltdown, numerous natural disasters … Continue reading

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You Can’t Win a War When Greed is at its Heart

There was a great piece on Fresh Air today which featured an interview with the author of a new book about the Iraq War. For years federal auditors have reported that millions of American dollars have been wasted or are … Continue reading

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Israel Returns Ancient Artifacts to Jordan

The Jordan News Agency reports the news (and you’ll have to go to the link to read it- they’ve disabled copying).

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Angry Atheism is a ‘Boys Club’, and a Religion

First In November 2006, Wired magazine identified Richard Dawkins, Daniel C Dennett and Sam Harris as a “band of intellectual brothers”, whose bestselling books on atheism, published between 2004 and 2006, heralded an era of 21st-century nonbelief. The media quickly … Continue reading

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That’s Surprising, Mr Obama, Given Your Recent Conversion to Christian Zionism

In a speech over the weekend Obama blundered- If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew, uh, as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of … Continue reading

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Erdogan Isn’t Really Wrong, You Know

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been generating international attention recently with sharp criticism of three countries that have had close relations with his country: Israel, Syria and the United States. In an interview with Morning Edition’s David Greene, … Continue reading

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God’s ‘To-Do’ List

The good folk at Reformiert Info are commencing a new weekly feature- God’s To-Do List.  Here’s the info- Neu: Jeden Montag präsentieren wir «Gottes to do-Liste». Mit Ernsthaftem und Humorvollem, Kleinem und Grossem, Ewigem und Aktuellem. Kommentieren erwünscht! Gottes to … Continue reading

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Oh That God Would Grant This Prayer

Psalm 12 1   Help, O LORD, for there is no longer anyone who is godly; the faithful have disappeared from humankind. 2   They utter lies to each other; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3   May the LORD cut off … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Hate Halloween

It reveals the lowest form of insanity among Americans: A skin and bones costume titled “Anna Rexia” found its way onto the online inventory of popular beauty and costume store Ricky’s before being pulled from the company website, according to … Continue reading

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More ‘Lawyers are Creepy People’ News

A lawyer for the New York state attorney general’s office has been suspended after the New York Post inquired about word that she was leading a double life as an S&M dominatrix.  Alisha Smith, 36, had been working as a … Continue reading

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Google Brings the Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Today marks the launch of the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls project by Google and the Israel Museum.  Check it out. The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most … Continue reading

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