Daily Archives: 10 Dec 2011

Quote of the Day

If heaven is our country, what can the earth be but a place of exile? If departure from the world is entrance into life, what is the world but a sepulchre, and what is residence in it but immersion in death? — John Calvin

It’s Very Clear That Students Don’t Read the Bible Enough

Take this gem from a student paper (via P. Long on the twitter) –

“After killing a Hebrew slave, Moses fleas Egypt to live in the Sinai dessert.”

1- Moses didn’t kill a Hebrew slave, he killed an Egyptian.
2- He didn’t ‘fleas’ he ‘fled’.
3- The Sinai isn’t a ‘dessert’, it’s a desert.
4- Moses fled to Midian, the text says nothing about his fleeing to Sinai.

Such student blunders could easily be avoided if only they actually bothered to read the Bible (and spell).

Ex 2:11 One day after Moses had become an adult, he went out among his people and he saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 He looked around to make sure no one else was there. Then he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When Moses went out the next day, he saw two Hebrew men fighting with each other. Moses said to the one who had started the fight, “ Why are you abusing your fellow Hebrew? ” 14 He replied, “ Who made you a boss or judge over us? Are you planning to kill me like you killed the Egyptian? ” Then Moses was afraid when he realized: They obviously know what I did. 15 When Pharaoh heard about it, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses ran away from Pharaoh and settled down in the land of Midian.

Willem J. de Wit – On The Way to the Living God

de Wit’s dissertation on Herman Bavinck has been published and you can either buy a hardcopy or download a pdf – for free.

Willem J. de Wit is Lecturer of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. Earlier he worked as a junior research fellow for the International Reformed Theological Institute at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The Archbishop of Dublin is the Best Catholic I Know

Sometimes you have to tell the truth even if it hairlips the Devil.  Would that the good Archbishop’s advice were taken by all the pseudo-Christians clinging to false security, self deceived into believing themselves in relationship with God when the truth couldn’t be more different.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has urged the country’s lapsed Catholics to have the maturity to leave the church.

Over the past two decades, rising numbers of ‘a la carte’ Catholics simply turn up at the altar for the sacraments like baptism, communion and marriage.

But in a new documentary on the future of the church, priests reveal they will expect a firmer commitment from their flock in the future. It shows how church pews swell to almost full capacity for celebratory sacraments, while Sunday services have dwindling numbers.

Archbishop Martin urged non-believers to walk away from the church.

He said: “It requires maturity on those people who want their children to become members of the church community and maturity on those people who say ‘I don’t believe in God and I really shouldn’t be hanging on to the vestiges of faith when I don’t really believe in it’.”



Krampus: The Anti-Santa

Gruß vom Krampus!

The Krampus is a character from European Alpine folklore, common in Austria and Switzerland. The creature stands on two hooves and has horns growing out of its skull. An extremely long tongue hangs out of its mouth, and it carries a basket to haul away naughty children.

For hundreds of years, the Krampus and Saint Nicholas have worked a kind of good cop-bad cop routine. Saint Nick rewards the good children; Krampus terrorizes the bad.

It’s good for bad children to be terrorized.  Teaches them to abandon the broad path that leads to destruction.

[A woman in Philadelphia] is helping to organize a traditional Krampuslauf: a procession of people dressed as Krampus, walking through the streets with noisemakers. The idea for the Krampuslauf in Philadelphia came from Amber Dorko Stopper, a mother of two.

“Spooky and scary has had a place in Christmas historically — A Christmas Carol is a ghost story with scary things in it,” she says. “I hate to see everything get watered down because I remember how much fun those things are.”

Ok that’s a bit weird.  But over in Austria they do it up right!

The Best Typo Ever

via Dot King on FB

Why The ‘Occupy’ Movement Doesn’t Move Me

via Tony Sines on G+

Crime in the Philippines Drops to Zero…

When Manny Pacquiao has a fight.  Isn’t that intriguing

English: Rep. Manny Pacquiao at a speaking eng...

“The Pac-Man” is extremely popular in his home country of the Philippines. He has such an influence on the citizens there that the crime rate is practically nothing due to almost all residents, including criminals, watching the fights!

That gives me an idea.  I think if Eric Cantor, Sen. Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Boehner had a tag team cage match to the death it would cut crime down here in the States to zero too.

Sadly I doubt they’d be willing to give their lives for their country like they asks troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to do.  A shame really.  At least with a fight to the death cage match they would be doing something both useful and interesting.

New Photos from Lachish, Khirbet Qeiyafa, and Gath

On the Tel Aviv University FB page.  Some great photos, all worth seeing!

The Best of all the Facebook Groups

Is this one!  You should join it too, because if you don’t, well, I hate to put it bluntly, but it means that you are one of those predestined to condemnation.

Today With Zwingli

Zwingli on the bronze doors by Otto Münch (193...

December the 10th fell on a Thursday in 1523.  It was on that day that the Council of Zurich issued its mandate requiring the cessation of the Mass and the removal of idols (images) from the city’s churches.

After Zwingli’s persuasive and powerful performance at the Second Zurich Disputation (26-28 October, 1523) the entire city (except for a very few hold outs like the reprehensible Conrad Hoffmann) was behind him and the other leading clerics of the city.

The mandate was read from the pulpits of the three city Churches on the following Sunday (the 13th).  You can read it here.

Hoffmann and his cronies were so unhappy with the way things had turned out that they demanded another disputation take place in January.  The reaction of the Council was blunt: people were free to believe what they wished but if they were unhappy with the city’s decision, they knew the way out of town.

Writing the Bible, by Michael Langlois

Michael (of the University of Strassbourg and be-haired like Troy Polamalu) writes

After a year-long gestation, the new series I submitted to Éditions du Cerf is ready to be born!

Sous la plume de biblistes, philologues, épigraphistes et historiens des religions, cette collection nous invite à un voyage au Proche-Orient antique, à cette époque énigmatique et fascinante où le scribe est aussi rédacteur, où le texte est encore fluide, et le canon, indéterminé.  Siècles après siècles, les traditions du judaïsme ancien et du christianisme naissant sont partagées et enrichies. Leurs textes évoluent au gré du temps, transmis en d’anciennes langues sur des manuscrits évanescents. Leur autorité varie selon les communautés : certaines les qualifieront de bibliques, d’autres, d’apocryphes.  Ils s’offrent à nous aujourd’hui : voici « L’écriture de la Bible ».

Sounds intriguing.  Congrats to Michael!  [And thanks to Chris Rollston for pointing it out on FB].