Daily Archives: 15 Dec 2011

Planning

Any plans laid by any Church, or Christian, which don’t have God as their beginning point, their middle, and their ending, don’t have any business being plans at all.

Ghastly Christmas Displays…

One of our local news people posted this pic on the twitter.  She saw it driving through Pigeon Forge…

her hashtag – so appropriate- #jesuswept

Ohio’s Racist Landlord

This one will gall you.  The landlord who hung this sign up when a black girl started using the pool says it’s just there because it’s an antique!

An Ohio landlord accused of discriminating against an African-American girl with a “white only” sign at her swimming pool told ABCNews.com that the sign was an antique and a decoration.  “I’m not a bad person,” said Jamie Hein of Cincinnati. “I don’t have any problem with race at all. It’s a historical sign.”

Oh yes, sure, right.  If you believe that I have a bridge in New York I’d like to sell you.

Michael Gunn, 40, is the man who took issue with Hein’s sign and filed a discrimination charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He was a tenant in one of Hein’s properties.  “We invited my daughter, who is African-American, to visit and swim in the pool for the Memorial Day weekend,” Gunn wrote in his complaint. “The owner, Jamie Hein, accused my daughter of making the pool ‘cloudy’ because she used chemicals in her hair. Days later, she posted a sign on the gate to the pool which reads, ‘Public Swimming Pool, White Only.'”

Hein is a racist.  I wonder which branch of the KKK she belongs to.  Such despicable behavior.  Outrageous.  Where are the Occupy people on this one?  Too busy parading and camping for lower iPad prices no doubt.

Steve Jobs: Miracle Worker

If he keeps this up the Catholic Church will canonize him!

An avalanche of more than 100 apples rained down over a main road in Keresley, Coventry on Monday night.  The street was left littered with apples after they pelted car windscreens and bonnets just after rush-hour.  The bizarre downpour may have been caused by a current of air that lifted the fruit from a garden or orchard, releasing it over the junction of Keresley Road and Kelmscote Road.

We all know better though.  We all know that Steve Jobs let them rain down from heaven as a sign that he’s there.  Right?….

[Antonio made me do it with his post!]

More On Britain’s Gay Marriages on Church Grounds Debate

From the Guardian

The government has headed off moves to annul or delay regulations allowing religious groups to hold civil partnership services on their premises.

An amendment tabled by Conservative peers that would have forced ministers to reconsider and redraft the regulations, which came into force on 5 December, was dropped after a Home Office minister in the Lords gave repeated assurances that no religious group or individual clergy would be forced to act against their consciences to hold the ceremonies.

Some liberal religious organisations, including the Quakers, Unitarians and liberal Jewish synagogues, have said they hope to conduct partnership services, though the main denominations have ruled them out.

Conservative peers and evangelical campaigners have claimed that people wanting civil partnerships might bring legal actions against church authorities under the Human Rights Act or that local authorities could force churches to hold civil partnerships as a condition of licensing heterosexual weddings. But the Church of England’s lawyers and Roman Catholic bishops believe the legislation contains adequate safeguards.

I don’t think anyone should believe such assurances for half a second.  Once the law is on the books there will be suits when gays aren’t allowed to wed on church property and the Church will lose as it always has.

Feel free to believe government assurances all you like.  I don’t believe anything the government (any government) says.

Oh Come ON! I Know Bloggers WAY Less Interesting Than Them!

In fact 99% of all the bloggers I know are 200% less interesting! It’s just wrong, then, to list that lot as the least interesting people of 2011. Who’s less interesting than Mark Stevens? Or Joel Watts? Tell me!

Needless to say, Gawker isn’t all that impressed with Barbara Walters’ annual list of the year’s 10 most fascinating people. The good news is, that didn’t stop blogger Seth Abramovitch from offering up his own list, of the year’s 10 least fascinating people, in response:

  • Piers Morgan: “The turnip-headed reality star turned CNN seat-filler loves Twitter wars and speaking over his guests almost as much as no one give … about him.”
  • Brett Ratner: Despite getting himself in the middle of an Oscars-related controversy this year, he “remains the least interesting filmmaker of his generation” and you probably can’t think of a single interesting scene in a movie he’s made.

This is exactly why all such ‘best of’ lists are pure moron-ism.  Publish a ‘best of’ or ‘worst of’ list and you prove yourself a fool.

Yes, You Can Still Win A Copy of the Common English Bible

I’m still giving away copies (as authorized by the good people at the CEB).  Each Thursday I announce the week’s winner and this week that’s Boch!  If you entered and didn’t win, try again.  Just tell me why, in comments, you want a copy.

The CEB is a grand translation and quite useful indeed.  Especially for persons unfamiliar with the Bible and afraid to use older translations because they make little to no sense.

Doug Iverson has already won and so has Kyle Owenby, Luke Chandler (and now Boch too).   I’ll be giving away one copy each week for quite a few months (through the end of January).

If you’d like to learn more, visit here.  And if you’d like to interact with the CEB folk, you can do it on Facebook or Twitter.

See, Paul IS a Problem for Christianity

Almost as by divine Providence following my last post I went to the post office to pick up the mail and look what was in the box from Baker-  a copy of JRD Kirk’s ‘Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?  A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity‘.

Even JRDK recognizes that Paul is Christianity’s problem child.  Even he does!  Even HIM!  So of course it must be so.

[By the way, more on JRDK’s book in due course].

The Wrightian War on Douglas Campbell

The war on Campbell by Wright’s sycophants has escalated to the Journal level!

Zeal for Paul but Not According to Knowledge: Douglas Campbell’s War on ‘Justification Theory’, R. Barry Matlock, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2011;34 115-149

Review Article: The Deliverance of God by Grant Macaskill, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2011;34 150-161

An Attempt to be Understood: A Response to the Concerns of Matlock and Macaskill with The Deliverance of God by Douglas A. Campbell. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 2011;34 162-208

Of course the only people who care about Paul are the ones who don’t realize that John is the best of the New Testament’s theologians.  But I suppose that if people want to focus on lesser luminaries, that’s their business.  I understand quite well that people read Joel’s blog because not everyone can handle solid food.

[Actually, having finally made it through Campbell’s overly-massive book, I have to say, he’s right.  Wright’s wrong].

Promiscuity Reigns

Mark Easton of the BBC tweets

17% men & 24% women say they’ve had only one sexual partner. 27% men and 13% women say over ten. Average bloke has 9.3 NHS survey finds.

That means that of the people surveyed, 83% of males are promiscuous (having more than one partner) and 76% of women are as well.  Worse still, the promiscuous behavior of many isn’t restricted to two partners.  Alas, the average male has more than 9 different sexual partners.

That’s unfortunate.  No wonder these girls don’t know who the baby-daddy is.  Sadder still the fact that people have reduced themselves to nothing more than depositors and receptacles.  They’ve turned the gift of sex into a mere biological function like urination or defecation.  Which is why they’re able to treat other people like crap.

Did Steve Jobs’ Faith, in Himself, Kill Him?

One of Steve Jobs’ closest friends and business allies has said the former Apple boss’s own self-belief and mindset led him to put off having his cancer treated. Avie Tevanian said Mr Jobs had a “reality distortion field” – a force of will that helped him get people to achieve the impossible.

That same belief system caused him to refuse conventional treatment for his cancer in the critical early stages after diagnosis. He decided instead to explore alternative therapies and go on a special diet.

Proving quite nicely the ancient dictum, ‘pride precedes destruction and a haughty spirit a downfall.’ Faith in oneself is faith in a reed, a blade of grass, a withering flower. Belief in one’s own ‘powers’ is belief in an idol. It is delusion.

Whenever someone is described as ‘brilliant’ I’m always waiting for the ‘but’ that follows invariably. Jobs was brilliant, but he thought too highly of his own intellect and he paid the price for it.

If ever there were a morality tale, that’s one. Or in the words of John in Revelation, ‘Let him who has an ear, hear…’

2012: The Year of Church Music

Musik fasziniert, berührt und bewegt. Zu allen Zeiten. Musik war der Herzschlag der Reformation, denn Martin Luther setzte als Erster theologische Erkenntnisse in Choräle um, die alle Menschen singen konnten. Der Gemeindegesang und die Kirchenmusik sind bis heute unverzichtbare Elemente des evangelischen Lebens.

Diese Tradition wird 2012 bundesweit mit dem Themenjahr Reformation und Musik gefeiert – eine Wegmarke der Lutherdekade, die zum Reformationsjubiläum 2017 hinführt. In den evangelischen Kirchen Hannovers, in Westfalen und Lippe steht das kommende Jahr unter dem Motto Gottesklang. „Es wird eine wunderbare große geistliche Symphonie durch unsere Landeskirchen klingen“, kündigten Landesbischof Ralf Meister, Präses Alfred Buß und Landessuperintendent Martin Dutzmann voller Vorfreude an.

There’s MUCH more!  Enjoy!!!