From the serious-lack-of-perspective department: A woman in Wisconsin faces felony child abuse charges because she choked her daughter in a rage after the loss of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, say police. The 11-year-old girl had red marks and scratches on her neck and said her mother asked her, “Do you want to die?” reports the Appleton Post-Crescent. The mother, who had been drinking during the game, reportedly also tried to punch her husband in the face over the game. She remains in jail.
There’s perversity for you. Welcome to the true religion of most Americans- Ball-ianity.
That if a celebrity- even a minor long forgotten one- retweets something, HuffPo retweets the retweet!
So, earlier today the HuffPo tweeted a story about cocaine bespattering baby changing tables. Apparently B-List Milano retweeted it. This threw the HuffPo folk into such a frenzy of self congratulations that they retweeted the Milano retweet.
Don’t think the American ‘media’ is totally absorbed with the insignificant? Ha! No wonder it can’t report things that matter. Or get the things it does report right.
Phil Long tweets-
Student paper Badness: “After a brief overview of eschatology, Wright jumps into how Jesus plays a roll.”
Why is NT Wright telling people that Jesus plays a roll? What play was Jesus in that he is a roll? Does Judas play a muffin in this play? Is there Gospel proof of this play? Where does NT get his information? It is utterly misleading to suggest that Jesus plays a roll when there’s no evidence of it!
For shame sir, for shame.
Google Chrome users can download a new extension called “Amazon, Huh?” When shopping online, the extension will tell you different reasons why you shouldn’t buy from Amazon. Check it out: “With their controversial ‘Price Check’ app, Amazon.com announced it would pay customers up to $5 to go into a local store, scan an item, walk out, and buy the same item on Amazon. So this Chrome extension reminds you — every time you land on Amazon.com — to get off your computer and buy a book in person.”
Thanks, James Spinti, for telling me about this.
This video has just come to light- it features Joel Watts, Mark Goodacre, James Crossley, Robert Cargill, and others singing at one of the many receptions!
And yes, that is James Crossley doing the lead singing… and Joel comes out in the crown…
(Don’t worry, you can’t possibly be more disturbed than I presently am at seeing this… so I had to share my bafflement).
People, please. That doesn’t look like Jesus. It looks like Chewbacca.
A Blue Springs woman said she wanted her family to remember the reason for the Christmas season but was surprised to get a divine reminder through Crayola crayons. The woman said her child’s crayons led her to an encounter with Jesus.
I’ve come to the conclusion that people need to ‘see’ Jesus in all these idiotic ways because they don’t find him in their hearts, in their lives.
With his vicious forgery… See what you’ve done to me? I hope you’re happy now.
Eerdword has an interesting piece by none other than Carl Braaten (best known for his work in theology) about his new book on Jesus. It concludes
The quest of the historical Jesus is not only a project of liberal theologians like those of the “Jesus Seminar,” who reject the high Christology of the Councils of Chalcedon and Nicaea; some conservative scholars are also engaged in the quest for apologetic reasons, to discover historical evidence and even proofs for the affirmations of faith. I think they are both off the track. Faith’s knowledge of “who Jesus is” cannot wait on the probabilities of historical research.
Who is the real Jesus? He is the living Lord Jesus, risen and glorified, to whom access is given only through the preaching of the Word and the response of faith. The historical critical method does not result in gaining access to the real Jesus. The Christian faith is not dependent on the always disputable and oscillating results of historical investigation. That is the viewpoint that Who Is Jesus? brings to bear on many of the most controversial issues of Christology today.
It sounds fun doesn’t it!
Harry???? Really Joel????? ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about Zwingli knows that his nickname was Uli. If you had REALLY received a letter from him you would know him well enough to address him appropriately!
Your use of ‘Harry’ demarcates you as a big ‘ole letter forging fibber along the lines of Morton Smith and the peddlers of the ‘Jordan Codices’.
For shame, sir, for shame. Repent! Or your name will be removed (today) from the Lamb’s Book of Life and you will throughout eternity be nothing other than Satan’s Toothpick! Repent, sinner!
A fascinating passage from Zephaniah seems appropriate in these troubled times. It has to do with the return from Exile and the behavior of the people of God. Pay attention to what Zephaniah says:
3:11 On that day, you won’t be ashamed of all your deeds with which you sinned against me; then I will remove from your midst those boasting with pride. No longer will you be haughty on my holy mountain, 12 but I will cause a humble and powerless people to remain in your midst; they will seek refuge in the name of the LORD . 13 The few remaining from Israel won’t commit injustice; they won’t tell lies; a deceitful tongue won’t be found on their lips. They will graze and lie down; no one will make them afraid.
14 Rejoice, Daughter Zion! Shout, Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem. 15 The LORD has removed your judgment; he has turned away your enemy. The LORD , the king of Israel, is in your midst; you will no longer fear evil. 16 On that day, it will be said to Jerusalem: Don’t fear, Zion. Don’t let your hands fall. 17 The LORD your God is in your midst— a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing. 18 I will remove from you those worried about the appointed feasts. They have been a burden for her, a reproach. 19 Watch what I am about to do to all your oppressors at that time. I will deliver the lame; I will gather the outcast. I will change their shame into praise and fame throughout the earth. 20 At that time, I will bring all of you back, at the time when I gather you. I will give you fame and praise among all the neighboring peoples when I restore your possessions and you can see them —says the LORD.
It doesn’t seem that any of that happened after the Exile and none of it has happened to this day. Either Zephaniah’s hopes have been dashed on the hard rock of historical reality, or his hope has to be pushed into some as-not-yet future.
I’m particularly taken by the highlighted sections- none of which are even remotely reality. I hope, though, along with Zephaniah, that one day soon the people of God will embrace the promise. if you want to get me something for Christmas, that would work.
Just saw this on ABC News- This guy needs to be fired. Today.
From the Telegraph–
First things first. The “authenticity” or otherwise of the Shroud of Turin does not have any implications for whether or not Christ was real, or whether He was divine. If it was a medieval forgery, it doesn’t mean the stories aren’t true; if it really was made in the first century AD, it doesn’t mean they were. Until we find a reliable method of linking the shroud with Christ Himself – a nametag stitched in it by His mum, perhaps – the existence of a 2,000-year-old cloth does not imply that a particular person who died around the time it was made was the Son of God.
I mention this because today, we report that a group of scientists – working, unexpectedly, for the Italian sustainable energy agency ENEA – claim that the marks on the cloth could only have been made by ultraviolet radiation. They say that “When one talks about a flash of light being able to colour a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things like miracles and resurrection,” and that they “hope our results can open up a philosophical and theological debate”. They do, however, say “as scientists, we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes.”
Go read the rest. It’s great. maybe one day people really will get over the fraudulent rubbish. But I’m not going to hold my breath. As long as there are people walking the planet there will be dimwitted dilettantes lapping up every idiotic claim uninformed pseudo-scholars blather.
Go ahead, feel free to scan it:
How pathetic are the lives of the angry atheists in Wisconsin who feel disenfranchised because there’s a nativity scene on a public space in Texas! Good grief- what pettiness and absurdity rules the lives of such tiny minded whiners.
The [Wisconsin based] atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had sent a letter to authorities in Henderson County, Texas, saying that a local resident had complained and that the Nativity should be removed from the courthouse lawn in Athens. … The FFRF said that for non-Christians, the Nativity sent a message of intimidation and exclusion. But their outcry in turn lead to anger through Texas.
Oh please! Nativity scenes make non-Christians feel intimidated and excluded? Those angry atheists are morons, pure and simple. The Wisconsin Whiners have portrayed angry atheists as exclusionary and are attempting intimidation. And even more, as imbeciles (which is, naturally, exactly what angry atheists are).
[Please note, as always, I distinguish between atheists and angry atheists. I know several atheists who are wonderful people whom I admire and care for. Angry atheists, on the other hand, have not in their entire lot a single member worth vomiting. Among their number I count the activists who think society should be rid of every vestige of Christianity (and notice how they only target Christianity and not Islam or Judaism- which proves they aren’t really atheists at all but mindless drone-crusaders against just one faith)].
Remains of an ancient bathhouse dating to the Byzantine period were exposed during work being conducted on the modern water infrastructure near Moshav Tarum in the Judean coastal hills. … According to Dr. Rina Avner, the excavation director, together with Dr. Yitzchak Paz on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “This is a bathhouse that measures 20 x 20 m and dates to the fourth-fifth centuries CE. The remains visible in the field include the frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room) and caldarium (hot room), as well as a courtyard attached northeast of the bathhouse rooms. Two steps led up to a small cold-water pool located in one of the corners of the courtyard.
Because even travelers need a bath. Let’s just hope no visitors were told ‘sorry, there’s no room in the bathhouse…’
Washing noses with neti pots or squeeze bottles has become increasingly popular as a home remedy for colds, allergies and sinus trouble. But it’s not such a great remedy if it kills you.
Now that two people have died from infection with brain-eating amoebas after using neti pots, doctors are warning: do not put tap water up your nose.
‘It’s not such a great remedy if it kills you’! Thank you, NPR, for the understatement of the decade.
Disclaimer: I’ve never used a neti-pot and the idea of pouring water up my nose isn’t even remotely appealing. But the thought of some microscopic creature eating my brain… no thanks. That’s the stuff of B horror film legend.
It looks to me as though they’ve only traded one tyrant for 100. The military, having taken power, isn’t treating the population any different than the President did.
Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest security operation to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule.
Power corrupts. Absolutely power corrupts absolutely. And it doesn’t matter if power lays in the hands of one or in the hands of a council. Once power is had, it never gives up its gain until death rips it away. Just ask Saddam. Or Hitler. Or Mubarak. Or Il. Or Qadaffi. Or your local elected official who, even after leaving office, wields power through lobbying…
Once corrupt people have something they will not give it up. You only show yourself a fool if you think those ‘public servants’ are at all interested in the public good.