Daily Archives: 29 Dec 2011

Incomprehensible Grammar is Way More Irritating than Methodists!

Joel writes, and I quote

Jim doesn’t like Methodists – If I were in his shoes, I would be too. I mean, look at us – saved, chosen, beautiful.

What?????  ‘If I were in his shoes, I would be too’??????  *Sigh*  I’ve just died inside…

[For the record, I actually like Methodists- so kindly don’t bother sending a lot of angry atheist hate mail][But it is interesting that you can’t spell Methodist without Meth.  Just an observation].

ASOR and BAR: Jerusalem and Athens?

I’m sure the rest of you got this email today:

Find out how Jerusalem became ancient Israel’s capital at the ASOR/BAS Seminar

And then followed an advert for the aforementioned joint seminar.  This, I have to say, troubles me.  It seems a very odd coupling, a strange marriage.  What has ASOR to do with BAR?

ASOR rejects any essays for publication which contain unprovenanced ‘discoveries’ (rightly, in my view) while BAR is festooned regularly with adverts for artifacts genuine and otherwise.  ASOR is a learned society of professionals. BAS is not.

I understand the mission of ASOR and I understand the purpose of BAR.  My pondering centers on the propriety of their blending.

Why is ASOR partnering with BAR?  It’s as though the National Enquirer has entered into a partnership with Vetus Testamentum in an attempt to legitimize the one and to popularize the other.

What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?  And who decided the marriage would take place?  And what kind of unnatural offspring can such a merger produce?

Methodists Are Wicked

Need proof?  Well here ya go!   That’s right!  They shamelessly use Kindle’s!!!!!  Shame on ’em.  Next, they’ll become Episcopalians!

The Bavarian Church Where the Members Really are Cold. Really Cold.

Image Credit: Armin Weigel/AFP/Getty Images

But this time being cold is a beautiful thing

A Church built entirely of snow and ice had its grand opening in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut Wednesday night. Villagers built the church, which is made up of more than 49,000 cubic feet of snow, to commemorate the construction of a similar snow church in the village 100 years ago.

The original 1911 church served a far different purpose, however, according to Catholic Church Dean Kajetan Steinbeisser, who blessed the church opening. ”It was meant as an act of provocation,” he said. “Believers from the village got together and built a snow church because they didn’t have a church here.”

The church at Mitterfirmiansreut, dubbed God’s Igloo by one German newspaper, is more than 65 feet in length and also contains a tower. It was initially planned to be open before Christmas, according to Spiegel International Online, but the construction was delayed by warm weather and a lack of snow.

Awesomely beautiful.

Wow! One of My Posts Was the Most Read of the Entire Year!

Here.  I just don’t know what to say…  no, really, I’m speechless.

Maybe there really is something to all this ‘Top Post of the Year’ and ‘Top Song of the Year’ and ‘Top Model of the Year’ and ‘Top Recipe of the Year’ and ‘Top Pointless Observation of the Year’ stuff!  I’m sold.  I’m a convert to the top position!  Who wants to be on the bottom of some obscure list anyway…

Quote of the Day

J.C. Ryle

“Hate Sin! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, excusing it, playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred.”  ~ J.C. Ryle

The Most Hurtful Man on the Planet Is…

Marc Cortez.  I think you’ll know exactly why when you read his hate ridden, vicious, vindictive, malicious, mean spirited, cruel meandering assault on all that is good and decent.

I don’t think we can be BFF’s anymore.  I’m wounded…

Quote of the Day

G. Salmon, Victorian clergyman: ‘If Montanism had triumphed, Christian doctrine would have been developed, not under the superintendence of the church teachers most esteemed for wisdom, but usually of wild and excitable women.’  —  Via T. Michael Law on FB.

[Take that, ‘feminists’!]  😉

[But do notice that many of the modern high profile Pentebabbleists (i.e., modern day Montanists), are women…]

The Winner This Week of a copy of the Common English Bible

Is Steven Shipley!  And yes, I’m still giving away copies (as authorized by the good people at the CEB).  Each Thursday I announce the week’s winner.  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.  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 orTwitter.

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The News Understatement of the Day

I was listening to the local news this morning at the gym (while on the treadmill) and they related that a torso had been found along the side of the road up in Delaware.  They concluded the report by saying

‘Authorities are suggesting the death is a homicide’.

Ya think????  A torso (sans limbs and head) found in a plastic bag and they are ‘suggesting’ it’s a homicide?  I think they can say without fear of contradiction that it is most definitely a homicide.

Reporters are strange people.  Very strange.

Murdering Multiple Children: Abortion to Cut Down on Multiple Births


Fetus at 38 weeks after fertilization 3D Pregn...


More than 100 unborn babies were aborted last year by women expecting twins, triplets or even quintuplets but who wanted to give birth to fewer children, official figures disclosed to The Telegraph show.

Of the 85 women undergoing selective reductions last year, 51 were reducing a pregnancy from twins to a single baby, up from 30 four years before.

There were also 20 abortions to reduce triplets to twins and nine procedures to take a pregnancy from triplets to a single child.
The other terminations counted in the 2010 data were three mothers who reduced four foetuses to two, and two mothers who reduced five to two.

Separate figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, show that almost one third of selective abortions carried out in 2009 involved pregnancies that were a result of fertility treatment.

Just simply disgusting. These folk give a new and depraved meaning to ‘thinning the herd’.

Why No, No I’m Not

File this one in the bizarro spam category. This email came in overnight-

Hi Jim,

The quality of zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com impressed us and we wanted to know if you’d be interested in a guest post from us that could add a unique and different perspective to your site.

Articles would be 600-800 words long on a topic of your choosing that would relate and complement zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com. If you’re interested, you could select a topic or I’d be more than happy to suggest some.

The sender? Couponing.com. Unfortunately the spam must think I’m part of a group blog. As if… Anywho, no, no, I’m not at all interested.

George Athas on the ‘Jerusalem Seal’

George writes

One thing that puzzles me about the recently discovered seal from Jerusalem is its Aramaic inscription. The seal reads דכא ליה (‘pure to Yah[weh]‘), and evidently has some sort of ritual significance. Shukron and Reich argued that the seal was probably placed on objects to certify their purity and, therefore, declare them fit for use in the temple. The one thing that surprises me about this, however, is that the inscription is clearly in Aramaic, not Hebrew. This would be highly unusual for a priestly item. Deutsch offers an alternative theory that the seal was a token used in the monetary exchange for a libation offered in the temple. The use of Aramaic in this case would make more sense, as a lay person was involved in the exchange. However, the phrase ‘pure for Yaw(weh)’ seems a little peripheral to the exchange itself.

I want to propose a slightly different understanding of this little seal.

And then he does.  Interestingly.