Daily Archives: 31 Dec 2011

The Funniest Top Gear Segment- Ever

An Active Duty American Serviceman in Texas…

Tried to board a plane with explosives in his carry on luggage.

Officials declined to release the man’s identity but said that he was an active-duty member of the United States military. The explosives were discovered shortly before 9:30 a.m. at a security checkpoint inside the Midland International Airport’s only terminal building.

Officers with the Transportation Security Administration detected a suspicious item in the man’s carry-on bag during X-ray screening, officials said.

The enemy is within.

I’d Not Heard of Brad S. Gregory…

Until I got this fascinating book for Christmas from my lovely bride:  The Unintended Reformation:  How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.  It turns out the guy knows his stuff!

This volume is amazingly insight-filled and tremendously interesting.

Oddly though, it shouldn’t just be of interest to historians of the Reformation or the modern world.  It should be read by biblical scholars so they can see how history ought to be done and Gregory’s method should be adopted, mutatis mutandis, by them.

If you have some Christmas cash or a gift card for your local book-ery, don’t miss this one.

Visiting a Lifeway Store is a Depressing Thing

Lifeway (which used to be known as the Baptist Book Store but which changed its name because it wanted to sell more than it wanted to serve the Church), the publishing arm of the SBC Sunday School Board is one depressing place to visit.

I had to today… to pick up some things for the youth group.  While there I snapped this photo of the ‘best sellers’ that Lifeway is shoving down the throats of Baptists.  The display is near the door so you can’t miss it…

Is this really the depth of thought to which Baptists are summoned?  Is this the best we have to offer Christians and Churches?  Heaven help us.

Well He’s Not the Sharpest Knife in the Drawer

Do you have change for a million-dollar bill?  Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.  Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal (http://bit.ly/u7ZrEN ) that 53-year-old Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legit, and Fuller was arrested.  The largest bill in circulation is $100. The government stopped making bills of up to $10,000 in 1969.  Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument.

If you stop to think about it, it really is tragic that someone can live for 53 years and still be that surprisingly dim.  The poor guy.  His poor family. Everyone knows they only break $100’s at the wal-mart and you have to go to Target to get the bigger bills busted…

Quote of the Day

I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from? — Matthew Barnett

Easy enough to figure out really, they’re shopping for the church that meets THEIR needs rather than the one where they can serve.

As The Year Draws to a Close, I Remain, as Always, More Popular Than You…

Again, according to the only honest broker of internet activity- Alexa.

Me- 82,540
Joel Watts – 235,547
Deane Galbraith – 1,087,293
Allan Bevere – 1,562,235
Danny McClellan – 1,653,637
Mark Stevens – 1,941,079
Marc Cortez- 2,047,673

Oh well keep trying you guys… maybe next year (if I’m dead) you’ll overtake me. Or, storm my unassailable castle. In the meanwhile, here’s a little video clip sent your way –

Naked Archaeologists, Naked Pastors…

What next, naked Congressmen?  What’s the deal with the affixing of the modifier naked to nouns these days?

God willing, such disturbing imagery will be forsaken in 2012.  God willing we shall none of us ever have to imagine archaeologists, pastors, or elected officials without clothes in 2012.

That, at any rate, is my hope.  Pray with me to that end.

Litigious Americans and their Refusal to Accept Responsibility

A South Carolina woman is suing the bar that served her alcohol as a minor the night she had a car accident that left her paralyzed.

Chelsea Hess, 22, is also suing the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the town of Bluffton and Beaufort County for negligence for allegedly not maintaining the road shoulder she drove her car over in her accident.

Hess was 20 years old on Aug. 8, 2009 when she went to Jock’s Sports Grill in Beaumont, S.C. for a game of billiards, according to her lawsuit.

She alleged that she ordered an alcoholic drink at the bar and was served without being asked for her identification. The legal drinking age in South Carolina is 21.

It’s sad that she’s paralyzed but she chose to order booze and she chose to drink it and she chose to drive and her condition is completely her responsibility. But she’s chosen the ‘point the finger at the other guy and tell him it’s his fault’ avenue so beloved these days. It’s not my fault, it’s yours….  Total depravity’s signature move.

I’m sorry she’s paralyzed. But she has no one to curse but herself for it. Thankfully, her self indulgent ignorance didn’t injure anyone else. If she had, though, I’m sure she would be blaming them too.

Congratulations, Dr Pfoh

Our brilliant colleague and friend Emanuel Pfoh received his doctorate last week and I wanted to congratulate him, publicly, for it.  Well done!

Manu is one of the co-moderators of the Biblical Studies list (which you should join, by the way) and a long time contributor.  He’s written an excessively important volume titled The Emergence of Israel in Ancient Palestine, and he’s one of those rare all around good guys you scarcely meet anymore.

Again, congratulations!