The mother of Lady Gaga, Cynthia Germanotta, has confessed to Oprah Winfrey that she thought the singer might have mental problems the first time she saw her performing.
Asked by Ms Winfrey what the flamboyant performer (whose real name is Joanne Stefani Germanotta) was like as a teenager, her mother joked about seeing her perform at a pub early in her career. Ms Germanotta said: “When Gaga started emerging, when she was performing I think it was at Joe’s Pub downtown. And she was in her bikini performing ‘Lady Starlight’ and decided that night to … actually light hairspray on fire. “And some people left when that happened… a lot of people stayed and thought it was cool. But her father and I were like, honesty, he said, ‘I think she has a screw loose’.”
Uh huh. No one knows ya like your mom and dad…
The president of the University of Southern Mississippi is apologizing today, after members of the school’s band chanted “Where’s your green card?” while a Latino player took a free throw during the NCAA tournament. The incident happened during today’s game between Southern Miss and Kansas State. BuzzFeed has video that shows Angel Rodriguez approaching the free throw line, as at least a couple of people start to chant.
It isn’t the president who needs to apologize. It’s the band. And it’s Rick Santorum who told the people of Puerto Rico that they could become a state if they learned English first.
Both acts, that of the band and the wanna be President (God preserve us from that), bespeak a nation where any memory of the fact that we are all immigrants has been effaced by racist tendencies of the worst sort.
Mr Santorum, perhaps you should return to Italy… since that’s where you’re ‘from’. You could run for Prime Minister. Then, Silvio Berlussconi could point to you and say ‘see, there are people worse than me’.
Over his ‘anti-gay’ (they say) stance.
Scott Lively was one of the American evangelicals cited by Ugandan authorities who introduced a bill in 2009 calling for the death penalty for homosexuals. Now a Ugandan gay rights group is suing Lively and four Ugandan co-defendants in a federal court in Massachusetts, saying he violated international law by whipping up hatred and fomenting persecution against gays and lesbians in Uganda, reports the New York Times. “That’s about as ridiculous as it gets,” said Lively. “I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue.” The lawyer for Sexual Minorities Uganda says that before Lively’s three-day conference in Uganda in 2009, no one much bothered homosexuals, but afterward they faced widespread discrimination.
That is smartly ridiculous. It’s interesting, isn’t it, that if one has problems with homosexual practice one is ‘anti’ but if one is against biblical principles one is ‘tolerant’. Can we say ‘double standard’?
Clever marketers masquerading as Christians are more than happy to flop themselves on to any bandwagon that rolls their way as long as they think they can make a buck from it. Name a fad and you’ll find loads of junk at the local ‘Christian’ bookstore chasing the dollars associated with it.
Take the ‘Hunger Games’. It too has already been subjected to theological junkification.
Mind you, I’m all about theologians being theologically minded. What I don’t approve of is marketers pretending to be theologians and foisting off on the public pure garbage just to make a bit of filthy mammon. Such persons prostitute theology.
Two North Carolina pastors have recently created a Bible study based on the book series The Hunger Games. The Rev. Andy Langford and his daughter, the Rev. Ann Duncan, created “The Gospel According to ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy” in the hopes of reaching out to youth. “Many of our youth and young adults have been reading the books. Two youth from my church in Concord, N.C., are extras in the movie,” said Langford to The Christian Post.
They aren’t hoping to reach out to youth- if they were, they’d simply preach the gospel. They’re reaching out to cash in on the current craze. Period. Kids read all kinds of junk and theologians rightly skip the opportunity to cash in. Big crazes bring with them the lure of big money. Big mammon. But ‘you cannot serve God and mammon’ said Jesus (in case folk aren’t familiar with the saying, or Jesus).
Michael’s right to write
What do you do to make young people interested in the Bible? Umm, coat it with bacon or chocolate or better still a pastor and his daughter have come up with another fad…
Christopher posts on the ASOR Blog
The publication of a four-line Greek inscription from a tomb in East Talpiyot (Jerusalem) has generated substantial interest, especially because of the dramatic claims surrounding it (Tabor and Jacobovici 2012). James Tabor has argued that this inscription reads as follows: “DIOS IAIO UPSŌ AGB.” He translates it as “Divine Jehovah Lift up, Lift up.” He believes this to be a Christian tomb (in fact, he states that it is arguably that of Joseph of Arimathea) and that this inscription is to be understood as reflective of an early Christian confession of a belief in the resurrection (and he has also argued that some of the ornamentation on a different ossuary from the same tomb is distinctively Christian). Richard Bauckham accepts all of Tabor’s readings (i.e., the Greek graphemes Tabor believes are present), but he translates the inscription as follows: “Belonging to Zeus IAIO. I, Hagab, exalt (him/you).” It is of some consequence, however, that Bauckham goes on to state “I do not think the inscription has anything to do with Jesus of Early Christianity, but I do think it is one of the most interesting of ossuary inscriptions and that it has a contribution to make to our understanding of early Judaism” (Bauckham 2012).
That’s right- Rollston takes on Tabor and Bauckham. Nicely.
via Thomas Bolin on FB
One can only presume that the owner of this car is on his way to a KKK meeting in some Texas hovel. What sort of vile and malicious, evil, wicked, racist malcontent would 1) come up with such a sticker; and 2) sport it on their car?
Americans, you disappoint me.
Georg Strecker, New Testament scholar supreme, was born on the 15th of March, 1929- making today the anniversary of his birth. He was a student of Rudolf Bultmann’s and he took up a teaching post at Bonn after he finished his studies in 1968. He then moved to Göttingen where he assumed the chair previously occupied by none less than Joachim Jeremias.
Over the course of his career he traveled widely, lecturing in Europe, North America, and Japan. His bibliography is more than a little impressive. Especially good is his New Testament Theology, which you really ought to read. In fact, in order of the three best ever written Bultmann’s is first, Hahn’s is second, and Strecker’s is third.
So, to the good Professor, Happy Birthday!
Here. Another hole punched in the Tabor/Simcha theory. Or if you prefer another metaphor, another nail in the coffin.
By the way, Robert is too humble. His ‘suggestion’ is patently superior to the one put forth by the purveyors of the item.
UPDATE: Steve Caruso adds some relevant insight- aspect!
A new novel, yes, novel, has been published by Neukirchener Verlag that looks right fun-
Rouen, 1527. Bei einer Hinrichtung von Pestsäern gerät der Schneidersohn Henri in einen Streit mit einem adligen Freund. Er ist gezwungen, seine Heimat zu verlassen, und geht nach Paris, wo er mit dem Studium der Theologie beginnt. Er lernt den Mönch Jacques kennen, der ihn mit den Gedanken der Reformatoren bekannt macht. Es zieht Henri nach Genf, einem Zentrum der Reformation, wo er in der neuen, evangelischen Kirche eine geistliche Heimat findet. Und dort begegnet er auch Johannes Calvin …
Im Rahmen dieser packend und klug erzählten Handlung mit ihren lebendigen Charakteren gibt der Autor einen tiefen Einblick in die Geschichte und Theologie der Schweizer Reformation und die Gedanken eines ihrer größten Vordenker.
My birthday’s coming up (in August…) just in case you’re looking for something to get me….
Our ‘good friends’ the Saudis have a leading and influential voice calling for all churches in the Gulf states to be destroyed.
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” following Kuwait’s moves to ban their construction. Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, stressed that since the tiny Gulf state was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, it was necessary to destroy all of the churches in the country, Arabic media have reported. Saudi Arabia’s top cleric made the comment in view of an age-old rule that only Islam can be practiced in the region.
Imagine what would happen if some important American cleric declared that all mosques in the country be destroyed… oh the (rightful) outrage that would descend from every corner. Yet let a Saudi Sheikh say that churches should be destroyed and all of Islam is silent. That says everything about the ‘religion of peace’ that needs to be said. (HT George Athas on FB).
They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today’s young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources – and often less civic-minded overall – than their elders were when they were young.
Unsurprising really given the fact that many young adults are more concerned with money than they are with anything else.
The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today’s young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The environment is often listed among top concerns of young voters.
If you want most Millenials, you need merely bribe them. That’s how to get them engaged in anything, anything at all. Pay them- they’ll help. Ask them to do it without any measure of self interest- and you can, as they say in Brooklyn, ‘fuggetaboutit’. They aren’t their Grandparent’s generation.
Rare indeed and a true treasure the young adult who gives. Most are simply takers.