Daily Archives: 1 Jun 2012

It’s About Time Richard Land Was Reprimanded. Now He Needs to be Fired

The Raw Story reports

Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was officially reprimanded twice on Friday and had his radio show canceled following a series of racial remarks and about Trayvon Martin’s slaying and evidence that he had plagiarized conservative publications.

“We reprimand Dr. Land for his hurtful, irresponsible, insensitive, and racially charged words on March 31, 2012 regarding the Trayvon Martin tragedy,” Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said in a statement. “We also convey our own deepest sympathies to the family of Trayvon Martin for the loss they have suffered. We, too, express our sorrow, regret, and apologies to them for Dr. Land’s remarks.”

“We further reprimand Dr. Land for quoting material without giving attribution on the Richard Land Live! (RLL) radio show, thereby unwisely accepting practices that occur in the radio industry, and we acknowledge that instances of plagiarism occurred because of his carelessness and poor judgment,” the statement added.

“[W]e have carefully considered the content and purpose of the Richard Land Live! broadcast. We find that they are not congruent with the mission of the ERLC. We also find that the controversy that erupted as a result of the March 31 broadcast, and related matters, requires the termination of that program.”

He needs to himself be terminated.  He is a blight on the SBC and he has as much business being ‘Ethics’ spokesman as I have in being Mr Universe.

[Via Irene Hahn on FB]

The Inaugural Issue of the ‘Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament’ Is Online

It will also, as I understand it, be available in print format (through Wipf and Stock).  Read the first issue here online.  Some very good stuff (and at least one exceptionally well written book review!)  😉

Quote of the Day

We had taken unconverted sinners too much upon their word, when they told us that they believed the gospel.  — Andrew Fuller 1786

Philip Esler on ‘Race’ and Antisemitism in the Ancient World

Bible and Interpretation has published a fascinating essay by Esler in which he concludes

Whatever use was made of the Fourth Gospel in later centuries, we owe it to its author and his first audience to try to understand their context and the John’s response to it in ways that are not cast in the 19th century pseudo-scientific language of “race” and anti-Semitism. And it cannot help us combat contemporary anti-Semitism if we eschew historically precise and accurate investigations of how this group, who in the first century CE called themselves Ioudaioi (when other ethnic groups were in view) and today Jews, interacted with and were treated by other groups in their milieux at the various stages of their long history.

You’ll like what he has to say.

People, You Have to Stop Text-Driving

Person using cell phone while driving.

Or you may end up like this kid- on trial for murder:

A text-happy teenage boy who was allegedly texting while driving is on trial for killing a man when he crashed into his car.  Phone records show that Aaron Deveau, who was 17 at the time of the February 2011 accident, sent and received 193 texts during the course of the day when he fatally crashed into 55-year-old Donald Bowley Jr in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  The prosecution is now claiming that Deveau erased two texts from his phone that were sent or received before handing over his phone to police.

Stop it.  Your silly ‘wut r u doin’ texts aren’t more important than the lives of others.  Just stop it.

Our Local Starbucks has Lost its Star…

Tragic really-

A Critical Edition of the Acts of the Synod of Dordt

Refo500-partner Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden has initiated the critical edition of of the Acts of the Synod of Dordrecht. This influential Synod, held in 1618/19, in the presence of representatives from various Reformed churches and universities throughout Europe, was of fundamental importance for the further development of the Reformed tradition. Religious education, spiritual discipline, and church governance are some of the themes emphasized by the synod in addition to an intense debate over the doctrine of election.

All the details are available here.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Just before 2:30am on Saturday, May 26, a customer at a Niagara Falls Denny’s found himself short on cash for his $9.91 bill, so he tried to barter with what he did have: one dollar and a bag of marijuana.

According to police, the 31-year-old man tried to pay his bill with the pot and single dollar, but the cashier refused the deal.  So he turned to the other customers for help.

“He tried to get some of the other people in the restaurant to buy the drugs from him, so he could get the money he needed,” Lt. Michael Trane of the Niagara Falls Police Department told ABC News, “but nobody was buying.

When nobody took him up on his offer, he ran out of the restaurant to a nearby wooded area, and the cashier called the police. His escape was foiled when one of the cooks at the restaurant told police he recognized the enterprising bill-dodger.

Chris, Chris, Chris….  Niagara Falls????  Why?  It’s just water.  Falling.

Call For Papers: ‘Protestantism, Knowledge, and the World of Science’

29-30 November 2012, an international conference will take place at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest, on Protestantism, Knowledge, and the World of Science: Chapters from the History of Europe’s and Hungary’s Higher Education from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century.


Plenary speakers include Hans Erich Bödeker and Jan Peter Balkenende, former prime minister of the Netherlands.

Short paper presentations — In addition to the plenary papers, the program for the conference includes the possibility for a number of short presentations of research on various aspects of the interrelationship between Protestantism and the development of scientific thought. The organizers invite interested scholars to send in their proposals.

More information — Read more information on submitting short paper proposals, registration and registration fee in the PDF.

The Biblical Archaeology Society’s Visit to Occupied Cyprus

A petition by persons knowledgeable of circumstances in Cyprus is urging BAS (publisher of BAR) to reconsider its entry into that country.  In part

It appears from the documentation that we have seen that you may not be aware of certain facts that are important to bring to your attention. The reference to “Northern Cyprus” constitutes, in fact, the area of Cyprus under Turkish military occupation since 1974. It is recalled that the secessionist entity in the occupied areas of Cyprus was condemned by the United Nations Security Council, in its resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), as “legally invalid” and is not recognized by any international organization or country, other than Turkey which is the occupying power.

Furthermore, we wish to respectfully bring to your attention that the airport through which you intend to arrive in Cyprus has been declared by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus as an illegal point of entry into and exit from the Republic. The legal points of entry into the Republic of Cyprus to which visitors should use are Larnaka and Paphos airports and the ports of Larnaka and Lemesos.

Moreover, this illegal airport is not recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its illegal operation causes serious risks to flight safety in the region.

It is also important to stress that this illegal airport is located on property belonging to a significant number of Greek Cypriot refugees who were forcibly expelled from the property by the invasion forces in 1974.

These refugees remain the legal owners of their properties, as it has been confirmed by numerous relevant Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, and have not consented to the construction of the illegal airport.

Furthermore, the organization of such a trip by an archaeological society is particularly offensive to the local and international community of archaeologists working in Cyprus, due to the destructive consequences that the Turkish occupation has caused to the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the island.

There’s more at the link above along with the petition itself, which you then are urged to sign.

It’s June 1 and that Means It’s ‘Free Book From Logos’ Day!

The Free Book from Logos for June is The Four Hundred Silent years, by H. A. Ironside. In addition to the free book download, folk can also enter to win the 65-volume Works of H. A. Ironside.  You can check out the free volume here- http://www.logos.com/product/6931/the-four-hundred-silent-years  and you can go here to get it: http://www.logos.com/_freebook.  Check out the collection here- http://www.logos.com/product/4557/the-works-of-h-a-ironside.