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The City of Chicago Needs to Learn What the Word ‘Intolerant’ Means. Its Mayor Doesn’t Have a Clue

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

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Emanuel Pfoh’s Guest Post: The Just Concluded EABS / SBL Meeting in Amsterdam

Posted in Bible, Conferences by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

To my fellow biblical scholars: Very nice EABS/SBL meeting in Amsterdam. I met with old friends and got to know new ones. Besides visiting the city and wandering in the university, buying books, talking to people, and drinking Dutch beer every evening, I attended the last session (yes, the very last, there won’t be any other) of the European Seminar on Historical Methodology (active since 1996) and, although it was very nice to look at and hear all the great ones in the field, it left me wanting more, with a feeling that some progress has been made for sure, but still there are lots of issues to be dealt with.

I think this perception was shared by other younger scholars. So, together with my friends and colleagues Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano and Philippe Wajdenbaum (“the three musketeers”, as Diana Edelman baptized us–I’m Portos, of course), we have decided to take the bull by the horns and create a new forum, still unnamed, under the eagis of the EABS for debating history matters, especially methodology, related to the Bible, Near Eastern and Classical sources, and the history of ancient Palestine/Israel. Our first meeting will most probably be next year in Leipzig, at the next meeting of the EABS. So far my good news.

Good news indeed. One era has ended, and another will begin.

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Maybe We Should Blame Corporations, and Not The Government

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

BibleWorks 9 On the Tablet PC

Posted in Biblical Studies Resources by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

Doubtless others will mention this too but the folk at BibleWorks have got edition 9 working in a tablet PC edition.  You can watch a demo video –

That’s pretty cool really.

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Who Will Light the Olympic Torch? David Beckham!

Posted in soccer by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

goalpost.tv@football_blog   It’s Official! Beckham to shoot Pyrotechnic Football into Cauldron! http://goo.gl/K848J#heshootshescores#olympics2012#London2012

So there it is.

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Vernacular Bibles and Religious Reform

Posted in Bible, Church History, Conferences, Refo500 by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

A conference coming up in Leuven (which someone out there ought to subsidize my participation in!), aims to investigate the importance of the Bible translated-

In the religious developments in Northwest Europe, the Bible has often been instrumental, whether as a point of reference, as a stumbling block, or simply in and of itself. For instance: does the layperson have the right to read the Scriptures (in the vernacular)? Or is the emphasis rather on the pastor or the preacher as the intermediary between God’s Word and the laity? In what sense was the layperson not just a passive recipient of the Scripture translation, but did he also exert a directional influence on the translation process?

In our modern times, these questions are still valid. Attempts to adapt the text to the needs of the ‘modern’ reader, on the basis of the discoveries of biblical science, aroused and arouse without fail, resistance from a part of the Church community that insisted on the established Bible language, which was perceived as superior.

The aim of this colloquium is to highlight the reciprocal influence that the vernacular Bible translations and religious reforms had on each other. We therefore invite the submission of paper proposals, for a lecture during the colloquium.

If you can go, you really ought to go.  I’d love to.

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This Week at Azekah

Posted in Archaeology by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

Week two is over (Oded tells us) and they’ve taken this group photo, which I think is really fantastic.

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The Only Olympic Summer Sport that Matters

Posted in soccer by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

Soccer/ Football!  Here’s the full lineup and schedule.  Go team USA!

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Roseanne Barr: The Voice of Gay Marriage Advocates? It Seems So

Posted in Total Depravity by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

She will be seen as such if advocates of gay marriage don’t denounce her for her outrageous and despicable hate speech.

ABC’s The View honored Roseanne Barr with a guest-host spot on July 19, which shows they probably aren’t in the habit of evaluating her sanity based on her Twitter rants. Take her wishing cancer on Chick-Fil-A fans this morning: “anyone who eats S–t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ”.  This came after she told the restaurant chain to suck an appendage she doesn’t have.

Isn’t it FASCINATING that this hasn’t received any media coverage at all?  I hadn’t heard of it till today when Joe Zias mentioned it.  What this shows, irrefutably, is that if Christians say something it’s pounced on as hate speech and homophobia but if high profile Hollywood people insult Christianity and vocalize a death wish on those who eat at a restaurant, not only is it NOT denounced by gay advocates, their silence is actually agreement!

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A Hebrew Reading Group

Posted in Bible, Biblical Studies Resources by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

Facebookers engaged in the study of Hebrew may want to know about this reading group.  Just fyi.

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Hey ‘Equality’ Advocates, Where’s The Outrage?!

Posted in misery, Modern Culture by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

Chik-Fil-A’s Chairman is under fire for advocating traditional marriage and all the ‘marriage equality’ people are up in arms, calling for a boycott on the company.  Meanwhile, the Chairman of Amazon.com and Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have given over $200,000,000 in support of gay marriage and no one has even noticed (the hypocrisy of the damnation of the one and the praise of the others).

When a former employee emailed Jeff Bezos to ask for some cash to support a gay-marriage referendum in Washington state, she asked him to consider ponying up between $100,000 and $200,000. Instead, she landed $2.5 million for the cause. “This is right for so many reasons,” Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, replied. The donation makes the Amazon founder one of the biggest donors to the gay-marriage cause in the country, the New York Times reports. The money goes to an effort to keep gay marriage alive in Washington as it faces an upcoming referendum. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have donated $100,000 each to the cause, but the $2.5 million donation doubles what gay-marriage supporters have raised so far. “To get this from a straight, married couple sends a powerful message that marriage is seen as a fundamental question of fairness,” says an activist.

What hypocrisy.  This simply PROVES (as if proof were needed) that the so called ‘dialogue’ between traditional marriage advocates and gay marriage advocates is a farce from the latter point of view.  They don’t want dialogue or discussion, they want to impose their minority will.

And I would be willing to wager that those advocating for gay marriage will completely ignore their own hypocrisy whilst suggesting that all those who stand on the other viewpoint are homophobes, hatemongers, and fundamentalists.

So, ask yourself, who is it who really is the hatemonger: the person interested in real dialogue or the demagogue who insists that only the homoerotic viewpoint is worthy of support.

Two Posts At the University of Chester

Posted in Theology by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

Via Viv Rowett- (who stresses that the application deadline is 7 August!)

1. LECTURER (specialism open)/ ACADEMIC ADVISOR (Partnerships) Full Time Permanent

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is seeking to appoint a highly qualified and research active academic to work as part of the Departmental Partnerships Team, which is responsible for overseeing an expanding area of collaborative provision. The post-holder will also be expected to deliver high quality teaching and research supervision in their area of specialism as a full member of a large and thriving academic department. The post is open to candidates with any area of specialism within Theology and Religious Studies; applicants with expertise in New Testament, Christian Theology, Church History or Jewish Studies are especially welcome.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a discipline of Theology and Religious Studies with a record of research and publications commensurate with his or her experience. He or she will have a sound understanding of QA and academic processes as they relate to collaborative provision, be highly motivated and resourceful, and have a demonstrable ability in academic administration. Further details here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/14483

2. Lecturer in Christian Studies, fixed Term Contract until September 2013 (0.5fte)

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is seeking to appoint a highly qualified and research active academic to develop new undergraduate programmes in Church Schools Studies and Religious Literacy. The post-holder will also be expected to deliver high quality teaching and research supervision in their area of specialism as a full member of a large and thriving academic Department. Research areas relevant to the post might include Religious Education, Public Theology, Practical Theology, Contextual Theology, or Religious Studies with a focus on Christianity.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD or Professional Doctorate in a discipline of Theology and Religious Studies with a record of research and publications commensurate with his or her experience. He or she will have the ability to contribute to programme development and curriculum design, be highly motivated and resourceful, and have a demonstrable ability in academic administration. Further details here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/14480

Chester is a fantastic city in the west of Britain on the cusp of Wales. The Old City is so very charming and the University is just one of the most serene and beautiful in all the country. Here are some photos of the delightful place I snapped while there last-

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I Do Indeed Like Chik-Fil-A

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

So I’m going to go there on August 1.  And a lot of other times too, just as I have in the past.

It’s a great American story [i.e., the founding and operation of the company] that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.

The Chick Fil-A company refuses to open on Sundays so that their employees can go to church if they wish. Despite the pressure from malls, airports, and the business world to open on Sundays, they still don’t. They treat customers and employees with respect and dignity.

I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.

Indeed. As Cliff pointed out yesterday, Disneyland has ‘Gay Day’ and the people who attend aren’t labelled ‘heterophobic’ so if we wish to show our support for a Christian company only the lamest will find fault.

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Immigrants

Posted in mockery, Modern Culture by Jim on 27 Jul 2012

via TM Law on FB

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