Daily Archives: 10 Sep 2012

Congrats to Our Friends at Oxford and Cambridge, Imperial and UCL

Those four British schools took four of the 6 top places in worldwide University rankings in a study just released and reported by the BBC

Cambridge – top last year – was second in the QS World University Rankings, which are based on a number of areas.  UCL, Oxford and Imperial took fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively, with the US’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology top and Harvard third.

Really, congratulations to all.  That’s really quite an impressive achievement.

In One Sentence Calvin Disembowels the Emergents and the Seeker-Sensitives

Calvin arguing with the first Emergent- Servetus

Because what he writes in that one sentence is the Gospel truth:

None ought to be acknowledged as God’s servants, that no prophets or teachers ought to be counted true and faithful, except those through whom God speaks, who invent nothing themselves, who teach not according to their own fancies, but faithfully deliver what God has committed to them.

The emergents and the seeker-sensitives do both: they invent their own ‘truths’ and they teach according to their own ‘fancies’.  And they certainly do not faithfully deliver what God has committed to the true Church.

Whatever Happened to the Publication of “Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference”?

It was supposed to be out in May.  May has come and gone.  The conference from which the papers sprang was held back in April of 2009… so it seems that by the time the volume actually comes out (if it ever does) it may have lost a good bit of its relevance.

Here’s the Eisenbraun’s page… which still lists it as still not published.  Will it ever be?

Zwingli, On Martin Luther

If Luther has drunk where we have drunk, then he has in common with us the evangelical doctrine. … The force of the Gospel doctrine groweth more and more. Thus we show your Wisdoms that we have nothing in common either with Luther or with anything else that could harm Christian doctrine, even nothing at all in common.

As far as we are able, we drink the Gospel doctrine out of the true fountains, without which no one can be blessed, in order that among the people of the pious Confederation we may with all decency and fidelity speak for the same to hungry souls, that their despairing consciences may be set at rest and made steadfast. — Huldrych Zwingli

His meaning is clear: Luther imbibes a different spirit than the Swiss and it isn’t the spirit of the Gospel.  The Reformer and those who have accepted the truth have no part in Luther, and Luther has no part in them.

Lies Methodist Pastors Tell Their Churches and Each Other

It makes me glad I’m not a Methodist… We Baptist pastors NEVER lie to our congregations OR each other. Ever! Via Bob Cargill on the facebook.

Canadian Parents Demand Their Children Be Taught…

Pole dancing…  Yes, that’s right, ‘parents’ in Canada have demanded that their kiddies be offered pole dancing classes…

Ballet and tap are so old-school. A dance studio in Vancouver is offering a new type of movement program for kids — pole dancing class.  Kristy Craig, the owner of The Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio says the class, which is offered to kids as young as 5, originated in response to demand from parents. “My existing students were asking about it for their children. They were saying, ‘My daughter plays on my pole at home all the time, I’d love her to actually learn how to do things property and not hurt herself,’” Craig told The National Post.

And so, “Little Spinners” was born. As of September 6, UPI reports that four kids (three girls, one boy) had signed up for the weekly class that costs a mere $70 per one hour session.  The cost of pole dancing class, however is not what most critics are up in arms about. Many parents ask whether kids should be participating in this type of workout at all. Last year, when a studio in England offered a similar program, Babble blogger Meredith Carroll wrote, “How anyone could offer pole dancing to girls almost that young is beyond me. Talk about the increased sexualization of kids.”

Imbeciles.  Turn your little one’s into objects of sexual desire and you’ll be flooded with the pedophiles you seem to be begging for in your bizarre and wicked requirements.

Some Idiot Hacker Took Godaddy.com Down

And many of us who have religious organization sites hosted there are suffering the consequences of your selfish, self-aggrandizing loserly idiocy.  So shame on you, whoever you are.  I happily remind you- you reap what you sow.

According to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down. According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. Update: customers are complaining that GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts are down as well.  Update 2: Anonymous is claiming responsibility. A member of Anonymous known as is claiming responsibility, and makes it clear this is not an Anonymous collective action.

Vanderbilt’s Remembrance of Walter Harrelson

It begins

Walter Harrelson, an internationally acclaimed Old Testament scholar who previously served as dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, died Sept. 5 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible, emeritus, was 92 years old and had been in hospice care.

“Walter Harrelson provided excellent leadership during a time of growth and major rebuilding of the school faculty,” said James Hudnut-Beumler, dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History. “He was also much loved and admired by our faculty, students and the Nashville religious community.”

A memorial service for Harrelson is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University.

Harrelson was born in Winnabow, N.C., on Nov. 28, 1919. He attended Mars Hill College before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Harrelson received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina before earning a doctorate in theology from Union Theological Seminar in 1953. The ordained American Baptist minister also did additional study at the University of Basel in Switzerland and at Harvard University.

With many more details following.  Thank you, Vanderbilt, for bringing honor to a truly great scholar.  And to his family, friends, and colleagues- once more, my heartfelt condolences.

What Once Was a Miracle is Now Commonplace

via Thomas Bolin on FB

Speak in Tongues, or Else…

Oh you pentebabbleists…  you and your modern Montanism and your bizarro-world pseudo-theology.

Dozens of students at the Oslo International Bible College have claimed they were exposed by staff members to threats, harassment and accusations of witchcraft.

More specifically-

Some 70 students at the college outlined their grievances in a letter to the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), student newspaper Universitas reports. In the letter, the students accuse the school of widespread harassment, which included forcing them to speak in tongues. According to the letter, signed by more half the students at the English-language school, staff also charged them with “carrying the devil’s spirit and practising witchcraft”.

But what should they expect?

Founded in 2010 by Finn Henrik Larsen – a pastor with the Pentecostal Regnbuen (Rainbow) church – the college offers two-year courses with the aim of ”training men and women to become leaders of churches, organizations and in society.”

How can you trust someone who’s church is called the ‘Pentecostal Rainbow’? Thanks, at any rate, to Antonio for mentioning the tale.