Daily Archives: 29 Oct 2012

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The Latest Image From Sandy as She Hits New York

via Fox News via Joel Watts

The MOST Horrifying Picture You’ll See From Southern New Jersey!!!!

I’ve never seen ANYTHING so awful.  Ever.   😦   It’s so disturbing I can’t post it here.  You’ll have to visit its source.

More Political Hypocrisy

A Republican asking for Federal money?  I thought Republicans, led by their Presidential nominee, saw Federal spending as the world’s greatest evil…  I guess it is when it feeds the genuinely hungry or houses the genuinely homeless or provides health care for the average guy and gal. But when it means aiding Republican politicians, it’s perfectly acceptable.

It’s just more political hypocrisy.

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‘Hell Houses’ Have Nothing to Do With The Gospel, or Christianity

And shame on those churches which use them as ‘tools for evangelism’.  What biblical text do you distort to insist that you hare supposed to use such methods to engender conversions? And how can such ‘conversions’ be anything but the false turning of a person who has based their decision not on the love of God but on fear?  Are you utterly ignorant?  ‘Perfect love casts out fear’.  Hence, the love of God and the gospel are diametrically opposed to such demonic and scandalous methodologies.

It isn’t the conversion of souls that such events elicit, it’s base and perverse pseudo-theology.

But I’m genuinely interested in the theological justification of such events.  Tell me, if you can (and I know for a fact that you can’t, which means that all such efforts should be forsaken and the Gospel in its purity and simplicity proclaimed and either accepted or rejected on its own terms).

Michael Pahl’s Statement Concerning His Dismissal From Talibanville, Oops I Mean Cedarville

Dr. Michael Pahl has been relieved of his teaching duties because he is unable to concur fully with each and every position of Cedarville University’s doctrinal statement. This decision was made following a review by the University administration and trustees prompted by Dr. Pahl’s recent book, The Beginning and the End: Rereading Genesis’s Stories and Revelation’s Visions.

Dr. Pahl’s orthodoxy and commitment to the gospel are not in question, nor is his commitment to Scripture’s inspiration, authority and infallibility. He is a promising scholar and a dedicated teacher, and will be missed by his colleagues and students. Nevertheless, the University has determined this decision to be in the best interests of its constituency at this time.

On a completely unrelated note, there’s this guy I know who is looking for a job:

A promising scholar and dedicated teacher, thoroughly orthodox in his Christian faith, fully committed to Scripture and the gospel, is looking for an academic position in New Testament studies and/or biblical theology.

Joking aside, I really am looking for such an academic position for fall 2013. If you are on a university or seminary search committee looking to fill a position in New Testament or Christian origins or biblical theology, chances are my c.v. has crossed your desk already, or it will in the near future. In the meantime, please check out my website and my curriculum vitae to find out more about me, and by all means feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

I hope those in a position to offer him at least an interview will do so.  Do so, and you won’t regret it.

Cedarville’s Absurd and Un-Christian Action Against Michael Pahl

Less than a year after Cedarville University hired theologian Michael Pahl, administrators relieved the associate professor of his teaching duties.

The issue at stake? A historical Adam and Eve, a debate that dates back to Augustine and has recently cropped up at evangelical schools such as Calvin College and Reformed Theological Seminary. But what appears new in Cedarville’s situation is the trustees’ requirement that faculty hold particular beliefs for particular reasons.

Pahl affirms the Ohio school’s doctrinal statement (recently augmented by trustees via theological white papers) regarding human origins, but his beliefs are based on a literary reading of Genesis 1 and 2.

“I hold to a historical Adam and Eve, though not on exegetical grounds,” Pahl wrote in his defense to trustees, which CT obtained. “My reasons are more theological in nature …. [T]he doctrinal statement does not mandate specific exegesis of specific biblical passages.”

Yet Cedarville administrators concluded that the theologian “is unable to concur fully with each and every position” of its doctrinal stance, according to an official statement they released with Pahl.

Micahel Pahl is one of the most conservative (without being a Fundamentalist) scholars I know either in person or by reputation. I’ve admired his work for a good while now and even, though he may dislike it, count him a friend.

There’s something seriously amiss with ‘academic institutions’ which are so rigid and so unbending and so willing to cater to an anti-intellectual clientele that they forsake the practice of Christian love and the acceptance of views which aren’t all that different than their own.

Do you know what these schools and their leaders are like? They are like the Taliban- requiring unquestioning obedience to a particular view.

This is WRONG. For shame, Cedarville, for shame.  Or rather, and more accurately, shame on you Talibanville University.

Idolatry at Southwestern ‘Baptist’ ‘Theological’ ‘Seminary’

I have the words in ‘scare quotes’ in the title of this post intentionally, for SWBTS has – it seems- ceased being Baptist, teaching theology, or being a Seminary at all.  Look at a stained glass window they’ve installed:

Rick Warren in stained glass… At a Baptist school? Are they completely unaware there that Warren is a false teacher? Or do they now simply pander to the mentality of the mega-churchers and so care nothing for whether or not someone is a faithful teacher of the Bible?

What profound absurdity- the exaltation of a heretic. SWBTS, I’m ashamed of you.

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible by John Pilch has arrived courtesy the fine folk at Eerdmans and I’ll review it sooner rather than later.

In A Cultural Handbook to the Bible John Pilch bridges this cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts. In short, accessible chapters Pilch discusses sixty-three topics related to the cosmos, the earth, persons, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world, and entertainment. Pilch’s fresh interpretations of the Bible challenge traditional views and explore topics often overlooked in commentaries. Each chapter concludes with a list of useful references from cultural anthropology or biblical studies, making this book an excellent resource for students of the Bible.

It looks at first blush to be pretty interesting.  More when I’m finished working my way through it.  Until I do, here’s what Halvor Moxnes thinks of it-

“Once more Pilch has given us what we have come to expect from him — thorough knowledge from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures giving new and unexpected insights into the texts of the Bible. Short essays on a wide range of topics provide answers to the curious Bible reader, and bibliographies give students tools to pursue their own explorations into the fascinating world of the Bible. This is a book to enjoy and learn from!”

And Now, For Something Completely Important

Christian Brady has posted this important notice which you should read.   It really is something which concerns us all, either directly or indirectly.  Chris first informs us of his interest in the project at hand and then quotes this-

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

Once registered at http://www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

The AAR/ SBL Annual Meeting App

It looks pretty good.  The only thing it lacks, given the fact that the meeting is in Chicago, is a handy first aid guide for those who will surely become victims of a drive by shooting; and emergency contact number storage for the friends and families of victims so that contact with the departed’s families can be expedited.

Oh That’s Very Exciting Indeed!

I got a letter today from Oxford University Press that they’re sending along the three volume edition of James Barr’s essays edited by John Barton for review.  Oh. Happy. Day.  Be sure, when they arrive I’ll note it.  It will be a happy day indeed and it will give me enough to read so that I don’t descend into the pits of laziness so familiar to my indolent and Watts-ian soul.

This is

  • A major collection of James Barr’s work, celebrating the influence of a key scholar in twentieth-century biblical studies and theology
  • Thematically organised for ease of study with a new introduction to each volume by John Barton
  • Draws together hard-to-access journal articles, dictionary definitions, reviews, book chapters, and obituaries to give a coherent picture of the development of Barr’s work spanning over four decades
  • Includes a new biographical essay on Barr by two leading experts in biblical studies, Ernest Nicholson and John Barton

Oh. Happy. Day! Thanks in advance O.U.P. More anon…

The 11 Year Old Pastor… Ezekiel Stoddard

Ref.CH reports

Der elfjährige Ezekiel Stoddard ist kürzlich zum Pfarrer geweiht worden und hält in einer Pflingstkirchgemeinde in Washington regelmässig die Sonntagspredigt. Dies berichtet die «NZZ» vom 29. Oktober. Schon mit sieben habe der Knabe gewusst, dass Gott Grosses mit ihm vorhabe.

Verboten ist die Weihe des Elfjährigen in den USA nicht. In einer christlichen Freikirche darf jeder und jede ordiniert werden. Laut «NZZ» verbietet die Verfassung der USA den Gliedstaaten ausdrücklich, in Religionsfragen zu intervenieren. Die Freikirche, in der Ezekiel predigt und seine beiden Eltern ebenfalls Pfarrer sind, ist überdies an keine Konfession gebunden.

Sigh…  Just, sigh.