Daily Archives: 8 Dec 2013

I Thank God For Publishers Who Act In Honesty

There are publishers who will publish anything so long as they think it will make them a dollar.  They will foist upon the world the most inane rubbish and the most blatant plagiarisms without care or concern simply because the ‘authors’ of those works make them money.

Thank God in heaven above, there are publishers who won’t stoop to those levels and who instead care about accuracy, honesty, truth, and scholarship.  And these are them:

There may well be others but I don’t know them. These, I know. These, I trust.  These, I value.  These, I patronize.   I thank God for these.

UPDATE:  In comments Cliff mentioned Baker Academic and Mohr Siebeck.  I agree completely.  I would also happily add Logos, and de Gruyter (thanks for the reminder Nick Norelli.  De  Gruyter and Mohr Siebeck and Baker should have been included on the original list certainly).

UPDATE II: And of course, Eisenbrauns.

Richard Bartholomew’s Take on the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Affair

Richard summarizes things as they presently stand and then adds a couple of points that are new to me:

However, this [i.e., Tyndale Publishing House] is not the only source of pressure on Mefferd: some of Driscoll’s previous books are published by Crossway, and Wartburg Watch observes that Crossway’s VP of Editorial Justin Taylor took to Twitter to warn that “I wouldn’t recommend authors go on @JanetMefferd’s show after she pulled this during an interview with @PastorMark”. What is this, if not the “machine” of which Schlueter writes?

Indeed.   Taylor’s remarks are appropriate only for a person who is clearly trying to silence any opposition to Driscoll’s plagiarisms.  They are, in fact, nothing but a thinly veiled threat.  Taylor might as well come out and honestly say as he implies, ‘… if you go on Mefferd’s show, we won’t publish your stuff’.  Taylor is a part of the strong-arming mafiosa mentality which Mefferd evidently heeded.  Then Richard writes

Pastor Driscoll has always struck me as a controlling and somewhat sinister figure, so I’m not surprised that he appears to believe that he can use other people’s work unattributed and not expect to be challenged for it.

Indeed.  And that, further, he can get silenced anyone who does.  In Mefferd’s case it has worked.  And that’s a shame.  This whole sorry affair, kicked off by Driscoll’s self evident falsehoods and theft of intellectual property is a black eye on authentic Evangelicalism. Those responsible, including publishers calling themselves Evangelically oriented, really ought to be ashamed of themselves.  But they aren’t.  They’ve money to earn, privileges to protect, and wagons to circle.

Lifeway’s VBS Material Fail

#Lifeway has been producing rubbish VBS stuff for a good while now.  This year’s, though, is the worst.  The theme… the lesson suggestions…. the material requirements…  a circus of absurdity.   #TimeToFindSomethingElseToUse

Quote of the Day

Tom Wright and Richard Dawkins have something in common. They seem to always talk about America & Americans in a negative light. 😦      – Sam Hailes

[They have more than their disdain of America in common, Sam]

Total Depravity: The Newlyweds Who Partied After They Murdered

Police in Sunbury, Pennsylvania arrested a pair of newlyweds who used Craigslist to lure a man to his death “because they wanted to kill someone together.” Elytte Barbour told the officers who arrested him that he and his new wife, Miranda, had planned on killing someone before they were married, but that their plans never worked out until the victim, Troy LaFerrara, responded to an ad for “companionship” they placed last month. According to Elytte Barbour, 22, his 18-year-old wife Miranda regularly hired herself out as a “companion” for men. “She is not a prostitute,” he told the Daily Item of Sunburg. “What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives, and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”

Hell, open wide, these two will be welcomed home to your maw in due course. And people, don’t use Craigslist. These are the sorts of monsters waiting behind the door for you.  When you go to that stranger’s house he or she may well be luring you to your death.  Don’t. Go.

Does the Vatican Have a Cache of Vessels from the Second Temple?

Interesting question, isn’t it…  And it’s raised in an essay to which Larry Schiffman refers– so it’s worth reading.

Recently, a rabbi wrote a letter to the Vatican asking about the presence of the Temple vessels in its vaults. The Pope’s representative in Israel, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, responded that if the Vatican had Temple vessels in its possession it would have already returned them. Ami Magazine interviews Prof. Steven Fine and myself about how Jews came to believe that the vessels were in the Vatican and why it is historically impossible.

On the Wonderful Nature of Worship

Does he not teach us that the true worship of God is of all things the pleasantest to Him? [John 4:23]: “The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” Does He not teach us truly that in all worry, trouble, grief, we should come to Him? [Matthew 11:29]: “All ye that are weary and heavy laden, come to me and I will give you rest.” — Huldrych Zwingli