Daily Archives: 2 Mar 2014

Oh Boy… Ukraine is Mentioned in Ezekiel….

I bet you didn’t know that, did you? Probably because it’s nonsense. But when has sense ever bridled dilettantism?

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Fun With Archaeology

Check out the latest from the Azekah facebook page.

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Aren Maeir is one of he very finest archaeologists working today. It must have been great to have discussions with him.

Gee Girl Scouts, Can Your Cookies Come in Smaller Boxes?

Remember when cookies came in boxes that held more than 4? I do. Prices have gone up and quantity has gone down. Another sign of the decline of America…

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Love: An Observation

Saying that we ‘love’ people we have never met and do not know cheapens love and demonstrates we think it’s just a vague feeling.

‘Armenian’ Theology…. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA

It’s a shame these ‘theologians’ don’t know the difference between Armenian and Arminian…  I guess when one becomes an Arminian they lose all intelligence.

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I’m Not Surprised…

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Everyone’s after me.  But I’m not paranoid….

From Lutheran Satire: The Gilbert and Sullivan Mass

Another home run from our Lutheran friends-

If You’re In Denmark, Or Sweden, Or Norway, Or Germany

You need to attend this:

Tiltrædelsesforelæsning ved professor mso Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme.

I Det Gamle Testamente befaler Jahve Israelitterne, at de skal have en gave med, hver gang de kommer på besøg i helligdommen, ”tomhændet må ingen se mit ansigt.” (2 Mosebog 23,15 og 34,20)

Men hvad vil det overhovedet sige at give gaver til en gud? Og hvordan fungerer gaver til Jahve i det Gamle Testamente?

Med udgangspunkt i det blodige offer, det dominerende ritual i de gammeltestamentlige tekster, udforskes gavens teologi i Det Gamle Testamente. Gaven er vigtig i denne sammenhæng, fordi en korrekt forståelse af gaveforholdet kan bidrage til en bedre forståelse af Det Gamle Testamentes rituelle system, samt af de såkaldt kultkritiske tekster i profetlitteraturen og visdomslitteraturen, og i sidste ende til en forståelse af, hvad det egentlig er Jahve vil have ifølge Det Gamle Testamente.

Anne is a brilliant scholar and a lovely person.  One of my favorite, truth told.  Go hear her.

Israel Finkelstein is Blogging!

Oh happy day.  And yes- blogrolling him.

Beth Moore: Winner of this Week’s Dilly Award

In a January 2014 blog post entitled, “A New Year, A New Time,” popular Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore shared the following alleged God-given revelation:

In mid-November of 2012, God dropped a word so convicting on my heart through another teacher’s lesson that my face instantly burned. . . . This was the word:

“Stop sowing over and over in the exact same field.”

I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t ask for it. I was happy where I was. Like many of you, I like things to stay the same. I loved my circle of relationships and the familiar places I got to serve. I’ve never lost a passion for those places and have often wept with thanksgiving to God for the privilege of walking through some of the same doors again and again. I have a history of long relationships and staying put and that’s how I like things. But I knew God was talking to me. It burned like a branding iron.

Every single day for nearly 14 months, that same word has reverberated in my soul and troubled my feet. . . .

Fast forward 12 months exactly to the most recent November. A year after hearing from God so clearly about sowing further than the field that I’d loved and served in for so long, I had a very disturbing dream. I can count the significant dreams I’ve had through the decades on one hand so I’m not prone to look for messages in my sleep to keep from having to actually pray and read the Bible. That God can speak through dreams is clear in our own Bibles, of course, but for many of us it is unusual. I don’t feel the release right now to describe the dream though I may someday. What I do feel is a strong compelling to share with you what I knew beyond a doubt it meant. I believe that I can either be obedient to God in the faith walk He is setting before me or He will take my voice. I do not feel that it was a rebuke. I felt that it was a warning.

(Source, emphasis added)At the time, Do Not Be Surprised emphasized the danger of Moore’s claims to receiving direct, personal revelation from God. What was not emphasized at that time was the content of the revelation.

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Beth, for the sin of presumption- and theological incompetence- here’s your more than well deserved Dilly-

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Put the Bible down, walk away, and never presume to speak for God again.

A Jona Lendering Approved ‘Jesus Movie’

Jona says it’s good-

And They Always Are. Always.

But why are Jesus movies always so wretched?

When they’re not showing off their ridiculous white casts or Americanized religious themes, Jesus movies are overwhelmed by their self-importance. Maybe it’s time to stop making them.

I never want to see Jesus again.

Not in a movie, at least. Not after sitting through two hours and 18 minutes of Son of God, the latest tragedy about the life of Jesus and the acting career of Roma Downey, the onetime Touched By An Angel star who, in addition to playing Mary, produced the film with her husband, Mark Burnett.

Having watched some of History Channel’s The Bible, the 10-hour mini series from which most of Son of God was pieced together, I already knew Jesus Starring Roma Downey wasn’t going to be great. (Nothing starring Roma Downey has ever been great.) But still, I went to the theater praying for the best, hoping Jesus might not be terrible. But alas, God’s only son was terrible; the story, the dialogue, the acting, the non-miraculous special effects—all pretty terrible. Sometimes it was SyFy Channel-terrible. Son of God is so awful that it borders on godless—not sinful or heretical, just lacking true Spirit.

Read the rest.  I wish Pastors who were urging congregations to see this movie would instead tell them not to bother.  But they see ‘Jesus’ and they think ‘oh good, an evangelistic tool…’  But these movies aren’t, ever, evangelistically useful.  They just mislead people.  I wish they would stop making them too.

We Are Witnessing…

The beginning of the disintegration of the Nation-State and the return to ethnic tribalism and factionalism.  Nationalism is dying.  As all things must.

Tweet of the Day

This encapsulates so very nicely the problem with all those ‘Jesus’ movies… their utter inauthenticity.  Aside from the fact that never has a Middle Easterner played a lead role…

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The Bible and Hellenism

Front cover.inddDid the Bible only take its definitive form after Alexander conquered the Near East, after the Hellenisation of the Samaritans and Jews, and after the founding of the great library of Alexandria? The Bible and Hellenism takes up one of the most pressing and controversial questions of Bible Studies today: the influence of classical literature on the writing and formation of the Bible.

Bringing together a wide range of international scholars, The Bible and Hellenismexplores the striking parallels between biblical and earlier Greek literature and examines the methodological issues raised by such comparative study. The book argues that the oral traditions of historical memory are not the key factor in the creation of biblical narrative. It demonstrates that Greek texts – from such authors as Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus and Plato – must be considered amongst the most important sources for the Bible.

You can check out the table of contents here.