Daily Archives: 5 Mar 2014

The British General Who Has Banned Sandwiches As Barbaric….

You can’t make this kind of insanity up…


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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


Not. A. Chance…

And why, why, why is it labelled ‘uncensored’?  Is that some sick cynical marketing ploy?  Will people who want to watch this debate (why anyone would want to is a complete mystery) only do so if they get to see something or hear something ‘uncensored’?  What the DEVIL does it say about the thing that ‘uncensored’ is even seen as a viable selling point?

Furthermore- why would I want to enrich either Bill Nye (who only seems to have helped Ken Ham raise money for his absurd Noah’s Ark Park) or Ken Ham?

No.  And I won’t say ‘no, thank you’, because that would be a lie.  There’s nothing here to say thank you for.  So, just NO!  NEIN!



Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Heresy and Heretics


Another SBL Section On the Twitter

As I opined before, when the bible and archaeology section showed up on the twitter, I think this is a FANTASTIC idea that every SBL section ought to adopt.  Tweeting section news and allowing section participants to interact before, during, and after meetings is so very sensible and useful.  It also allows, doesn’t it, a continued sense of connection to colleagues who share specific interests.

I think that the SBL lords should urge, on their website and through meeting literature, every section to do this (if they aren’t already).

And you section chairs, you really should see to it.


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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in SBL


Joel’s List of Lenten Abandon

Our dear Joel has posted this every Lent since 2011…


I know a lot of people should take his advice.  But all of them are unhinged bloody lunatics who any day may become homicidal sociopaths.

NB- I do not like Joel’s beard.

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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Heresy and Heretics, Humor


The 40th Anniversary of the Cambridge Genizah Unit

From Jim Aitken on the facebook-

A lecture of interest next week in Cambridge:

The inaugural Annual Genizah Lecture
celebrating 40 years since the founding of the Genizah Research Unit.

Professor Stefan Reif,- Fellow of St John’s College and former Head of the Genizah Research Unit.  “Why medieval Jewish liturgy is not dull”, Tuesday 11th March 5:00pm in the Lightfoot Room, The Old Divinity School, St John’s College, St John’s Street (followed by a drinks reception).

Surely those in the vicinity will attend.

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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Conferences


Mark Driscoll is a Fraud: Mars Hill Paid $210,000 to get his Book on the Best Seller List

Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.

According to a document obtained by WORLD, Result Source Inc. (RSI) contracted with Mars Hill “to conduct a bestseller campaign for your book, Real Marriage on the week of January 2, 2012. The bestseller campaign is intended to place Real Marriage on The New York Times bestseller list for the Advice How-To list.”

The marketing company also promised to help place Real Marriage on the Wall Street Journal Business, USA Today Money, (Barnes & Noble), and best-seller lists.

The publishing industry just dropped about 50 out of 60 possible points in my estimation given its willingness to fraudulently pad sales for a price.  I’m beyond disgusted.  What this means is that the ‘bestseller’ lists of these companies, and more, cannot be trusted.

Mark Driscoll obviously knew what his company was doing (I say company because Mars Hill has lost the right to be called a Church as it has refused to take the steps necessary to expel a man who has been shown numerous times to be a plagiarist and thus a thief).  As the C.E.O. he’s responsible whether he had knowledge of the ‘payments’ (we call them bribes).

Disgusting.  Just absolutely disgusting.  What an absolutely unethical person Driscoll is.  What a fraud.  What a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Total Depravity


Bibi Netanyahu and AIPAC: Keith Whitelam’s Trenchant Observation

On the facebook Keith observes

So what has changed in a year? If we compare Netanyahu’s speeches to AIPAC in 2014 and 2013, it is obvious that the intervening year has seen one very important development.

Both speeches have sections on Iran, Syria, the so-called peace process and the importance ofIsraeli technology. Obviously these are messages that he is keen to repeat to his supporters. Nothing it appears has changed. Until we come to the end of this year’s address to AIPAC. A significant portion of his address was devoted to attacking the BDS movement. That fact alone shows how significant the movement has become and the threat it poses for Netanyahu and his government. In the same way that the anti-apartheid movement was first ignored and then attacked by those trying to defend the apartheid regime of South Africa, so we see the same process being repeated with the BDS movement. It shows that it is winning and like the anti-apartheid movement is gaining ever greater popular support and crucially changing perceptions about the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinians.

It can no longer be ignored! Just how significant it has become is demonstrated by the fact that it is accorded as much space in this year’s address to AIPAC as Iran and its nuclear programme.

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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture



Dear friends, I saw this on the Instagram and after I returned from the store having had to purchase a replacement phone I thought it important to point out the utter theological bankruptcy of such pentebabbleist nonsense.


1- You don’t have the right to ‘declare’ Ephesians 3 over anything.  It isn’t your word it’s God’s Word.  It doesn’t serve you, it serves Him.

2- God won’t be boxed in by some sort of magical chant you mumble using Scripture (wrongly at that).  Accordingly, God is not bound or required to give you anything at all.  God is  the free sovereign of the universe, not a monkey on a chain of Scriptures decontextualized.

3- In the right place at the right time?  What does that even mean?  To what end?  To get?  As Peter said to Simon, ‘you and your greedy attempts to make gain of God can go to hell!’

4- Do you really think that God arranges all of humanity so that it serves you?  Are you really that narcissistic?

5- Your claim on God’s favor neatly ignores that obedience is the foundation of blessing.  Yet in your idiotic declaration you presume, you feckless heretic, to claim what God grants without uttering one word of your own willingness to obey.

I would like to know who composed this damnably heretical little bitlet.  It is perverse and a perversion of the Gospel and those who would recite it know NOTHING of the substance of Christian faith nor Christian theology.  Nothing.


The Journal of the Bible and its Reception

From our friends at De Gruyter

Go here.


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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


Neologism of the Day

My neologism of the day- ‘Petarded’ – the act of being skewered by your own devices or schemes. You’re welcome.

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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


Désacraliser la Bible par l’histoire

A right interesting essay, which begins

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être croyant pour sacraliser la Bible. En effet, l’incroyant qui se revendique comme tel balaie bien souvent d’un revers de la main l’ouvrage comme étant un objet dans lequel il ne mettra jamais le nez. Cette réaction emportée participe à la sacralisation de la Bible car cela renforce le halo de mystère l’entourant, halo non moins obscurantiste qu’une croyance sans nuance.

À la différence du Coran, la Bible hébraïque, soit l’Ancien Testament, n’est pas un livre mais une bibliothèque au sens antique du terme. Les Grecs racontaient leur histoire depuis des origines mythologiques, les Judéo-samaritains aussi. C’est pourquoi le lecteur contemporain avide de repères historiques ne peut plonger seul dans l’océan d’une littérature ancienne si complexe et si hétérogène. Le travail mené à cet effet par le professeur du Collège de France Thomas Römer est donc tout à fait remarquable de ce point de vue-là. C’est la raison pour laquelle ses cours font salle comble – et même plus –, donnant satisfaction à un public qui souhaite comprendre la complexité de l’histoire en mettant de côté croyance et incroyance.

Yes, it’s a very intriguing piece.  Enjoy.

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Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Bible, Modern Culture


If Fasting During Lent Is Biblical, Then Why Do Practitioners Tell us They’re Doing It?

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  — Jesus


Posted by on 5 Mar 2014 in Theology