Daily Archives: 20 Nov 2014

Martin Luther Remarks Concerning a Paper He Heard at ETS

lutherTo spare the feelings of the guilty, I’ll not relate who Luther said this of as they blathered on and on endlessly.

Perhaps [he] want[s] me to die of unrelieved boredom while [he] keeps on talking.

And then he said, to a presenter in the hall afterwards

Luther_at_ErfurtIf you are furious, you can do something in your pants and hang it around your necks – that would be a musk apple and pacem for such gentle saints. You teach the disorderly masses to break into this field in disorder like pigs.  You gamble with God’s Word like a rogue. You are like a herd of swine being invited to the table of a prince. You understand not such an honor, but only ravage what is set before you, even soiling the prince.  You loathsome, accursed, atrocious monster.

luther 99At that point the poor humiliated kid wandered off with his tail between his legs, tears streaming down his pimpled student face and a look of despair such as only Satan being cast into hell could display.  It was delightful!

I’m hoping Martin shows up at SBL.  I can only imagine what he will say of some of the paper’s there.


Total Depravity: The Case of the Activist Who is a Pedophile

The former boyfriend of Terrence P. Bean was arrested early Thursday on sex abuse charges stemming from the same alleged 2013 encounter with a 15-year-old boy at a hotel in Eugene.  Kiah Loy Lawson, 25, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. at the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center shortly after 2 a.m.  He’s accused of third-degree sodomy and third-degree sexual abuse.  Lawson is expected to be transferred later Thursday to Lane County, where he was indicted, according to jail officials.  His bail was set at $50,000, and he’s scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment in Lane County on Friday.

Detective Jeff Myers from the Portland’s Sex Crimes Unit made the arrest, hours after police took Lawson’s ex-boyfriend, Portland developer Terrence Patrick Bean, into custody Wednesday morning. Bean, 66, a prominent gay rights activist and major Democratic Party fundraiser, was arrested at his home in Southwest Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday. The indictment charges Bean with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor, police said.

Mr Bean is the founder of the ‘Human Rights Campaign’.

Both Bean and Lawson are accused of having a sexual encounter with the same 15-year-old boy in a hotel in Eugene last year. They had arranged the encounter with the teen after meeting him via a website, investigators allege. “The investigation began in Portland, but the criminal episode occurred in Lane County,” said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. Bean has been one of the state’s biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state. He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama. He’s also a close friend of former Gov. Barbara Roberts.

Straight, gay, or made of cow feces, pedophiles are despicable and totally depraved.  Defending their actions, whatever their political alignments, is evil as well.

Let’s see if the people who vociferously and loudly denounce right wing Republicans when they molest a child  also denounce Mr Bean just as loudly for his equally wicked misdoings.  Or will this be another case of ‘if the other guy does it it’s bad, but if my guy does it it’s excusable because he was just caught up in something he couldn’t control’.

If I were a betting person I would bet we won’t hear much of anything from the far left.

The Funniest Thing On Facebook This Month


I never knew that Lincona, Craig, Gundry, Bird, and Blomberg were bible attackers!  Shame on them!  (But where’s Pete Enns and James Crossley and Candida Moss???  They didn’t make the list?!?!?)

[I don’t know the Farnell person but he sounds like an unhinged fundamentalist who would feel very much at home amongst the Taliban, were they Christian].

Overpopulation and Drought Doomed the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Or so claim some folk researching the subject.

The vast and powerful Neo-Assyrian Empire came to an end around the end of the 7th century BC. Until recently, the decline of the empire had largely been attributed to civil unrest and the invasion of Babylonian and Median forces in 612 BC. However, according to a recent study published in the journal Climatic Change, overpopulation and drought might have also played a significant role in the demise of one of the world’s first empires. The research was directed by Adam W. Schneider of the University of California, San Diego, and Selim F. Adalı of Koç University.

Hmmm…  I guess Isaiah was mistaken…

From Now On You’re On Your Own…

On your own, that is, to follow the amazing lookalikes at AmazingLookalikes.  With #SBLaar14 travel beginning early in the morning my focus for the next several days will be that conference.  So, bookmark lookalikes.  It’s great fun.

My final comment on the phenomenon will be my own lookalike (since I’m unlikely to appear as an amazing anything ever) –  Behold, my twin brother from the same mother (but different father) –

meOn the left, Jim West… he needs no introduction.  And on the right, Huldrych Zwingli. If you aren’t familiar with him, well, enjoy the hinterlands of hell.

Need we even ask, given their facial similarities, if you think they are related?  We think so.  Indeed, where you find one, you find the other.


Fake Twitter Followers and the Quest for the Almighty Dollar

Here’s an interesting piece in the NY Times

[A] giant pyramid scheme has emerged on social media, where fake friends now command real money.

Here’s how the pyramid works: With minimal effort, I downloaded a piece of software called Twitter Supremacy. For $50 for a six-month license, the software (which violates Twitter’s terms of service agreement) lets me fabricate an unlimited number of friends.

Furthermore, I can program these fake accounts to tweet, retweet and follow others automatically, as if they were living, breathing users. (There are dozens of similar services that do this for Instagram, Vine, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Facebook.)

With an army of fake friends at my disposal, I can now charge people who want to increase their number of followers or promote certain tweets. One bot creator I talked to (who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because his work violates user agreements with social media sites) said that he manages hundreds of thousands of Instagram bots and makes a good living by pushing posts to the app’s popular page. He can also manufacture all kinds of engagement, including following accounts and commenting on photos.

Wow. I mean wow. All those folk with tens and hundreds of thousands of followers… how many of them are real and how many are puff plants? I don’t suppose we will never know but we can always now be suspicious.

Who pays for these services? The bot creator said that his clients include well-known celebrities and brands, along with everyday people who want a social media ego boost. (The bot maker wouldn’t let me share whom he works with, but the list includes A-list celebrities and a fast-food chain.)

Unsurprising, really.  Fame is fleeting but people desire it so much that they are willing to pay high dollars to pretend that they have it.  That there is total depravity.

Fun With Calvin: The Ecclesiastical Ordinances

calvin213“WE POSSESS IN this document without any doubt the original minute of the draft ordinances, which was drawn up in conformity with the decision of the Council, taken at the session of September 13, 1541, by Calvin and his ministerial colleagues with a commission of six councillors nominated for the purpose.…

Calvin records that the revision was finished in twenty days. But by decision of September 16, the Articles had also to be submitted for examination by the Little Council, the Two Hundred, and the General Council. This work does not seem to have been accomplished without difficulty. From the beginning, opposition showed itself very lively. Some of the members of the Council were even summoned ‘under oath,’ so as not to embarrass the work by their abstention; and the Council had to decide that, despite the rejection of certain articles, it was desirable to persist in order to succeed in establishing a rule and to come to an agreement on each point.”

There were deliberations in both the Little Council and the Two Hundred, and alterations were made. “The latter in their session of November 9, made again some modifications. The revised draft having been thus definitively passed, it was on Sunday, November 20, submitted to the assembly of the General Council; and the minute for the day records: ‘The Ordinances of the Church were passed without contradiction.’ ”1

And what do these ordinances say? Lots- but this is my favorite:

Of the number, place and time of preachings

  • Each Sunday, there is to be sermon at St. Peter and St. Gervais at break of day, and at the usual hour at the said St. Peter and St. Gervais.
  • At midday, there is to be catechism, that is, instruction of little children in all the three churches, the Magdalene, St. Peter and St. Gervais.
  • At three o’clock second sermon in St. Peter and St. Gervais.
  • For bringing children to catechism, and for receiving the sacraments, the boundaries of the parishes should as far as possible be observed; that is, St. Gervais embracing what it had in the past, the Magdalene similarly, St. Peter what belonged formerly to St. Germain, St. Cross, Our Lady the New, and St. Legier.
  • Besides the two preachings which take place, on working days there will be a sermon at St. Peter three times a week, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday one hour before beginning is made at the other places.
  • To maintain these charges and others pertaining to the ministry, it will be necessary to have five ministers and three coadjutors who will also be ministers, to aid and assist as necessity requires.2

    You know what that’s called? The good old days.
    1Reid, J. K. S. Calvin: Theological Treatises (p. 56).

Surprise, Michael Phelps!

Who knew

Michael Phelps’ self-proclaimed girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler has just made a shocking admission.  In a post on her Facebook, Chandler is revealing she was actually born a boy, and named David Roy Fitch at birth.  As a teenager however Chandler went on testosterone blockers and had her name changed and then, in her early twenties, underwent corrective surgery to get rid of her male genitalia. …

She is also revealing how in love she is with Phelps, and claims the two clicked after meeting on Tinder.  ‘Spending time with him was like a teenage love affair,’ she says.   ‘I have never felt so comfortable and accepted in every way as I did with him.’ … She had previously detailed their first date, to a Baltimore Ravens games, to the National Enquirer.  ‘One thing led to the next, and we made love during halftime,’ she claims in the interview.  ‘Later, we had sex again. The intimacy with him was amazing! It was the first time in my life that someone has made me feel like a true woman.’

Halftime?  Oh my.

She also told the magazine that she never lied to the swimmer about her past, saying it just never came up.

………… [leaving aside the obvious remarks which could be here made… isn’t it the sort of thing you might want to mention?  Isn’t it?]

Coming soon, Michael Phelps on Jerry Springer, when the secret will be revealed to him (unless he reads the Daily Mail).

Christoph Uehlinger and … Ned Flanders

That ain’t right…

Amazing Lookalike!


On the left is Christoph Uehlinger, Ord. Professor of the History of Religion and Religious Studies at the University of Zurich. On the right is Ned Flanders, Homer Simpson’s neighbor on The Simpsons.

We wonder if, by some chance, they might be related?

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The IAA Dead Sea Scrolls App is Out

Dig Quest- at the iTunes store: