Daily Archives: 21 Apr 2015

All about the Jewish Annotated New Testament, with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler

It’s one of them podcast thingy ma jigs.

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Another Gun Toting Imbecile Slaughter’s His 3 Year Old Daughter Because He Wants to Play With a Gun

553514e29f633.imageIf I’m being honest I would say- I wish people like this didn’t even exist.

A police report revealed more details about a tragic shooting that killed a 3-year-old girl Saturday in southwest Killeen.  According to an arrest affidavit, a witness told police that the young girl’s father, 27-year-old Ashton Blake Salvato, was “playing with a gun” when he shot the young girl.  The apparent accidental shooting took place at a home in the 3600 block of Del Mar Court just before 12:20 p.m. The girl, identified as Cessa Joy Salvato, was rushed to Metroplex Hospital, where she died from her injuries.  According to the arrest affidavit, Salvato told police he checked the chamber of his gun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and didn’t see a round in the chamber.

The NRA’s poster child no doubt.  And is it just me, or does this driblet of inhuman excrement look at all upset or sad?  What would you be doing if you killed, accidentally, your little three year old?  I would be utterly inconsolable.

But America loves its guns doesn’t it.  America loves its guns more than it loves its children.  That’s the sad sickness.

#Maeday2015 Is Coming Soon!

I’m SO EXCITED!  Did you know that if you go to images.google.com and type in Maegan Gilliland that the first photo that comes up is… well see for yourself:



Yup- it’s the one on the top left.  How FUN is that?!?!?!?!

Join the meme Mae Day fun and use the hashtag #Maeday2015 (and not #Maedae2105 because only lunatics spell ‘day’ ‘dae’).  Let’s see what photo of Mae we can push to first place this year.

It’s a Lofty Aim, But I’m Striving To Make it a Reality…

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (Joh 15:19)

Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. (1Jo 3:13)

It’s just not enough for Joel Osteen and Joel Watts to feel that way about me.  I cannot rest until the entire world hates me.  Two down, I have no idea how many millions to go…


American Exceptionalism and Black Lives ‘Matter’-ing

America is fixated on a handful (not to minimize) of Black men who have died and ignores 940 Black migrants dead in the Med.  #MessedUp.   So, do all #BlackLivesMatter or just #AmericanBlackLivesMatter?  Because I don’t see Al Sharpton organizing marches for African migrants.  I don’t see Jess Jackson stumping for Africa’s dying migrants.

American exceptionalism strikes again.  Black lives matter- when they are American lives.  Otherwise… meh.

As a consequence, it’s hard to take seriously those who drone on about black lives and how much they matter because it is patently apparent that it isn’t true, even for them.  Elsewise, Al and Jesse and the rest of you, every black life would matter.

Arnold’s Latest Post

Vorige week vond de jaarlijkse conferentie van de Society for the Study of Theology (SST) plaats, het belangrijkste platform voor theologen in Groot-Brittannië. Het thema was dit jaar: ‘Vandaag de kerk denken’. Daarmee heeft de SST de theologische tijdgeest goed aangevoeld, want de kerk is een belangrijk en veelbesproken thema. Logisch, want de kerk krimpt en de rol van de kerk in de samenleving wordt hoe langer hoe meer marginaal. Juist voor anglicanen een pijnlijk punt: ooit was de Anglicaanse kerk de staatskerk van een wereldrijk.

Etc.  Enjoy.

After Years Of Refusing To Endorse any Political Candidate…

I’ve finally found one I can get behind (!) more than any politician presently living, serving, or running.  The candidate I am endorsing is smarter, wiser, and more astute than any of them.  I’m very proud to endorse, for all offices, him!


Schwyzer Reformierte planen ersten reformierten Kirchentag

An der Synode der evangelisch-reformierten Kantonalkirche Schwyz wurde mächtig die Werbetrommel für den ersten reformierten Kirchentag in Rothenturm gerührt. Auch war – einmal mehr – die Kirchenzeitung ein Thema.


N P Lemche on Memory

In Bible and Interpretation, a new essay by NPL you’ll want to read.

Now, to claim that memory includes genuine historical recollection is to repeat the arguments of past scholarship. What was true in the criticism of the historical value of oral tradition is just as valuable when it comes to memory studies. It is an illusion to believe that memory, a.k.a. oral tradition in early societies, preserves much of interest for the historians studying the past history of such societies.

Football is the Best Sport When You’re Editing: Protip #122

If you have editing to do, turn on a football game.  Why?  Because you can work and only turn away towards the tv when the announcer’s voice starts to rise and you know an attempt on goal is coming.  This allows you to get a lot done (because there aren’t a lot of scoring plays in football) and take those much needed mental breaks (because, honestly, who can stand uninterrupted editing for 4 or 5 hours straight?)

Football: it’s what’s for editing.


Go Bayern!!!!!

The Preparations for the Baden Disputation

On April 21, 1526, Zwingli addressed “A friendly letter to the confederates of the Twelve Cantons and their allies, upon the disputation which is projected at Baden on the 16th of May.” He read it before the Council and then sent it in in printed form. It gives his reasons for declining to go to Baden. The next day in writing to Vadianus he says:

“Even if I agreed to Baden, the people of Zurich would not consent. A great part of the Council were not very well pleased because I offered to go to Bern or St. Gall. It would seem wise for you to agree to reply to the opposing cantons somewhat as follows: That you had been at the disputations at Zurich, that there they are sufficiently learned and had no need of further disputations, etc., unless other places were selected.”

Probably shortly after he had despatched this letter he received an open one from Faber, his former friend, dated Tuebingen, April 16th, in which he was vigorously handled as a heretic. Zwingli took it up almost clause by clause for refutation, on April 30th, and again on May 15th.

The nine cantons renewed their request for his presence but the Council refused it at the Diet at Baden held on May 10th, and to which they sent a delegation. Zwingli wrote at the same time. Thus the matter was discussed back and forth. But without altering the determination on either side and the disputation finally opened at Baden, on Monday, May 21st, in the absence of Zwingli.*

The full proceedings of the disputation are now available in a quite hefty volume from TVZ and there will be a formal presentation of the volume in a few weeks in Baden – at the Catholic Church!

Buchvernissage «Die Badener Disputation von 1526» 19. Mai 2015, 18.30 Uhr, katholische Stadtkirche Baden

Grussworte: Hanspeter Neuhaus, Kirchenpflege Pfarrei Baden-Ennetbaden, Dr. theol. Christoph Weber-Berg, Kirchenratspräsident der Reformierten Landeskirche Aargau, Luc Humbel, Kirchenratspräsident der Römisch-Katholischen Landeskirche Aargau

Dank und Einführung: Anna und Benjamin Schindler, Dr. phil. Wolfram Schneider-Lastin, Herausgeber

Baden 1526: Disputation statt Dialog: Vortrag von Dr. theol. Markus Ries, Professor für Kirchengeschichtean der Universität Luzern

anschliessend Apéro. Eintritt frei.  PDF der Einladung  Links: www.tvz-verlag.ch/index.php=

*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 273–274).

On the Death of A Child

Don’t miss Christian Brady’s post today.  He begins

There are certain facts that are unalterable. Death is one of those facts. Our faith in the resurrection does not alter the fact that we die, but it does remove its power over us. A painful and necessary step in our healing is to recognize that our loved one is gone, but to realize as well that the absence is temporary. As David said of his first son born to Bathsheba, “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”

And This Is Why Journalists Ought Not Attempt To Render Conclusions…

Because, though the case is closed concerning the Talpiot tomb, it isn’t closed the way Nir and Simcha want it to be.

Remember when journalists and documentary film makers reported the facts after mining sources and responsible experts?  Well those days are gone.  Now journalists and film makers attempt to skew the facts to suit their own absurd biases.  And worse, they pretend to know what they’re talking about.

Consequently they can no longer be trusted.  They no longer serve the public- they serve their own pockets.

There is not ONE SHRED OF REAL VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE that Talpiot is the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth.  The wishful thinking of a few financially interested persons notwithstanding. 

Hanging With Martin Luther

Thanks again, Milton-