Daily Archives: 3 Dec 2015

More Than One Mass Shooting in America EVERY DAY this Year

The shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., was the 355th mass shooting in the U.S. this year — or more than one per day on average so far in 2015 — according to groups monitoring such attacks in recent years.

The San Bernardino case, where 14 people were killed, wasn’t the only mass shooting on Wednesday. A 34-year-old woman was killed and three males, ages 17 to 52, were injured by gunfire in Savannah, Ga., earlier in the day. Police believe at least two shooters were involved in that incident, but no arrests had yet been made.

One common definition of a mass shooting is four or more people killed or injured (and that’s what we’re using for the purposes of this article). Here are some key figures compiled by groups such as ShootingTracker.com, Gun Violence Archive and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Honestly, if you don’t see a problem here, I simply have no explanation for your lack of sense.

Brown Skinned Folks and Guns in Heaven: An Observation

No one is going to feel more out of place in heaven than the poor benighted xenophobic gun lovers.

Eric Welch in the spotlight at KU!

Eric is one of my favorite peeps.

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Check out this nice interview with Eric Welch on the KU website!

Way to go Eric!


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Sports and Kids: An Observation

When sports come first, before God, in the lives of kids, I don’t blame the kids, I blame the parents.  #BadPriorities  #BadParenting #SubparChristianity

Conference Announcement: Ur in the 21st Century

This looks super

The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have the honor to invite you to the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale to be held in Philadelphia, USA, on July 11th through 15th, 2016. The theme of this meeting is “Ur in the Twenty-First Century CE.”

You will find all the necessary practical information on this website and in the forthcoming circulars.

We look forward to welcoming you in Philadelphia, the only World Heritage City in the United States.

Oh man.

Studying the Psalms With Carly Crouch and Another

Demand that Congress end its 20-year-old policy of blocking gun violence research by the CDC.

Sign the Whitehouse petition HERE.  It is ABSURD that the CDC can’t conduct research into gun violence.  ABSURD.  What kind of stranglehold do the fools in Congress allow the gun lobby to have on them?  The cowards won’t do the right thing so it’s time we force them to do it.

A Gallery of Closed Churches


Churches all around the world are closing down.  A Church in our Association has called it quits and dissolved.  Other churches are withdrawing support from Association activities.  Not to mention the many churches where most pews go unoccupied week in and week out.

Years ago we used to talk about the future of the Church in the world and the grim reality of declining memberships and shrinking congregations.  That future is now.

The only thing that will change the course of these events is for you, yes YOU, to decide that taking part in Church life through worship, discipleship, and evangelism matters to YOU and to your children and grandchildren.

Otherwise the present will be our future in the not too distant future.  And this is what it looks like:

Fotografie/ Lost Churches

How Unfirm A Foundation…

How made up stories about made up women contributed to the rise of Feminism:

Today, feminism is often associated with the political protests of the 1960s or the earlier women’s suffrage movement, but Stanford historian Paula Findlen‘s latest research reveals that the impetus to champion women started in the late Middle Ages.

A scholar of the Italian Renaissance, Findlen has collected biographies of medieval women, written in Italy from the 15th to 18th centuries, several centuries after the women lived.

Through a close examination of these texts, Findlen found that these early modern writers were so passionate about medieval women that they sometimes fabricated stories about them.

As Findlen carefully tracked down the claims in these stories, she found they varied from factual to somewhat factual to entirely false.

These invented women were often mentioned in regional histories, with imaginary connections to important institutions. They were described as having law degrees or professorships, claims that turned out to be fictitious.

Read the rest- it’s fascinating.

Reports on the Hezekiah Bulla Are Popping up in the Popular Media

Given that joyous fact just remember, the media is incredibly incompetent when it comes to such things and you’re as likely to find misinformation as you are to find reliable facts.  Talking heads are as plentiful as manure on the pasture.

If you have questions, ask the Hebrew University.  You can write

Dov Smith
Assistant Spokesman — International
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
+972-2-5882844 / +972-54-8820860

Ad Fontes! and skip the media hype.

Jumping on the Fad Bandwagon

Star Wars doesn’t have a ‘theology’ but that won’t stop people from pretending that it does so they can hop on the bandwagon and ride the publicity wave to draw attention to themselves:


Make no mistake- this isn’t really about theology, it’s just about publicity.  Just like all the ‘study guides’ we’re sure to see helping ‘Christians’ understand the ‘message’ of Star Wars.  Because our passel of shallow empty headed ‘Christians’ these days would rather discuss a silly movie that has more CGI than acting than they would Scripture.

Let The Blame Game Begin

A homegrown terrorist who is a disgruntled employee who got angry about something at work, went home, and grabbed their easily obtained arsenal and their equally unstable live-in and mowed down a bunch of people.  This person happens to have an Arabic name.  Batten down the hatches, Muslims, it’s all your fault….  because… America would rather blame Muslims or people with Arabic names than admit that we have a problem with easily acquired guns and a climate of ‘let’s all settle our differences with bullets’.