Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Ohio Seminary Student Who Went to Mexico to Have Sex… With Infants

joels-wrightGood Lord in heaven above what a vile monster.

A 23-year-old Ohio man was arrested by federal agents in San Diego on Friday for allegedly planning to have sex with multiple infants in Mexico, authorities said. Joel A. Wright, a seminary student and resident of Columbus, was charged with two felony counts: crossing state lines with the intention to engage in a sexual act with a minor, and attempting to travel “in interstate and foreign commerce” for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual conduct with another person, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.

What demon from hell inspires these people?  Thank God he wasn’t able to carry out his perverse satanic plan.  But how many do?

Hey Peter Leithart…

CS Lewis has a question for you-

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via Wyclif on the twitter

[NB- Frankly the only sense one can make of Leithart’s idiotic claims about ‘Protestant’ (he doesn’t even know what that word means) writers, is that he is projecting his own inability to construct coherent sentences onto his betters].

What an Utterly Wicked Lie

A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by migrants in a case that triggered a furore in Germany and briefly embroiled Berlin police in a spat with the Kremlin, state prosecutors said. The parents of the teenager, named only as Lisa, reported her missing on 11 January after she failed to appear at school in the Marzahn district of the capital. She reappeared 30 hours later with injuries on her face, and told her parents she had been attacked by men of Middle Eastern or north African appearance. News of the incident spread on social media, sparking outrage among Berlin’s Russian-German community.

But when she was questioned by trained specialists three days later “she immediately admitted that the story of the rape was not true”, said the spokesman for the state prosecutor, Martin Steltner. He said the teenager had been scared of going home after the school had contacted her parents over an incident at school. Yet the allegations caused uproar in Berlin, particularly after reports of mass sexual assaults allegedly carried out by migrants in Cologne. A Russian-German community group staged a protest, supported by the Pegida-related Bärgida movement. The far-right National Democratic party also demonstrated in Marzahn.

Utterly wicked.  Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive…

On Those Who ‘Can’t Make it to Worship Because Of Work’: An Observation

Have I ever mentioned how very unimpressed I am when people say they can’t make it to worship Sunday morning because of work but who never bother even attempting Sunday evening worship or mid week?

It’s not that they can’t make it to some service, it’s that they don’t want to make it. It isn’t a priority for them. Work is merely an excuse. Were that not the one they used, they’d find another.

They have done exactly what the author of Hebrews adjures them NOT to do- they have ‘forsaken the assembly’.

I Don’t Think They Know What ‘Christ Centered’ Means

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A Simple Poll: Can Atheists Be Theologians?

A Simple Poll: Can Atheists Understand the Bible?

Luther v. the Pope

Little as the pope can concede anything, so little can I relax what is demanded by the Word of God. — Martin Luther

Greek With Spinti

Good stuff here worth reading.  He’s talking about a chap who is revisiting a Greek verb.  Can one ever have too many visits with Greek verbs, or Grandma?

The ‘Official’ Carnival- Posted on 1 February, Australian Time

Tim’s rounded up stuff both interesting (mine) and ridiculous (Avalos).  So there’s something for everyone (both the sensible and the nonsensical; the sublime to the absurd).  It’s a true Carnival because there’s a freak show along with the rides and food and fun and games.  Enjoy.

Is This the Oldest Image of Mary? Or is It Some Guy With Long Hair? Or Chewbacca

maryThis sort of speculation is really both annoying and ridiculous.  Is this the oldest image of Mary?  Well who knows who it’s supposed to be!

At the Yale University Art Gallery hang wall paintings from one of the world’s oldest churches. Buried by the middle of the third century, this house-church from eastern Syria had images of Jesus, Peter and David. The gallery showcases a well-preserved procession of veiled women that once surrounded its baptistery, a room for Christian initiation.

Off to the side, seldom noticed among the likes of Jesus and Peter, stands a different wall fragment, faded but still discernible: a woman bent over a well. Holding the rope of her vessel, she looks out at the viewer or perhaps over her shoulder, seemingly startled in the act of drawing water.

Who is she? The museum’s identification is certainly plausible: “The painting most likely depicts a scene from the encounter between Christ (not shown) and a woman from Samaria,” as recorded in the Gospel of John. But historians also know that the Samaritan Woman, a repentant sinner who conversed at length with Jesus, was usually depicted in dialogue with him. This woman appears to be alone.

Guess what, if she’s pulling a vessel out of a well, I’m gonna go with the Samaritan woman.  Why would anyone suggest Mary?  Well because it’s absurd speculation and speculative absurdity sells.

While the Samaritan Woman at the Well was a respected biblical figure for early Christians, there was actually a more prominent “woman at the well” in Syria: the Virgin Mary during the Annunciation, when an angelic visitor informed her of her miraculous pregnancy.

Gee, too bad there’s no angel in the picture…  You guys need to stop making stuff up.  It doesn’t help.

Denmark Has Lost its Mind: A Victim of Attempted Rape is Being Charged, For Using Pepper Spray to Defend Herself

A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant. The teenager told police that she was attacked in central Sønderborg on Wednesday at around 10pm by a dark-skinned English-speaking man. She said the man knocked her to the ground and then unbuttoned her pants and attempted to undress her.

The girl was able to save herself from further assault by using pepper spray on the attacker, but now she may be the one who ends up in legal trouble. “It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd.

That’s stupid. I suppose they would have preferred she lay there and be raped. If she isn’t allowed to defend herself Denmark owes it to her to provide her with an armed guard 24/7. She did the right thing. Were she my daughter I would applaud her and praise her. She isn’t my daughter, and I still applaud her and praise her for her quick thinking. It’s too bad the government of Denmark can’t think as well.

Are You Really Interested in Jonathan Edwards?

edwardsThen you’ll be interested in this: Jonathan Edwards and the Bible.

This intensive course will consist of primary and secondary readings from and on Edwards’s use of Scriptures supplemented by selections from other writings in his corpus, focusing on his biblical exegesis, various Scripture commentaries, such as Edwards’s Blank Bible, Notes on the Apocalypse, and the Harmony of the Old and New Testament, the use of Scripture in sermons, treatises, and other writings, placed within the historical context of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century religious culture, including, but not limited to, Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana.

Call For Submissions: The Carnival of Errors

The Avignonian Carnival posts at Midnight tonight for January.  This call for submissions, though, applies to the February Carnival (posting at Midnight on March 1).  The next Carnival is something I’m calling a “Carnival of Errors”.  It will feature not the best of biblical studies blogposts but the worst, the most egregiously inaccurate, the most dilettantish.  If you see something like that, let me know.

You’ll enjoy it because not only will it link to rubbish; it will feature commentary throughout by yours truly.

Pray the Heavenly Father a post of yours not appear.

Thank You, Raymond

Raymond Li, one of the lecture attendees at Ming Hua, has sent along today a few photos he had from the series.  Thanks!

Know Your Role: An Observation

Getting theological guidance from a scientist is like getting guidance about the roundness of the Earth from a rapper.  #KnowYourRole

The Catalog of the “Luther and the 10 Commandments” Exhibition

Download it here.  It’s fantastic.  And worth keeping.

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Science: It Even Claims to Make Dead People Hear!

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Religion in the World

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We’ve All Been There

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