Daily Archives: 13 Jul 2016

Crass Evangelism: An Observation

If your church has to count Pokemon hunters to boost its outreach numbers, you should just go ahead and shut the doors and chain them that way.

He Self Identifies as a Woman so He Can Film Women in Dressing Rooms

A person is accused of taking photos of another woman while she was changing clothes inside a dressing room at a Target store in southeast Idaho.  The Bonnevile County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Shauna Patricia Smith is in custody on a felony video voyeurism charge. On Monday, police say a woman saw someone taking pictures of her while she was inside a changing room at the Target in Ammon.

“The victim noticed the subject reaching over the wall of the changing room with a cell phone taking pictures,” police wrote in a news release.  The suspect ran out of the store after being confronted.  Police interviewed witnesses and watched video surveillance, which led them Smith, who identifies as a transgender woman. After being interviewed by detectives, police took Smith into custody on a charge of felony video voyeurism.

Oh but that’s not going to happen in places with ‘open seating’ toilets, is it….  That’s just conservatives trying to stir up scare.  Right….

Jesus Never Said ‘If Pokemon be lifted up it will draw all men to me…’ But that’s not Stopping the Madness

There are marketing firms urging churches to capitalize (I think they mean that literally) on the Pokemon go craze.

What’s the problem?  The problem is that the whole notion that if people are outside your church building looking for imaginary video creatures even if you somehow manage to get them in the doors to worship God almighty, they will somehow turn to faith.

They aren’t at your church for faith.  And they won’t stay there for it either.  It’s the Holy Spirit who draws people to Christ and any other means or method or marketing ploy will end in either a false decision or worse, an unreal one.

Jesus said it best when he said ‘If I be lifted up, I will draw all people to myself’.  That’s the only evangelistic method that works.  Everything else is spiritual fraud and makes spiritual stillborns.

Jesus tells us to make disciples, not gamers.  If your church is making gamers, you’ve simply failed and you need to repent.

New In Bible and Interpretation: “How Many Books are in the Bible? Qualitative Numbers, or Math for Biblical Scholars”

Josephus, the Jewish historian writing in Greek after the Jewish revolt in 70, tells us that the Jews have 22 sacred books—although he doesn’t say precisely which ones. And the apocalypse Fourth Ezra mentions a revelation of 24 books. The numbers 22 and 24 also appear in later patristic Christian lists, and 24 is indeed the number of books in the rabbinic Bible…. Did Josephus have 22 specific titles in mind? Maybe. We cannot know. Either way, he, like the later writers, is working with an iconic number that exists prior to a particular catalog. To ask what exactly the 22 books were may not be the most interesting question. It’s the number itself, not any specific list, that tells us more about the scriptural imagination of some Jews in antiquity.


Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?


Police are investigating after a north Nashville gas station was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.  It happened at the Twice Daily’s on Dickerson Pike around 2 a.m.  Metro police told WKRN the suspect was not wearing a disguise when he entered the store, but went into the bathroom and came out with a paper towel over his face.

Authorities said the suspect displayed a gun, demanded money from the clerk before fleeing in a white or silver Ford Focus, possibly driven by someone else.  The suspect was wearing a blue or black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering and a dark baseball cap.

Oh Chris… a paper towel????  And you were in Nashville and didn’t stop by???  Doug Campbell has really bewitched you and turned you against your true friends…  sinner.

Millennial Activism…


Canadian Anglicans Voted Against Gay Marriage… But Then… Behold…

A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.

More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage.

However, on Tuesday – the last day of the triennial conference – some members stood up to say their ballot had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when the resolution failed to pass by a single vote.

Delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records, which lead to a recount. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the church then declared the resolution in favor of same-sex marriage passed, a resolution that aligns with secular Canada, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.

Uh huh….  right.  The vote was ‘wrong’ until it was ‘corrected’ by the Archbishop…  Seems legit

Preparing an Edition of 2 Samuel: An Interview

Here.  It includes this snippet-

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences appointed Kauhanen to prepare the leading critical edition of the Septuagint – the world’s first translation of the Bible produced in Alexandria – of 2 Samuel.

”When finished, our edition will be the best way to reach the text of 2 Samuel as it left the hands of the original Greek translator. It is an essential tool for those who want to discern the earliest possible Hebrew textual form of 2 Samuel.” A critical edition of the Septuagint is not only a prerequisite for the work carried out by scholars, but also valuable for Bible translators and thus for the wider audience.

”Without a critical edition one would have to go into different libraries around the world to read the texts from antiquity – with white gloves and a magnifying glass! There are tens of manuscripts representing important texts from antiquity, and all of them differ from each other. The earliest textual form can only be achieved through comparing these manuscripts and choosing the best textual variant or reading. The end result is a textual form which can not be found in any single manuscript as such – they all contain mistakes! – but which probably is closest to the earliest text form in most instances. In addition, we will create an apparatus which lists all of the significant differences between manuscripts. In a typical page of a critical edition of the Septuagint, there are usually half a dozen rows of texts and 40 rows of apparatus!”

Read it all.

Enrollment Is Open