Daily Archives: 25 Jul 2016

Quote of the Day

The church is not a store, where everyone can obtain supply for all his needs at will.” –Abraham Kuyper

Kid Kicks Seat in Theater- Man Pulls a Gun…

Oh Kentucky… Are you striving to be the Texas of the midlands?

Panic struck a Paducah, Kentucky movie theater on Saturday after a man in the audience pulled a gun during a fight caused by a child kicking the back of his seat.  According to the local TV news station KFVS 12, police were called to Paducah’s Cinemark Theater on Saturday morning, responding to calls that a gun was drawn inside the cinema. A man told one of the officers on the scene that another man sitting in front of him and his son grew irritated that the child was repeatedly kicking the back of the other man’s seat.

I guess it’s easier to pull a gun than it is to move if annoyed…  America, you have so much to be proud of these days…

A New Biography of Martin Luther by Oxford’s Lyndal Roper

This promises to be excellent:

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I’m very, very interested in reading this one when it’s out.

A New Post From Christian Brady

Here. It’s titled Gen. 50:20 – Did God “plan” or did he “reckon”?   I reckon he planned…  I reckon.  😉

Read it.

Seeking A Reviewer

Some of you may know that I’m on the editorial board of SJOT.  As such I have the task of enlisting reviewers for volumes published here in North America.  One such volume arrived today from Eerdmans:

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If you are a resident of the United States and would be willing to review this volume, drop me a line and I’ll send it along (and do be sure to mention your qualifications to do so).

The Lost World of Adam and Eve – book review

Great review by Richard *I Wish I Was That* Goode.

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

John H. Walton, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015, pp. 256. £12.99. Pbk. ISBN: 978-0-8308-2461-8

A slightly shorter form of this book review first appeared in Reviews in Science and Religion 66 (Nov 2015) 37-44.

Initial caveat

Lost world of adam and eveFirst of all, it is important to recognise that this book has been written for a very specific target audience; conservative evangelicals who are troubled by claims that science contradicts Genesis 2-3. The context is firmly that of the science-creationist debate in the US. For readers outside the States, I would recommend that they read Walton’s impassioned and, at times, touching appeals towards the end (pp.207-208 and 209-210) as this will help to make sense of his rather eccentric emphases and omissions – as well as the idiosyncratic methodology and conclusions.

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The Bee Stings the Pseudo-Theology of the Facebook ‘Like for God to Heal’ Nonsense

What is not known is how Shayna Hinton, 35, knows the sweet little girl in the photo she shared on Facebook Monday. What is known is that the young girl in the picture has a “rare” and “deadly” disease that God will heal as long as Hinton’s Facebook post telling the world about her reaches one million likes.

The Almighty, according to Hinton, is watching the post intently, hoping against hope that it hits its goals quickly so He can intervene.

“1 like = 1 prayer” says her status update, making it clear that miraculous work from the Lord on behalf of the afflicted child is incumbent upon her post going viral. “Look into this sweet little girl’s eyes and decide right now—will you LIKE and SHARE this post so GOD can HEAL her???” she clarified in the comments section.

Continuing on in the comments section, Hinton made clear that “it’s up to US, folks,” “God is just WAITING and HOPING we will activate our faith so He can heal this child,” and “you can save her life RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, if you’ll just do your part by clicking that LIKE button and then SHARING this post.”

“MAKE NO MISTAKE—GOD IS WATCHING YOU READ THIS AND HOPING YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!” she added.

At publishing time, the post had received a number of further comments, all from Hinton, and had only 999,987 likes to go before God would be able to save the child.

There are few things more absurd than the theology on parade on Facebook.  Unless it’s the theology on parade on Twitter.

The Depths to Which Journalism has Descended

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#ICYMI- The Muslim Response to the Norway Terrorist on 25 July, 2011

Introducing ‘Christian terrorist,’ Norway mass murderer.

The headline of the Al Arabiya story pretty much says it all. It commences

Should Anders Behring Breivik, the killer of nearly 100 people in Norway, be described as a Christian terrorist? It is commonplace in the media and elsewhere to refer to members of Al Qaeda and similar groups as Islamic terrorists. Is there any essential difference between a person who describes himself as Christian and carries out mass murder in the name of Christianity, and a Muslim who does the same in the name of his religion?

Good questions all. And then

Many Christians would consider the term “Christian terrorist” an oxymoron. Christianity proclaims itself to be a religion of love.

Absolutely true.

Likewise, many Muslims consider theirs to be a religion of peace and disavow Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

A fact, it has to be admitted, which is frequently overlooked in the Western media and especially amongst right wing persons and anti-Muslim crusaders like the Norway murderer and many in the Tea Party.

Yet acts of terrorism have been carried out over centuries by people claiming to act in the name of religion. The medieval Christian Crusaders, with whom Mr. Breivik identified in his 1,500-page manifesto, are one example.

Indeed. And there’s much more for readers in the West to ponder in this piece which I commend to you. It’s time for us all to come to the place where we denounce violence in ALL its forms (including the violence of war).

[First posted 25 July, 2011].

Dear Angry Bernie Sanders Supporters…

It’s completely shocking that the #DNC didn’t want to support a guy who became a Democrat virtually 3 days before he ran as a Democrat for the party’s Presidential nomination … #SaidNoOneEver

Luther: On the Writing of Commentaries

luthers-works-upgradeIt is right and good that one to whom this grace has been given should apply himself in all earnestness to the Scriptures, to search and to seek, and [then] whatever good things God suggests to him, he should share with others through books, and thereby help to explain the Scriptures and to improve the church according to the rule in 1 Corinthians 14 [:4–5]. For everything is to be done for the improvement of the church, that is, for the glory of God.*

And that is exactly what these volumes strive to do.

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*Martin Luther, “Preface to Wenceslaus Linck, Annotations to the Five Books of Moses: 1543.”

Oh Boy!

Go City!!!!!!!!!!   Boo!!!!!!!!  The game has been called off because of rain.

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