Giuliani is an Idiot, Isn’t He

Rudolph Giuliani, promoting Donald Trump’s national security plan, said Monday that in the “eight years before (President Barack) Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.” That’s an apparent omission of the largest terror attack in United States history.

Giuliani was mayor of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the hours after the World Trade Center fell, while then-President George W. Bush was largely unseen, he became the face of American grief and determination.

He’s an idiot isn’t he.  Or is he stupid enough to think Obama was President on 9/11?  Because, well, he wasn’t.  That was Bush.

Dear America, your politicians really are the dumbest in the world.  Why is that?

Eerdmans: A Case Study in How a Responsible Publisher Handles Charges of Plagiarism

This is simply brilliant and though I have long admired Eerdmans and their spectacular work, I now admire them even more.

August 15, 2016

At the beginning of July 2016, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. received allegations against one of its New Testament commentaries and immediately undertook a careful investigation. Eerdmans is now withdrawing that book and two others by the same author.

Eerdmans editors compared the text of The Letter to the Hebrews (Pillar New Testament Commentary, 2010) with various secondary sources and submitted findings to external experts for verification. Summing up the findings, Editor-in-chief James Ernest said, “Our own editors and our outside consultants agreed that what we found on the pages of this commentary runs afoul of commonly accepted standards with regard to the utilization and documentation of secondary sources. We agreed that the book could not be retained in print.”

Examination of the same author’s Letter to the Ephesians (PNTC, 1999) and Epistle to the Philippians (New International Greek Testament Commentary, 1991) found them less pervasively flawed but still untenable.

The author, Peter T. O’Brien, was presented with the findings and provided the following response: “In the New Testament commentaries that I have written, although I have never deliberately misused the work of others, nevertheless I now see that my work processes at times have been faulty and have generated clear-cut, but unintentional, plagiarism. For this I apologize without reservation.”

President and publisher Anita Eerdmans summed up the company’s stance as follows: “Eerdmans is steadfastly committed to the highest ethical standards in academic and business practice, and we apologize to all who are negatively affected by this situation. Our Bible commentary series, among the best of their kind, are authored and edited by the field’s top scholars. The strong measures we are taking in this case are meant to underscore our firm belief that our commentary program is, and must remain, solid.”

Eerdmans is taking the following steps:

● Ceasing sales and pulp stock of all three volumes, placing them out of print.
● Offering credit to individuals and trade partners who have purchased the above three volumes.
For detailed instructions on how to pursue this option, please write tocommentarycredit@eerdmans.com.
● Discussing best practices for quality control with press editors, series editors, and authors.

Members of the media wishing to contact Eerdmans may send e-mail topublicity@eerdmans.com.

The Bee Stings the ‘Churches’ That Can’t Be Distinguished From Bars and Nightclubs

After a 12-hour, drug-fueled night of club hopping, local party girl Jenny Wilson suddenly came down off her high to realize she was just in the middle of a local church’s worship set Sunday morning.

According to sources, at around 8 a.m. Wilson had told an Uber driver to take her to The Gathering, a dance club downtown—but the driver instead dropped her off at a church with the same name, which was just beginning its early service. As Wilson saw the fog billowing out of the sanctuary and the laser lights dancing around the room, she figured she was in the right place and began getting her dance on.

“Gathering—are you ready to rock?” the worship leader yelled out to kick off the service, generating loud cheers from the audience—and especially from Wilson.

Congregants didn’t realize anything was amiss for some time, as Wilson’s wild dancing and trance-like state weren’t so different from most of the regulars in attendance.

“I just thought the Spirit had really, really baptized her this morning,” one audience member said afterward. “Not like the boring, run-of-the-mill baptism when you get saved, but like—really baptized.”

As the drugs began to wear off, Wilson reportedly noticed the stainless steel cross hanging from the rafters, and in a moment of terror, realized she was actually in a church service, causing her to bolt out the main doors. She then reportedly called another Uber driver to take her home.

“I was three sheets, for sure. But still, I can’t believe I didn’t realize I was in a church for so long,” she told reporters. “I’m just glad I finally saw that cross—otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to tell the place apart from my usual hangouts.” “At least the DJ was on point,” she added.

It’s the sort of ‘church’ Rob Bell and Rachel Held Evans would call home.  And, truth told, if they would, you shouldn’t…

The Companion Guide to “This Changed Everything”

This Changed Everything: 500 Years of the Reformation is a three-part documentary series produced by Christian History Institute in association with Global Story2 Films, Lathika International Film and Entertainment, and Midgett Productions. The series covers the history of the Reformation and its aftermath and offers critical analysis about its relation to important issues facing the church today. Over twenty historians, theologians, and clergy contribute their expert commentary to this project. This companion guide is designed to accompany the video series, allowing the viewer to dig deeper into the history of the Reformation and explore its contemporary implications.

This guide is flexibly designed for both individual study and small group discussion. The Digging Deeper section contains a one-page article reviewing the material from each act and providing hyperlinks to further reading from the extensive archives of Christian History magazine. TheDiscussion section consists of 7–10 questions for each act to facilitate conversation in a small group or classroom setting. The range of suggested questions is broad so leaders can choose questions that will work best for their group. This guide is designed for a 14-part curriculum, but it can easily be adapted by combining shorter segments.

Take a look.  I’ve reviewed it here.