Daily Archives: 10 Sep 2016

Those So Called ‘Non Denominational’ Churches: An Observation

If the church you attend is so ashamed of its denominational heritage that it doesnt have it in the name, flee Sodom.  Non denominational churches don’t exist any more than lemon free lemonade exists.  No church just springs up out of nowhere, sans denominational and thus doctrinal roots.  If it does, it’s a cult and not a church.  Were there any theologians at these ‘nondenoms’ they would know that.

Crowds, Jesus and Jocks

Watching jocks walk through clamoring crowds who pine with outstretched hands just to touch them is as close as you’ll ever get to seeing what people were like around Jesus. Think about that a few seconds.

Has Anyone Done a Comparative Study of Israelite Pottery and Symbolic Meaning?

This tweet made me wonder:

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A Lifelong Republican Refuses to Vote Trump

Here’s why (in part)

I am saddened to write this opinion piece, but after much thought, I must. In my long life I have never voted for a Democrat for president. That will change this year.

The country can survive Hillary’s chronic deceptiveness. It might not survive Trump’s erratic, ego-driven recklessness.

Trump is an egomaniac conman who poses the greatest threat to our country of any presidential candidate in history. His instability is demonstrated by the fact that he has changed his party registration at least five times. He was a registered Democrat as recently as 2009. By his rhetoric Trump is not a conservative. By the gullibility of the modern Republican Party, he is their candidate for president. His only true loyalty is to himself.

He boasts that he would strengthen the U.S. military, and then signaled that he might not keep our commitments to NATO, which is practically an invitation to Putin to pounce. Trump says he looks forward to an improved relationship with the Russian dictator. Small wonder.

He brags that he knows more about ISIS than our generals, but is ignorant of fundamental facts about the Middle East. He ridicules the military service of U.S. Sen. John McCain, but obtained five military deferments while McCain was being tortured as a prisoner of war.

He expresses what many Republicans think.  The GOP made a massive mistake in supporting Trump and continues to do so.  It has destroyed its reputation with conservatives.

The Bee Stings the Scripture-less Pulpiteers

Local pastor Adam Davis dutifully carries his leather-bound Bible to the pulpit every Sunday morning, and then proceeds to preach for twenty-five minutes without ever opening or referencing the book, sources confirmed Saturday.

“It’s a really nice looking Bible,” one anonymous source told reporters. “Pastor Adam looks good carrying it up there and setting it down gently and reverently. It looks great on the pew. But no—no he never opens it.”

The church member added that Davis regularly preaches his inspiring sermons from pages of notes, wandering around the stage to punctuate his points with a variety of hand and body movements, the expensive study Bible always left on the ornate wooden pulpit, purely as a piece of decor.

“It adds a nice touch of tradition to the atmosphere,” he noted. “It makes things look, you know, official.”

Pretty much sums up many of the people ascending pulpits tomorrow.

It’s Both Appalling and Disgusting…

That on academic discussion lists these days you are actually free to talk about a book you’ve never read!  And people take you seriously!

As The Normalization of Deviance Continues… As Predicted

I mentioned this story the other day and sure enough, it hasn’t taken long for the act to be addressed in an attempt to normalize it. Disgusted by incest? Genetic Sexual Attraction is real and on the rise.

It’s interesting that the public was so outraged, because the couple’s story is far from unique. In fact, a number of family romances have emerged over the last decade – and I can’t see them stopping any time soon. … There have also been cases of grandparents settling down with grandchildren, fathers and daughters in love, and even twins twinned up. What makes all these relationships tick isn’t love, or looks, or destiny, but – more likely – Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA). It’s the phenomenon no one wants to talk about – because it raises a taboo topic: incest.

Don’t worry, precious, it won’t be taboo much longer…  You’ve done your part in normalizing it.  Others will soon enough…

It’s Time To End All Male Panels at Academic Conferences

Sign the pledge, academic friends, asserting that you will not serve on a panel at an academic conference which fails to include at least one woman (besides the chair).

“At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair.”

It’s that simple.  Please sign.

Well OK Then….

Indonesian villagers dig up dead relatives and dress them up   (via the twitter).

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Is This the True ‘Devil’s Triangle’?

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And Looking Very Much Forward To It

Via Richard *The Disco King* Goode-

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I am, however, not as odd as Ezekiel.  I promise…

Want a Copy? Win a Copy!

This fantastic video produced by the Christian History Institute can be yours if you’re the lucky winner.  To win, you simply need to enter by

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About the film-

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther published 95 theses for debate in Wittenberg, Germany. Little did he know that this act would ignite a revolution that would reshape the Christian church and change Western civilization forever.

In anticipation of this important anniversary, Christian History Institute is producing a groundbreaking three-hour documentary series called This Changed Everything. Narrated by the renowned British actor David Suchet, the program tells the dynamic story of the people, places, and events that shaped the Reformation. It features expert commentary from Dr. Michael Horton, Dr. Frank James, Shane ClaiborneBishop Robert Barron, and over twenty other scholars and clergy who bring new insight into how the church came to be where it is today and where it may go in the future.

This Changed Everything celebrates the fruits of the Reformation while grappling with difficult questions about the legacy of division. Clearly, the medieval church was in dire need of reform, but could complete schism have been avoided? Why does the Protestant movement continue to splinter into ever increasing factions? How should we think about our divisions in light of Jesus’ passionate prayer that his followers be “one”?