Category Archives: Modern Culture

I Would Do the Second To Last One, But None of the Rest

Ok I Don’t Have Any Idea What Any of that Is Supposed to Mean…

I wish Travis would stop tweeting at me with his bizzarro twitter account.  It’s weird.

So There Was A Shooting in Downtown Denver Last Night…

Not far at all from the Convention Center

Authorities are searching for a suspect who opened fire Monday in downtown Denver, killing one person and wounding four others.  The shooting happened just after 4 p.m. near Coors Field at Lawrence and 21st streets.  One person died at the scene and four others were taken to the hospital in stable condition, Denver police said.  Eyewitnesses described multiple shots being fired.

You can’t go anywhere without wondering if some gun nut is going to blow your head off these days.

Before We Talk About Banning Capital Punishment…

Let’s get sensible gun control legislation passed and enforced.  In 2017, 23 people were executed by the States.  In that same year, 15,549 people were killed by guns.

Let’s get our priorities in order and fix the greater problem before we fix the lesser problem.

The Most Depressing Sentence I’ve Read in a Long Time

On the other hand, Wright seems correct when he notes that “the question of eating with Gentiles was not an issue which the meeting left undecided.”  –  Christoph Heilig

‘Wright seems correct…’  Excuse me, I have to go weep now.  Oh how the mighty have fallen….

Lock Her Up!!!

If you aren’t screeching ‘lock her up’ now but you did about Hillary Clinton, you, miss, are a hypocrite.  Period.

But Why? We Have the REB

I just…

Boy finds gun under father’s pillow, shoots himself

The father should be arrested.  He is guilty.

Police in Georgia say a 2-year-old boy who found a handgun under his father’s pillow has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the boy died Thursday after walking into a bedroom where his father was sleeping.

A Clayton County police statement says the boy didn’t wake the father, found the loaded handgun under his pillow and fired one shot. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died. Police say the toddler’s mother was asleep in the front room at the time.  The news release says both parents are cooperating with law enforcement. Police say it’s unknown whether charges will be filed.

Charges should be filed.  And the dad should be charged with negligent homicide.    Disgusting.

My Annual Christmas Message: There’s no Truth to the Claim that ‘Xmas’ is Legit

Xmas does not mean Christmas. And the reason is as simple as can be explained in two sentences. The latter the most important:

The problem with the x = Chi explanation that so many love to spew from their keyboards and mouths during this season is that the general public knows NOTHING of it, or Greek. And, most importantly of all, all they see is an x, and in Greek, x is Xi, not Chi.

If you’re going to foist a ridiculous pseudo-explanation on the public in an attempt to justify laziness in abbreviation, please, at least learn enough Greek to know the difference between χ and ξ . Otherwise, you just look silly.

And, by the by, the early church did abbreviate χριστος- but NEVER with just χ. When they did, it was χρ with a line over it so you knew it was an abbreviation. People who tell you they just used x are stupid, or liars, or stupid liars.

In sum- NO, you have NEVER heard someone say -‘Chi- mas’ but you’ve heard plenty of people say ‘X-mas’ because to them X is X.

Thus endeth the lesson.

Amen, and amen.

Was hat Jesus in den Sand geschrieben?

Um es vorweg zu sagen: Eckhard Nordhofen ist mit seinem Buch «Corpora. Die anarchische Kraft des Monotheismus» eine kleine Sensation gelungen. Er erzählt die Geschichte des Monotheismus als Mediengeschichte. Vom Bild über die Schrift zum Körper. Das sind die Stationen, die gelehrt, klar und in erfrischender Diktion abgeschritten werden. Am Anfang stehen die Bilder. Sie sind die Medien des Polytheismus. Menschliche Bedürfnisse werden auf Götter projiziert. Nordhofen spricht vom Prinzip der Passung. Wer den Göttern gibt, was er hat, darf erwarten, dass sie ihm geben, was er noch nicht hat, aber gerne hätte.

Etc. Enjoy. With thanks to Andreas Dettwiler for the heads up.

Richard Bauckham Lectures in Jerusalem

Hopefully this will appear on the Ecole Biblique’s youtube channel in due course:

I Bet That Advert Ran in BAR in the 80’s…

It sure looks like something that would have-

Um, That Would Be Jodi Magness…

Reminder- if you’re going to take photos with folk, it’s a good idea to know their name…  And don’t be this guy (from last year)-

#EpicNameFail

Interview with Jörg Frey by Mike Bird

Read it here.  Great stuff.

Trump Has No Love For The Men and Women Serving in the Military

@RepDonBeyer — Asked by Chris Wallace why he has has not visited American troops stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan since he took office, Trump cites his “unbelievably busy schedule.”  So far he has spent 1 of every 4 days golfing, and 2-3 months at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump has no respect for our military service members.  Why would anyone be silly enough to believe that he does?

The More Trump is Supported, the Worse Local Counties Are Doing Economically

This Washington Post report is quite telling.

‘The larger the Trump electorate and the larger the degree of Trump support, the worse the county’s economic performance.’

Read the whole.

Every SBL Tweet and Facebook Post…

This is my reaction-

Reminder: Forcing Your Kids to Hug Sends Them a Very Dangerous Message

Be sure to give this essay a read.  It doesn’t just apply to girls, it applies to boys too.

Quote of the Month

When we give billions to bail out farmers, it’s called being “fair”. Billions to bail out the banks, “good for the economy”. But money for the homeless veterans, health insurance for the sick or social security for the elderly? Oh my god no! That’s socialism! – Dave Vescio

Man Who Was Wished ‘Happy Holidays’ Knows Exactly What The Persecuted Church In China Is Going Through

The Bee with more Pulitzer worthy reporting- this time on the persecuted Church in America. Pray, brothers, pray!…