Category Archives: Modern Culture

That One Time You Discussed Keeping Your Church Safe from Gunmen, And One of the Gun Toters Accidentally Shoots 2 People…

Good grief.

Police say two people were accidentally shot at a church in Tellico Plains Thursday afternoon during a discussion about the recent church shooting in Texas.

The Tellico Plains Police Department says elder members of First United Methodist Church were meeting for a Thanksgiving dinner around 1 p.m. and began discussing the Texas shooting when someone asked if anyone brought a gun to their church.

A man spoke up and said he carries his everywhere he goes. He pulled the gun out, emptied the magazine and chamber, and then started passing the gun around.

Once the gun came back around to its owner, police say the man put the magazine back in and recharged the chamber, but accidentally squeezed the trigger. The gun went off, hitting the man in the hand and his wife in the abdomen.

Both were taken to UT Medical Center by helicopter for non-life threatening injuries. Their names have not been released.

Nearby schools were briefly put on lockdown during the initial investigation. The lockdown was lifted once the scene was cleared.

Good grief.

If Immorality Is Bad For Republicans…

It’s bad for Democrats.  If you denounce Republicans because of their immoral behavior, you had better denounce Democrats for the same.  Otherwise your real concern isn’t morality, it’s politics.  And shame on you.  You are why this country is in the shape it is.  You’ll vote for a pervert like Trump but screech like a banshee about Clinton.  Or you’ll vote for Clinton but whine like an infant about Moore.

Hypocrite!

The Most Disgusting Nativity Scene, Ever

Via the twitter-

Zwingli on the Source of War: Atheism

In 1522, on May 16th to be precise, Zwingli published his ‘anti-war’ book Ein göttlich vermanung an die ersamen, wysen, eerenvesten, eltisten Eydgnossen zü Schwytz, das sy sich vor frömden herren hütind und entladind, Huldrichi Zwinglii, einvaltigen verkünders des euangelii Christi Jhesu and in it he writes, towards the beginning while describing the source of conflict-

How does it happen that we Christians who are united by such powerful agencies have much greater quarrels than unbelievers? And how does it happen that in a Confederacy in which until now a fraternal love prevailed, for the sake of foreign lords violent quarrel has arisen? Answer: Real piety, by which is meant true worship and prayer to God, has disappeared among us, as St. Paul writes to the Romans [Rom. 1:28–31]: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” From these words of Paul we learn that all these evils which he enumerates arise when we desert God, do not fully recognise Him, do not look up to Him, do not place our whole trust in him, but on the contrary despise Him and regard him somewhat as we would an old sleeping dog.

War comes when God is forgotten!  That’s Zwingli’s stunning observation.  I recommend that you get hold of the book and read it.  It’s fantastic and indeed the editor of the English edition of Zwingli’s works writes in the introductory preface

… what [Zwingli] says about war is worthy of republication by our Peace Societies, and they are entirely at liberty to use this translation.*

The combatants in Israel and Gaza (and in other conflicts around the world) may think that they are doing something grand and good and great and helpful but war is never any of those things.  War is atheism and those who perpetrate it are, practically speaking, atheists because war is rejection of and denial of God.

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*The Latin Works and The Correspondence of Huldreich Zwingli: Together with Selections from His German Works, Volume 1 (S. M. Jackson, Ed.), p.130.

Oh You Aren’t All That, Sparky…

Let the reader understand-


You aren’t that scary, threatening, or significant.

Why Would Women Wait Decades To Tell?

Read this really intelligent and forceful explanation.  You will not regret it.  With thanks to James McGrath for pointing it out.

A New Poll Shows that ‘Evangelicals’ Would Support Satan if He Ran For Office as a Republican

A new LifeWay Research poll confirmed Wednesday that a majority of conservative evangelicals would vote for Satan, the Prince of Darkness, should he run for public office as a Republican candidate.

The poll found that 72% of self-identified evangelicals would vote and even campaign for the prince of fallen angels should he promise to promote Republican policies while in office.

“Most of those we surveyed agreed that they would in fact vote for Satan, as long as he verbally supported pro-life and pro-Second Amendment platform positions,” the head of the research study said. “A majority of respondents ‘strongly agreed’ that it was important for a candidate to pay lip service to the hot-button issues of the religious right, while strongly disagreeing that a candidate’s personal penchant for tempting countless millions of souls into the fires of hell would affect his public policies.”

“Lucifer? Yeah, I’d vote for him, as long as he claims to be a Republican,” one member of a study focus group said. “He’s got some character flaws, sure—who doesn’t—but we’ve got to remember that ensuring we Christians get some fleeting political power is far more important than whether our chosen candidate does a little soul-devouring on the side.”

The poll also looked at related issues, such as the willingness of evangelicals to overlook or minimize major moral failings in human candidates.

“Personal indiscretions, shady business dealings, making blood sacrifices to Azathoth the Daemon Sultan in secret—Christians are now willing to forgive literally everything if it means they’ll have some kind of political clout,” the study head told reporters. “Our findings confirm that conservative Christians are actually more likely to vote for mobsters, cultists, and hellish demon kings than any other demographic.”

At publishing time, study officials had confirmed evangelicals would also be willing to support Sith lords, elder gods, and the evil Dr. Robotnik if they were to run for office as members of the GOP.

It’s literally true.

A Commemorative Hammer From the Local Lutherans

Thanks guys!  Very thoughtful.  I’ll put it to good use, I promise.

AAR Members Arriving in Boston for SBLAAR 2017

Quote of the Day

Christians in the 1st century had a difficult time fitting in their culture. As American Christians, we have a difficult time standing apart from ours.-  Jarvis Williams

SBL Has Lost Its Mind

I hope ‘SBL’ means something besides what I think it means, because Rob Bell is a lunatic and the Society of Biblical Literature has no business inviting him to speak to anyone about anything.

Whoever this SBL is, is nuts.

Nine Days Too Late

The One Righteous Republican in Alabama

Refreshing to know… given the dark days in which we live. It means there’s hope for Alabama.

A Peculiar Prophet

I want to give public testimony to counter all of you who believe that all Republican politicians in Alabama are sexual predators.  True, ex-Governor Bentley was recently hounded from office because of his sexual misconduct and misappropriation of state funds to finance his illicit affair.  Now comes Roy Moore.  I always heard rumors that Moore was a scoundrel.  His blatant disregard for the Constitution got him removed as a judge not once, but twice.  Now we discover that Moore is even worse than we thought.

I remember, when Moore was garnering publicity in his campaign to put the Ten Commandments in all courtrooms in Alabama, a Methodist layman said, “Roy needs to check out the Seventh Commandment before he gets ‘em posted everywhere.  He could be vulnerable on that one.”

Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler defends Moore by dismissing his sexual conduct as typical of any single, thirty-year-old male in…

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More Revelations about Moore’s Wife

Evangelicals Will Renounce Roy Moore When A Few Dozen More Women Come Forward

A coalition of conservative evangelicals announced Tuesday they would withdraw support for AL Senate candidate Roy Moore, should at least three or four dozen more women come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

The evangelical leaders confirmed their commitment to turn on Roy Moore the second a fortieth woman accuses him of inappropriate behavior.

“We take sexual assault very seriously, and that’s why we will call for Moore to withdraw as soon as he is reliably accused at least another 30 or 40 times—that would cross a line,” Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a press conference. “It’s important to make sure you have way more than a paltry five credible claims against a Republican candidate before you expect us to concede.”

“Political power is far too precious for us to let go just over five or six isolated incidents of sexual assault and indiscretions against minors,” he added.

At publishing time, evangelicals had confirmed they would continue to blast Democratic politicians for their slightest foibles.

Yeah, pretty much.

Quote of the Day

Those of you who have the audacity to demand I defend Roy Moore for the sake of his Senate seat – your soul may be for sale, but mine is not. – Meghan McCain

Another Day in the Good ‘Ole USA…

 @SkyNewsBreak  — Authorities in the U.S. say at least five people including the gunman have been killed and at least seven people have been admitted to hospital after a shooting at a school in northern California

Sweeping plagiarism under the rug

#Bam (as the Millennials say)

The Patrologist

In 2016 the sad news emerged that three commentaries written by Peter O’Brien, a respected New Testament scholar, had been pulled following an investigation finding them guilty of plagiarism. See Eerdmans’ post here.

Sad, because it’s clear to all who know him that Peter is indeed a formidable scholar and gracious Christian person, and this is a major academic transgression. But it was not treated as such. It was quietly ‘dealt with’. The books were pulled, a few people made some mutterings about how it was indeed possible to ‘unintentionally’ plagiarise, especially in the realm of commentary writing, and everyone ‘moved on’.

(No one who has taken notes ought to find it difficult to believe that poor note-taking practice could lead to unintentional plagiarism, but this is merely to understand the fault, not to excuse it)

More recently, and with much, much less attention, Andreas Köstenberger’s Baker commentary on…

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For the Facebookers

There’s a new facebook group for nearly everything even remotely related to biblical studies and all adjacent disciplines and sub-disciplines: Academic Biblical, Archaeological, Jewish, Christian, and Related Studies.

As You Head off to SBL…

bs-carnival1Be sure to send along blogposts which have to do with it.  Before, during, and after, for inclusion in the Carnival (which happens to be the official one this month).