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Is This the Oldest Image of Mary? Or is It Some Guy With Long Hair? Or Chewbacca

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maryThis sort of speculation is really both annoying and ridiculous.  Is this the oldest image of Mary?  Well who knows who it’s supposed to be!

At the Yale University Art Gallery hang wall paintings from one of the world’s oldest churches. Buried by the middle of the third century, this house-church from eastern Syria had images of Jesus, Peter and David. The gallery showcases a well-preserved procession of veiled women that once surrounded its baptistery, a room for Christian initiation.

Off to the side, seldom noticed among the likes of Jesus and Peter, stands a different wall fragment, faded but still discernible: a woman bent over a well. Holding the rope of her vessel, she looks out at the viewer or perhaps over her shoulder, seemingly startled in the act of drawing water.

Who is she? The museum’s identification is certainly plausible: “The painting most likely depicts a scene from the encounter between Christ (not shown) and a woman from Samaria,” as recorded in the Gospel of John. But historians also know that the Samaritan Woman, a repentant sinner who conversed at length with Jesus, was usually depicted in dialogue with him. This woman appears to be alone.

Guess what, if she’s pulling a vessel out of a well, I’m gonna go with the Samaritan woman.  Why would anyone suggest Mary?  Well because it’s absurd speculation and speculative absurdity sells.

While the Samaritan Woman at the Well was a respected biblical figure for early Christians, there was actually a more prominent “woman at the well” in Syria: the Virgin Mary during the Annunciation, when an angelic visitor informed her of her miraculous pregnancy.

Gee, too bad there’s no angel in the picture…  You guys need to stop making stuff up.  It doesn’t help.

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31/01/2016 at 8:22 am

Once Again, Liberty Simply Ignores Scripture

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Liberty has invited a heretical huckster to speak at its convocation.

A reality star hipster “pastor” who is known for marrying Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian to blasphemous “I Am a God” rapper Kanye West, and for collaborating with West on the script for his “Yeezus” tour and other projects, was welcomed Wednesday by Liberty University, which heralds itself as being the world’s largest Christian university, to address students during convocation. As previously reported, Rich Wilkerson Jr.’s reality show “Rich in Faith” began airing last month on the Oxygen channel and follows Wilkerson as he launches a new congregation called “Vous Church.”

“I come from a different perspective. I don’t think people are interested in a bunch of religion, like tell me what I can and can’t do,” Wilkerson says in the promotional video for the show. “But I think people are interested in having a relationship with a higher power.” The preview shows Wilkerson getting a tattoo, lying on the beach with his bikini-clad wife, and telling his parents that he plans to hold his first service at a bar.

‘Higher power’… What nonsense.  The guy is nothing but a new age huckster marketing a false gospel to gullible and ignorant millennials.

Liberty has once more failed to pay heed to what Scripture teaches regarding allowing false teachers into the congregation.  So, Liberty, I’ll remind you:

 If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him into your house or even give him a greeting. Whoever greets him has a share in his wicked activities. (2 Jn. 1:10-11)


Written by Jim

20/01/2016 at 5:11 pm

An Update on the Progress of the Ark with Dinosaurs in Kentucky

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Newsweek reports

Imagine the Titanic minus the smokestacks, framed out of timber rather than iron. Imagine that instead of a doomed ocean liner bustling with well-dressed elites, it’s home to 2,000 seasick animals, a handful of teenage dinosaurs and one patriarchal family headed by a 500-year-old man bent on saving the world. Cultures all over the globe share the legend of Noah’s Ark, but this summer one especially enthusiastic Christian ministry will try to convince you that it looked exactly like this—dinosaurs and all—when it opens its biblical theme park. Its pièce de résistance is a 510-foot representation of Noah’s giant boat. (OK, the Titanic was bigger, but you get the idea.) Tickets for the July 7 opening go on sale January 19, and the ministry folks are betting big—with borrowed money—that people will want to see the show.

And much more.  Get your tickets while you can…

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18/01/2016 at 5:03 pm

Historical Speculation in the Biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

51HsvrMh9NL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_In this recent book the author speculates that Eberhard Bethge and Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a homosexual relationship.  Why?  Because someone somewhere once made that suggestion and Marsh adopted it without so much as an ounce of proof.  Why?  Because Marsh and his predecessor in speculation neither understand historical research nor honest scholarship.  Nor do they understand the honest depth of true friendship.  For them, real friendship doesn’t exist.  Rather, everything must have a sexual overtone.

This is what sells badly conceived and badly executed volumes.  Shame on him and shame on the publisher, Knopf, for rubbish work.

And that’s the way history is being written these days.  Without foundation and without merit.

Written by Jim

15/01/2016 at 4:19 am

No, There Is No ‘Biblical Argument’ for Sanders or any other Politician

People just don’t understand what the Bible is about but they seem perfectly willing to hijack it for their own political and economic purposes.


No.  There is not.  Why?  Because Bernie isn’t in the Bible.  In fact, most of his social views are definitely not in the Bible (in a positive way).

People, seriously, stop bastardizing Scripture just to make political points with your New Age left wing lunatic friends.

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13/01/2016 at 5:58 pm

An Essay by Tim Lahaye on Revelation….

Is as meaningful and theologically accurate as an essay by NT Wright on the theology of Luther or Zwingli.  Which is to say, not at all.


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31/10/2015 at 6:14 pm

I Don’t Care That you ‘Changed Your Mind’- I Want to Know Where the Bible Says SSM is OK

A chapter and verse will be necessary.  Show it to me.  Because your change of mind means nothing.  It is not probative nor is it meaningful.  Without scripture, your views are irrelevant for Christian theology.  Irrelevant, no matter what claims you make.

Christian theology isn’t based on your feelings.  It is based on sound exposition of Scripture.  So, chapter and verse.


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30/10/2015 at 2:59 pm


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