Academia, Ridiculous, SBL

SBL’s Plans to Bar IVPAcademic From the Annual Meeting — Zwinglius Redivivus

Earlier today Mike Bird tweeted Having made enquiry, I’ve gotten a copy of SBL’s letter on the matter to IVP, which begins I am writing this letter to register concern regarding IVCF’s recent publication of its “Theological Summary of Human Sexuality.” While we recognize the right of an employer, church, or ministry to set expectations […]

via SBL’s Plans to Bar IVPAcademic From the Annual Meeting — Zwinglius Redivivus


Mystery Solved

Apparently, a mass of mail has been sitting undelivered at a postal facility in Dallas. Sometime last year, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft sent me a copy of Biblia Graeca, which never made it to my mailbox. In light of this story, I have no trouble believing that it’s sitting in some postal facility somewhere because surely no one would open it and think, “I can make some money off of this!”

Seriously–how do more than 3,000 pieces of mail go undelivered? I can only assume there are more than a few time-sensitive documents that were never delivered.


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Crackpot Alert

Our church secretary informed me on my way out of the office that a gentleman had just called to say he had just moved to the area and was interested in our church. Great–come join us! However, he followed his introduction with a barrage of questions concerning speaking in tongues. Did we practice that? Why not? Don’t you believe the bible? Would he get kicked out of the service if he came and spoke in tongues?

Good grief…

Amid all the questions, our secretary asked why he would want to come here since we don’t speak in tongues. His reply? “To teach your people.”

Are you kidding me??? Ok, so we don’t believe and practice as you do regarding this particular gift, yet you are so presumptuous as to say you’re going to come to church, start blathering away, disrupt the service, and think you are teaching???

I am hopeful this person is not seriously considering this, that it was just a crank call at worst. Whatever the case, I have been officially placed on Crackpot Alert!

Father in heaven, please guard your people from dilettantism, both from those inside and those out. Lord, hear my prayer!!!

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Christmas Silliness

This time, FBC Dallas is the culprit.  They’ve launched a new web site named “Grinch Alert.”  On this site, they list local businesses on either the “naughty” or “nice” list.  What criteria are used to determine whether or not the business is naughty or nice?  It’s determined by whether or not the decorations say and/or the employees say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”  Yes, you read right–it’s based on whether or not one Christmas greeting is used in place of another.

Way to go, FBC Dallas–you’ve effectively made a mountain out of a fencepost.  Hasn’t the church gotten enough black eyes over picking fights that were better left not fought?  It’s not like “Happy Holidays” is “Happy Winter Soltice” for crying out loud.

If you can stand it, read through some of the stories of Grinchy encounters. *sigh*


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Why Literal Interpretation of the Bible Can Be Bad

A buddy of mine pointed me to this web site where its purveyor begins by praying that God will destroy all sinners because he hates them *sigh*. But wait–there’s more! The author attempts to enlighten us by listing what specific sins render us worthy of eternal damnation. I guess it’s one (sin) and done (as in cooked–pardon the pun). And, sadly, the descent into absurdity gets worse–he quotes Pat Robertson. *Napoleon Dynamite-like sigh*

Here are some of the sins that cause God to hate you and seek to destroy you:

  • Women preaching in church
  • Women in church buildings without a head covering.
  • Bilingualism* (Tower of Babel)
  • Used Car Salesmen

In case you’ve not caved your skull in from beating your head against your desk, here’s a second list of sins that will send you to hell:

  • eat fruit from a tree less than five years old. [Lev. 19:23]
  • cross-breed animals. [Lev. 19:19]
  • grow two different plants in your garden. [Lev. 19:19]
  • wear a cotton-polyester blend T-Shirt. [Lev. 19:19]
  • read your horoscope. [Lev. 19:26]
  • consult a psychic. [Lev. 19:31]
  • cut your hair. [Lev. 19:27]
  • trim your beard. [Lev. 19:27]
  • are tatooed [sic]. [Lev. 19:28]
  • plant crops for more than seven years. [Lev. 25:4, Ex. 23:10-13]
  • bear a grudge. [Lev. 19:17]
  • collect interest on a loan. [Ex. 22:24]
  • insult a leader. [Ex. 22:27]
  • mistreat a foreigner. [Ex. 22:21, 23:9]
  • spread false rumors. [Ex. 23:1]
  • drive a Mercury. [Ex. 23:13]

I am really at a loss for words. Sad, pitiful, misguided, horribly deceived.  This breed of fundamentalism is among the worst and most damaging. I wonder how many of his sheeple lap up this rabble? I noticed that the site has not been updated since 2003–let’s hope this bilge-spewing dilettante has found another course of vocation or has repented.

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By Any Means Necessary…

Evidently that’s the attitude of one church in Corpus Christi, TX. According to reports, Bay Area Fellowship held a massive 15,000-prize give-away to attract potential new members,  including 16 cars. While I’m all in favor of going to great lengths to evangelize the lost, this seems a bit much.

As someone once said—“What you use to get them you’ll have to use to keep them.”

Read the whole story here.

I can just hear Jim West—“Only in Texas…” or read his post “Total Depravity: The Texas Church Giveaway Edition”!

HT: Jared Bridges (First Things)

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