I just ran across a link to a CNN article with the headline “Relatives of Harry Potter actress charged in attack.” Seriously? Are we really so pathetic that CNN thinks we’ll be interested in an article about people just because they’re related to someone famous? I refuse to read the article, but I’m assuming from the headline that we’re not even talking about one of the more prominent actors (or they would have said so). So, actually CNN thinks we should read an article about people who related to someone who is in a movie that has famous people in it. I’ll pass.
I’ve discovered a video of the secret ninja-cat training program, in which cats learn how to ambush unsuspecting passers-by in their bid to rule the world.
- Internet Monk is discussing Gen 2, and today he addressed the nature of the Garden (The Promised Land) and Adam/Eve’s role in the Garden (priests). Interestingly, he argued for a Sailhammerian view of the Land – i.e. Gen 1-2 are about the preparation of the promised land and not the creation of the world. I’m running across this view more and more lately.
- Joel points out a free ebook download, The Earliest Christians in their Own Words.
- Heidelblog offers some thoughts on the trajectories of various Presbyterian groups, expressing concern that the EPC might be moving closer to mainline Presbyterianism.
- First Thoughts offers a list of the 50 best/worst childhood fads. Fortunately, I’ve managed to avoid the worst of these so far, though I did work next door to a Beanie Babies shop for a while in college. Scary. And, I completely disagree about Frisbees. Frisbee is never boring. By far my favorite though, was his reason for not liking troll dolls: “When you’re not looking, they eat your soul.”
- I’d like to pretend that this isn’t true, but apparently female sign-ups at ashleymadison.com (a dating service for married people) increased ten-fold the day after mother’s day. And, the day after Valentine’s Day was even busier. I wonder if this results from too many men forgetting about these holidays.
- The prime minister of Iceland made history last week when she became the first head of government to enter into a gay marriage.
- And, here’s a story about a professor who apparently streamed porn to his college classroom on accident. In case you were unsure, this is not a good idea.
According to theoatmeal.com, there are at least five very good reasons to punch a dolphin in the mouth. You may not agree, but these should definitely be kept in mind the next time that you meet a dolphin:
- When a dolphin makes those cute whistles and clicking sounds, they’re actually vulgar insights.
- Their rubbery, soft skin is easy on the knuckles and makes for a great undersea punching bag.
- Dolphins play their entire lives. Humans only play until we reach adulthood – this us unfair. Make it fair by landing a roundhouse kick to the face.
- Dolphins love to think that they’re the strongest and fastest. Ever see them swim with a boat? To them it’s a race. Put them in their place with a solid left hook to the jaw.
- Anything that smiles that often needs to be reminded that the world is a cruel, dark place.
(Please note: no dolphins were harmed in the creation of this post.)
The June 2010 rankings are out for the Top 50 Biblioblogs. Tragically, we’re not on it. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that we’re considered more of a theoblog than a biblioblog. That seems like an unfortunate dichotomy. Do we really want to separate theological discussion from biblical discussion like that? Of course not. Besides, we really like the Bible a lot and we post links to good discussions on biblical scholarship all the time. I think we should start a grassroots campaign for the inclusion of biblically minded theoblogs on the list as well. (In case you haven’t noticed, I’m just trying to weasel my way onto the list.)
Others who comment here at least occasionally have received far more favorable treatment on the list.
- Bob Cargill has an article on “The Misuse of Archeology for Evangelistic Purposes,” arguing that biblical scholars have a responsibility to refute quickly the pseudo-scientific claims that people make for ideological or moneymaking purposes. (HT Jim West)
- Internet Monk discusses Jesus junk – all that stuff you find in some Christian book stores (assuming that you ever actually enter such stores). He argues that Christians buy Jesus junk for three reasons: safety, religiosity, and guilt.
- Paul Helm has posted the third article in his series on Kevin Vanhoozer’s Remythologizing God. He also discusses Vermigli’s use of Aristotle in developing his view of human action and responsibility through the concepts of voluntariness and ignorance.
- Kevin DeYoung offers a quote from Timothy Ward’s Words of Life rejecting the idea that we should understand Scripture through an analogy between incarnation and inspiration.
- James McGrath has begun his review of The Historical Jesus with a discussion of Robert Price’s Christ-myth perspective. As expected, he offers an interesting review that points out some fundamental weaknesses in any such position.
- Evangelical Textual Criticism points out a new journal, Student Journal for New Testament Studies, that looks like it could be a good resource to keep an eye on. Those of you doing NT studies may want to check out the submissions guidelines and consider submitting something.