Beginning today, June 17th, I will no longer be updating this blog. The domain will remain in effect until next January, when it will expire.
With my busy schedule, I just do not have the time anymore to run my own blog. I will continue blogging as a contributor over at Unsettled Christianity. I will continue to blog on theology (especially bad theology) and culture over there.
Jim West has a meme going Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh. Tumblr is also a place where you can find lots of bad theology, from wannabe atheist thinkers and Christians alike.
On tumblr there’s a meme for Zombie Jesus, I know sooooo original. What these amateurs don’t know is that the black people who first wrote zombie stories, were Catholic Christians, living in the Carribbean. Enjoy being polemical tools!
Do not listen to Rick Warren. Do not follow David Chazran.
Why? He seems to think Satan can be translated as slanderer.
According to my A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, שָׂטָן (satan) means adversary or accuser. Just to be on the safe side, I checked the definition against my BDB (Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, or Big Damn Book) and found הַשָּׂטָ defined as adversary or Satan. Slander in Hebrew is רָכִיל (rakil). It just doesn’t work! This is just sloppy.
But then, Warren also tweeted that the Greek διάβολος (diabolos) means Satan.
To make thing even worse, Warren leaves out an o, giving us diablos. Last I checked, Spanish was not a Biblical language. For more commentary on this tweet, see my commentary on the first tweet!
This will be my last post on the 2012 US Election, but I wanted to highlight a few post from last night and this morning.
C. Michael Patton has a post discussing the sovereignty of God in the election.
Matthew Lee Anderson writes about the meaning of last night’s election.
Both of these are from conservative Christian bloggers and both are worth a read. I have a healthy respect for Matthew Lee Anderson. I think he is a conservative Christian who engages instead of reacts. And I can respect that.
Just thought I’d share in case any of my conservative and/or liberal friends missed.
Joel shared this the yesterday and in light of the recent conversation here, I think this is extremely relevant.
Ben Witherington III writes on his blog,
Jesus, as it turns out was a hard core pacifist and he was serious as a heart attack about that non-resistance, turn the other cheek, take up your cross and be prepared to die at the hands of your enemies stuff. He was, to use an oxymoron, an adamant even a belligerent pacifist. ‘Those who live by the sword die by the sword’ was his warning, and when his disciples tried to take up swords for the sake of the Kingdom Jesus not only told them ‘enough of that’ but he then repaired the damage to the ear of the high priest’s slave. Jesus was in deadly earnest about being the Prince of Peace.
All I’ve got to say to the IRD is ouch, that’s gotta hurt!