Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Friday, April 22, 2011

Interesting Stuff on the Web

Today is Earth Day, so let us remind ourselves of our God given mandate:

earthThen God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Gen 1:28)

Emphasis on the words “subdue” and “dominion”

So let the strip mining commence!

Before I move on to the handful of links I found during this shortened week for me, I had the privilege this past Sunday of teaching the adult Sunday school at Grace Church, Santee. My subject for the hour was on apologetic methodology as it interfaces with evangelism. I thought I rushed through the material too quickly, but it can be hard to edit when there is so much information one has to cover in so short a time.

I put the message on-line if anyone is interested. Overview of Apologetic Methodology.


For you smarty-pants smart phone geeks, especially you Iphone people who send me emails that end with “Sent from my Iphone you loser” and other such slogans, you may want to take note of THIS.


I think a co-worker passed this paper along to me a little while ago. I was reviewing it the other day and thought it would be worth the plug:

Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid.



Plucky AiG lecturer, Georgia Purdum, highlights an article by Dr. Lynn Margulis, the widow of Carl Sagan. Dr. Margulis wrote an article for the April edition of Discover magazine and at first glance, one would think she had become a creationist after reading her criticisms of evolution by natural selection and mutation. But in reality, she was endorsing her unique endosymbiotic theory of evolution.

Evolutionist Challenges Mechanisms of Natural Selection and Mutation

I am sure the guardian priests of the scientific community will all rise up immediately to censor her for advocating pseudo-science voodoo and insist she be denied tenure unless she already has it.


What would the Easter season be without some archaeological flim-flam artist getting on TV or NPR to talk about the “real” historical Jesus. This year, not only do we have Bart Ehrman’s new book making the rounds, but Simcha Jacobovici claims to have found the three nails that held Jesus to the cross. Like “Wow.” That’s a pretty amazing find. How exactly did the Roman Catholics miss those relics after all this time? I mean, I would think finding the three nails of the cross would be way easier to do than, say, collecting a vial of Mary’s breast milk or a lock of baby Jesus’ hair.

Anyhow, here’s a more accurate perspective of Christ’s crucifixion: Simcha Jacobovici and The Nails from Caiaphas’ Tomb


Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail:

baby and bunny

big bunny

pink bunny



Blogger donsands said...

I remember many moons ago, when I took my daughter to see the Easter Bunny at Stewart's Dept. Store, and you could see the girl inside the mouth of the bunny costume, my little girl said, "Dad, the bunny has eaten somebody." That was 30 some years ago.

Be blessed this Easter, and may your joy be full, and your love for our Savior swell with gratitude like never before. All for the Cross, and the Empty Tomb.

10:57 AM, April 22, 2011  
Blogger Escovado said...

Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend


12:40 PM, April 22, 2011  
OpenID theorangemailmanmyblog said...

Hey Fred-

That's quite an article on exegetical fallacies for students. What do you as a dispensationalist think about his last fallacy? It seems like what he is saying has a more balanced approach, with dispensationalists being on one side and covenant theologians being on the other. Any disagreements with him?

Have fun and stay busy - Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

3:46 PM, April 22, 2011  
Blogger The Squirrel said...

The bunny pictures disturb me.


8:49 PM, April 22, 2011  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I guess I don't see what Barrick wrote is a problem for dispensationalism in a general sense. Nothing he wrote causes me to offer any disagreements.

Curious if you have seen Vlach's recent posts on the NT use of the OT.

Go to his website,

9:12 AM, April 23, 2011  
OpenID theorangemailmanmyblog said...

I'm reading Vlach now. Thank you for the link.

Concerning the article by Barrick, He quotes Silva seemingly in a positive light. Here is a quote:

Paul is in fact exploiting important associations already present in the OT itself. Yet
one does not hear complaints that the OT prophets are guilty of using allegorical
exegesis; nor is it common to argue that, in their view, Scripture contained a sensus
plenior (“fuller meaning”). We simply recognize that the prophets knew how to
exploit their literary tradition.

For a dispensationalist to say that scripture has or had a sensus plenior (even if it is from OT to OT) seems to cross a line that I have not seen crossed before, not even in Progressive Dispensationalism. Also, this quote:

However, when the New Testament makes explicit reference to an Old Testament text
and presents a clear interpretation, that interpretation has precedence over any other.

Most dispensationlists I have read would stay away from any type of wording saying that they believed that the New Testament has precedence over the Old Testament. That's too close to "reinterpreting the OT in light of the NT".

Have fun and stay busy - Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

4:10 PM, April 23, 2011  

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