God vs. lawns (Jim West take notes!)

1 Or whatever the opposite of “light relief” is… like this on <a href="http://jamesbradfordpate.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/psalm-93.html">Psalm 93</a>.</p> <p>Marcus Borg’s article at the Huffington Post (at the end of August) on <a title="Reading the New Testament chronologically" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcus-borg/a-chronological-new-testament_b_1823018.html#slide=1417940">reading the New Testament chronologically</a> provoked a number of responses including <a title="Chronological or Canonical" href="http://gaudetetheology.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/chronological-or-canonical/">Gaudete Theology</a>, <a title="Bill Heroman" href="http://www.billheroman.com/2012/09/about-borgs-chronological-aims.html">Bill Heroman</a>, <a title="Chronological or Canonical" href="http://gaudetetheology.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/chronological-or-canonical/">Philip J. Long</a> and <a href="http://www.deepbiblestudy.net/">Henry Neufeld</a> (if your response is missing please tell me and I’ll add it).</p> <p>Having taught through the period when students seemed to relate everything to the Qumran texts to one when most think the Dead Sea Scrolls is a platform game the posts from the ASOR month on <a href="http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;prev=_t&amp;rurl=translate.google.com&amp;sl=pt&amp;tl=en&amp;u=http://asorblog.org/%3Fp%3D2937&amp;usg=ALkJrhie7H0YVGwDhJl3i1VAvdK1kWnALA"><strong>Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls</strong></a>may well be informative and useful.  Bob continues his investigations into the Masoretic accentuation and singing the psalms in <a href="http://meafar.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/music-and-theology.html">Music and Theology</a> beginning to ask really interesting questions about how consideration of the cantillation marks might impact our understanding of the psalms.</p> <p><a href="http://bigbible.org/sansblogue/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Cardinal-Carlo-Maria-Martini-jpg.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2014" title="Cardinal-Carlo-Maria-Martini-jpg" src="http://bigbible.org/sansblogue/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Cardinal-Carlo-Maria-Martini-jpg-300x168.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" /></a>Bibliablog marked the passing of <a href="www.bibbiablog.com/2012/09/05/quando-chiedeva-un-nuovo-concilio-non-puoi-rendere-cattolico-dio/">Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini</a> by republishing an interesting interview and this dramatic image.</p> <p>BibleX has continued to provide the service of noting free and useful resources including the invaluable <a href="http://www.bibleexposition.net/2012/09/anything-you-wanted-to-know-about.html">Anything You Wanted to Know About Tefillin Straps and Were Afraid to Ask</a>, Roger Pearse offered an <a href="http://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2012/09/01/acts-of-ps-linus-now-online/">English translation of the apocryphal Acts of Ps-Linus</a>. On a lighter note James McGrath proposed some <a title="Literalism Humor" href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/09/literalism-humor.html" rel="bookmark">Literalism Humor</a>.</p> <p>Among the resources made available by BiblicalStudies.org.uk is <a href="http://biblicalstudiesorguk.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/caribbean-journal-of-evangelical.html">Caribbean Journal of Evangelical Theology</a> the journal ceased trading in 2006 (a reminder of the difficulties of producing academic journals outside the Eur-American hub).</p> <p><strong>Podcasting</strong> 2 I wanted to link to Mark Goodacre’s fine <a href="http://podacre.blogspot.co.nz/">NT Pod</a> here, but he has been too busy to record since March, so I’ll have to make do with a footnote :( </p> <p>Phil Harland (who <a href="http://5minutebible.com">like me began podcasting in 2007</a>) continues to cover the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean with <a title="Permanent Link: Podcast 6.13: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 1" href="http://www.philipharland.com/Blog/2012/09/03/podcast-6-13-cultural-minority-associations-and-ethnic-stereotypes-part-1/" rel="bookmark">Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes</a>; while Mike Heiser at <em>The Naked Bible</em> (a relative newcomer to the biblical studies podcast community yet already at #25) gave us part of a series on genre questions, <a title="Permanent Link to Naked Bible 025: The Bible’s Literary Context: Greco-Roman Ghost Stories and the Gospels" href="http://nakedbiblepodcast.podbean.com/2012/09/16/naked-bible-025-the-bibles-literary-context-greco-roman-ghost-stories-and-the-gospels/" rel="bookmark">The Bible’s Literary Context: Greco-Roman Ghost Stories and the Gospels</a>. <em>[ad hoc] Christianity</em> interviewed Joel Watts in <a title="Permanent Link to Episode #33: Chat with an unsettled Christian" href="http://www.adhocpodcast.com/?p=581" rel="bookmark">Chat with an unsettled Christian</a>. Meanwhile Michael Halcomb continues offering regular podcasts in this area and from his  ongoing series of reviews <a href="http://michaelhalcomb.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/bibleworks-9-for-teachers-series-review.html">Bibleworks 9 for Teachers: Series Review, Pt. 5</a>; <a href="http://michaelhalcomb.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/bibleworks-9-for-scholars-series-review.html">Bibleworks 9 for Scholars: Series Review, Pt. 6</a> are perhaps of particular interest to readers of this carnival. Mark Hoffman ofered more general reflections on <a href="http://bibleandtech.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/bible-software-decisions-accordance.html">Bible Software Decisions: Accordance, BibleWorks, Logos, et al</a>  for teachers and institutions wanting to recommend or require Bible software for their students. While the nicely named <em>Quadrilateral Theology</em> posted a review of a chapter on Scripture <a href="http://kenschenck.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/grudem-inerrancy-of-scripture.html">Grudem: The Inerrancy of Scripture</a>.</p> <p>As a reward for reading this far (if you did ;) here’s a fine cartoon shared by Wipf &amp; Stock’s newish blog <em><a href="http://www.runningheads.net/2012/09/06/blank-pages/">Running Heads</a>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://bigbible.org/sansblogue/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Rhymes_with_Orange.20120822_large.gif"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2019" title="Rhymes_with_Orange.20120822_large" src="http://bigbible.org/sansblogue/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Rhymes_with_Orange.20120822_large.gif" alt="" width="760" height="239" /></a></p> <p>Still at <em>Running Heads</em> Robin wins <a href="http://www.runningheads.net/2012/09/11/fundamentalists-have-the-courage-of-your-convictions/">best line of the month</a> 3 …at least of the first half of the month when I wrote this. with one of these gems:</p> <blockquote><p>I wonder how many fundamentalists would be so keen on “Big Oil” if they thought they might accidentally drill down into Hades!</p> <p>Perhaps God was not interested in correcting the ancient science of ancient Israel — he had bigger fish to fry.</p></blockquote> <p>His conclusion is interesting too…</p> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-medium wp-image-2046" title="zero_turn_lawn_mowers" src="https://i1.wp.com/5minutebible.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/zero_turn_lawn_mowers-300x200.jpg?resize=300%2C200" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1" />

The pic Jason used… I’d have preferred St Francis myself ;)

Jason Goroncy’s mother-in-law has a superb sense of humour, revealed in God and the great heresy of lawn care since Jim West (if he’s not blogging about “total depravity” is forever telling us on Facebook that he is off to mow his lawns. So, I’ve mentioned Jim in the title in the hopes he reads Jason’s mum-in-law’s wise words and returns to God’s side.

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1. Or whatever the opposite of “light relief” is…
2. I wanted to link to Mark Goodacre’s fine <a href="http://podacre.blogspot.co.nz/">NT Pod</a> here, but he has been too busy to record since March, so I’ll have to make do with a footnote :(
3. …at least of the first half of the month when I wrote this.

Half-work days and “happy places”

I was interrupted by this Welcome Swallow, I think (since they seldom sit around on fence posts) he was on a Half-work Day too ;)

Today was a “half-work” day at Cloudy Paddocks. I got all the work I needed to done in half a day, and so could spend the other half on fencing the pig paddock. This is brilliant when it works as (on the change is as good as a rest principle) I get more than half the work done in each half that I would in a full day. It uses up a day of holiday, but keeps me on top of both my day job and my hobby job.

Pigcatraz or the pigs “happy place”?

Today I finished1 the new fence for the pig paddock. When Richard was here, but there’s been little progress since.

The fence to this bush needs upgrading still.

I had been calling the paddock Pig Heaven as it has trees, damp patches and all sorts of piggy delights. But then I began to think of the theology of that :( So now, I’m calling it the Pigs’ Happy Place. I know there’s an allusion to the Sky TV adverts in this, but think about it… Sky want to keep their customers more or less content so they become food for advertisers. I want to keep my pigs really content till they become bacon. Not much difference is there? Except I won’t charge my customers!

  1. Except for a few bottom staples on battens, really difficult with only one person despite Strainright’s brilliant batten holder, and the “Taranaki gate” which needs some thought. []