Updates:

Wheat and Chaff takes on DarkSyde (~DS~, from EO commenting), concerning his Dare to Dream – primarily concerning his use of “self-evident” as a faith statement – when he’s an avowed atheist.

(HT: Evangelical Outpost, New Covenant)

Apologetics:

AllThings2All weighs in on Pascal’s Wager. Intelligent read, and a timely reminder.

Welcomes:

Weapons of Warfare, to the Apologetics scene. He should be asking to be added to the aggregator right about… now.

Now.

Now.

Well… whenever he’s ready. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you’s:

Evangelical Outpost, for the flood of traffic, and kind words, he’s been shooting my way. Thank you very much Joe. Want a fan club? I’ll do it!

Jollyblogger, for the very nice multi-flog.

View from the Pew, for the paragraph-long adulation! I’m not worthy. Seriously ๐Ÿ˜€

Mr. Dumpling, for his flog.

(Note, however, that I WILL take whatever nice things people say about me… lol.)

Around the ‘sphere:

Ralph the Sacred River has
an excellent post on the origin of “Ebenezer”. Read it, to find out which one. If you’re an old-hymnophile – you’ll appreciate this. (When your mother is a worship leader… you get an appreciation for these things, I suppose.)

Sudan Watch. Go read it. Now.

BiblioBlogs:

SansBlogue has an interesting entry about a “Morphologically analyzed Hebrew Bible/Old Testament”. Hrmm.

Also, I highly recommend Biblioblog for all your biblical studies aggregator needs. Yeah, I know. It’s not apologetics. But, they have some interesting news about… obscure stuff.

It’s new – and cool.

Another cool blog: Bible Software Review.

SEE – niche blogs exist, and they are cool. And, the niches are being aggregated. So there.

In the News:

Ekklesia reports on the backlash about the Jery Springer controversy – specifically, a creative attempt to introduce a form of “hate crimes” control. Interesting read…
(Other mentions: Canonist)

The Church of England seems to be preparing to discuss voluntary euthaniasia

‘There is a very strong compassionate case for voluntary euthanasia,’ Gill told The Observer . ‘In certain cases, such as that which involved Diane Pretty [the woman who was terminally ill with motor neurone disease and who campaigned for the right to be helped to die], there is an overwhelming case for it.’

His claims were last night seized on by pro-euthanasia groups as evidence that the archbishop is prepared to engage in a debate on an issue that has long divided the clergy.

Hrmm.

Scholar debunks the “The Da Vinci Code”

Ehrman, who chairs UNC’s religious studies department, takes a shot at debunking many of these claims in his new book, “Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code.”

Ehrman, an expert on Jesus and the New Testament, knew the subject matter so well, the book took all of two weeks to write.

“My book was a response to all these historical claims,” Ehrman said this week from his office on campus. “They’re all wrong.”

Though Dan Brown’s wildly popular work has been the subject of a number of “debunking the myths” books in the popular press, Ehrman’s is the first from a prominent academician who doesn’t put a conservative religious spin on the issue.

Read more?

“Peaceful” Religion. Yeah.

An extremist London cleric is using live broadcasts on the internet to urge young British Muslims to join al-Qaeda and has condoned suicide terrorist attacks. Omar Bakri Mohammed, who has lived in the UK for 18 years on social security benefits, pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and told his followers that they were in a state of war with Britain.

โ€œAl-Qaeda and all its branches and organisations of the world, that is the victorious group and they have the emir and you are obliged to join. There is no need . . . to mess about.โ€

โ€œThese people are calling you and shouting to you from far distant places: al jihad, al jihad. They say to you my dear Muslim brothers, โ€˜Where is your weapon, where is your weapon?โ€™ Come on to the jihad,โ€

Yeah, he’s an “extremist” – sure. But seriously… how many “extremists” do there have to be, before you call them “mostly extreme”?

(Once again, I’ll note: My name IS RazorsKiss for a reason…)

Oh, and the final news item? You’ll love it.

“The situation is now as bad as we’ll ever see it,” said Roy Speckhardt, of the American Humanist Association, a group of 80 grass-roots groups that promote humanism, or living without a supernatural influence.

“Faith-based initiatives mean public dollars given to faith-based organizations — the minority religions and us will be left out.”

Oh, man. The irony level is at about 1,500% – and rising. What do they THINK is TAUGHT in public schools? Not to mention colleges.

Read the rest. It’s priceless.

The Saga of Azizz Jafar: (Subtitle: The new Nigerian Scam?)

Remember my friend, AZIZZ JAFAR in a previous post? Well, it seems that I’m not the only one he’s looking into… Well, the names are different – but still.

I got a mail back from him also, by the by.

Thank you for your encouragement and willingness ,I am most grateful for your mail,and I seize this opportunity to thank you for coming to my help in concluding this for the less priviledge. I got your contact on the web directory on the internet and I opted to reach you since relatives and friends have deserted the truth and to go their own way.And i
must be quick to sieze the opportunity to also thank you for coming to help in this lucrative project,you must be the kind of person i will need to conclude this project for me.Just like I stated in my first mail to you this funds is presently in a cargo company in Europe and i deposited this funds as personal effects.I must be quick to mention here that the company does not know that this boxes contains money,this was done deliberately by me for the security of the funds.please i beg you with my last breath to do what it’s meant for when it is finally payed to you.

All the necessary documents required to get the funds out of the cargo/security firm are in my possession and I will be sending them to you after we must have come to a conclusion but i have a little time to live. Please this funds must be distributed as planned.(it was not by my making,but through a dream/ i saw people with no aid, no assistance what’s so ever, and decent care,this prompted me to tourch the lives of the homeless one way or the other and this was the best i could do to revive some dying souls).

Please I will need you to give me your words that you will be very honest and straight forward when the money gets to you considering my health and that of this project.

So long as you can distribute this funds successfully to CHARITY ORGANISATIONS of your choice all over the world. On reciept of your responce,forward your most confidential addresses so as to introduce you to my Solitor overseas’to draft a power of Attorney to your name as my foreign partner,subsequently I will be sending you the documents needed to get the two trunk boxes out of the cargo/security company once I get a guarantee and assurance from you that this funds will be safe and be invested on the said project/foundation etc.

MY QUESTIONS:
# WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION?
# ARE YOU MARRIED,IF YES,HOW MANY CHILDREN?
# HAVE YOU BEEN OF HELP OF THIS TYPE BEFORE?
# ARE YOU CAPABLE OF HANDLING SUCH?

May almighty Allah strenghten you to conclude this foundation on my
behalf.

Best Regards,
Azizz Jafar.

N.B,

I have set aside 10% of $35m for your time and encouragement which you will rely on this project.Firstly the money i have set aside for your time and patience should not be your primary goal or interest,But your interest should be for that of the less priviledge and the said foundation.Before we go any further on this project,I have introduce you to my lawyer who will guide you with laid down procedures i have set aside to conclude this project on my demise.on the other hand you can as well contact him and introduce yourself to him,here are his contact informations below,

NAME,ADVOCATE BRIAN VARIS
EMAIL.brianvaris@lawyer.com
He will be waiting for your contact by now

Hee hee. I’m going to continue the game, to see what happens next. Blogging my spam… bet you don’t see that every day – do you?