Are Your Ears Itchy?

Dog itching its earWhat is the saying? A lie can travel halfway around the world before truth gets its shoes on (or something like that)?

“How the ‘Jesus’ Wife’ Hoax Fell Apart”

(Subtitled “The media loved the 2012 tale from Harvard Divinity School.”)

What is the likelihood the truth will get the same press as the lie?

The entire article is worth reading, but this was especially interesting to me:

It is perhaps understandable that Ms. King would have been taken in when an anonymous owner presented her with some papyrus fragments for research. What is harder to understand was the rush by the media and others to embrace the idea that Jesus had a wife and that Christian beliefs have been mistaken for centuries. No evidence for Jesus having been married exists in any of the thousands of orthodox biblical writings dating to antiquity.

I think the author, Jerry Pattengale, is missing something obvious to us Christians thanks to “orthodox biblical writings dating to antiquity”:

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Timothy 4:3, English Standard Version).

If you want to believe, God will find a way. If you don’t want to believe, you will find a way (and God will allow it).

Random Links

Man and woman each reading a newspaperI’ve been building up some links-of-interest for a while…and waiting for my flight to Manchester, New Hampshire here in Baltimore, Maryland may give me time to finally post them. 🙂

In newest to oldest order…

Case studies in cognitive dissonance: “Methodists OK same-sex benefits for employees”

How’s this for a “What does it say about God”?:

The United Methodist Church does not recognize gay marriage, but the church’s Judicial Council stated that “certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons.”

Want to wager how long the rest of their “evolution” is going to take?

Worse than being an atheist: “God not-botherers: Religious apathy reigns”

Starts off with (including the italics): [Read more…]

Good “Happy Easter” News

A Happy Eastertide (angel with flowers)Some good "Happy Easter" news:

"China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years"

And, on this day we celebrate the empty tomb, may we all be as wise as those described by…

Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. (Emphasis mine.)

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Traditores 2013 in Blogging Annual Report

Traditores 2013 in Blogging Annual ReportOne of the handy things about JetPack from WordPress.com is how it tracks statistics. I’m sure they get benefit from it too (like Google does from providing Google Analytics), but as an author/webmaster/etcetera it’s cool to see what brings people to the site.

WordPress.com also created a simple “Traditores 2013 in Blogging Annual Report” to wrap up last year…and I figured, “Why not make it public?”  It has fireworks. 🙂

Traditores Tech

Traditores is proud to announce two new features/offerings.

Last night, WordPress.org approved our first WordPress plugin, Traditores In-One-Year…and today we uploaded the files for everyone to start using. It is what powers our Bible reading plans.

Traditores In-One-Year WordPress Plugin

Also last night, we registered traditor.es to produce our own URL shortener (you know, like bit.ly, t.co, etc.) Although it’s likely we’ll only use it for ourselves, if you are interested in leveraging it, please contact us.

traditor.es

Now, these things are probably not near as exciting to you as us…but…a nerdy “woo hoo” from Traditores! 🙂

Over 50 Countries Listening to Traditores Radio

It’s hard to know exactly how to properly interpret the data, but here is the top eighteen countries (by listener minutes) for Traditores Radio since January. (If you click on the image you’ll get a slightly larger version of it.)

Top 18 countries listening since January 1

I’ll put the top 100 "below the fold." Once cumulative minutes for a country (since January) get below twenty, it becomes more likely that random quick listens added up. However, I figure at least 50 countries have tuned into Traditores Radio this year. May every one of those hearts be changed by our Lord…and may they all find eternal life from the only One who can provide it. [Read more…]