Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

On his way back to London he stopped in New York-

A Tennessee London hair transplant surgeon had his medical license suspended after he claimed to be Jesus Christ and attacked a man at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  An attorney for the state’s Department of Health said employees had noticed recent changes in the behavior of Dr. Chris Tilling Brett Bolton, a Brentwood  tea leaf reader physician.

“(He was) doing strange things like believing he was Jesus Christ, dressing all in white and asking everybody if God asked them to kill someone would they do that,” said Devin Wells, an attorney for the state department.  He claims his first encounter with God came in August 2011, and he said he’s been in constant contact with the deity ever since and outlined a bizarre numerological system he claims to have decoded.

“The son of GOD is NOT GOD!!!” Bolton said. “There is only one GOD, and that is GOD and that is period!!!~ I will be able to prove this by staring at the sun endlessly.”  Employees notified state officials of the physician’s alarming behavior in September, but Bolton refused a psychiatrist’s recommendation that he be hospitalized as a threat to himself and others.

Oh Chris, you have to stop it.

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This is really fantastic.  And it’s free to download.

Mit dem Gemälde „Reformationsaltar“, begonnen von Lucas Cranach dem Älteren und fertig gestellt von seinem Sohn, befasst sich die Arbeitshilfe „Der Jude als Verräter. Antijüdische Polemik und christliche Kunst“. Erarbeitet haben sie Mitglieder des Ausschusses „Christen und Juden“ der Evangelischen Kirche im Rheinland gemeinsam mit der Dozentin für Kunstgeschichte Dr. Monika Lengelsen, die auch nebenamtliches Mitglied der rheinischen Kirchenleitung ist.


Zum Download:  www.ekir.de/www/downloads/ekir2014bild_bibel.pdf

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Sometimes You Just Have to Wonder Why Some People are Famous

Like when you read supposedly clever and insightful stuff like this:


Huh?  What sense does that make and why would it even matter?  Is he unaware of the fact that Noah got off the boat, planted a vineyard, made wine, got drunk, lay around naked, and his son saw him so that his grandson (!) was cursed?  Is that what he’s suggesting Israel is?  A boatload of drunk naked folk?  How is it clever, or insightful, or even sensible?

I just don’t get it.  Just like I don’t understand why the Kardashians are famous.  But evidently there are theological and biblical Kardashians aplenty.

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A Change of Heart

4035How did one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated liberals have such a dramatic change of heart?

After growing up in the heart of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden found Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his imagination. He joined the post-World War II pacifist movement and became enamored with every aspect of the 1950s’ ecumenical Student Christian Movement. Ten years before America’s entry into the Vietnam war he admired Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, every turn was a left turn.

At Yale he earned his PhD under H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with some of the most formidable minds of the era—enjoying conversations with Gadamer, Bultmann and Pannenberg as well as a lengthy discussion with Karl Barth at a makeshift office in his hospital room. While traveling with his family through Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and got his first taste of ancient Christianity. And slowly, he stopped making left turns.  Read more: http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=4035#ixzz3KBsyt8TQ

I appreciate IVP sending a review copy and I’ll be on it soon.

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Zwingli’s Single Greatest Influencer…

wyttenbachIt’s astonishing that the history of theology is virtually littered with the nearly unknown who played such a prominent role in the theological development of those whose names we do know.  Even the giants stand on shoulders.

[Zwingli] had had his thoughts upon theology powerfully affected by contact with Thomas Wyttenbach, who after having been teacher at Tuebingen, on November 26, 1505, began to lecture at Basel upon the “Sentences” of Peter Lombard, this systematic introduction to the Fathers being the text-book in every mediæval university. Wyttenbach was a man with a message, and found in Zwingli a receptive hearer, who accepted certain of his ideas which were called heretical, and ever after defended them. In 1523 he thus bears testimony to his indebtedness to Wyttenbach:

“In the beginning of this year (for I came to Zurich on St. John the Evangelist’s Day [1519]) none of us had ever heard of Luther, except that he had published something upon indulgences—a subject on which I did not require much enlightenment because I had already been taught what a cheat and delusion indulgences were by my master and beloved faithful teacher, Doctor Thomas Wyttenbach, of Biel, who had held at Basel some time before in my absence a disputation on the subject.”

In 1527, he again speaks of Thomas Wyttenbach, “most learned and holiest of men,” as teaching him that “the death of Christ was the sole price of the remission of sins,” and “therefore that faith is the key which unlocks to the soul the treasury of [such] remission.”

Another of Wyttenbach’s ideas, which Zwingli emphasised later, was the supreme authority of Holy Scripture. So although their connection was of the briefest description, not lasting more than a few months, still Wyttenbach made a permanent impression, and may well be reckoned among the influences which ultimately led him to break away entirely with Mother Church.

Three men who afterwards were destined to play prominent parts in the Swiss Reformation were fellow students with Zwingli under Wyttenbach, viz., Capito, Jud, and Pellican, and likewise owed to him their direction to the study of the Bible and emancipation from the bondage of Scholasticism. Jud, in fact, gave up medicine for theology in consequence.1

1Jackson, S. M. (1901). Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 58–60).

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Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Which isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  Post-Conference normalization and de-pressurization commencing in 3, 2, 1…

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You aren’t even familiar with the word ‘doctrine’.


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