Zwinglius Redivivus

If You Follow Joel Osteen, You’re Blind Being led by the Blind

Posted in Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology by Jim on August 28, 2014

If you still haven’t come to the realization that Joel Osteen (and his wife) are heretics, then you haven’t been paying attention or you’ve been hoodwinked by his Christian ‘sounding’ rhetoric which underneath is nothing other than new age self fulfillment in the guise of Christian faith.

Need more proof?  There’s this.

A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.

“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side and nodding. “That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy…”

The theological problem with that, in case you missed it, is that worship is NOT about you and obedience is NOT about your happiness.  God doesn’t exist for you, you exist for God.  The Osteen’s, as heretics, have it just backwards.

Why do I mention this?  Because some Christians in our country have been duped by Osteen’s self fulfillment false gospel and it is my task as the under-shepherd to guard the sheep from the wolves.

The Osteens are wolves.

Rudolf Bultmann, E.P. Sanders, and Curious Legacies

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 28, 2014


In which James Crossley gives me an early birthday gift by making me sad…

Originally posted on Harnessing Chaos:

Picking up on the evaluation of Bultmann’s legacy on the Jesus Blog and publishing some fragments I could not be bothered writing up and publishing properly…

Here are two truisms of modern historical Jesus and New Testament scholarship. 1. E.P. Sanders contributed significantly to demolishing the explicit anti-Jewish tendencies in New Testament and the over-emphasis on the Law versus Gospel distinction. 2. E.P. Sanders downplayed historicity of the conflicts between Jesus and his opponents as presented in the Gospels.

There is no need to argue with these points, even if we might fill out the details in a book, article or even blog post. However, what can be done is to look at a particularly interesting scholarly genealogy. One of the curious things about Sanders is the unexpected influence on some of his more famous ideas. For instance, on the one occasion where Sanders thinks Jesus may have overridden the…

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Last Images

Posted in Conferences by Jim on August 28, 2014

What better way to spend my last evening in Zurich this go round than visiting the spot where the Anabaptist nutter was shown the bottom of the Limmat.  Unlike that chap, I’ll be back.  DV.

The Kindness of TVZ

Posted in Books, TVZ by Jim on August 28, 2014

The nice folk there gave me these.  Just because (I’m awesome).


A Final Set of Photos- A Visit to the IRG Offices

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 28, 2014

Pierrick was kind enough to show me around the offices- which I appreciated very much.

A Visit to TVZ

Posted in Modern Culture, TVZ by Jim on August 28, 2014

They’re my favorite Zurich publisher – these folk.  They do exceptional work producing exceptional volumes.

Parting Words

Posted in Conferences by Jim on August 28, 2014

The 2014 ICCR is over.  It was a special conference for so many reasons: the city, the University, the staff, the organizers, the presenters, and the topics.

It will be nice to be home tomorrow though.  It’s my birthday and I’m going to swing by Starbucks on the way in from the airport and get a free coffee.  Super large.

The Final Paper

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 28, 2014

This one’s on Calvin and conscience. And it is beginning.


And there were Q&A after of course.



The First Paper

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 28, 2014

Calvin and Knox compared. Good stuff.


The Last Sessions

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 28, 2014

A lovely sunny day here for the last day of the conference. And what a good one it has been. We have even heard from Karl Rahner’s niece, who read a very fine paper yesterday. She’s very smart. Theology must run in the family.



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