Quote of the Day


Concerning the importance of Scripture study, Bullinger writes

There is I confess, some difficulty in the scriptures.  But that difficulty may easily be helped by study, diligence, faith, and the means of skillful interpreters. I know that the apostle Peter says in the epistles of Paul “many things are hard to be understood” but immediately he adds, “which the unlearned, and those that are imperfect, or unstable, pervert, as they do the other scriptures also, unto their own destruction.” Whereby we gather that the scripture is difficult or obscure to the unlearned, unskillful, unexercised, and malicious or corrupted wills, and not to the zealous and godly readers or hearers thereof.  – Heinrich Bullinger

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The Sickness

The gun sickness that is, strikes again.

Metro police are on the scene of a reported church shooting around 11 a.m. (CST) Sunday at 3891 Pin Hook Road at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.  Metro fire officials confirm there are at least 8 people injured on the scene. Most of the injured are over 65-years-old. All have been transported to area hospitals.  Medical personnel on scene are calling it a mass casualty situation. Roads around the church are shut down, including LaVergne Couchville Pike off Old Hickory Blvd., and Hobson Pike.


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Around and About Birmingham

The lecture is tomorrow so I’m spending this evening going over the presentation once more, to ensure that it is literally the worst thing anyone has ever heard.  And knowing that Joel Watts has preached, perfecting horrid-ness is quite a challenge.   Nonetheless…

I spent the previous hours around and about-

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Fun Facts From Church History: The Worship of Images Legitimized by the 7th Ecumenical Council

The Nicene Council (787 A.D.) nullified the decrees of the iconoclastic Synod of Constantinople, and solemnly sanctioned a limited worship (proskynesis) of images.

Under images were understood the sign of the cross, and pictures of Christ, of the Virgin Mary, of angels and saints. They may be drawn in color or composed of Mosaic or formed of other suitable materials, and placed in churches, in houses, and in the street, or made on walls and tables, sacred vessels and vestments.

Homage may be paid to them by kissing, bowing, strewing of incense, burning of lights, saying prayers before them; such honor to be intended for the living objects in heaven which the images represented. The Gospel book and the relics of martyrs were also mentioned among the objects of veneration.*

So tell us again how the Catholic Church opposed idolatry…

*Philip Schaff and David Schley Schaff, History of the Christian Church (vol. 4; New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1910), 460.

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Yes, We’re All Still Here…

And no, the world did not end.

Look, people, whenever someone says that they have figured out the time of the end of the world, look at them and laugh, and cite this simple text to them:

“Now concerning that day or hour no one knows– neither the angels in heaven nor the Son– but only the Father. (Mk. 13:32)

De die autem illo vel hora nemo scit neque angeli in caelo neque Filius nisi Pater (Mk. 13:32)

Von jenem Tage aber oder der Stunde weiß niemand, auch die Engel im Himmel nicht, auch der Sohn nicht, sondern allein der Vater. (Mk. 13:32)

Περὶ δὲ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης ἢ τῆς ὥρας οὐδεὶς οἶδεν, οὐδὲ οἱ ἄγγελοι ἐν οὐρανῷ οὐδὲ ὁ υἱός, εἰ μὴ ὁ πατήρ. (Mk. 13:32)

And if they say ‘yeah, but…’ just walk away.  You have met a member of the clan of the invincibly ignorant.

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Calvin’s Explanation of the ‘Nones’

Calvini_Opera_OmniaThese … are the mighty works of the Lord, perfected to his desires, and so wisely perfected that, when the angelic and human creation had sinned, that is had done not what God willed but what it itself willed, even through the same creaturely will by which was done what the Creator did not wish, he fulfilled what he willed, as the supreme good using even evil deeds well, for the damnation of those whom he justly predestined to punishment, and for the salvation of those whom he graciously predestined to grace. As regards themselves, they did what God did not will; as regards God’s omnipotence, they were by no means able to prevail against it. In this itself they did what was against the will of God; yet through them God’s will was done. — John Calvin

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Quote of the Day

Any teaching which urges a man to trust in himself is merely a deception. — John Calvin

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Birmingham Isn’t What I Expected it To Be…

What I was led to think about Birmingham-

What it’s actually like-

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Around and About

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Checked In

It’s a super hotel.

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Leg 2.5

From Manchester to Birmingham by train.

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Leg 2- My Ride to Manchester

In a few hours…

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John McCain Makes Me Sad Sometimes, and Happy Sometimes…

This time he’s made me happy.

Trumpcare is dead.

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Game Over? Reconsidering Eschatology

Modern science informs us about the end of the universe: “game over” is the message which lies ahead of our world. Christian theology, on the other hand, sees in the end not the cessation of all life, but rather an invitation to play again, in God’s presence. Is there a way to articulate together such vastly different claims?

Eschatology is a theological topic which merits being considered from several different angles. This book seeks to do this by gathering contributions from esteemed and fresh voices from the fields of biblical exegesis, history, systematic theology, philosophy, and ethics.

How can we make sense, today, of Jesus’ (and the New Testament’s) eschatological message? How did he, his early disciples, and the Christian tradition, envision the “end” of the world? Is there a way for us to articulate together what modern science tells us about the end of the universe with the biblical and Christian claims about God who judges and who will wipe every tear?

Eschatology has been at the heart of Christian theology for 100 years in the West. What should we do with this legacy? Are there ways to move our reflection forward, in our century? Scholars and other interested readers will find here a wealth of insights.

It looks like quite the fine collection, consisting of essays in English, German and French.  DeGruyter have provided a copy for review so I’ll spend a few weeks in the German and English essays and a bit more than that in the French…  More anon.

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Leg 1.5 – The International Lounge

A nice place to spend a few hours-

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My Leg 1 Ride…

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Return To Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy

The producers of this new film have sent along a review copy – for which I thank them.  I’ll re-view it over the next few days and offer some observations and remarks about it.  It is related to, but not identical with ‘Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World’.  Stay tuned.

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Mounce on Why Translations Differ

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Heading off To Lecture At Newman…

On the intersection of the academic study of the Bible and the life of the Church.  We’ll be discussing the how of Biblical studies and how such things as historical criticism and reception history and all the rest can and should be made accessible and relevant to the life of the normal believer.  

We’ll, in other words, be connecting the pulpit to the lectern.

Join us Monday at 10 at Newman University, Birmingham.  It will be a good time as I include remarks about Tom Wright quite regularly.

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Quote of the Day

Prize and study the Scripture. We can have no delight in meditation on him unless we know him, and we cannot know him but by the means of his own revelation. When the revelation is despised, the revealer will be of little esteem. Men do not throw off God from being their rule till they throw off Scripture from being their guide; and God must needs be cast off from being an end when the Scripture is rejected from being a rule.  — Stephen Charnock

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