On Preachers: An Observation

This one from Martin Luther-

A good preacher should have these properties and virtues: first, to teach systematically; secondly, he should have a ready wit; thirdly, he should be eloquent; fourthly, he should have a good voice; fifthly, a good memory; sixthly, he should know when to make an end; seventhly, he should be sure of his doctrine; eightly, he should venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the Word; ninthly, he should suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of every one.

See, Obama’s A Real Christian – He Went to Church on Easter!

Just like so many other real Christians!   So take that, Obama birther/muslim/nutbags!

President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter service Sunday at a Washington church founded in 1863 by freed slaves. The first family entered Shiloh Baptist Church to a round of applause on a sun-splashed day in the nation’s capital as members of a choir dressed in black, white and gold sang “Total Praise.”

Round of applause huh? I’m sure they do that when anyone comes in because, surely, they wouldn’t want to violate scripture and show favoritism…

James 2:2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Go Ahead, Brag About Your Crimes on Facebook

Four bank robbers have been arrested after boasting about their successful raid on Facebook. The dim witted criminals posted the message “I’m rich” and “Wipe my teeth with hundreds” soon after an armed raid on a bank in Houston, Texas. Police were tipped off about the postings on the social networking site and made four arrests. Two of those arrested worked for the Bank of Commerce in Houston where security video captured two armed and masked men robbing the bank and escaping with over £50,000.

Texas… but of course. It had to be Texas or Florida- both of which are, if you notice, shaped like drains.

Trump Wants to be President, But He’s Not All that Interested in Voting

Typical.

Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman who is considering running for president, is facing questions over his voting record. According to the New York City Board of Elections, the host of America’s version of “The Apprentice” did not vote in primary elections for more than two decades. The possible Republican candidate voted in a primary election in the 1989 New York City mayor’s race, when Rudy Giuliani beat businessman Ronald Lauder, then did not vote in a primary for 21 years, board spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said. She said records also showed Mr Trump did not vote in the 2002 general election, according to the Associated Press.

Typical. He doesn’t want to involve himself in the political process as a citizen but he wants to be first citizen. Fecklessness and dimwitted dirtbaggery. And Franklin Graham’s man…

But why should anyone vote for Trump when he’s hardly ever voted for anyone?

Jan Gunneweg With Straight Talk on the ‘Jesus Nails’ Silliness, Again

Prof. Gunneweg writes, in response to the South African presses’ report

To whom it may concern,

Jacobovici to be blamed? No! He wants money in his bank account.

South African Press to be blamed? No! Its journalist wants a part of the loot too.

Nat Geo journalist to be blamed? No! He also likes a credit and a buck.

So who is to be blamed for all that misinformation regarding Jesus’ nails, Jesus brothers, his tomb, his shroud, his escapades with Maria Magdalena and the like. Certainly not straightforward historians and serious academics in general.

No, it is the men with the blue/red ties who are the bosses or chief editors who give the permission to print this stuff, again and again. Furthermore, I blame everyone who buys DVDs and CDs of this stuff, making it possible to launch more of this stuff in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Have a good Easter.

Jan Gunneweg

Big Oil is About to Post Huge Profits

Your pain at the pump is about to become outrage once the big oil companies post their first quarter profits this week.  Exxon, for example, is expected to boast $10,000,000,000 in profits just for the first three months of 2011.  Profit.  After all costs including the cost of crude and production and refining and everything else.  $10 billion in pure profit.  And that’s just Exxon.  Shell and Standard are projecting massive profits as well.

Exxon, the world’s largest non-government controlled oil company by market capitalisation, is expected to report a 59 percent rise in net income to $9.99 billion (6.03 billion pounds), also boosted by its acquisition of XTO last year, according to I/B/E/S estimates.  Industry number two Shell (LSE: RDSB.Lnews) is expected to post a 22 percent rise in current cost of supply (CCS (KOSDAQ: 066790.KQnews) ) net income, excluding one-off items, to $5.89 billion, while U.S. rival Chevron (NYSE: CVXnews) is forecast to report a 29 percent rise in net income to $5.92 billion.  “The year-on-year figures will look fantastic,” said Iain Armstrong, oil analyst at brokerage Brewin Dolphin (Other OTC: BDNHF.PKnews) , even though the kinds of contracts oil companies have with resource holders means they pay increasing taxes as oil prices rise, so they don’t get the full benefit of the rise.

So while oil execs and stock holders pocket huge gains, you’re only going to pay more at the pump so they can enjoy the good life.

I don’t begrudge them profits.  What I despise is the fact that taxpayers continue to subsidize oil companies.  That’s outrageous.  And evil.  And made possible only by the contemptible people in Congress.

So look at it this way- when you buy gas to put in your car, part of that is going to pay off Congressmen and women to pass legislation to keep you in bondage.

Insights From the Heidelberg Catechism

Question 57. What comfort does the “resurrection of the body” afford thee?

Answer: That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its head; (a) but also, that this my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ. (b)

(a) Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Philip.1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philip.1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: (b) 1 Cor.15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Cor.15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Philip.3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

For Christians, the resurrection isn’t simply a past event, a historical blip on the radar, or an irrelevancy: it is the foundation of hope and the extension of comfort to all who draw breath and trust Christ for salvation.  To the perishing, as Paul observes, this is nothing but folly.  But to those who have faith, it is everything.

How Bibliobloggers Spend Easter Sunday

Thought you knew what bibliobloggers do on Easter?  Think again-

Chinese Christians: Arrested at Easter Services

A large number of police began to gather early on Sunday in the Zhongguancun area of Beijing, where the Shouwang Church had said it would hold an outdoor service to mark the holiest day of the Christian calendar.  “Between 20 and 30 followers were taken away by police,” senior pastor Jin Tianming said from his home, where he is under house arrest. He said there were several police officers on duty outside the building.  He added that the members of the congregation who had been arrested had been taken to different police stations and that none had so far been released.  Jin had said before the service that the church considered Easter an important occasion and would stick to its decision to hold a service.  “This is our uncompromising position and a matter of faith. If they arrest our followers, this is the price we are willing to pay,” he had said.

God bless them for their willingness to worship regardless of the risk.  And shame on those Christians in name only around the world who won’t worship regardless of the ease with which they can.  The attitude of the Chinese Christians is why the Church there is growing; and they don’t even have to bribe the selfish and self interested with cars to get them to do it.

Utter Madness And Irreversible Insanity

A local columnist writes

Peeps are one of the nastiest food items ever created.  Frankly, my use of the term “food items” in this context is rather broad. It includes road tar, tree bark, tofu, Brussels sprouts and other vile objects typically ingested by people who are (a) going through a cruel form of initiation, (b) drunk out of their gourds or (c) both.

Only a person who is utterly mad could think such thoughts.  Mr Anti-Peeps needs to be taken immediately by his family and tossed into the loony bin, there to remain forever.

Peeps ROCK!

And Peeps are art!