Daily Archives: 4 Jun 2011

David Does the Psalms

David Lamb that is. He’s commencing a new series on his blog on the Psalms. Check it out.

Psalms 1: How I came to love the Psalms I used to avoid the psalms. I loved OT narrative, just not the psalms.  The most common type of psalm (the laments) includes a lot of whining and complaining (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc.).  I had no enemies, so the imprecatory psalms (cursing psalms) felt harsh (35, 58, 109, 137).  Many of the praise psalms seem redundant (136).  I was always healthy, so the hypochondriac psalms focusing on illness (32, 38) didn’t connect with me. But right about the tim … Read More

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JRDK Is Mad as The Lake of Fire and He’s Not Going to Take it Anymore!

He’s annoyed by people who don’t pay attention to what they’re reading or (in my view) those who don’t care to invest the time necessary to actually understand not the words alone but the meaning of the thing.

But, alas, being young he’s optimistic and he hasn’t fully learned the lessons that 1) people only see what they want to see and 2) they aren’t at all inclined to change their views.

He will, one day.   Till then, though, he’s right to urge people to competence.  99% of  them just won’t deliver.

Thousands of Israelis March for a Palestinian State

Ha’aretz informs us that

Around 5,000 people took part in a march in central Tel Aviv on Saturday evening supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.  The march ended with a rally at the Tel Aviv Museum. MKs Dov Khenin (Hadash) and Zahava Galon (Meretz) and playwright Yehoshua Sobol gave speeches.

God bless them.  And how right are they to note

“Members of the U.S. Congress won’t be the ones who will pay the price of the next war,” Sobol said. “When Netanyahu said no to the 1967 borders, he said no to peace.”

Congress never bears the burden of their decisions nor does it care how those decisions affect other people.

Further

Numerous leftist political parties and groups – including Labor, Meretz, Hadash, the Derech faction of Kadima, the National Left, Peace Now and Gush Shalom – participated in the march.  Marchers held signs reading “Palestinian state – An Israeli interest”, “Bibi, recognize the Palestinians” and “Yes, we KEN [which means ‘yes’ in Hebrew]”, among others.

God bless them.  May their tribes increase.

Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes, and a Homeopathic Cure for Homosexuality: What are Things Germans Make?

Here’s the scoop:

A group of doctors in Germany is catching heat for advertising homosexuality treatments on its website. The Union of Catholic Physicians offers “homeopathic dilutions,” psychotherapy, and sugar pills to keep “inclinations” at bay, reports Der Spiegel. The group acknowledges that homosexuality is not an illness, but “we know about a number of people with homosexual feelings who find themselves in a spiritual and psychological emergency and suffer greatly,” explains the lead doctor.

So there you go. German engineering!

Austerity…

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A Rabbinic Court Orders a Dog be Stoned to Death…

Oh Rabbis, the things you do.

A rabbinical court in Jerusalem ruled that a stray to be stoned to death.  The reason: it is suspected that the ‘unclean beast “is the reincarnation of a famous lawyer… who offended the local rabbinate and was unrepentant about it.

Oh you rabbis…

Al Qaeda Uses Lax ‘Gun Show’ Laws to Arm Terrorists

Thanks, NRA, victims of terrorist violence appreciate your efforts on behalf of our enemies to arm themselves.  Cliff Schecter writes

Honestly, the new video of Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn encouraging radical adherents to use U.S. gun shows to arm themselves for attacks on American citizens is not new. Terrorists have written about doing this before, and yes, they’ve bought guns at our gun shows to kill innocents before.  But there is still nothing as stark as seeing a video where a leader of a murderous group of thugs who killed 3,000 of our people in one day, is able to announce the intention to use our own lack of common sense laws against us, and know the NRA will do all they can to protect Al Qaeda & Friends’ ability to pull this off, Mumbai-style. After all, terrorists pay cash for their guns too.

I suppose we’d rather let arms freely flow and run the risk of our own Mumbai style attacks than hinder one precious American (even if they sympathize with our enemies) from arming himself to the teeth with weapons that aren’t even remotely designed for hunting or personal protection.

Zwingli as Lecturer

Zwingli’s work as Pastor and Theologian. Reformer and Controversialist is perhaps more widely known than his work as Lecturer/Scholar. And yet, he was.  A fine essay in Zwingliana from 1976 makes the point and examines the materials and a follow-up essay ten years afterwards adds to the pool of knowledge.  The latter concludes

The Gospel of John provides a crucial battleground for a variety of theological combatants during the sixteenth Century. By redating Zwingli’s lectures and suggesting that Jud’s edition contains an amalgamation of notes from two separate periods of Zwingli’s career, we can shed light on that important time in Zwingli’s development from 1525 to 1528, as he begins to demarcate his own territory on the theological map of central Europe. With the dating of these lectures, we can examine the material itself for nuances in Zwingli’s developing soteriology and eschatology, as well as look more closely for exegetes who may have influenced his interpretation of this all-important gospel.

I commend both essays to you.

Is Every Christian a Missionary?

The answer is yes.   And I say that because of the essay in the Evangelische Zeitung which asks that question and answers it in the affirmative with a neat story of German Evangelicals hitting the streets.

Für einen Großteil der Kirchenmitglieder ist Glaube Privatsache und so findet er weitgehend im Verborgenen statt. Das ist in Dresden dieser Tage anders. Mehr als 100 000 Kirchentagsteilnehmer gehen dort für ihren Glauben auf die Straße. Selbst in einer Stadt, die an Touristen gewöhnt ist, kann man sie nicht übersehen. Und – so hoffen die Veranstalter: ihr Singen und Beten kann anstecken, Neugier wecken.

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Doch wie gelingt es in einer modernen Gesellschaft und nach einer verheerenden Missions-Geschichte, den christlichen Glauben weiterzugeben? Mit dieser Frage beschäftigen sich die Autorinnen und Autoren in unserer aktuellen Ausgabe.

So if you want to read more, you’ll have to go there.

Pray for the Family of Hayden Walton

What a terrible tragedy:

Thirteen-year-old Little Leaguer Hayden Walton stepped up to the plate, tried to bunt, and died in a freak accident that’s rocked his northern Arizona community, reports the AP. “He took an inside pitch right in the chest,” says a Winslow Little League official. “After that he took two steps to first base and collapsed.” Hayden, a Boy Scout who mowed lawns for widows in his neighborhood, died the next morning in a hospital.

Profoundly tragic.  I cannot imagine the despair his family and friends feel.

The Heresy of Unitarian Universalism

Driving home from Oak Ridge a bit ago I passed the Unitarian Universalist ‘church’ (by the way, the UU sect isn’t a Church, it isn’t even remotely Christian). On their sign this was their message:

Atheist, Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, Gay, Straight? We are too!

They certainly are all of those things, except Christian.  Worse than Servetus, this cult is a gross amalgamation and bastardization of everything and thus, is nothing at all.

To be honest the ‘denomination’ needs to strike the word ‘Christian’ and ‘Church’ from its literature.  Failing that, they simply aren’t either honest or respectable.

Oh My… Honestly, How Can Anyone Think Palin is Presidential?

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Another Quote of the Day: Concerning Soccer

Listen–u can live in rear view mirror or life–and have 1984 opinion of soccer. Or u can evolve. ‘Soccer is anti-American’ tweets r moronic.  — Colin Cowherd on the Twitter

June Was Unpleasant in Zurich

In, that is, 1525.  The rupture between Zwingli and the other reformed minded clerics and the re-baptizers came to a head when, annoyed that the City Council insisted on their stopping their troublemaking, they marched in demonstrations which culminated in their surrounding Zwingli’s house and crying out ‘woe, woe to Zurich which will be destroyed in 40 days if it doesn’t repent, and woe to the Dragon’ (by whom they meant Zwingli).

Zwingli had, till that point, attempted cordiality.  But once he realized the Anabaptists were unwilling to come to terms, he let fly full force against their absurd claims that Scripture wasn’t sufficient and wasn’t even really needed since they had the Spirit.

G.R. Potter relates a little exchange between one of the re-baptizers and Zwingli that took place in November of that same year, when the breach had become irreparable: ‘Zwingli, I adjure you by the true and living God, tell me but one truth’, called out one rustic.  ‘That I will’, was the answer.  ‘You are the worst specimen of a trouble-making, discontented farmer what we’ve got in the neighbourhood’. 

The Anabaptists were so disruptive to life in Zurich and so detrimental to the cause of Reform that Zwingli wrote no less than four books countering their arguments.  The first, from May 1525, was On Baptism, Rebaptism, and Infant Baptism.  The second, from November 1525, Answer to Balthasar Hubmaier’s Baptism Booklet.  The third, from 1526, Concerning Baptism.  And the last, from July of 1527, Against the Anabaptists.

Quote of the Day

The Sacraments Do Not Confer Grace. By this doctrine is overthrown that fiction of the sophists which teaches that the sacraments confer grace on all who do not interpose the obstacle of mortal sin. For besides that in the sacraments nothing is received except by faith, we must also hold that the grace of God is by no means so annexed to them that whoso receives the sign also gains possession of the thing. For the signs are administered alike to reprobate and elect, but the reality reaches the latter only. — John Calvin

Shut Up, V.S. Naipaul

Diana Abu-Jaber writes, so rightly

Dear V.S. Naipaul:

You recently remarked, “I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me.”

I was sad to read this, to realize that you’re apparently unable to think beyond schoolyard rankings and peevish comparisons, that you’re incapable of recognizing grace and power from unexpected and unfamiliar places, such as a woman’s experience.

But what worries me more is your comment that that women write with “sentimentality, the narrow view of the world,” because, “inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too.”

Your use of the word “master,” is chilling. My father’s family is from a part of the world that has been colonized and conquered many times over. For many Jordanians, education and literacy has come in the form of British schools and the English language: but can anyone claim that the colonized subject is the master of his or her own home?

And much, much more.  Well done, Madam, well done and very much needing to be said.

Spain, You’re Going Down

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No. 1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

So, Spain, prepare for despair!