The Self Proclaimed ‘Bi-Sexual’ Pastor is ‘Upset’ That People Find His Lifestyle Questionable?

Really?  He’s upset? 

The new pastor at St. John United Church of Christ in the eastern Missouri town of St. Clair doesn’t play softball, but members of his church do. Or at least they did until their pastor’s sexuality prompted a boycott within their church league.  The Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell is bisexual…. St. John players decided to quit the six-team league rather than ruin things for everyone else. “It certainly is very upsetting, especially in 2012, that this is an issue,” Darnell said Wednesday. “It’s very disappointing but quite frankly not too surprising given the nature of this community – it’s a pretty conservative area.”

Does it really matter that it’s 2012 or is marital fidelity itself now something viewed as irrelevant and dated?

But let’s think about this for a minute:  if he’s bisexual and sexually active it means first of all that he’s being unfaithful to his wife.  Second, his being upset about the response of people to his behavior should rather be turned inward towards self so that the ultimate target of his ‘upset-ness’ is himself and not the reactions of others.

In short, his feelings about the situation should be aimed squarely toward self and not towards the outside.

Darnell said he has reached out to Church of Christ congregations and other sympathetic churches in the area about forming their own softball league, or at least playing in a tournament. “The reason I’ve been willing to go public with this is it needs to go challenged,” Darnell said. “Otherwise folks think it’s all right to do this sort of thing and get away with this sort of exclusion.”

They didn’t exclude him- he excluded himself. He might believe his infidelity is appropriate but that doesn’t at all mean that others are obliged to accept his skewed and theologically malformed viewpoint.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Wisconsin!

Apparently when Chuck’s Place advertises an all-you-can-eat fish fry, it doesn’t literally mean all you can eat, as Bill Wisth Chris Tilling discovered to his dismay Friday. The Wisconsin restaurant refused to give him any more fish after he ate 12 pieces, and eventually sent him off with eight additional pieces. Not satisfied, Wisth Tilling called the police, then returned two days later with a picket sign and says he plans to picket every Sunday until the restaurant revises its policy.

But the restaurant says it was running out of fish and that 53-year-old Wisth Tilling (who is 6’6″, 350 pounds, and admits he can eat a lot) has been a problem before—he allegedly has a tab there that still isn’t paid off, a waitress tells TMJ4. Police gave him a warning for disorderly conduct while he was picketing, reports Mequon Now. According to the police report, he had initially refused to pay his bill, but paid after being given the additional fish.

Oh Chris… that’s too much fish!

I dearly love Basel. It’s fantastic. Second greatest city in the world (after Zurich).

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

The next highlight of the Reformation week conference was the visit to Basel. ( see Haus Barnabas report here; Constance report here and Zurich report here). The town of Basel was called Basilea or Basilia in Latin and this name is documented from 374 AD. Basel like most Swiss cities is calm and sedate. Beautifully located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel is Switzerland’s second-largest urban area. the River Rhine runs through Basel and provides such a romantic backdrop to maul up this city’s turbulent and engaging history.

My trip to Basel to trace places of historical importance to the Reformation period started by a cordial visit to a local Swiss Reformed church in Riehen (a municipal of Basel).

The Reformed branch of Protestantism in Switzerland was started in Zürich by Huldrych Zwingli and spread within a few years to Basel (Johannes Oecolampadius), Bern (Berchtold…

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Hellenism and the Seleucids in the Book of Daniel

I ran across this fascinating paper on Academia.edu by Erica Gazzoldi.  I commend it to you.  It commences

“I libri non sono fatti per crederci, ma per essere sottoposti a indagine. Di fronte a un libro non dobbiamo chiederci cosa dica ma cosa vuole dire.” (1) So William of Baskerville teaches Adso in Il nome della rosa (“The Name of the Rose”) by Umberto Eco. This principle is highly meaningful for the texts collected in the Bible, whose composition covers a period of about seven centuries (excluding the phase of oral transmission). We will focus upon an emblematic example of apocalyptic literature contained in the Bible: the Book of Daniel.

The abstract is in Italian but the paper is in English.

Indeed!

Peripatetic Learning

In the opening portion of his book, Here and There in the Greek New Testament (1898), Lemuel Potwin articulates the essential traits (or qualities) for exegetes of the NT.* Two stood out from the others, simply because their practicality (and dare I say necessity) is sometimes overlooked.  First:

Sympathy with the writer.  The New Testament was written with a religious intent. To understand it fully we must have a religious spirit. We go with the writer and put ourselves in his place. This  is not in conflict with the open mind [trait #1], for with open mind we get as near as possible to the writer in order to catch his thought and feeling, which together make his meaning. . . . Indeed it is a literary axiom that a writer, to be appreciated, must have a large measure of sympathy. “Not to sympathize is not to understand.” This need of…

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People Will Lie and Misrepresent History in Order to Support Their Support of Same Sex Marriage

Since it’s now a commonplace for people to misrepresent the Bible’s view of same sex relations it should surprise no one that history itself is being subjected to the same sort of willful misreading and grotesque misprision.

Here’s one of the more appalling examples:

Prof John Boswell, the late chairman of Yale University’s history department, found there were ceremonies called the Office of Same-Sex Union and the Order for Uniting Two Men in the 10th to 12th centuries.

The medievalist published Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century in 1980.

According to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies section of Yale University’s website, the controversial book argued that the modern Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality ‘departed from the tolerance and even celebration of homosexual love that had characterized the first millennium of the Church’s teachings’.

The research brings into perspective the debate raging in America over same-sex marriage after President Barack Obama announced that he now supports it.

The chronicler Gerald of Wales (‘Geraldus Cambrensis’) recorded same-gender Christian unions taking place in Ireland in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

As the author of the post calling such deceptive misrepresentations of historical fact points out

And, of course, there are wild cries of delight at this “proof” that Christians in the middle-ages were happily wedding men to each other.  Friends, it’s nothing but plain dishonesty on the part of “academics” like Boswell. Gerald of Wales’ record of Ireland “The Topography of Ireland” is freely available online [pdf] and I’m surprised nobody has yet simply read through it and fisked Boswell’s appalling argument.

He then goes on to offer the relevant sections.  If your view has to be supported by lies, it’s not much of a view.  It would be far more honest of homosexual activists to say ‘we have no biblical support for our perspective and though it is clear that homosexuality has been practiced throughout history, there is also no reason to suggest that it has been accepted as normal behavior since the days of the Greco-Roman Empire’.  At least that level of honesty could be respected.  Dishonesty, on the other hand, is not worthy of respect.

New From the German Bible Society: Codex Sinaiticus- Geschichte der ältesten Bibel der Welt

The Germans have published David Parker’s volume in translation-

Vor über 1600 Jahren geschrieben, ist der griechische Codex Sinaiticus die wahrscheinlich älteste erhaltene Handschrift der Bibel mit beiden Testamenten. Zugleich stellt er die älteste vollständige Ausgabe des Neuen Testaments dar. Darüber hinaus enthält der Kodex Texte, die nicht in den Kanon der Bibel aufgenommen wurden, aber dennoch großen Einfluss in der Geschichte der frühen Christenheit hatten, nämlich den Barnabasbrief und den »Hirt des Hermas«. Nicht zuletzt ist das Werk ein herausragendes Beispiel antiker Buchherstellungskunst. Im Jahr 1844 wurde der Codex Sinaiticus von dem deutschen Forscher Konstantin von Tischendorf im Katharinenkloster am Sinai-Berg entdeckt, wo er viele Jahrhunderte lang unbeachtet gelagert worden war. Seither hat er eine spannende Geschichte erlebt, die ihn über St. Petersburg nach London führte. Der renommierte englische Bibelwissenschaftler David Parker zeichnet die Geschichte des Kodex von seiner Entstehung im vierten Jahrhundert bis zu seiner Digitalisierung vor wenigen Jahren nach. Das Buch ist ebenso kenntnisreich wie allgemeinverständlich geschrieben und wendet sich auch an Nicht-Spezialisten. 16 Farbtafeln vermitteln ein lebendiges Bild des Kodex und wichtiger Stationen seiner Geschichte.

The Advertising Standards Authority Has a Bit of a Problem, With the Truth

Archbishop Cranmer has a follow-up to his earlier post on the fiasco called the Advertising Standards Authority, concluding

… contra the ASA’s statement on this matter, all that is ‘made clear’ in this communication is that His Grace is expected to comply and cooperate with a ‘formal investigation’, and submit to the asserted authority of the ASA as recognised by ‘the Government, the Office of Fair Trading and the Courts’. It is categorically not stated anywhere that he is ‘not compelled to respond’; indeed, there are so many suggestions to the contrary that the ASA appear not merely to be obfuscating with semantics, but lying.

There’s a lot of material in the post.  Read it here.