Daily Archives: 4 Jul 2012

Sometimes….

I sure hope this doesn’t make that South Korean pseudo-archaeologist mad …. again….

Good thoughts from Bavinck- a trustworthy guide through murky waters,

The Reformed Reader

One of the many deep, theological, biblical, and practical differences between Roman Catholic churches and Reformed churches is the understanding of the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Rome teaches that in the Eucharist, the bread and wine become Christ’s actual body and blood which are then offered on the altar as a sacrifice.  “The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the making present and the sacramental offering of his unique sacrifice. …In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 2, Article 3, various sections).

The entire discussion would fill a book, but suffice it to say here that the confessional Reformed response completely resists the ideas of “sacrifice” and “altar” when it comes to…

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The ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Heresy Will Ruin Your Life Too

The New Oxonian

As we work toward having a functioning website up and running in the fall of 2012 I am pleased to announce the charter members of The Jesus Process (TJP). It is likely that this number will be modestly expanded in 2013.

The project has the dual purpose of encouraging the non-parochial and non-theological study of Christian origins, including texts, artifacts, and ideas, and the dissemination of information, through its website, book-series, and other outlets, to professional scholars and others with an interest in its work.

TJP is not a professional society, but a consultation of men and women who feel an academic responsibility to the field of biblical studies generally and the study of early Christianity in its historical and social context particularly.  It advocates rigour, honesty, and methodological transparency in an age increasingly threatened by mere information, opinion-mongering and  web- and media-based sensationalism.

At the same time, its members hope to…

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The Christian, Right Government, and Freedom

Huldrych Zwingli writes, so wisely,

I would not have those who give themselves out for Christians aim at casting off all authority in the expectation that they are going to live in freedom. This I have always regarded as the height of folly or the height of viciousness.

Every company gathered together anywhere must obey some authority; otherwise all combined action would be at an end. Christians, therefore, should not disparage authority, but should do their best to make that under which we live as pious and just as possible.

And if this is not in our power, because, for instance, the ruler we are forced to obey was born king or simpleton, we must the more often entreat God to send us at length some Moses to bring us out of servitude into true liberty: not such liberty that every man shall do as he likes (for that is a more baneful tyranny than when one man or a few men exercise such indulgence.  For it is more insupportable to have a whole nation running mad than a few individuals), but such that under it truth has free course, justice is administered impartially to all, peace and concord are preserved by common consent.

Let him who has an ear, hear.

The Huffington Post is Just Stupid: The Crippling Ignorance of American Media Outlets

Here’s a screenshot of the three latest tweets which have come my way.  Two by the HuffPo, sandwiching one by Aljazeera.  Do note, Aljazeera’s is meaningful and sensible and useful.  But the Huffington Post’s are just idiotic.

The problem is that the HuffPo isn’t alone in chasing the most banal and idiotic stories which, surely, NO ONE in their right mind could care about.  So why do they and the others do it instead of offering consumers actual journalism?  Because America is becoming more and more interested in infotainment and less and less in facts.

The Huffington Post is selling Americans what they want.  And Americans want what the Huffington Post is selling.  And it’s crippling us.  We’re a nation becoming dumber by the day.  Someone needs to say so.  Someone needs to call the media to higher standards.

At least Aljazeera and NPR are doing a good job keeping us informed, but who else is?

A New Link: BibleSupport.Com

I wasn’t aware of this gem of a site for users of Esword till Chuck mentioned it today.  Thanks Chuck.  I’m adding a link to the ‘Useful Sites’ category on the nav panel.

A Theological Explanation for the ‘Success’ of Mega-Churches and their False Teachers

From Letter of Marque

According to scripture, they’re not successful because they’ve tapped into the latest movement of the Spirit, or because their on the cutting edge of revival or because they’ve found a way to communicate the timeless truths of scripture in fresh relevant ways. Nope. Here’s what God says: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:4–6).

There’s more that’s very much worth considering. I find this argument much more scriptural and much more theologically adept and accurate (mutatis mutandis) than the claims of the defenders of the mega churches and their ‘pastors’ who are, sadly, less informed than they imagine themselves to be.

A Tantalizing Tease: The Cambridge Mishnah

The Genizah Unit remarks, in a toss off aside, this tantalizing tidbit:

Further to the forthcoming Digital Library update, a sneak preview of the Cambridge Mishnah.

What’s that mean?  Are they publishing a new edition of the Mishnah based on manuscripts in their possession?  What’s going on?  I’m intrigued.  Someone tell us what’s going on at Cambridge!

MSNBC’s Grotesque Dilettantism

MSNBC misinforms us about various things in this silly essay but worst of all it suggests that the ‘Queen of Sheba’ hailed from Ethiopia.  Of course had they bothered to ask an actual biblical scholar they would have learned that – if historical – she would have arrived from Yemen (as we know it).

Why these ‘news outlets’ don’t research their stories is a mystery.  And dilettantism.  Via.

Christian Zionism Examined

Steven Paas, Christian Zionism Examined: A Review of Ideas on Israel, the Church and the Kingdom. Pb., 135 pp., VTR Publications, Nürnberg / RVB, Hamburg: 2012, ISBN 978-3-941750-86-9, Retail price: €[D] 14.95 / £ 12.95 / $ 18.95:

According to the author Christian Zionism has decentralized Christ and decreased his uniqueness, thus undermining the Church’s foundation and its calling of universally directed mission. Moreover, he suggests that Christian Zionism has distorted Christian-Jewish relations and has failed to find a safe sailing route between the cliffs of antisemitism and philosemitism.

Although the author himself sympathizes with Jews and modern Israel as a nation, he maintains that an exaggerated philosemitism has always tended to be morphed into antisemitism in history. The author gives a very readable historical overview of the theological development of Christian Zionism, and also answers the claim of Christian Zionists who characterize the view of their opponents as ´replacement theology´.

My review is here.

The Wise Men…

Via Ref.Ch on FB-

Happy Birthday America

I hope you have a great day.  And I hope you live a long, healthy, happy, life.  But most of all, I hope you live justly, fairly, and righteously.

You’re still the greatest country in the world and though you have your faults and flaws, people around the world would still like to come here, so that says something, doesn’t it.

Shape up, fly right.  And again, Happy Birthday!