Daily Archives: 7 Oct 2012

Human Folly is Boundless

And now, when at last it has pleased the Eternal Goodness to free poor mortals from such disaster by restoring His word, as I have said, who does not see how disgracefully we have been deceived about this clear light? Nay, who does not wonder that men endowed with minds and senses could have been so stupidly deceived? — Huldrych Zwingli

Waadt’s Lamentable Decision

John Calvin

Der Synodalrat der Evangelisch-reformierten Kirche in der Waadt hat sich für die Segnung von gleichgeschlechtlichen Paaren ausgesprochen. Anfang November entscheidet das Kirchenparlament über den Antrag der Exekutive, wie der Leiter der zuständigen Arbeitsgruppe in der Waadtländer Kirche, Nicolas Charrière, in der Freiburger Zeitung «La Liberté» vom 4. Oktober sagte. Bereits regt sich Widerstand gegen das Synodengeschäft.

That’s lamentable. Calvin would have a coronary. Via.

It’s Even Worse This Evening

My ISP Gets an F this Weekend for Slowness

From Speedtest.net

This is the DSL I’m paying for….

It’s The Anniversary of Claus Westermann’s Birth

On the 7th of October, 1909, Claus Westermann was born in Berlin.  He would become one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of his generation (in my estimation taking 3rd place- after von Rad and Eichrodt).

Westermann wrote quite widely (thankfully having lived in a day when scholars didn’t focus so narrowly that they knew the entrails of the gnat, but nothing else), as this listing quickly demonstrates.  He didn’t know just Genesis, or just the Psalms, or just one of the Prophets.  He knew them, and more of them, and better of them, than most of our over-specialists.

Besides that, he was by all accounts an absolutely wonderful Christian.  May his tribe of expert scholars widely informed and sincerely devout increase in these troubled times of ours.

Seen on the Twitter

TLC was founded in 1972 by NASA and the Health Department as an educational channel. It was privatized. Now it shows Honey Boo Boo.  #SavePBS.

That fact says a lot about America.  A LOT.

If Your Life is Miserable There’s a Simple Explanation: You’ve Constructed it on the Wrong Foundation

Said Jesus –

Peter's Denial by Rembrandt, 1660. Jesus is sh...

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”

And that, my friends, is the truth.

Romney’s War on Big Bird

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A New Haircut Makes all the Difference…

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Need an Indulgence For Your Sins from the Pope?

No need to hop in your time machine and go back to 1517.  Ratzinger is granting indulgences… again…

Catholics who participate in events connected with the 2012-2013 Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, the Vatican said.  Pope Benedict XVI authorized the granting of a plenary, or full, indulgence in order to highlight the Year of Faith and encourage the “reading, or rather, the pious meditation on” the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a Sept. 14 Vatican decree said.  The decree, which the Vatican released Oct. 5, was signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, head of the Vatican tribunal that deals with indulgences and with matters related to the sacrament of penance.  An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven.

Bahahahahahaha.  And this isn’t even on The Onion!  It’s for real!!!!!  Oh Catholics.  You’re an eternal source of theological amusement.