Daily Archives: 8 Apr 2015

An Open Letter to Mr Cotton


Since you and your fellow hawks are so interested in a war with Iran, go.  Fight it yourselves.  Go, now, to Iran and take your likeminded feiends with you and attack Iran.  You’re swift enough to wish to kill our children in your evil and mindless conflict, so go yourselves.

Go, now, and put your blood where your mouth is before its blown off along with the rest of your face.  Go, Mr Cotton, and experience the misery you want others to experience.

Go, gutless cowards cowering behind your DC office doors, and spill your own blood and lose your own families.  Go, all talk amd no personal action toadies. Go.

Or shut up.

A disgusted citizen.  I.E., your boss.

Advice That Could Save Your Life: Especially If You’re a Black American

via @BryantCP

via @BryantCP

Would You Pitch In?

Question: if I were offered enough money to stop blogging would you pitch in to make it happen? I’m thinking about starting a come fund me drive because, really, what better use could you put your money to than stopping me?

Express yourself in the poll:

Quote of the Day

The fear of death is far more grievous [to some] than death can be.  -Bullinger

G.K. Chesterton: “Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God”

Chesterton. Right. Sharp.

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G.K. Chesterton

“Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God. That fact is written all across human history; but it is written most plainly across that recent history of Russia; which was created by Lenin. There the Government is the God, and all the more the God, because it proclaims aloud in accents of thunder, like every other God worth worshipping, the one essential commandment: ‘Thou shalt have no other gods but Me.’ “
—G.K. Chesterton, “Christendom in Dublin”

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Proverbs: The Hebrew Bible- A Critical Edition

062401CProverbs: An Eclectic Edition with Introduction and Textual Commentary
Michael V. Fox
This first volume of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition series features a critical text of Proverbs with extensive text-critical introductions and commentaries. This and future HBCE volumes bring together a scholar’s critical decisions into an eclectic text, drawing from many manuscripts or placing entire variant texts side by side. A common approach for critical editions of other ancient books, including the New Testament, the eclectic approach and scope used in the HBCE is a first of its BHQDEUTERkind for the Hebrew Bible.

Hardcover $69.95, ISBN 9781628370201
500 pages • The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition 1

The cover looks very much like that of BHQ, doesn’t it…

Luther’s Method of Dealing With Depression

A fine read in Sonntagsblatt today titled »Ich bin getauft«.

lutherWer an Luther denkt, sieht normalerweise den glaubensstarken Reformator vor sich. Doch zu seinem Wesen gehört die zutiefst menschliche Seite des Zweifels. Luther hat mit Gott gerungen, er hatte schwere Zweifel und wohl auch Depressionen.

And though I feel like citing all of it, I’ll just use this and encourage you to go read the rest:

»Ich bin getauft!« Mit Kreide soll Martin Luther diese Worte auf einen Tisch geschrieben haben, als ihn – was gelegentlich passierte – Zweifel an seiner Glaubensfestigkeit, an seinen theologischen Positionen und seinem Tun plagten. Und wenn es noch schlimmer kam, wenn er meinte, der Teufel verfolge ihn, dann, so eine Legende, warf er auch mal das Tintenfass gegen die Wand.

lutherAnfechtungen und Zweifel über seinen Glauben, sein Denken und seine Beziehung zu Gott begleiten Luther das ganze Leben hindurch. Einmal ließ er tief in seine Seele blicken, als er schrieb: »Mehr als eine Woche lang war ich den Toren der Hölle und des Todes nahe. Ich zitterte an allen Gliedern. Christus war mir verloren. Ich war hin- und hergeschüttelt von Verzweiflung und Gotteslästerung.«

Luther war nicht der Glaubensheld, als der er lange dargestellt wurde. Er erlebte Glaubensnöte in Form von »Versuchungen« und »Anfechtungen«, die er dem Teufel zuschrieb. Als viel bedrängender erlebte er jedoch die Zweifel, ob er überhaupt fähig sei, Gott zu lieben, und ob er im Jüngsten Gericht vor Gott werde bestehen können. Diese Demut unterscheidet sich diametral von der Selbstgewissheit mancher Christen heute. Luther gehörte jedenfalls nicht zu denen, die ihre bereits gesicherte Errettung in den Himmel wie eine Monstranz vor sich her trugen. Er fühlte sich unsicher und zweifelte. Sein Gottvertrauen gründete jedoch tiefer. Im Blick auf das Jüngste Gericht bekannte er: »Wenn es denn nun Gottes Wille ist, dass ich zur Hölle gehe, dann möchte ich mit Gott getrost und fröhlich in die Hölle gehen.«

That last line has always been a very profound thing to me.

God Gives us Not Merely Necessities, but Pleasures to Enjoy

God has granted and given to man, not only the use of necessity,—I mean, the use of those things which we as men cannot be without,—but also doth allow him all moderate pleasures wherewithal to delight him. Let no man therefore make scruple of conscience in the sweet and pleasant use of earthly goods, as though with that sweet pleasure which he enjoins he sinned against God; but let him which makes conscience, make it rather in the just and lawful use of those terrestrial riches.  — Heinrich Bullinger

Again, Remember, Mark your Calendar: May 1 is #Maeday2015


If You’re In Australia…

logoThis day conference may be very much worth your attending: SSEC Conference 2 May 2015: Theme “The early Church: Cults and Controversies”. It looks like a really interesting lineup.

Being an American, I don’t know the geography of strange lands, but I think the venue is centrally located and an easy hour drive from anywhere in the country… right?

Get thee to the place!




Join the fun May 1 when we’ll be meme-ing Mae!  Find a fun photo- make a meme – and post it May first.  And be sure to tag it #Maeday2015.

In the Good Old Days, Citing Wikipedia Was a Bad Idea