The Matthean Tomb of Jesus in Recent Archaeology

Antonio ‘The Turin Shroud Shredder’ Lombatti writes

L’argomento del corso monografico di Archeologia Biblica del prossimo anno accademico sarà Gesù e l’archeologia. Una panoramica delle scoperte più significative del periodo romano rispetto a ciò che raccontano i vangeli canonici e quelli apocrifi. Si legge nel Vangelo di Matteo (27,50): “Lo depose nella sua tomba nuova, che si era fatta scavare nella roccia; rotolata (προσκυλίσας) poi una gran pietra sulla porta del sepolcro, se ne andò”. Quel “rotolare” aveva sempre fatto storcere il naso a molti filologi e archeologi.

etc.  He has pictures too.

Luther’s Condemnation of Prosperity

If your aim is to make Luther unpopular to Americans, or prosperity preachers, or the greedy, just read them this quote:

“Where there’s prosperity there are all sorts of sins, for:

  • Property produces effrontery,
  • Effrontery produces poverty,
  • Poverty produces humility.

Accordingly the rich must give a vigorous accounting, for ‘to whom much is given, of him will much be required’ [Luke 12:48]. Wealth, talent, beautiful form are fine gifts of God, but we misuse them badly. Talent can be an evil thing, too, when we use it to speak in a bad way, for it has been said, ‘He who wishes to submit to talent will be nobody.’

It’s better not to be so handsome to look at. Sickness can come and take beauty from a person, but talent is not so readily changed. It’s written, ‘you will be like God’ [Gen. 3:5]. Yes, indeed! You’ll also be as rich as God. This sickness we’ve inherited from Adam: ‘You will be like God.’”

‘My Church’? Nope

Nothing indicates the modern misunderstanding of the church more than the phrase ‘my church’.  If you say ‘my church’ instead of ‘the church I’m at’ or ‘the church I serve’ or ‘the church of which I am a member’ then you have it right.  But the possessive pronoun is utterly evil, utterly wicked, and utterly corrupt unless you are the Lord Christ himself.  It is his church.  Period.

Problems arise precisely at the intersection of ‘my’ and ‘church’.

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Apocryphal Luther?

I saw this today and I liked it but I’m always wary of things attributed to Luther or the others that they didn’t really say.  So I checked and it’s nowhere to be found in the English edition of his works.

Does anyone have a source?

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Wisdom from A.T. Robertson: An Excerpt From his Lecture to Pastors

It’s a crying shame that Pastors, once the most learned persons to be found in many communities, now value learning so little and prefer to be administrators and marketers instead of teachers of the Word.  The state of the Church today can be traced directly back to the lackluster ministers who have besmirched its pulpits and who can’t tell the difference between a Hebrew verb and an Aramaic noun or a Greek perfect tense from a Greek aorist.

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CNN’s Anchors Are as Bad As Fox News’s: Fredricka Whitfield Thinks the Dallas Cop Shooter was Brave and Courageous

During a discussion on the Dallas Police headquarters shooting this afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield appears to have really misspoken in referring to the gunman’s actions as “courageous and brave.”

Whitfield was speaking to CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway when she said this:

“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement.”

That’s depravity.  Calling evil good.  Getting your news from CNN is as absurd as getting it from Fox.

FIFA’s Corrupt Head May Stay On Anyway: Sepp Blatter May Not Resign

Sepp Blatter may seek to stay on as the president of Fifa despite announcing his decision to stand down just last month.

According to a report in Swiss newspaper, Schweiz am Sonntag, Blatter has received messages of support from African and Asian football associations asking him to rethink his decision to step down.

There’s just too much money to be made from corruption.  Sepp Blatter, the bladder infection of world Football.

1,765 years ago today – a father and his 2 children, a local temple, assembled witnesses… (P.Oxy.iv.658)

Very interesting glance at the past and the practices of Rome.

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

Exactly on this day, 1,765 years ago, in a small town in central Egypt, a father accompanied by his daughter and son entered the local temple and there, in front of assembled witnesses including at least one magistrate, offered a sacrifice to the gods on behalf of the Roman Empire and its new Emperor. This act appears to have been triggered by a campaign of enforcement to ensure that every member of the Empire participated in these sacrifices. Evidence suggests that, in June 250 C.E., an enforcement team was sent to investigate the scattered villages and towns of central Egypt. Those suspected of non-compliance were ordered to provide a certificate (libellus) of proof, signed by official witnesses, of their participation. For Christians living in this area, these were troubling times and potentially life-threatening choices lay ahead…

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