Daily Archives: 17 Jul 2015

Books Must Be Properly Stored

For instance, when you acquire the 666 volumes of NT Wright they must be stored in the following secure space:

  

When Did that Happen?

When did making people feel ‘good’ become the core calling of proclaimers of the Word of God?  Why do so many Pastors today think that making people feel warm and fuzzy is what God has called them to do?  I don’t find that in Scripture, do you?  Did the Prophets strive to make people ‘feel accepted’?  Did John the Baptist take or teach a course on proper welcoming techniques?  Did Jesus tell sinners that they were just fine as they were and needn’t worry at all about obedience because God just wanted to give them a hug anyway?  Did Paul express to the Galatians the notion that no matter how far they turned from the Gospel it was just okie dokie with God and then get them all together for a giant bear hug?

Pastors, believe it or not, aren’t called to pet.  They are called to challenge, exhort, encourage, comfort, and call to repentance.  If your Pastor doesn’t do those things, but instead spends all her (or his) time telling you how super you are and how God doesn’t want you to change a thing, you should either see them removed from office or go somewhere that the Parson serving the Church actually knows what she (or he) is doing, and why.

“The Saint between Manuscript and Print in Italy, 1400-1600”

ES37-cover-200x300Edited by Alison K. Frazier  – The twelve essays in this volume identify mutually interactive developments in media and saints’ cults at a time and in a place when both underwent profound change. Focusing on the Italian peninsula between 1400 and 1600, authors analyze specific sites of intense cultural production and innovation. The volume invites further study of saints of all sorts — canonized, popularly recognized, or self-proclaimed — in the fluid media environment of early modernity.

Looks fun.

The Homosexual Baker Who Blasts Homosexuals For Demanding Bakery Services

A baker who identifies as a homosexual has released a video in which he scolds other homosexuals who are seeking to force Christian bakery owners to fulfill orders for same-sex ceremonies.

“I cannot tell you how disgusted I am with my fellow gay and lesbian community, that they would stoop so low to force someone to bake a cake for them who simply doesn’t agree with them,” states Jesse Bartholomew in the two-minute video posted to Facebook. “They don’t have to bake a cake for you.”

He says that he doesn’t understand why someone would want to “ruin” personal life events by strong-arming someone who finds the ceremony objectionable to facilitate the event anyway.

“Personally, that wedding cake should be so personal to you and your wedding—just as the ring, just as the invitations, just as to everything in planning a wedding,” Bartholomew states. “That cake which costs hundreds—and my cakes can cost thousands—Why would you want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a wedding cake and pay that money to someone who doesn’t want to make the cake for you?”

“That is your personal piece of your wedding: your guests eat that, your cake is involved in your photos, that cake is taken in your mouth and you eat it in your stomach,” he continues. “That baker has to spend hours perfecting that cake for you, for your wedding day. And if that cake isn’t perfect, then it ruins your wedding.”

Bartholomew continues to show his frustration, stating that trying to force the issue is “stupid.”

“So, you’re going to say that you want to force someone who doesn’t want to bake a cake for you …. There’s no other bakers out there?” he asks.

This young man has sense which many of his activist co-practitioners lack utterly.  There’s more.  People should read it.  Especially people (and their supporters) who think that suing Christians to force the issue is a grand plan.

The Sarcastic Papists Nail the Murderers at Planned Parenthood to the Wall

The Eye of the Tiber does it again.  It’s better than the Onion– because it’s more clever.

Days after a sting operation caught on video showed a top Planned Parenthood official casually discussing the shipment of aborted fetus body parts to research labs around the country, many in the world are still somehow shocked that a corporation that makes hundreds of millions of dollars for dismembering helpless babies and scaring vulnerable girls has been involved in unethical practices.

“Well I think there’s been a kind of misrepresentation of the conversation that took place in the transcript in the conversation in the video that they have,” House Minority Leader said. “I believe it’s very clear that Planned Parenthood organization does not engage in fetal organ trafficking. That would be unethical and immoral. Planned Parenthood has a moral right to dismember babies, but they do not have the right to traffic them. I think that’s a point made pretty clear in the teachings of the Church fathers.”

The Planned Parenthood President issued a statement yesterday saying, “Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide while killing babies after scaring the living crap out of their vulnerable mothers. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. She’s correct in everything she says, but her tone was incorrect. I personally apologize for that. On a side note, how are people shocked right now? Seriously, what could lead anyone to believe we’d not do something like this?

Today in Chattanooga

Out local reporter and anchor Tearsa Smith (a genuinely awesome person) is down in Chattanooga today covering the story of the Chattanooga Shooting.  She posted this photo on her facebook page and it’s very much worth sharing- because THIS is the real Chattanooga.  If you think of Chattanooga, this is the image you should have in mind:

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Just Because…

Americans like to talk about their faith while believers in Africa, and other places in the world where Christianity really is persecuted, risk their lives to practice theirs.  And they practice it anyway.  It’s hard to imagine most American Christians enduring persecution.  They can hardly endure the basics of discipleship like bible reading and prayer and participation in worship.  Which is why, it seems, Christianity is growing in Africa and on the decline in Europe and North and South America.

Andrés Michel's biblevia Al Jazeera America

More on The Chattanooga Shooter

His high school year book photo- with his favorite quote which, ironically, he caused to be justified in his case.

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