Let not God’s ministers complain if at any time they find themselves postponed in men’s thoughts and cares. – Matthew Henry
Daily Archives: 18 Jul 2015
The despicable acts of the cult known as ‘Westboro Baptist Church’ are not representative of Baptists of any sort. Baptists don’t call on God to slaughter people. Baptists don’t despise people simply because they have different views or practices. Baptists believe things that they hold important but having once been a persecuted despised minority they are aware of the harm the horror of hate can bring to bear and so do not themselves practice any sort of coerciveness.
The Westboro NOT Baptist NOT Church (not even Christian) cult may show up in Chattanooga to protest the funerals of those who were murdered there, but who does such a thing but those inspired themselves by hell itself?
Baptists neither hate homosexuals nor service men and women. Quite the contrary. Baptists take seriously the call of God to love even those with whom we have scant common ground but our humanity.
Westboro represents its lord, Satan. Not our Lord, Jesus, the Christ.
What do you call a Roman Catholic who doesn’t accept the teaching of the Holy See on abortion? An Episcopalian.
Rejecting a core principle of your faith whilst claiming to adhere to that faith is rather like proclaiming oneself a Dodgers fan but actually despising the Dodgers and always rooting for the Angels.
The president of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood released a video on Thursday in which she apologized for the “tone” of one the organization’s top directors in an undercover video regarding the harvesting and sale of the organs of aborted babies.
“Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements,” Cecile Richards said in her two-minute statement. “As always, if there is any aspect of our work that can be strengthened, we want to know about it, and we take swift action to address it.”
As previously reported, a video released this week by the Center for Medical Progress provided undercover footage of abortionist Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, speaking to a couple that she thought was with a fetal tissue procurement company.
“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Nucatola told the undercover investigators as she munched on salad and sipped wine. “[A] lot of people want intact hearts these days because they’re looking for specific nodes: AV nodes, SA. I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t even know. Good for them.’ Yesterday was the first time she (a staff member) said people wanted lungs. And then, like I said, always as many intact livers as possible.”
Etc. So, there you have it. If Planned Parenthood wasn’t doing something immoral, why did their director apologize for the ‘tone’ of their employee? And those who defend PP- what will you do now, protest the apology as inappropriate since PP didn’t do anything wrong?
Indeed, Calvin had incredible respect for both Bullinger’s learning and his faith. Here’s an early letter of Calvin’s to Bullinger: Note the greeting and the second paragraph especially.
TO HENRY BULLINGER
Geneva, 21st February 1538.
Grace to you and peace, from God the Father and from Christ the Lord, most respected and learned brother.
Were I to begin to describe to you at length the full narrative of our most wretched condition, a long history must be unfolded by me. For I call ours the trouble which for a long time has pressed, and which now severely presses upon that Church over which the Lord has been pleased to set us. But because there is not enough of leisure at present for explaining everything, and these good men can relate somewhat themselves, I will not trouble you with a larger epistle. Although, indeed, they have not perhaps discerned the very source of the evil, nor perceived whither the attempts of the wicked tended, yet they have forecast pretty clearly the aspect of affairs, how it was likely to turn out.
How I wish that we could have a single day for free communication together, for from such a meeting we could not depart without much advantage! I have some things which can neither be treated safely in a letter, nor determined, until they have been weighed and thoroughly discussed on both sides. This, however, I will venture to throw out in passing, that it does appear to me, that we shall have no lasting Church unless that ancient apostolic discipline be completely restored, which in many respects is much needed among us. We have not yet been able to obtain, that the faithful and holy exercise of ecclesiastical excommunication be rescued from the oblivion into which it has fallen; and that the city, which in proportion to its extent is very populous, may be distributed into parishes, as is rendered necessary by the complicated administration of the Church.
The generality of men are more ready to acknowledge us as preachers than as pastors. There are many other things besides, which, although we desire intensely to see amended, we can find out no means of doing so, unless that can be accomplished by faith, by diligence, and by perseverance on the part of all. Oh, if a pure and sincere accommodation could be agreed upon at length among us! What, then, would hinder the assembling of some public Synod, where individuals might propose whatever they may conceive to be most for the benefit of the churches? A way might be found out of going to work by common deliberation, and if need be, that the cities and princes also should assist in this undertaking by mutual exhortation and counsel, and also confirm by their authority; but in so great perplexity, the Lord is rather to be inquired of, that himself may open up a way.
Pellican has informed us that you have received a kind and friendly reply from Luther, from which Grynée affirms that he entertains much hope of seeing peace established. But of what kind we have not been able to divine, seeing that that church, which, from its near neighbourhood, might most easily communicate with us in all things, has not thought us worthy to receive any intelligence whatever. When occasion offers, you must not grudge to let us at least understand the sum of it.
Farel greets you. Will you salute for me with no common esteem my highly respected brethren in the Lord, your colleagues, Pellican, Leo, Theodore, Bibliander, and besides, Phyrisius? May the Lord keep you all in safety for the promoting of his kingdom.
Wernhero a suo gratiam precatur et pacem.
Mitto tibi, mi Wernhere, declamationes meas 2 elapsas venus quam diligenter conscriptas. Dedico eas nomini tuo, liberum relinquens, num velis opus hoc, quod tu mihi quasi vi extorsisti, boni consulere. Quod ad me pertinet, non potui quicquam amico tam syncero ac bene faventi denegare; imo animus quidem maiora dedisset, modo licuisset per inopiam. Ceterum quod habemus, id damus. Vale in Christo. Salvum te volunt fratres universi, et tu omnes vicissim salutabis, quotquot Christi nomen induerunt.
Ex academia nostra Cappell, 8. calendas iulii anno ab incarnato Christo 1524.
tuus ex omni parte.
Zondervan Academic will soon release an interesting project edited by two friends of mine: John Byron and Joel Lohr. The title of the book says it all: I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship.
We shall see if it turns out to be. I honestly suspect it will. [John Byron is sending one- thanks John!]
* CrossLeChris can also be termed ChrisLeCross or LeChrisCross- it refers to a group blog where, one presumes, every person is interchangeable with the others. Accordingly, as in the case of other celeb couples (think Brangelina), three names are just too tiresome to repeat so one has to do.
Here’s a slideshow of Bullingeria-