Daily Archives: 18 Dec 2015

When Someone Lies at Death’s Door…

And the greedy family can scarcely wait for their departure because they hope to inherit some trinket, then the words of Jerome come to mind:

I hear also of servile attention shewn by some towards old men and women when these are childless. They fetch the basin, beset the bed and perform with their own hands the most revolting offices. They anxiously await the advent of the doctor and with trembling lips they ask whether the patient is better. If for a little while the old fellow shews signs of returning vigour, they are in agonies. They pretend to be delighted, but their covetous hearts undergo secret torture. For they are afraid that their labours may go for nothing and compare an old man with a clinging to life to the patriarch Methuselah. How great a reward might they have with God if their hearts were not set on a temporal prize! With what great exertions do they pursue an empty heritage! Less labour might have purchased for them the pearl of Christ.

Even Jürgen Knows Better Than to Do That


These Never Get Old

Merry Christmas-

Is This the Message For Our Day, Our Land?

Yahweh then said to me, ‘Do not intercede for this people or their welfare.  If they fast, I will not listen to their plea; if they offer burnt offerings and cereal offerings I will not accept them. Rather, I shall make an end of them by sword, famine and plague.’  (Jer. 14:11-12)

Is that what God is saying to us?

Forthcoming Things Of Interest

V&R has some things in the pipeline that will interest many-

More Pseudo-Christian Megachurch Dirtbaggery from Hillsong

This exposes Hillsong for what it genuinely is.  The curtain is pulled back and everyone is free to see what the cult is all about:  deriding authentic Christianity and replacing it with a falsified pseudo-Gospel.

What Paul says to the Galatians is worth repeating here:  ἐὰν ἡμεῖς ἢ ἄγγελος ἐξ οὐρανοῦ εὐαγγελίζηται [ὑμῖν] παρ᾽ ὃ εὐηγγελισάμεθα ὑμῖν, ἀνάθεμα ἔστω. ὡς προειρήκαμεν καὶ ἄρτι πάλιν λέγω· εἴ τις ὑμᾶς εὐαγγελίζεται παρ᾽ ὃ παρελάβετε, ἀνάθεμα ἔστω.

Hillsong- ἀνάθεμα ἔστω.

This Changed Everything: A Documentary

Here’s something to watch for:

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31st of that year, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther posted 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel. Little did he know that this act would ignite a revolution that has reshaped the Christian Church and changed Western Civilization forever.

In anticipation of this important anniversary, Christian History Institute is producing a ground breaking three hour documentary series called This Changed Everything. Narrated by the renowned British actor David Suchet, the program tells the dynamic story of the people, places and events that shaped the Reformation. Featuring expert commentary from over twenty top scholars who bring new insight into how the church came to be where it is today and where it may go in the future.

Millennials: not Just the Most Selfish Generation, The Most Absurd

The Guardian has a story everyone who teaches college or university age students will be able to relate to.

My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me

That’s the headline. Here’s the gist.

The government has turned students into customers who have no respect for academics and refuse to work for their grades.

It’s not just the government that’s done it, it’s parents and church youth groups and all those who have raised a generation of people afflicted with affluenza and who actually do think that everything is theirs and nothing isn’t. They are ‘entitled’ and they behave like it.

Read the whole and give thanks to God that you’ll be dead before these horrible people and this horrible generation destroys everything you love.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Weep for The Church


Today’s Free Book For Advent from Logos

This is a very interesting, albeit dated volume.  Much to learn here.  Much better than anything produced by the Wrightians, from an actual Greek scholar and not a user of an interlinear.


Caitlynn Jenner isn’t Fascinating at All

06b210c1d9e7c56d33e5e1823b0c1a43Or even interesting.  And yet, Barbara Walters has declared him the most fascinating person of 2015.

What does this prove?  It proves that all of those idiotic ‘best of’ lists are composed by ignoramuses for ignoramuses.

They’re coming.  Those lists.  Coming from every possible direction and they are all dishonest because no one has met every person (like Walters implies she has) or ‘every’ anything or anyone or, more relevantly for folk who frequent biblioblogs, read every book and thus no one can authentically claim that they can recommend ‘the best books of 2015’ or, anything else.

‘My favorite’ lists are one thing.  ‘Best of’ lists are lies from the pits.  As are ‘Most fascinating’ lists.

That’s Not a Miracle, That’s Mold

This made me chuckle so I felt compelled to share it-


In related news, crying statues aren’t really crying and bleeding wounds on relics aren’t really bleeding.  And Jesus’s face doesn’t appear on toast or trees or stumps or doors or walls or anywhere.

Keeping the Bible out Of School Christmas Programs…

Here’s a slathering of dimwittery for you-

When students perform the play “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at W.R. Castle Elementary School in Johnson County on Thursday, the scene in which the character Linus quotes from the Bible is set to be deleted.

Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thomas Salyer told the Herald-Leader Tuesday that Christmas programs across the district were being reviewed for possible modifications of religious references. That news had led people to protest outside school district offices for a second day Tuesday.

Principal Jeff Cochran said all references to the Bible were removed from the Christmas play after he and others in the district received a message from Salyer on Dec. 11…

Generic holiday 1, Christmas 0.  Merry Generic Holiday Void of Any Meaning to you, Mr Salyer.

Racists Demand a ‘Mosque’ Be Destroyed- But it isn’t a Mosque, It’s a Church

I suspect this sort of thing will be happening in America soon.  As soon as the equally dim far right discover a building that they think looks different than the other buildings around it…

The world-famous St Charles Church – or Karlskirche – in the Austrian capital Vienna is regarded as the city’s most famous baroque church.

But a campaign to have the building which was completed in 1737 pulled down was launched after a story appeared in satirical Austrian newspaper Die Tagespresse claiming that anti-immigration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) chairman Heinz-Christian Strache wanted the Karlsplatz “Mosque” pulled down.

From there it became a campaign on social media, with numerous groups starting to back the campaign to have the mosque pulled down, even though it is not a mosque at all – but a Catholic Church.

It’s not a stretch of the imagination that a dull minded extremist in this country will read an article in the Onion and think it’s real.  Oh wait, that already happens…  Carry on, bigots.  Carry on…