Daily Archives: 9 May 2016

At This Moment, This Is Better Than Any Alternative

If You’re a Fan of John MacArthur, You Should Stop It

Is there anything of Christ in the man?  It seems not.

John MacArthur, the Calvinist teacher who previously argued Christian parents should turn their gay children “over to Satan,” has some new thoughts on who is in and who is out: and most Hispanics don’t make the cut.  In the lead up to a conference later this month in the Dominican Republic, John MacArthur has put out a video announcing that he’ll be unable to attend as he planned, but that he will still address the conference using technology.  In the recent video, MacArthur ends his announcement with a mind-numbing statement about why he is so supportive of this conference he’s not personally attending:

“I want to say also that I support that conference 100 percent. I’m deeply committed to the tremendous importance of proclaiming the true Gospel in the Spanish speaking world. We all understand that people in the Hispanic world know about Jesus Christ. They know about the Bible. They know about God. They know about salvation– at least, in some ways. They have biblical terminology because of the impact, historically, of the Roman Catholic church. But they don’t know Christ. And they don’t know the Gospel of grace. And they don’t know the full revelation of Scripture. So, this is a critical, God-ordained conference.” (Original video, here.)

Besides the racist, paternalistic nature of his statement, such blanket statements are universally untrue on the surface– always. One cannot make an absolute, universal statement about an entire group of people– especially a group of people that numbers in the millions– and have it be close to true.

MacArthur is utter rubbish.  And insulting not only to Hispanics, many of whom are brilliant Christians, but insulting to Catholicism (and not in the fun 16th century way).  MacArthur fanboys, your idol is unlearned.

The Third Law of Theology


via the U of Nottingham

The Word of the Day

From our Saxon friends-


Heute: büffeln
> intensiv lernen

Denkt man an “Büffel”, denkt man heute vor allem an afrikanische oder asiatische Rinderarten. Genau genommen gibt es allerdings keine strenge Abgrenzung zwischen Rind und Büffel. So bezeichnete man schon zur Lutherzeit Hausrinder als “Büffel”, die als Arbeitstiere Pflüge, schwere Wagen oder Mühlenräder zogen.

Schon Martin Luther spricht in übertragenem Sinne von “Büffelarbeit” oder “büffeln”, und zwar immer dann, wenn von einem erheblichen Kraftaufwand die Rede ist, wie man ihn zum Beispiel einem vor den Pflug gespannten Büffel, das heißt Ochsen, abverlangt.

‪#‎Luther‬ ‪#‎WortdesTages‬

The Child Molesting Priest Who Has Been Appointed Head of a Teen Pregnancy Ministry…

I’m no papist, so I don’t understand all the mysterious ways of that lovely lot.  But, it seems to me, anyway, as an outsider, that this is a pretty dumb thing to do:

A Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl has been appointed as director of a teen pregnancy center, prompting activists to call for him to be removed from the post.  The Detroit Free Press reported on Monday that Rev. Kenneth Kaucheck was named director of the Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Residence in Eastpointe.

According to the paper, “the center takes in teenagers and young women who are pregnant, assisting them and any children they might later have.”  The report said that Kaucheck was removed from two churches after the Archdiocese of Detroit determined in 2009 that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old girl who he was counseling in the 1970s.  At the time, prosecutors declined to file charges against Kaucheck, arguing that the girl was old enough to legally consent.

Ugh.  And he’s not even a football coach…

Plunging Into NT Wright’s Works

Is represented, pictorially, by this hapless lad.  He expects depth, but finds only the bitter grit of sand between his teeth as he plops into merely damp ground.


Good News on the Calvin Front

Librairie Droz S.A. announces the publication of two volumes in the Ioannis Calvini Opera Omnia series: Praelectiones in librum prophetiarum Ieremiae (ed. by Nicole Guenier and Max Engammare) and Leçons ou commentaires et expositions sur les Revelations du prophète Jeremie (1565) (ed. by Max Engammare, translated by Charles de Jonviller).


Penn State Knew Sandusky Was a Pedophile in 1971

Penn State’s legal settlements with Jerry Sandusky’s accusers cover alleged abuse dating to 1971, which was 40 years before his arrest, the university said Sunday, providing the first confirmation of the time frame of abuse claims that have led to big payouts.

The disclosure came as Penn State President Eric Barron decried newly revealed allegations that former football coach Joe Paterno was told in 1976 that Sandusky had sexually abused a child and that two assistant coaches witnessed either inappropriate or sexual contact in the late 1980s. Paterno, who died in 2012, had said the first time he had received a complaint against Sandusky was in 2001.

That’s far more disgusting than we knew previously.  How many children did the pervert molest in the over 40 years he had a free hand to do so?  Hundreds?  Thousands?

The university has paid out more than $90 million to settle more than 30 civil claims involving Sandusky.

And those are just the ones still alive and still willing to be publicly humiliated by those at Penn who will continue to defend the beast.

Joe Paterno covered it all up.  All for a stupid game.  He’s as guilty as sin.

Get a Copy of ‘The People’s Reformation’

It’s a paltry $5.  The price of a latte.  You need only sign up for it.  And, by the by, it’s a fantastic Magazine.

It didn’t take long for the ideas of Luther, Zwingli, and many others to ignite a sea change in society at large: peasants revolting, priests and nuns marrying, church art destroyed, heretics on both sides persecuted by church and state, and a philandering king whose search for a male heir would birth the Church of England. Read about one of the most turbulent eras of all of history in issue #118, The People’s Reformation, the second in our Reformation series.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

That awkward moment when you write a book about Yahweh as healer and don’t realize that ‘Jehovah’ is a word that never occurs anywhere in the Hebrew Bible and, in fact, is a total fiction, concocted in the minds of persons who knew less Hebrew than Strong’s concordance.  Sure, you can’t tell a book by its cover- but you can learn a lot about what its author knows, or doesn’t know, by the title.


David J.A. Clines is Donating His Library to Kent

Very generous of him.

Christian Mysticism: An Observation

Mystical Christianity is gnosticism, pure and simple.

Supporters of Trump are Members of a Cult

On NPR this morning

David Greene talks to Mac Stipanovich, a GOP strategist in Florida, on his assertion that not voting for Donald Trump — or even voting for Hillary Clinton — is the better option for Republicans.

Mac calls those who support Trump members of a cult.  Now that’s plain talk.  His reasons are compelling.  I recommend that you listen to the report, and pass it along to Trump supporters.


Marketing the gospel like a product means you have a business not a Church.

The Obituary of Ernest Nicholson

Ernest Wilson Nicholson 1938-2013, by  John Barton.  Give it a read.

The Presentation of the Garbini Festschrift