You see that the truth of God, wherever it is found, is the object of their hatred; and it is not less detested by them, in men than in women, in the learned than in the ignorant, in the rich than in the poor, in the great than in the little. — John Calvin
Or, another way of putting it, Rachel Held Evans would applaud such a sermon as that preached by the dear precious brother…
According to multiple sources within Revival Church, Pastor Kent Snider utilized 78 different euphemisms for the biblical concept of sin in one 18-minute sermon this past Sunday, obliterating his own previous record of just 28 substitutes for the term.
Snider’s message, titled “Breathing Life Into Our Brokenness,” opened with a short video clip from Rocky III. But as Sylvester Stallone’s powerful voice faded out, Snider was out of the blocks at a lightning-quick pace and well on his way to a world record.
“Jesus died for your hurts, habits, and hangups, for your failures and foibles—for your oops-a-daisies and your boo-boos,” he reportedly declared before refreshing himself with a sip of his beverage stationed at the foot of his lectern. “And you know, the Hebrew Scriptures suggest to us that we all might have had moral oversights, bounced spiritual checks, and bashful blunders. So we sometimes don’t quite live up to our God-given potential. That’s right in the book of Romans.”
Oh, that stings…
“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.
Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'” — (Joel 2:12-17)
Is this one by Will Brown on Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spanò. Goliath’s Legacy: Philistines and Hebrews in Biblical Times. Contributions to the Study of Ancient World Cultures 83. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016, pp. 321.
Give it a look.
Or as the Church will call them- ‘PriestsLite’.
And those who read THE Commentary are 99% wiser, smarter AND cooler than anyone else.
The Reverend Professor Dennis Nineham, who has died aged 94, was one of the Church of England’s most distinguished scholars and teachers.
He occupied chairs at London, Cambridge and Bristol universities, and from 1969 to 1979 was Warden of Keble College, Oxford. His primary field was the New Testament, but he was also a good all-round theologian and insisted that, since the Church’s beliefs and practices were built upon New Testament foundations, its preachers, teachers and liturgists must take full account of contemporary scholarship in this field.
Read the rest of the Telegraph’s obituary here.
Because you’re too busy hitting, pushing and stabbing him…
A 29-year-old woman is accused of throwing her live-in boyfriend against a door, striking him and then stabbing him with the tip of a knife. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on May 4 around 12:36 p.m. The boyfriend is 65 years of age or older. An arrest affidavit says witnesses saw Alyce Davenport throwing the man against the front door and then striking him. “The defendant was observed pulling at (the victim’s) pockets looking for the keys to the apartment,” deputies said.
Deputies said Davenport also grabbed two steak knives from the kitchen. She allegedly used the tip of a knife to stab the victim’s chest, arms and hands. “The defendant is much larger and younger than the victim,” deputies said. “The victim has mobility issues and is unable to retreat and flee. The victim stated that the defendant hid his phone from him.”
Domestic violence isn’t a sin unique to men, and the #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou movement minimalizes the violence perpetrated by women against men.
There’s no place in decent society for ANY violence of ANY sort by ANY one against ANY one.
Just so you know… on this day in 1323…
During the administration of Bernard Gui, as inquisitor of Toulouse, 1306–1323, forty-two persons were burnt to death, sixty-nine bodies were exhumed and burnt, three hundred and seven were imprisoned, and one hundred and forty-three were condemned to wear crosses. A single instance may suffice of a day’s doings by the Inquisition: on May 12, 1323, six young men, twelve men, and eleven women were burnt at Toulouse.
They must have been terrible people…