Sad News: George Mendenhall has Died

Via Jack Sasson-

Several colleagues are reporting the death of George E. Mendenhall, emeritus at the University of Michigan, just shy of his 100th birthday.

A University of Michigan notice about him is at http://www.lib.umich.edu/faculty-history/faculty/george-e-mendenhall/memoir.  His funeral is scheduled for 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday, August 13, the centennial of his birth.

Wouldn’t It Be Interesting if Christians Took Jesus Seriously?

21 “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.
 
23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
 
25 Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; 26 truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny. — Mt 5:17–26.
 
Wouldn’t it be interesting if Christians actually took Jesus seriously?

The Bee Stings the Empty Theology of the U2 Church

Local man Greg Fischer reports he was looking for a church online Friday morning after recently relocating from out of state, when he stumbled upon The Wandering Church’s statement of faith. After reviewing several of the key doctrines, he suddenly realized almost the entire statement of faith was copied directly from lyrics by rock band U2.

In a blog post, Fischer recorded excerpts of the statement of faith so others could see the similarity:

Article II.) Of Man And Sin

And the battle’s just begun
There’s many lost, but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters
Torn apart

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Article IV.) Of Salvation

One man washed up on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Article X.) Of Heaven And The Last Things

The city’s a flood, and our love turns to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled in dust
I’ll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name

In response to a request for comment regarding the alleged plagiarism, a representative for The Wandering Church stated, “Will it make it easier on you, now you got someone to blame? It’s one love, we get to share it, it leaves you baby if you don’t care for it.”

“Did I disappoint you?” he added.

Bam!  So much vapidity.  So little substance.

Netanyahu and Erdogan- Two Tyrannical Peas in a Pod

The NZZ has a fantastic and fearless essay on Netanyahu that no one should skip.

Israels Rechte glaubt, sie kämpfe für «ihr» Land. In Wirklichkeit rütteln Netanyahu und seine Rechtsnationalen an den Fundamenten israelischer Rechtsstaatlichkeit.

Schauerlich klingen sie, die Klagelieder. Netanyahu ist ein zweiter Erdogan, ein Tyrann, ein Despot. Skrupellos beseitigt er die letzten Überreste israelischer Demokratie. Unaufhaltsam gleitet das Land ab ins Chaos des Orients. Die so klagen, treten ausnahmslos als Freunde Israels auf, im Inland wie im Ausland. Seltsam nur, dass das Land in den Niederungen, auf die es nun angeblich schon seit Jahren zusteuert, noch immer nicht angekommen ist. Es wird gewählt. Korrupte Politiker wandern ins Gefängnis, jüdische Attentäter erhalten «lebenslänglich». Opposition und Medien sind frech und laut, von Putschgelüsten in der Armee ist nichts bekannt. Das Land ist stabil. Es wird die, die es wanken und stürzen sehen, beschämen.

Etc.

Baptist Confessions of Faith

confessionsI wrote this book a decade ago (I can’t believe it has been that long).  It contains all of the major Baptist confessions of faith from the earliest days of the movement to the present.

If such things interest you, get a copy from yours truly for $5 (PDF).  Just send the funds via paypal and I will email you the book straight off.

(It’s on my mind because I’m commencing a new series at the church on what Baptists believe).

Here’s the TOC-

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Women Deacons in the Catholic Church? That’s a Dead End

Or better, a distraction intended to avoid the real issue- women in the Priesthood. So opines a Catholic theologian who also just happens to be a woman.

Die Rolle von Diakoninnen in der frühen Kirche ist längst gründlich erforscht, sagt die Theologin Helen Schüngel-Straumann im Interview mit kath.ch. Dafür eine Kommission einzusetzen, wie Papst Franziskus jüngst beschlossen hat, hält sie für eine reine Alibiübung. Wirklich nötig wäre aus ihrer Sicht eine Reform des Weiheverständnisses.

Read the best interview on the topic of the Pope’s ‘commission’ yet written.