Daily Archives: 8 Aug 2016

Of Course He Killed Someone…

Of course he did.  This is America.

A white man who apparently called police to complain about “hoodlums” near his house was charged with murder after he shot and killed a black man outside, authorities said.  The shooting happened early Sunday morning when 39-year-old Chad Cameron Copley fired a shotgun from inside his garage and hit the victim, according to a Raleigh Police Department news release. He was arrested hours later, and jail records show the suspect was being held on a murder charge.  Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, 20, suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said Thomas was black.

Why just ignore it or call the police when you can gun someone down….

A Real Sickness Afflicts Our Land

As the story of an 11 year old who got off her school bus and was shot. In Tennessee.  Today.  On the first day of school.

An 11-year-old Tennessee girl was shot and killed on Monday. Authorities told WKRN the girl got off her school bus at her Hendersonville home. When she went inside, she told her father she had been shot. The girl’s father took her to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. She was then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She died less than two hours later, WKRN reports. Det. Jim Vaughn with Hendersonville police told WSMV the shooting did not happen on the bus, based on an interview with the bus driver. Vaughn said police believe the shooting happened between the girl getting off the bus and going into the home.

A real sickness….  Because we are all immune to it now- the shootings.  The murders.  They don’t  even move us to rage or wrath.  They don’t move us at all.  A real sickness afflicts America.  And it is a sickness unto death.

Farewell, America.  You don’t have long left now.

Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and Coffee

Zeit für einen Kaffee? Wenn Martin Luther Kaffe wäre, würde er stark, würzig und erdig schmecken. – Und Zwingli? Oder Calvin?

This story made me smile.  That’s saying something.

And, yes, they sell ‘Luther Coffee‘…



The Megachurch Wannabees: An Observation

Oh precious tiny church with 50 members and two ‘campuses’… don’t try so hard to be a mega. It’s embarrassing. Just be a local church.

And if being that isn’t good enough and you feel the need to franchise and expand, just close the doors. You aren’t a church, you’re a business and you’re in the Church’s way.

Total Depravity:  The Song Leader Edition


A Sevier County man was arrested after a teenager claims she received sexual text messages from a former music leader at Dripping Springs Baptist Church in Seymour. 

Investigators believe John Leslie Steger, 35, sent a 15-year-old girl multiple text messages starting around April 29 to July 30. The two met while Steger was a leader for a church choir. He also helped with vacation bible school and taught classes.

The report says some of the texts said: “Let me be your first,” “Want next step,” “Friends with benefits,” “It’s not enough, why do you think I want more,” “What I had in mine wouldn’t hurt,” “I’m hormonal,” “Enough, why do you think I want more,” “Terrific kiss,” and :”Loved our small hug.”

The report claims Steger did admit to sending the text messages, hugging, kissing and holding hands with the teen.

The Bee Stings the Feckless ‘Give The People What They Want’ Comedian Pastors

Drawing upon his study of great theologians and communicators like Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, and Louis C.K., local pastor Jim Morales “absolutely killed” with his touching and moving comedy routine delivered at Red Letter Church Sunday morning.

“Oh man, he had us rolling,” one audience member said after the church service. “I just love how he makes small observations about the mundane things in life and lampoons them relentlessly.”

“The bit about the airport—I couldn’t breathe I was laughing so hard,” she went on, though she was unable to recall what the point of the illustration was.

According to critics, Morales’ otherwise riotous performance was marred only slightly by a brief attempt to apply the teachings of the Bible to the lives of the people in attendance.

“I don’t know what that misguided attempt at bringing God into it was all about,” a Washington Post critic wrote in his 4-1/2 star review of Morales’ fine-tuned comedy routine. “But no comic is on his game 100% of the time, and Morales bounced back perfectly with a hilarious story about how lame his wife is. A stellar performance, and the start of a great comedic career.”  Morales is also reportedly in talks with cable channel Comedy Central negotiating his own variety show.

A megachurch is in his ‘future’…

Quote of the Day

[I]t is very beneficial if we sometimes become aware of the evil of our nature and our flesh, because in this way we are aroused and stirred up to have faith and to call upon Christ. Through such an opportunity a Christian becomes a skillful artisan and a wonderful creator, who can make joy out of sadness, comfort out of terror, righteousness out of sin, and life out of death, when he restrains his flesh for this purpose, brings it into submission, and subjects it to the Spirit. Those who become aware of the desires of their flesh should not immediately despair of their salvation on that account. It is all right for them to be aware of it, provided that they do not assent to it; it is all right for anger or sexual desire to be aroused in them, provided that they do not capitulate to it; it is all right for sin to stir them up, provided that they do not gratify it. In fact, the godlier one is, the more aware he is of this conflict. — Martin Luther

In Case You Missed It: God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Reviewed here.


Something new to add to the useful sites section of the sidebar:

Swissbib is the catalog of all Swiss university libraries, the Swiss national library, several cantonal libraries and of other institutions. It provides a convenient, fast and comprehensive gateway to academic publications in Switzerland.

It’s a great research tool.