Daily Archives: 10 Aug 2016

Miss Work? Not on Your Life!

Miss Church?  Oh you bet!  Curiously (or maybe not so much) people would never consider treating their work attendance like they do their church attendance.  But they like money more than God.

Exciting News for the Lazy Pastor!

Why work on a sermon when you can visit this website and get outlines and ideas and illustrations!!!!  Inspire your church with your skills of plagiarism!



40 have been arrested in a Georgia pedophile sting operation-

Law enforcement agencies combine for 10-week ‘Operation Summer Heat’ in Effingham County They range in age from 17 to 57, all from Georgia and South Carolina and include a house painter, an industrial worker and an elementary school principal.

The one thing the 39 individuals have in common — they were all arrested this summer for trying to have sex with children, according to officials with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies from the Effingham and Chatham County Sheriff’s Offices lured the men to the area over the past 10 weeks in “Operation Summer Heat” by pretending to be underage children. The suspects were arrested on felony charges of child molestation or computer pornography. The mugshots of 37 of the men were released to the public Tuesday, and two photos were not released because the men were age 17.

“This operation was designed to send a clear message from Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and Chatham County Sheriff Johnny Wilcher that individuals who target our children for their own purposes will not be tolerated in Effingham and Chatham counties,” said Effingham Sheriff’s Investigator Joe Heath. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is an affiliate member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

Some of the suspects would ask, “Is this a sting?” or “You aren’t a cop, are you?” and despite their misgivings, would still arrive at sting sites where they were arrested, officials said. They would try to meet children in public places such as a park or a fast-food restaurant or more secluded places such as a private home – some place the offender would feel safe.

But instead of a young boy or girl, they would find a sheriff’s deputy, ready to make an arrest.

Etc.  Sickening.

Well Thank you, Zondervan!

This arrived in the mail today.  I love Kierkegaard.  And I appreciate Zondervan for sending along this surprise.  Thanks!


Everyone loves a tote!

The Barth Handbook

A new work from JCB Mohr (with thanks to Chris *the Ex Roomie At SBL* Tilling for mentioning it on the facebook)-

5923_00_detailKarl Barth (1886–1968) war einer der großen prägenden Theologen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Mit seinen theologischen Arbeiten erreichte er weltweiten Einfluss. Nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg formierte sich mit der von ihm inspirierten »dialektischen Theologie« die damals bedeutendste Aufbruchsbewegung der evangelischen Theologie. Sein Denken erlangte in den dramatischen Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Kirche und Nationalsozialismus kirchenpolitische Orientierungskraft von historischer Dimension. Als theologischer Lehrer der evangelischen Kirche hat Barth in seiner Kirchlichen Dogmatik zentrale Grundeinsichten der reformatorischen Theologie aufgenommen und weiterentwickelt. Er muss als ein problemsensibler theologischer Autor gelesen werden, der sich den Herausforderungen der Moderne nicht verweigerte, sondern sich in einem häufig unterschätzten Ausmaß auf ihre Herausforderungen eingelassen hat.
In der Reihe der Theologen Handbücher bietet das Karl Barth Handbuch übersichtliche und instruktive Zugänge zur Biografie, zur Werk- und Wirkungsgeschichte und zu den profilbildenden theologischen Entscheidungen und Themen im Denken dieses großen Theologen. Es wendet sich in gleicher Weise an allgemein Interessierte und an Fachleute. Die einzelnen Artikel können sowohl als Hinführung als auch als Bündelung und Fokussierung gelesen werden. Das Barth Handbuch ist ein unentbehrliches Hilfsmittel für jeden, der sich mit dem Werk Karl Barths und seiner Interpretation beschäftigt.

There’s more here including the TOC.

Brunner on ‘Sola Fide’

“By faith alone” then, means not I, but God alone creates my redemption, my salvation, the saving and redeeming of the world; He alone is good, He alone brings to the desired goal — “with might of ours can naught be done;” — that means to rely on God alone, to make God our whole defense. Does not that make man lazy? Ask a Luther, a Zwingli, a Calvin whether this “God alone” faith made them lazy! Examine the lives of others who have really received this “God alone” faith in all of its depth and magnificence, and inquire whether it has made them morally indifferent or ethically lazy. It is the great mystery of God that men do not become strong until they know their weakness, and expect all things from the power of God. — Emil Brunner

It’s “The Commentary” Wednesday

It’s not A commentary, it’s THE Commentary.  Here’s what a theologian and biblical scholar and Theological College President thinks of it:

Saint Paul knew more than I can ever imagine about Christians living in tension with the Gospel and with each other, and his several letters to the Church in Corinth are pivotal to the entire New Testament. Which is why I am so pleased to mention here some recent commentaries by a friend of mine, Jim West, on I and II Corinthians.

Subtitled ‘for the Person in the Pew’, and published by Quartz Hill Publishing House of Quartz Hill School of Theology, California, these two commentaries are in fact part of a much larger project by West to write similar commentaries on every book of the Bible, and to make them available in print and electronically for everyone to read. That project is now completed and the results are tremendous.

I think there are three main reasons why these commentaries are so successful. First, West is a first-class Biblical scholar, one who makes the intelligent critical study of the text central to his theological interpretation. That commitment is rarer than one might imagine and to have it realized across the entire Bible is an astonishing feat that gives us now a unique resource.

Second, and delightfully, Jim West is a great writer: his pages fizz with sharp words and phrases and he appears incapable of saying anything boring about these texts. This ability keeps us reading along with him and, more importantly, reading along with Saint Paul. I have rarely come across any Christian writing project, aimed at ‘the person in the pew’, that has succeeded so brilliantly in bringing alive its subject matter.

Third, West couldn’t dodge an issue if his life depended on it, which can be an uncomfortable position for a Christian theologian. Corinth, as with most churches in most places, had some strange people believing and practising some odd things. The knack, as West points out, is to engage them endlessly with love and grace rather than self-righteous anger, but to engage them: ‘Paul lived with a purpose. And he urges the Corinthians to do the same. As we all who name the name of Christ must’ (West on I Cor. 9:27, p.60).

I am going to be talking to Jim about making these commentaries available through Ming Hua’s website, but inspect them for yourselves if you have the time: you will find them a superb companion to your own reading of the Bible and, as importantly, a great reminder of just how much the early Church struggled with some of the same problems we face now.

Gareth Jones, Principal
Ming Hua Theological College
Hong Kong

You can buy the PDF’s of the entire commentary series from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.

A Book on Paul You’ll Really Want to Hear About

That 11 Year Old Girl Wasn’t Shot Outside, as Her Father Claimed. She Was Shot By Him.

battsBecause when she got home from school he was ‘startled’ (because he was asleep.  At around 4 in the afternoon…) so he shot her.  He shot her because he was startled.  He must sleep with a gun in his hand….

According to the arrest affidavit for Timothy Batts, Batts says he accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter Timea after she “yelled and scared him” while he was sleeping. Batts told police he was sleeping at the time Timea came home from her first day of school. Batts said he woke up after hearing a sound and grabbed a gun from underneath his dresser. When his daughter yelled and scared him, he fired a shot which struck the child.

So instead of finding out who yelled and why his go to response is shoot first and ask questions later… Precious.  Maybe he’s antsy because he’s a felon.  With a gun.

The affidavit states he removed the gun from the scene after the shooting.

Consciousness of guilt.

The statements contradict what police were originally told by Batts, who stated Timea had arrived home from school and told him she had been shot after getting off the bus. Batts later admitted he had lied and told police what allegedly is the truth. Batts added the gun “was now in Nashville.”

So he gave it to a homey who took it out of town for him…

Batts, who is a convicted felon, was not supposed to be in possession of a weapon. He told police he had a previous charge for possession with intent for resale of cocaine. He is now facing charges of Reckless Homicide, Tampering With Evidence, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Tampering With Evidence. He is being held on $1 million bond at the Sumner County Jail.

He needs to spend the rest of his days locked up.  He’s a murderer.  But perhaps if she had a gun, she could have defended herself… right, NRA?  Everyone needs a couple dozen guns in America, right NRA?

Lutherbibel 2017

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I’ve preordered.  Via Refo500