Monthly Archives: September 2016

Another Gem From Jerome

In my youth, after reading the flowery rhetoric of Quintilian and Tully, I entered on the vigorous study of Hebrew, the expenditure of much time and energy barely enabled me to utter the puffing and hissing words; I seemed to be walking in a sort of underground chamber with a few scattered rays of light shining down upon me; and when at last I met with Daniel, such a sense of weariness came over me that, in a fit of despair, I could have counted all my former toil as useless. But there was a certain Hebrew who encouraged me, and was for ever quoting for my benefit the saying that “Persistent labour conquers all things”; and so, conscious that among Hebrews I was only a smatterer, I once more began to study Chaldee. And, to confess the truth, to this day I can read and understand Chaldee better than I can pronounce it.  – St Jerome

Choose Your Own Personal Pronoun…

Because here’s where we are now…

ANN ARBOR, MI (WCMH) – A University of Michigan student is having some fun with His Majesty’s school’s policy of allowing students to choose their preferred gender pronouns on class rosters.  Grant Strobl, chairman of the Young America’s Foundation, used the new policy to update his preferred pronoun to “His Majesty.”

Democrats and Republicans and Independents Can All Agree on This…



Another Gem From Jerome

Discussing the then current state of the world, Jerome writes

Are there still some remaining for the demons to carry away by their delusions?

Why yes, Jerome, there are. A lot.  And they’re keeping the demons so busy that they would like a vacation.

That ‘Hezekiah’s Toilet’ Story? Yeah, It’s Much Ado About Nothing

But that isn’t stopping the ignoramuses like the people at Relevant Magazine from blowing it all out of proportion and making a suit out of a button.

The little bauble proves nothing that is being claimed it proves.  Nothing.  But if you give the ‘desperate for proof’ lot even the most tenuous something or other they’re sure to run with it- in spite of the fact that at the end of the day they’re simply lying about it all.

But they don’t care.  Because ‘proof’ – even if it doesn’t exist – is more important than ‘truth’ (in spite of the fact that they claim they’re Christians).

Luther’s Review of A Certain Book…


The Bee Stings the Ontological Emptiness of Atheism

At a Friday local chapter meeting of anti-religion group Atheist Friends United, skeptic and freethinker Michelle Newberry reportedly delivered a powerful, inspiring testimony, recounting her journey from hoping in God to finally realizing that she is nothing but a carbon-based cosmic accident whose existence is of utterly zero consequence.

“At one time, I foolishly believed I was here for a reason, that there was a higher purpose and plan for me in the midst of joy and even suffering,” Newberry told her fellow atheist and agnostic brothers and sisters in the entirely non-religious meeting. “I am humbled and so grateful that I finally came to believe the soul-crushing idea that my existence is a complete accident with absolutely no ultimate meaning.”

Witnesses say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Newberry thoughtfully told the touching story of how she finally “saw the light,” when she realized at long last that her existence is the result of an impossibly complex series of inexplicable, incalculable errors, and that she is nothing but a carbon robot devoid of any hope or meaning, barreling toward the absolute nothingness whence she originated.

“I’m here as a witness to the power of atheism—the only reasonable worldview,” she declared. “Things like right and wrong, love and beauty, passion and empathy, ecstasy and heartbreak—these are but leftover, superfluous, physiological baggage from our completely naturalistic journey to being. They don’t mean anything.”

“We should not even exist. Nothing matters. Literally nothing matters at all,” she added with a smile, to the crowd’s enthusiastic applause.

After Newberry finished telling the moving tale of her lack of faith, she reportedly invited anyone who felt called to commit their lives to the void of nothingness to raise their hand, “with every eye closed and every head bowed.” According to Newberry, the group was ecstatic to learn that four new converts were won over to the idea that life is meaningless.

Nothing says nothingness like atheism.

It’s Magical… The Magic Flute by WA Mozart

And it premiered on this date.

IOSOT News and Information for the 2019 Meeting in Aberdeen

During the business meeting of the 22nd congress (held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 4 to 9 September 2016) of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT), Professor Joachim Schaper (Aberdeen) was elected to serve as President of the IOSOT from 2016 to 2019. One of his main duties will be to host the next (the 23rd) congress of the IOSOT, which will take place at the University of Aberdeen in August 2019 (precise dates to follow). The tri-annual congresses of the IOSOT, typically attended by between 400 and 700 scholars from all over the world, showcase the most innovative and original recent contributions to Old Testament scholarship and serve as a snapshot of the ‘state of the art’ in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholarship worldwide. Professor Grant MacAskill (University of Aberdeen) has kindly accepted the invitation to serve as Congress Secretary for the 23rd congress of the IOSOT. He and Professor Schaper look forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen in 2019.

Via Viv R.

A ‘Fantastic’ Looking Book Forthcoming!


You know you want to ‘read’ it…

It’s The Feast Day of St Jerome!

The only Church Father deserving of a feast day or of being remembered and celebrated.  Indeed, the only theologian between Paul and Zwingli whose worth knowing at all.

Happy St Jerome Day!

Private or President: Candidates Should be Subjected to Psychological Testing

A private in the Army has to pass a psychological battery of tests before she or he can serve.  Shouldn’t a Presidential candidate also meet certain minimum psychological tests?

So why don’t we insist such tests be administered to candidates before they are nominated by their respective parties?

Why do we demand psychological stability in the lowest ranks of our military but not in the person who may decide to launch nuclear weapons?  Is America completely absent common sense?

“Here I Stand” – The Online Exhibition of Luther’s Career and Life

Check it out here.  It’s pretty darned cool.


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Another Book By Wright (Which is the Same Book it Always Is)

Tom Wright (he goes by Tom when he writes pop stuff and by NT when it’s more academic because NT reminds you of the New Testament and he likes that association) has published another book which is the same book he’s always written but with a new cover.


Tom Wright- the Vivaldi of New Testament scholars: when you’ve heard one composition you have literally heard them all.

Homeschooler in South Carolina Shoots 2 Kids and A Teacher at the Elementary School After He Killed His Dad

CNN reports

A South Carolina teenager is suspected of opening fire at an elementary school playground, wounding two students and a teacher — just one minute after placing a teary phone call that led to the discovery of his father’s body at a nearby home.

Reuters adds

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Garland Major told reporters he did not know the relationship between the shooter and those wounded at the school.

Authorities said the suspect was home-schooled and called his grandmother who went to his home and found the boy’s father had been shot.

“She could not make out what he was saying because he was crying and upset and so they went to the house … and that’s when she discovered her son and called 911,” coroner Greg Shore told a news conference on Wednesday night.

Immediately after the shooting, armed officers guarded students as they were evacuated from the school and taken by bus to a nearby church, local media said. Television images showed police swarming the school, with some officers on the roof while others moved around the building.

Guns, guns, guns everywhere.  This one can’t be blamed on school bullying or any of the usual reasons.  Evidently this shooter didn’t even know the kids he shot and they didn’t know him because he didn’t go to school.

Because If You’re Going to Have Insane Committees, Why Not…

Right Michigan?  I sure hope you guys (oops, sorry- you creatures) have enough safe spaces and trigger warnings to house all the precious snowflakes demanding their way…


A New Volume on the Barmen Declaration

Die Bedeutung der Barmer Thesen im historischen Kontext und ihre Rezeption
Reich bebildert veranschaulicht das Buch Vorgeschichte, Anlass und Einfluss der Barmer Erklärung auf das Handeln der Bekennenden Kirche. Prägnante Texte und Zitate beschreiben ihr Nachwirken in den beiden deutschen Staaten der Nachkriegszeit und der Ökumene. Kurzbiografien wichtiger Akteure, eine Darstellung der Ausstellungskonzeption und eine Zeittafel ergänzen das Textangebot.


A New Commentary on Romans By a Scholar Who Actually Understands Paul, and the New Testament

Der neue Kommentar zum Römerbrief
Paulus gilt als Grundlage der Reformation, aber seine reformatorische Auslegung geriet in Misskredit. Die lutherische Tradition betont einseitig die individuelle Funktion des Gesetzes, das in innere Konflikte führt. Dagegen stellt die „New Perspective on Paul“ den sozialen Konflikt zwischen Israel und anderen Völkern und die abgrenzende Funktion des Gesetzes ins Zentrum. Beides, der theologisch gedeutete Moralkonflikt und Sozialkonflikt, ergänzen einander jedoch, wenn man den Römerbrief mithilfe einer Kombination von bildsemantischen, sozialgeschichtlichen und psychologischen Methoden liest. Gerd Theißen und Petra von Gemünden verbinden beide Ansätze in ihrem innovativen Kommentar.

>> Hier finden Sie eine Leseprobe