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Archive for October 12th, 2016

Trump Supporters Want to Repeal the 19th Amendment. You Know, the One Giving Women the Right to Vote

Because they really are unhinged and that whole basket of deplorables thing doesn’t apply to all of them, but it clearly applies to some of them.  They really are deplorable.  There’s just no getting around it.

A new analysis by Nate Silver over at Five Thirty Eight shows that if only women cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton would dominate at the polls with a commanding 458 electoral votes over Donald Trump’s 80.

If only men voted, Trump would take 350 to Clinton’s 188.

And thus, some of the Republican nominee’s most ardent supporters began tweeting about repealing the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which in 1920 gave women the right to vote.

By mid-afternoon Wednesday, the hashtag #Repealthe19th had become equal parts earnest wish on behalf of the Trump faithful and a a series of tweets lampooning the GOP standard-bearer’s supporters.

They’re insane.  And deplorable.  And they aren’t Americans.  Not in any meaningful sense.

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 8:58 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Throckmorton Understands Metaxas Better than Metaxas Understands Bonhoeffer, Or Wilberforce, Or Theology, Or Church History

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed out today, Eric Metaxas continues to confuse his audience by his support for Donald Trump.

His op-ed reminded me of this observation by Mark Noll:  The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.

As a serious defense of a vote for Trump, Metaxas fails on nearly every front. He isn’t entirely factual, he inflates the flaws of Clinton and minimizes and avoids the flaws of Trump, his reasoning is flawed, and he continues to paraphrase a quote he incorrectly attributes to Bonhoeffer as his final justification.

Read every word.

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 8:18 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Pierre-Robert Olivétan!

For literally years I’ve been looking for a portrayal of Pierre-Robert Olivétan! – French theologian and biblical translator and tonight the brilliant folk at Olivétan! sent one!





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Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 8:08 pm

Posted in Church History


“I’m pro-life pro-family pro-racial reconciliation pro-immigrant & pro-character in office so no matter what happens in November I lose” – Russell Moore

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 12:53 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

That One Time Your New Testament Prof Assigned both NT Wright’s and Bart Ehrman’s Books in the Syllabus…


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12 Oct 2016 at 10:27 am

Posted in Modern Culture

Call For Applicants: Susan C. Karant-Nunn Endowed Chair in Reformation and Early Modern European History

Below find the job description for a new position: appointment to the Susan C. Karant-Nunn Endowed Chair in Reformation and Early Modern European History-

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Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 10:13 am

Posted in Church History

Jesus, Making People Uncomfortable for 2000 Years


I didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword…  – Jesus

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 9:03 am

Posted in Modern Culture

If Something isn’t True, You Should Stop Saying It…

Like the much repeated ‘lesser of two evils’ argument presently making the rounds amongst the politically angsty.  It’s simply a fact that the lesser of two evils argument just doesn’t work for Christians.   Why?  Because ‘Abstain from every form of evil’ is our task- not cultural accommodation.

The notion that Christians have to ‘fit in’ is absurd on its face.  We needn’t fit in at all and in fact are commanded to ‘not be conformed to this world’ but rather ‘to be transformed’.

Conformed people can achieve nothing.  Transformed people can be the instruments of God and hence the instruments of change.  Authentic change, not paltry political ‘change’.

Christians should stop with their craven and depraved thirst and hunger for power and instead hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 7:25 am

Posted in Theology

Papist Celebration of the Reformation…

On Monday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will participate in a joint Lutheran-Catholic worship service in Sweden this October, kicking off a series of events planned for 2017 to commemorate the 500th anniversaryof the Reformation.

The effort to mend relations with Protestants has been on the agenda of many popes before Francis, but it is a delicate endeavor. The worship service in Sweden was billed by its sponsors, the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation, as a “commemoration,” not as a “celebration,” in order to avoid any inappropriate note of triumphalism. Some Catholics have criticized the notion of a pope celebrating the anniversary of a schism.

Francis addressed the troubled history between the Christian churches as he led an ecumenical vespers service at a basilica in Rome on Monday to mark the closing day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. He appealed for forgiveness for “the sin of our divisions, an open wound in the Body of Christ.”

He added that “when together the Christians of different churches listen to the word of God and try to put it in practice, they achieve important steps toward unity.”

All of which shows that Francis doesn’t understand the reason for the rift in the first place.  And whether he wants to admit it or not, Catholic theology is as far from Luther today as it was 500 years ago.  False unity is still a falsehood.

When Rome abandons Tradition as a source for revelation and embraces salvation by faith utterly without the mixing in of human effort, then it will be able to reunite with the Lutherans.  The rest of us would need a lot more from Rome on the meaning of the Supper and practical ecclesiology.

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 7:15 am

Posted in Church History

Oh Look, Louisiana has been Annexed by ISIS…

How else can you explain this?

Written by Jim

12 Oct 2016 at 12:02 am

Posted in Modern Culture