Daily Archives: 3 Nov 2016

It Bears Repeating: A Prayer for Times of Political Turmoil

Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, my soul! I will praise Yahweh all my life, I will make music to my God as long as I live.

Do not put your trust in princes, in any child of Adam, who has no power to save. When his spirit goes forth he returns to the earth, on that very day all his plans come to nothing.

How blessed is he who has Jacob’s God to help him, his hope is in Yahweh his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them. He keeps faith for ever, gives justice to the oppressed, gives food to the hungry; Yahweh sets prisoners free. Yahweh gives sight to the blind, lifts up those who are bowed down. Yahweh protects the stranger, he sustains the orphan and the widow. Yahweh loves the upright,but he frustrates the wicked. Yahweh reigns for ever, your God, Zion, from age to age.  (Ps. 146:1-10)

Signs of the Times

A Canadian friend explains to me that this is part of a toolkit to help Albertan teachers create a safe and inclusive environment.  Other suggestions include using the term “comrade” to refer to others and staging a drag show.

What the actual what????


Signs.  Of the.  Times.

As SBL Approaches

There are two chief sorts of attendees.  There are the paper presentation procrastinators who just now, just this week, have decided to start their paper.


And there are the rest of the attendees, just sitting around, drinking, waiting for things to happen on the 18th of November.


From 1 November till 18 November, no one will be getting anything done.  Except anticipating.

The Difference Between Atheism and Religion

This is the difference between religion and atheism: religion does not grow without planting, but will die even where it is planted without watering. Atheism, irreligion, and profaneness are weeds that will grow without setting, but they will not die without plucking up. — William Gurnall

Country Bumpkins: It’s Reformation Thursday!

zwingliZwingli wrote

[My opponents] confront me presently with the Gordian knot: 

“If it is not [declared to be] unlawful for any persons to make some definite proclamation in regard to the truth of Scripture, there will arise countless errors. For every one will maltreat the Sacred Writings at his own sweet will. Country bumpkins!” 

Read the rest of the engaging and stunningly well written essay over at the Christian History Institute blog as they celebrate Reformation Thursday.

Bruce Gordon: Latin Protestant Bibles

Christians, Elections, and The Object of Trust

Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.  His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.  Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever,  Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. (Ps. 146:3-7).

Let the reader understand.