Daily Archives: 6 Nov 2016

Asking for an Aussie

Dear @sbl_site or #sblaar16 – any advice as to how to print the SBL label on A4 paper rather than 8.5×11?  For, you know, non-North Americans?

(We are all so unconsciously parochial).

This Is the Act of an Absolutely Corrupt Criminal, not a Police Officer

In San Antonio, be advised, do not accept a sandwich from a guy named Luckhurst if you are homeless (or look homeless, SBL, AAR attendees).

A San Antonio police officer has been fired after an internal investigation determined he tried to give a homeless man a sandwich with feces inside it.

Why, why, why, would anyone do something like that?

Police Chief William McManus said in a statement Friday that former officer Matthew Luckhurst committed a “vile and disgusting act.” Luckhurst, a five-year member of the department, told another officer in May that he had picked up feces, placed it on bread and put it in a container for the homeless man. McManus says the second officer told Luckhurst to retrieve the container but it’s not clear whether he did. At least two officers reported Luckhurst’s actions to supervisors. Authorities have tried to find the homeless man. Efforts to reach Luckhurst for comment were unsuccessful.

Kudos to the chief for acting quickly and properly.  And to the good cops who turned him in.  THAT’S how things are supposed to work.

John MacArthur: Equivocating For Shame’s Sake

MacArthur has announced that he’s voting for Trump but not really voting for Trump but for what he calls a ‘worldview’.

Is MacArthur so bereft of Christian sense that he thinks Trump’s worldview is Christian?  Does MacArthur think ‘worldview’ is, for him, anything but an absurd attempt to evade the horrible truth that he is supporting a man who is as Christian as Judas Iscariot and in many ways worse?

MacArthur has lost the plot.  From hence, his moralizings should be seen for what they are- empty hypocrisy.

Lifting the Luther Moratorium For a Moment

To point out that Luther’s house is being restored and they are documenting it with a series of really super photos.  Here.  Certainly worth your checking into, and worth lifting the moratorium for as well.

The FBI Has Decided It’s Led by Morons

CNN reports

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn’t changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.  Comey had dropped a bombshell 11 days from the election when he informed Congress that the FBI had discovered emails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server.

So, essentially, he admitted that there was nothing to announce when he announced additional investigations of Clinton’s stupid emails.  The FBI has decided it’s led by morons.

The Love of Money is the Root of All Decisions in America

Americans used to be motivated by religious faith or moral principles but now the only thing that motivates most is money.  Americans love money.  American Christians love money as much as their secular counterparts.  If you want to know why Americans make the decisions that they make you need simply follow the money.

Money is the god of this age.  And the love of money is the root of all decisions made in this country today.

Americans ‘vote their pocketbook’.  ‘It’s the economy, stupid’. ‘Those immigrants are taking our jobs’.  ‘How can I get free college’.  ‘How can I get free health care?’  ‘Less work, more income’.

That’s America.  And that’s why this country will not exist in 100 years.

Was Zwingli Naive?

zwingliDas hat man nun davon. Im Bemühen darum, die Geschichte der Reformation etwas lebendig zu machen, habe ich mich in einem Podiumsgespräch (zu?) weit vorgewagt. Auf die Frage, ob Zwingli nicht auch Fundamentalist gewesen sei, habe ich geantwortet, in dem Sinne, als er sich allein auf die Bibel als Fundament beziehen wollte, ja. Aber das sei nach heutigem Verständnis auch naiv, denn man könne, wie man heute wisse, mit der Bibel ja wirklich alles begründen. Meine Aussage über Zwinglis «Naivität» war also eingeschränkt zu verstehen. Aber natürlich trotzdem irgendwie vermessen, dem Zürcher Reformator in irgendeiner Weise «Naivität» vorzuwerfen, auch wenn wir Reformierten ja keine Heiligen kennen, und gerade Zwingli ja darum bat, ihn aufgrund der Heiligen Schrift eines Besseren zu belehren.

Zwingli hatte wohl unbestritten ein sehr optimistisches Verhältnis zur Bibel. In humanistischer Begeisterung lernte er Altgriechisch, um den vor 500 Jahren durch Erasmus herausgegeben «Urtext» des Neues Testaments zu verstehen. Mit seinem Amtsantritt als Leutpriester am Zürcher Grossmünster begann er, die Bibel öffentlich zu übersetzen und auszulegen. Mit seiner Bibelpredigt begeisterte er Menschen in Zürich und bewegte die Politik, den Stadtstaat Zürich im Sinne der Bibel umzubauen. Dabei kam es gerade nicht zu extremen Erscheinungen der Reformation wie anderswo. Selbst ein «Bildersturm», den man sich, inspiriert von der Tempelaustreibung Jesu, ziemlich heftig vorstellen kann, ging weitgehend anständig organisiert vonstatten. Zwingli mit seinen Leutpriesterkollegen und der Rat reformierten Stadt und Kirche Zürichs zwar innert kürzester Zeit, aber mit grossem politischen und geistlichem Geschick. Also ganz bestimmt nicht «naiv»! Vielmehr optimistisch und mutig: Im alleinigen Vertrauen auf Bibel und Christus verliess man die römisch-katholische Heilsanstalt. Und diese Reformation aufgrund des Wortes Gottes veränderte Kirche und Gesellschaft nachhaltig und mit weltweiter Wirkung.

And the rest.

Coming this Saturday

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