Daily Archives: 17 Nov 2016

Reformation Thursday 

This week’s entry discusses a bit of Calvin.  By a person who makes a very strange confession about Calvin.

I am a United Methodist pastor steeped in the tradition of John Wesley. Therefore, I am not supposed to like John Calvin. But I do. Here’s why.

Physically frail, bookish and painfully shy, Calvin nevertheless exercised strong pastoral leadership under very volatile circumstances. In other words, the guy had courage and I admire him for it. Geneva, which became the center of his work, was politically unstable and financially strapped. Having recently become Reformed, this city of 10,000 inhabitants lacked appropriately trained pastors. Calvin was called to Geneva in 1536 to supply the leadership, only to be booted from town in 1538, the victim of being on the wrong side of political infighting. And then, when called by some of the same people who had worked to have him ousted, he returned to Geneva in 1541 and stayed till his death in 1564.  

I didn’t even know Arminians knew who Calvin was!  Enjoy the whole piece.

The 10 Commandments- The Samaritan Pentateuch Edition

Via Antonio Lombatti

Nella versione samaritana. Non dimenticate che esistono, nella Bibbia, due versioni dei Dieci Comandamenti: una in Esodo 20 e l’altra in Deuteronomio 5. Ciascuna è il frutto di un processo editoriale indipendente. I samaritani, di fronte a questa ambigua versione delle leggi di Yahweh, dovettero cercare di armonizzare le norme. Ecco perché i loro Dieci Comandamenti sono diversi da quelli presenti nella Bibbia. Non solo: il decimo è totalmente differente: afferma che il Monte Gerizim è il luogo più sacro dell’ebraismo. Lì si dovrà edificare il tabernacolo di YHWH. E non sul Monte Ebal come riportano le nostre Bibbie.

Questo cappello introduttivo per dire che la tavoletta d’argilla che contiene la più antica versione dei Dieci Comandamenti, quella samaritana appunto, è stata venduta all’asta per 850.000 dollari. Ne parla la CNBC.

Lifeway Is There For You, Lazy Unmotivated Plagiarizing Pastor…

Lifeway has sent along an email with the promise of 4 FREE sermon outlines and all I need do is download them….  Yay….  This is perfect for the lazy, unmotivated plagiarizing SBC pastors who are satisfied to let others do their sermon prep for them.  Their name is Legion…

Fortunately, I like to do my own work.  So, no thanks.