Daily Archives: 11 Dec 2016

Fun Fact About Luther…

He disliked and distrusted Doctors and felt that the best cure for illnesses was a good helping of herring and peas.  He even claimed they had wide curative powers.

The Real Donald J. Trump: Befouled, Infantile, and Dangerous

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I Wish Penitents Still Rode Clerics Around on their Backs…

What would be more awesome than that?

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Martin Luther Making Friends…

When he [Martin Luther] was arguing with his wife he said, “You convince me of whatever you please. You have complete control. I concede to you the control of the household, provided my rights are preserved. Female government has never done any good. God made Adam master over all creatures, to rule over all living things, but when Eve persuaded him that he was lord even over God she spoiled everything.  We have you women to thank for that! With tricks and cunning women deceive men, as I, too, have experienced.” – Table Talk

Yeah, ladyfolk…. take that… why don’t ya….

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My Annual Christmas Message: There’s no Truth to the Claim that ‘Xmas’ is Legit

Xmas does not mean Christmas. And the reason is as simple as can be explained in two sentences. The latter the most important:

The problem with the x = Chi explanation that so many love to spew from their keyboards and mouths during this season is that the general public knows NOTHING of it, or Greek. And, most importantly of all, all they see is an x, and in Greek, x is Xi, not Chi.

If you’re going to foist a ridiculous pseudo-explanation on the public in an attempt to justify laziness in abbreviation, please, at least learn enough Greek to know the difference between χ and ξ . Otherwise, you just look silly.

And, by the by, the early church did abbreviate χριστος- but NEVER with just χ. When they did, it was χρ with a line over it so you knew it was an abbreviation. People who tell you they just used x are stupid, or liars, or stupid liars.

In sum- NO, you have NEVER heard someone say -‘Chi- mas’ but you’ve heard plenty of people say ‘X-mas’ because to them X is X.

Thus endeth the lesson.

Amen, and amen.

Signs of the Times

Muslims Murder 25 Christians by Bombing a Coptic Church in Egypt

A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.

Pope Francis referred to the attack in his Sunday Angelus address, saying “I want to express my special closeness to my dear brother, Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and to his community, praying for the dead and injured.”

The attack came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an assault claimed by a shadowy group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic militants have targeted Christians in the past, including a New Year’s Day bombing at a church in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in 2011 that killed at least 21 people.

Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an assailant lobbed a bomb into a chapel close to the outer wall of St Mark’s Cathedral, seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church and home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II, who is currently visiting Greece.

Egyptian state TV and the Health Ministry gave the casualty toll.

Witnesses said the explosion may have been caused by an explosive device planted inside the chapel. Conflicting accounts are common in the immediate aftermath of attacks.

Quote of the Day

Our minds, to whatever part of creation, to whatever design, to whatever hope they turn, find nothing but trouble, disaster, and utter wretchedness: but comfort and rest are nowhere to be found save with God. – H. Zwingli