Daily Archives: 16 Dec 2016

Luther Making Friends, Again

It is presumptuous for people who are as ignorant as you are not to take up the work of a herdsman. — Martin Luther

Ignorance is not A Virtue

 

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Breaking News: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Library!

It’s already being stocked with the materials best representative of the Trump Presidency!

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Don’t Do It… Just Don’t

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Signs of the Times

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#ICYMI – SBL Annual Meeting Call For Papers

The call is shortly to be issued so I thought I would be a blessing and make a few suggestions for sure winners (and don’t worry about actual content- it’s the title that matters – all the rest is slaughterhouse filler).

1 – The limitless Liminality of Goodacre’s View of Empire in Q and its Reception.

2 – The Empire Strikes Back: Limits and liminality of religion in Star Trek- Jabba the Hut and his Empire.

3- Examining Empire in Epiphanes of Epaphrodite: Examples from Reception History.

4- Obsequious Obscurity in Atheist Liminal Empire Reception Exegeses: Ee I Ee I O.

5- The Reception of Doug Campbell’s Turtleneck As Metaphor of his Neckless Necklace Liminality Theory Random Out of Context Eisegetical Nonsense: a Reappraisal.

6 – The Empire of Wright on the Isle of Man: Encoded Meaning in Wright’s Misappropriation of Paul With Special Emphasis on His Purple Shirt and pointy hat As Symbols of Emasculation and Liminality.

And finally

7- Joel Watts, Chris Tilling, Jeremy Thompson, and Satan: Reception, Destruction, Evisceration, and Excrement: the Modern Usurpation of Scholarship by Liminality and the Dark Empire of the Incontinent and Impotent.

You’re welcome, and happy #SBLaar17.

Dear Churches Cancelling Christmas Morning Services…

Stop it.  You aren’t doing it for ‘the family’ you’re doing it because you don’t think people will attend.  But by doing so, not only are you committing idolatry (by placing ‘the family’ above God), you are also betraying the very reason you exist: to glorify God.

So stop it.

If people attend, they attend.  If they don’t, they don’t.  That isn’t your concern.  Your concern is providing your community with the opportunity to worship the Lord God Almighty.  That is your chief end and only true aim.  Everything else you do flows from it and without it nothing else you do matters.

Stop pandering to the uncommitted and instead offer the authentically committed, the authentically Christian, what they crave- the presence of God in the community of believers.  Any other decision in the matter is sinful.

Breaking News: The First Photo of Donald Trump and His Cabinet

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This Looks Fantastic and I’m Definitely Going!

With thanks to Richard Goode of Newman University, Birmingham, for bringing it to our attention.  This makes me this excited…

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Childhood Cancer Awareness

aquamanOver on Facebook there’s a campaign to spread awareness of Childhood Cancer.  I wanted to do a bit more, though, than just change my profile photo since I have known a number of youngsters with cancer over the years.  So, that said, would you look into this charity and perhaps consider making a donation:

The Max Love Project.  It’s legit.  And check out their website where you can help out.

Kids with cancer… can you think of anyone else that really need a hand more?

The Reformation for Dummies: A Crash Course

Vor 500 Jahren trat die Reformation ihren Siegeszug um die Welt an. Die meisten Leute kennen die Namen von Luther und Zwingli, dem deutschen und dem Schweizer Reformator. Aber sonst? Ein Crash-Kurs hilft weiter.

Die Reformation ist derzeit in aller Munde, jährt sie sich doch zum 500. Mal. Aber ist sie auch in den Köpfen? Calvin, Zwingli und natürlich Luther sind bekannte Reformatoren, die 95 Thesen sind als Zahl vielleicht noch bekannt. Aber ihr Inhalt und der historische Hintergrund? Den meisten wird in solchen Momenten klar, dass sie in Religion und Geschichte einen Fensterplatz hatten. Der «Crash-Kurs Reformation», den die Volkshochschule und die reformierten Kirchen beider Basel im Januar anbieten, setzt hier an, ergänzt und erweitert Teilwissen.

Fantastic.  Read the rest.  And note especially

Der «Crash-Kurs» Reformation besteht aus zehn Themenblöcken, die ein kompaktes Grundwissen zur Reformation und ihrer Geschichte vermitteln. Ab Ende Januar stehen die Unterlagen zu den einzelnen Modulen des Kurses für Erwachsenenbildungsveranstaltungen in den Kirchgemeinden kostenlos zur Verfügung. Weitere Informationen auf www.ref-500.ch.

Ab dem 24. Januar bietet die Volkshochschule beider Basel mit den Erwachsenenbildungsstellen der reformierten Kirchen Basel-Stadt und Baselland den Crash-Kurs an. Kosten inklusive Unterlagen für fünf Abende: 126 CHF, Anmeldung bis 5. Januar unter www.vhsbb.ch.

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