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Archive for December 21st, 2016

The Presentation of the Whitelam Festschrift

James Crossley and I edited this volume for our friend and colleague Keith Whitelam and tonight it was presented to Keith by James (along with my little remarks via video which were by all accounts well received).

Keith has long deserved a volume recognizing his brilliant work and this one is given to him with love and respect.

Keith, you mean the world to us.  And, nice sweater!


Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 8:19 pm

Posted in Books

Vom Himmel hoch…

Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Luther

How Millennials and Emergents and Seekers Can Know When to Leave A Church not Up to Their ‘Standards’

1.) The full-service cafe discontinues your favorite seasonal drink. If winter rolls around and the coffee shop in the foyer decides not to run its usual peppermint mocha promotional, it’s time to start Googling “good churches in my area.” It’s a sure sign that the church has abandoned the faith once delivered to the saints. (This should go without saying, but if your church doesn’t have a full-service coffee shop, its lampstand has been removed long ago).

2.) The church fails to immediately respond to your weekly helpful comment card feedback. When you say “jump,” your church should say “how high?” You pay their salaries after all—meaning they work for you. Pastors that don’t immediately make major changes to the worship experience, their preaching style, the decor of the building, or the genres of music on offer based on the fifteen helpful comment cards you turn in each week are not expressing love for the brethren, which may indicate they’re not saved at all.

3.) Someone expresses concern that you missed the last eighteen services. A church that shows interest in regular church membership is like a creepy ex-girlfriend that can’t let go. Can you say “red flag?” Run, don’t walk, away from this aberrant and apostate congregation.

4.) The men’s retreat features fewer than twenty fully automatic rifles. There’s nothing more disappointing than gearing up for your church’s annual men’s retreat only to discover it’s nothing more than a couple days of Bible teaching, prayer, and fellowship. In fact, Jesus Himself rebuked the church at Laodicea for being lukewarm, which scholars believe indicates their men’s ministry never once went on a week-long hunting expedition in the Yukon. (Women, substitute “fully automatic rifles” with “crafting tables.”)

5.) The pastor faithfully preaches the Bible on a weekly basis. Pastors who keep sticking to the same faithful presentation of the Word of God each week lack imagination, honestly. How can your church be a fun, exciting place with engaging programs and appealing special events if the pastor guy keeps rambling on about sin, repentance, and new life in Christ, while systematically preaching and teaching the Scriptures? Think about it.

Remember, this isn’t an exhaustive list—there are hundreds of thousands of legitimate reasons for leaving a church, especially if the pastor isn’t making a concerted effort to appease your every whim and earn your business. But if your church lines up with any of the above points, there’s a really good chance it is time for you to move on.

Remember, snowflakes, it’s all about your ‘felt needs’ and never about God.

Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 4:42 pm

Posted in mockery

‘Truth’ In the Age of Trump

The press had better do its job for the next four years and expose every lie this con man spews.


Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 4:34 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Signs of the Times

I have the feeling this will appear a good bit for the next 4 years.  2 if Congress does its job…


Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Besides Cancelling Worship Services on Christmas, When Else Can the Uncommitted Usurp God’s Right?

A List for Millennials and Gen X-ers Who Wish To Assert Their Superiority To God And Ensure that the Day Of Worship is about them and Not God

  • Christmas
  • Super Bowl Sunday
  • Halloween
  • Easter
  • Bird Day
  • Bean Day
  • National Rubber Duckie Day
  • Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • Hula in the Cola Day
  • National Plum Pudding Day
  • Sunday

In sum, the uncommitted will find any excuse at all to abandon worship, in spite of the fact that Scripture adjures us not to forsake the assembly of the community of believers.  But of course the uncommitted know nothing of Scripture and care to know nothing of it.  Their ‘god’ is self and their Scripture is the fartings of their own stench filled minds.

Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 12:19 pm

Posted in Total Depravity

For the Church History Folk

97889Storing, Archiving, Organizing: The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich is a study of the Lectorium at the Zurich Grossmünster, the earliest of post-Reformation Swiss academies, initiated by the church reformer Huldrych Zwingli in 1523. This institution of higher education was planned in the wake of humanism and according to the demands of the reforming church. Scrutinizing the institutional archival records, Anja-Silvia Goeing shows how the lectorium’s teachers used practices of storing, archiving, and organizing to create an elaborate administrative structure to deal with students and to identify their own didactic and disciplinary methods. She finds techniques developing that we today would consider important to understand the history of information management and knowledge transfer.

Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 7:52 am

Posted in Books, Church History

Signs of the Times


Written by Jim

21 Dec 2016 at 7:26 am

Posted in Modern Culture