Daily Archives: 25 Jan 2017

Tyson Gets the Mocking he Deserves

Did you know that light is fast? I bet you didn’t know that. Light is very fast. It is faster than your car and definitely faster than your cat or dog. Some people do not know that light is fast, but I do, because I am a scientist.

There are a lot of things we can learn from science. Did you know that the earth is round? It is round, and it is not flat. A lot of religions think the world is flat, but they are wrong. It is round. I know this because I am a scientist.

Scientists sometimes do experiments where we test things. We can even make things go boom. Explosions go boom, and cars go boom if they run into something. Especially if it is at the speed of light (which is very fast).

But if you watch Star Wars and you clap because there are explosions going boom in space, you are not a smart person or a scientist, because explosions do not go boom in space. Did you know that? I bet you didn’t, because you are not a scientist. Space is big.

People who do not do the science are dangerous, because they are not scientists. They do not know things the scientists know.

Remember, rainbows are colorful and the sun is made of gas. Boom. (But not in space.)


Ha!   (Some arrogant prats really deserve a mocking.  Tyson is one of them).

There is No Escaping the Truth of Scripture Concerning our Treatment of the Refugee and the Poor

‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory.  All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats.  He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the upright will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

Then he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink,  I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?”  Then he will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”  And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’ (Matt. 25:31-46)

Given the attitudes of many ‘Christians’ towards the ‘stranger’, there will be a lot of church goers on Jesus’ left hand.  They might imagine that they’re beliefs please God, but Scripture proves them wrong.  And there’s no escaping Scripture’s teaching on the subject no matter how they might try to wiggle out from under it.

The Bee Stings The Faux Pastoral Apology

These sort aren’t sorry, they’re sorry they got caught.  And yes, they are real.  And they are Legion.

After confirming rumors of a scandalous affair, megachurch celebrity pastor Lance E. Mason of Counterpoints Church issued a sincere, heartfelt apology Wednesday for his “extremely poor judgment” in not taking more effective steps to hide the affair.

“To my wife, my kids, and my church body,” Mason said in a well-choreographed spoken-word video posted to his Facebook page. “I am deeply sorry—I should have done a much better job covering my tracks.”

“Giving the lady my main cellphone number—that was a really unwise thing to do. And to think that all I had to do was Google ‘how to delete your text messages,’ and my affair could still be hiding in the dark where it belongs,” he continued, adding that if he had just done things a little differently, he would still be pastoring a huge church with everyone looking up to him, all while enjoying his extramarital affair, and everyone would be happy.

“I am so truly and deeply sorry,” he added.

According to a statement issued by the church, Mason will be taking a three-month paid sabbatical, where he will attend rehab classes focused around helping pastors hide their sin more effectively, after which he’ll be returning to the pulpit to launch a new sermon series and book based off his experiences.

If This is Ok With You, I Don’t Think We Need to Be Friends

Honestly, we have nothing in common if this kind of behavior is something you are ok with.

A Pennsylvania restaurant owner allegedly suggested Donald Trump’s election had given him the right to kick out black customers — and he reportedly used a racial slur to underline his point. Rickey Lee Bugg Jr., a player on the Lebanon Valley College men’s basketball team, was eating early Sunday morning at Just Wing It in Annville when the owner approached him and some friends, reported Penn Live. Bugg said he and some friends were the only customers in the restaurant at 1:30 a.m., and he said they were sitting quietly and watching television.  The owner told Bugg to leave, the student said.  “I own three restaurants and I don’t need you n*****s’ money,” the owner said, according to Bugg.

No.  We can’t be friends if this doesn’t outrage you.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Landgrave and the Sermon on Providence Preached by Zwingli at Marburg

The Landgrave requested Zwingli, on January 25, 1530, to write out for him the sermon upon Providence which he had preached at Marburg, and Zwingli complied.*

Indeed he did, in a greatly expanded version which ran to book length.  Zwingli’s Sermon on Providence would appear in August of that same year.  Its full title- Ad illustrissimum Cattorum principem Philippum sermonis de providentia dei anamnema.

The dedication, rather lengthy, follows:

Illustrissimo principi Cattorum Philippo Huldrychus Zuinglius gratiam et pacem a domino et servatore nostro Christo Jesu.

Flagitas, quod iustius postulares aut repeteres, piissime princeps, sermonem, quem in aula tua Marcburgi habui. Cuius equidem praestandi tam promptus essem quam tu petendi, si voluntatem audiret memoria. Cur enim celsitudini tuae non ultro serviant omnium, qui nostram religionem aut dicendo aut docendo colunt, ingenia? Qum unus candide hoc agas, ut religionis crepundia et sancte alantur et tranquille adolescant. Unus recte expendisti unum nisi solum deum neminem recte nosse omnia; ad unius ergo sententiam hominis imprudenter constitui omnia. Unus, cum vides, quid apud religionis Christianae liturgos aemulatio et simultas, imo ut candide ac adperte omnia dicam: quid error et gloriae cupido possint, anxie caves, ne asseclarum grex ille, vitiorum etiam magistri aemulus, studio suo in dissidium aut tumultum aliquem erumpat.

Unus intelligis, si religionis summam probe teneamus, iam caeterarum opinionum diversitatem non tanti esse, ut earum causa funem charitatis [vgl. Hos 11, 4; Eph 4, 3], quo, velut Atheniensium contio miniata chorda, in unum spiritum ac mentem coimus, perfringamus. Unus, etiam cum πληροφορηθεὶς ac certus es de re, quam alii adhuc paulo incivilius et indoctius controvertunt, sancta quadam hypocrisi fluctuare te atque ambigere simulas, ut velut errantium socius, cum amicitia et comitate tum nominis tui praesidio atque securitatis spe, et ab errore avellas, qum te videant impigre veritatem, ut illuxerit, amplecti, et metu liberes, qum te velut portum prospiciant, ad quem adpellent, si quid pro mutata sententia periculi immineat. Hoc tandem est εἰρηνοποιεῖσθαι, hoc est: Christianae tranquillitatis artes pure et probe nosse, hoc est: pium principem praestare.

Adde, quo non iam doctis, sed universis simul tum populis tum principibus te suspiciendum et imitandum praebes, quod unus tanta moderatione ac benignitate tuos regis, ut solus videaris reliquos huc manuducere, ut discant pars imperare volentibus, pars parere aequis imperiis. Quae tua virtus, inquam, fides ac prudentia, quamvis iuvenis adhuc, efficiunt, ut, qui te non exosculantur, aut splendoris tui iubar nondum viderint, aut viso maligne invideant. Contra quorum vota, si pergas manere, quod esse coepisti, in eum modum crescere te faciet, qui incrementum dat, deus [nach 1 Kor 3, 7], ut et praesentibus et posteris nobile pietatis ac constantiae exemplum fias. Sed nunc ad me redeo: si, inquam, memoria reddere cuncta, quae tunc a nobis dicta sunt, et verbis et ordine posset, iam nihil optatius contingeret quam occasio ista morem tibi gerendi. Qum vero tam tenax ac fida memoria, qua forte Portius aliquis aut Seneca omnia resumeret, nobis negata sit, hunc in modum agam.

De providentia brevem, sed solidam, arbitror, summam in capita non plura septem digeram. Quae ubi perspexeris, credo si non sermonem ipsum, attamen argumentum idem ac materiam te accepisse fateberis, omnia rudi ac simplici Minerva. Tu, fortissime heros, interim rerum divinarum scientiam, interim innocentiam sic colas, ut omnes Cattorum principem catum sicut serpentem et simplicem sicut columbam esse, iuxta salvatoris Christi sententiam [vgl. Mt 10, 16], gaudeamus.

Is te servet reipublicae suae diu incolumem.

Amen. Tiguri, anno 1530.


It’s a remarkable work though more philosophical in tone than most of Zwingli’s works.  It is available, for free, in English, on Google Play from Google books.  Get it here.

*S. Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (p. 334).