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The Bee Stings Coffee Drinkers!

They may have stepped over the line this time.

According to sources close to local man Alan Carter, the believer in Christ exhibits absolutely no evidence of being saved, from the time he wakes up each morning until the moment he has his morning cup of coffee at his local coffee shop.

Observers claim the committed Christian is totally unrecognizable as a follower of Jesus throughout his morning routine and commute down the 405 freeway, right up until he begins sipping his favorite coffee beverage at the Starbucks near his work.

“He’s angry, bitter, impatient, unkind—he displays absolutely no fruit of the Spirit until he gets some caffeine in his system,” a co-worker told reporters. “He’s like a completely different person.”

Thursday morning, a witness claimed that Carter came in the office and immediately snapped at a co-worker, demanding that she put the finishing touches a project they had been working on together “within the hour.” He then stormed out of the building to the Starbucks across the street to take a short coffee break.

But Carter reportedly returned to the building fifteen minutes later an entirely new man, thanks to the cup of coffee in his hand.

“Staci! Nice to see you this morning. Did you do something new with your hair? I’ve been praying for your son’s SAT exams. I know he’s going to do great!” Carter said to the woman he had berated earlier. “Hey Bill, are we still on for Bible study at lunch? I’m really looking forward to it!” he then said to a friend passing by him in the hall, according to sources.

The believer reportedly continued to exhibit a supernatural amount of grace and love for his fellow man throughout the day after partaking of his morning cup of coffee, all the way up until he woke up the next morning and repeated the cycle yet again.


Still More From our Saxon Friends on Melanchthon…

And a portrait of him I had never seen before:

Heute vor 520 Jahren, am 16. Februar 1497, wurde Philipp Melanchthon geboren.  Humanist, Reformator, Praeceptor Germaniae („Lehrer Deutschlands“), Außenminister der Reformation, Vater der Ökumene – mit all diesen Titeln wurde Melanchthon im Laufe der Zeit bedacht.   Er wirkte wie Martin Luther als Professor an der Wittenberger Universität und wurde dessen wichtigster Wegbegleiter.   Melanchthonhaus WIttenberg –


Abb.: Reformatorengespräch, Adolf Schlabitz, nach 18999 (Detail Phlipp Melanchthon)

Heinrich Schmid: On Melanchthon

PHILIP MELANCHTHON, or MELANTHON (often incorrectly spelled Melancthon), born 1497; professor at Wittenberg, 1518 to his death, 1560. The foundation of Lutheran Systematic Theology was laid in his Loci Communes Rerum Theologicarum seu Hypotyposes Theologicæ (1521), which had its origin in a brief outline prepared for his own private use, and afterwards dictated to his students as an introduction to his lectures on the epistle to the Romans.

During the author’s life it passed through eighty editions, was greatly enlarged, and on certain points, as, for example, the Freedom of the Will, its doctrine was materially changed. For details, the English reader is referred to the article MELANCHTHON, prepared by the author of this sketch, in McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopædia, vol. vi.

The collection of Melanchthon’s works in the Corpus Reformatorum affords the student the best facility for the critical study of Melanchthon’s theology. It contains a reprint of each of the principal editions, as well as of several translations of the Loci.  — Heinrich Schmid

Melanchthon: On Revelation

“The Church acknowledges God as such an eternal and omnipotent Creator as he has revealed himself to be, and, although we cannot thoroughly understand these mysteries, yet in this life, God wishes this our knowledge and worship of him to be begun and to be distinguished from that which is false: and in his Word he has propounded, by infallible testimonies, a revelation, in which we, as the unborn infant in the maternal womb, drawing nutriment from the umbilical vessels, might sit enclosed and draw the knowledge of God and life from the Word of God, in order to worship him as he has made himself known.” – Philipp Melanchthon

Fox News is Under a Criminal Investigation

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office is conducting a criminal investigation into Fox News, an attorney involved and sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Judd Burstein, an attorney representing former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros, said during a hearing today that one of his clients had received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the use of corporate resources in connection with sexual harassment allegations against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and his former employer, Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox.

Burstein said the subpoena didn’t involve Tantaros but a different, unspecified, client.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment.

Fox News responded to the news, saying in a statement, “Neither Fox News nor 21st Century Fox has received a subpoena but we have been in communication with the U.S. Attorney’s office for months – we have and will continue to cooperate on all inquiries with interested authorities.”

There’s your crooked media.

More From The Saxons on Melanchthon


Philipp Melanchthon hat heute Geburtstag: Das “Griechlein”, wie Philipp Melanchthon auch von Martin Luther genannt wurde, war einer der engsten Freunde des Reformators. Freilich eine Freundschaft mit Widersprüchen. Melanchthon, der angebliche “Leisetreter”, stand allzu oft im Schatten Martin Luthers. Und doch hat Melanchthon Kirchengeschichte geschrieben. Die Sendung von Deutschlandradio Kultur ist einer außergewöhnlichen Männerfreundschaft auf der Spur.  #Melanchthon #OnThisDay

Happy Birthday Melanchthon

Our Saxon friends write

Aside from Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon is considered Germany’s most important Protestant reformer. Even as a child, he impressed others through his extraordinary aptitude for ancient languages. His mentor, Johannes Reuchlin, recognised this talent in 1509 by translating Philipp’s last name, ‘Schwarzerdt’ (literally ‘black earth’), into the Greek ‘Melanchthon’.

Over the years, he became one of Luther’s trusted collaborators in the cause of the Reformation. Together they composed countless Protestant treatises, developed educational and liturgical regulations, and worked on the translation of the Bible. Accordingly, Melanchthon also accompanied the Saxon electors to the decisive imperial diets (‘Reichstage’) in Speyer (1529) and in Augsburg (1530). He composed the most important Protestant confession, the Augsburg Confession, while in that city.

Bildnachweis: Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon, 1537, by Lucas Cranach the Elder. / Melanchthon’s House in Wittenberg / Melanchthon’s Room in Wittenberg

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