Trump’s White House Attempted to Persuade the FBI to Lie

CNN emails

The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.  White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said. The reports of the contacts were first published by The New York Times and CNN on February 14.

Donald Trump is a liar and he wants others to lie for him.  It really is that simple.

A Webinar About the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception Online
Thursday, February 23, 12pm CST

De Gruyter and SCELC have partnered to offer a shared purchase model for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception Online and SCELC will be hosting a webinar for interested libraries to learn more about the resource and the offer. The offer is a one-time outright purchase model conferring ownership of the 30 volume set (13 are complete as of 2016) on each individual purchasing library with no ongoing fees. Orders will accumulate until the shared purchase price is reached, and then a new shared purchase will begin. Order forms are due by May 15, 2017, but purchases will be made on a first come-first served basis. All ATLA libraries are eligible to participate in this shared purchase.

Please see the SCELC offer page for more detail:
http://scelc.org/offers/encyclopedia-bible-and-its-reception-online

On the day of the webinar, you can join here and use your computer for audio or call in from a phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3216
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391
Access Code: 940-059-309

The Bee Stings Trump’s Trust in #FakeNews and #Infowars

White House sources reported that President Trump carved out a half hour Thursday morning to browse his most-trusted news source, Infowars.com, in order to get a bead on domestic and international affairs before a full day of activity.

“Look at this—just look at this. Alex leaked the globalists’ darkest secrets in a Reddit AMA yesterday. Tremendous,” the President reportedly said to a nearby Secret Service agent. “Ooh, look here, Non-Hero McCain took a secret trip to Syria to help fuel the rise of ISIS. Sad! I’ll have to bring that up in my press conference later.”

Asked by the agent if he understood that Infowars is not considered an actual news source, the Commander in Chief scoffed, “You probably think bin Laden brought down the twin towers, and Sandy Hook actually happened, too. Smarten up!”

“Let me just tell you, Infowars is tremendous. I get the real news here every morning so I can go out and debunk all the fake news coming from every other news source.” “You’re fired,” he added.

At publishing time, sources confirmed that President Trump decided to offer Alex Jones the newly created office of Fake News Czar.

This one is truer than any of us want to admit.

This Is Why I Believe in the Death Penalty for Child Abusers

virgo-county-sheriff-s-office-4-arrested-1487865916Four people have been arrested in the death of 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy who authorities say was malnourished and neglected. The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office says officers responded Tuesday to a 911 call about a child in cardiac arrest at a home near Fontanet, 60 miles west of Indianapolis. Cameron R. Hoopingarner was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Sheriff Greg Ewing says Cameron was blind and weighed less than 15 pounds. Ewing says it’s “beyond terrible.” State police and sheriff’s officials arrested four people who live at the home, including the child’s two guardians. Charges include neglect of a dependent resulting in death. The four are being held in the Vigo County Jail under a $250,000 bond and are scheduled to face charges in court Thursday afternoon.

They are inhuman.  They are murderers of a child.  They are utterly depraved, without consciences and without any redeeming qualities. They need to be put down, like the rabid animals that they are.

Reformation Thursday: One of the Reformation’s Most Amazing Women

zellYou remind me that the Apostle Paul told women to be silent in the church. I would remind you of the word of this same apostle that in Christ there is no longer male nor female and of the prophecy of Joel: “I will pour my spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters will prophesy.” I do not pretend to be John the Baptist rebuking the Pharisees. I do not claim to be Nathan upbraiding David. I aspire only to be Balaam’s ass, castigating his master.—Katharina Zell

Read the essay.   Oh, and nice work, Debbie.

Today With Zwingli

Huldrych Zwingli published his ‘clear explanation‘ on the 23rd of February, 1526 with the publishing house of Froschauer in Zurich.

In it he goes into extensive detail discussing the pivotal phrase ‘this is my body’ in four parts- 1) the false understanding of the phrase, 2) Scriptural evidence against the false understanding, 3) the right scriptural understanding, and 4) further proofs.

The booklet was written in German (so that the ordinary folk could read it) and not in Latin (because he wanted the truth widely disseminated and not merely debated amongst the theologians).  It is prefaced by Zwingli’s motto, Matthew 11:28.

Δεῦτε πρός με πάντες οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι κἀγὼ ἀναπαύσω ὑμᾶς.

And it concludes with a little poem

Sag mir an, ob du’s weist,
Das vatter, sun und geist,
Fleisch und blut, brot und wyn
Als sampt ein got mög sin?

I Can’t Believe He’s Been Gone 17 Years

I’m remembering my friend George Beasley-Murray, who died on 23 February, 2000.

In the early 1990’s when George was visiting SEBTS with his wife Ruth we struck up a fast friendship and they invited me to visit them at their home in Hove, East Sussex.  It was my first visit to England (although certainly not my last) and it was wondrous.

I’m thinking of it today because Matt Montonini and I were chatting about the great man a few years ago and I was reminded of my time with him and the very few photos I took while I was there.  These were the days before digital cameras so I had to hunt through the photo books to find and scan them.

They’ve brought back some very fond memories of my two weeks with George and Ruth, our visits to London and Cambridge, and our trip across the Channel to Dieppe, France for a day excursion.  We discussed everything under the sun and I wondered aloud at the fact that the people at the Baptist Church he attended in Hove knew nothing of his international reputation as a leading New Testament exegete, expert on baptism in the early church, and lead translator of Rudolf Bultmann’s commentary on John.  By the by, Beasley-Murray met Bultmann on a number of occasions and shook his hand.  Meaning I too had shaken Bultmann’s hand (once removed).

George was a brilliant man and a good friend to me.  And his wife Ruth was a witty treasure who, like all Brits, loved to swap tales (usually of some fascinating personal tidbit about this or that person).

Here are the photos.  I think of you often, George.  I miss you.  Very much.  (And I miss the fact that, unlike you, no one wears a tie anymore even when sitting in the parlor reading the paper).

They Held a Vigil… For… A Bull….

So it’s going to be one of those days, is it…

There was an unusual candlelight memorial Wednesday night in front of a slaughterhouse in Queens. They’re remembering the bull who escaped certain death Tuesday and took over the streets. Cops couldn’t exactly get him to heel so they shot him with tranquilizers and he died.

The people at the vigil wonder if the bull could have been saved.  “No one deserves cruelty, abuse, torture or murder,” a protester said.  The turnout was strong.  “We’re here fighting for our brother,” another protester said.  The mood was grim.

Oh my.  The foolishness… It burns.