Daily Archives: 27 Feb 2017

Why Does America Have Such Terrible Politicians?

Simple- immoral politicians are elected by immoral voters.  The former cannot succeed without the latter.

She’s A Boy- Until It’s Inconvenient And then She’s A Girl

The Texas state wrestling championships aren’t usually national news. But they made headlines this weekend when a 17-year-old transgender boy — barred by state rules from competing in the boys’ league — won his weight class, against girls.

Mack Beggs, the teenage boy in question, hasn’t sought the spotlight. By all accounts he just wants to wrestle.

But media attention found him anyway. In part, that’s because some parents of female wrestlers have vocally objected to the fact that Beggs, who has been taking testosterone as part of his gender transition, is wrestling girls. One parent even filed a lawsuit against the league that organizes public school sports.

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Look, it is an absurdity to insist that (her/his) transgenderism be recognized (she’s now a boy) and then negate that insistence (she’s a girl so she should wrestle girls) simply for the sake of, and in the name of, sport. The hypocrisy of transgenderism is stunning in this case as it wants to be seen as legitimate until it is inconvenient. Were she serious about her identity, she would refuse to wrestle a girl.  If she (he) sees herself as a male, what business does she (he) have abandoning that insistence simply to compete in a sport?

We’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

Coffee With Calvin

At Southeastern Seminary:

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This year is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses. Dr. Bruce Gordon from Yale divinity school will be talking with our own Dr. Stephen Eccher about how we can read theologians so far removed from our time. It will be a great time to reflect on a key time in the history of the Protestant Church! Come and join us for great discussion and snacks. Where: Library Commons Area, Sign-up: Eventbrite. Organization: Library. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.Library – Commons Area.

Quote of the Day

datenus„Visibilis Ecclesia Christi, est congregatio eorum omnium, tam vere fidelium, quam hypocritarum qui profitentur purum Euangelium, fugientum impuram doctrinam, agnoscentum Christum unicum Summum caput Servatorum, Pontificem & Mediatorem, rite utentiu Sacramentis & clavibus Christo traditits.“ – Petrus Dathenus

The Most Accurate Representation of Luther to Date

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Total Depravity: More Pastoral Misconduct

One question- why did he have to be a Baptist?

The Aleppo Codex Online

Here.

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Lent Commences Wednesday- So Celebrate with Sausage

 

My Gift To You This Lent: Zwingli’s “Sermon on the Free Choice of Food”- Zurich, 1522

From the brilliant collection of Zwingli’s Works which also counts among its constituent parts this utterly fantastic introduction to the life and work of Zwingli– which is described thusly by Peter Opitz-

Jim West’s book on Zwingli can be highly recommended to everyone who wants to learn more about the faith and thought of the man whose works contain the seed of Reformed theology. It bears all the traits of a good introduction to the subject: short, easy to read, and true to its title pointing out what was most important to Zwingli himself, not leaving the darker sides of Zwingli’s biography unattended, and last but not least, letting the Reformer’s own voice be heard. — Peter Opitz, Professor of Church History, Universität Zürich

Happy Anti-Lent! You’re welcome!

Books Multitask Too

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The Cold Hard Facts

The core problem of modern American Christianity is that too many of its members are satisfied with utter mediocrity and have no intention of excelling at faith.  Aspiration to authentic discipleship is as rare as real commitment.

More Pentebabbleist Misconduct

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to “purify” sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews.

Victims of the violence included pre-teens and toddlers — even crying babies, who were vigorously shaken, screamed at and sometimes smacked to banish demons.

“I saw so many people beaten over the years. Little kids punched in the face, called Satanists,” said Katherine Fetachu, 27, who spent nearly 17 years in the church.

Word of Faith also subjected members to a practice called “blasting” — an ear-piercing verbal onslaught often conducted in hours-long sessions meant to cast out devils.

Read the rest here at the AP.  And take note- when you join a Montanist movement, you have to expect Montanist insanity.  Behold, what a-theological movements do to people.