Daily Archives: 7 Mar 2017

95 Theses, Minus 92

Theses:

  1. The Church doesn’t need you, you need it.
  2. God doesn’t need you, you need God.
  3. Christ doesn’t need you, you need Christ.

Why The Doctrine of ‘Providence’ Is Exceedingly Important Today

It. Gives. Us. Hope.

The Christian, then, being most fully persuaded, that all things come to pass by the dispensation of God, and that nothing happens fortuitously, will always direct his eye to him as the principal cause of events.  –  John Calvin

Don’t Shove Words Down the Bible’s Throat

Earlier today someone called @crazypastor tweeted-

“The Bible calls us to stand in solidarity with the poor, not demonize and blame them for their reality.”

So I responded

Can anyone help me locate this verse?

Of course no one can, because no such ‘Bible calls us’ passage exists.  Which brings me to my present point:  ‘the Bible calls us to stand in solidarity… etc., except it simply doesn’t.

‘Theology informs us-‘ well, ok, I can live with that.  But don’t shove words into the Bible’s mouth just because people are so ignorant of it that they don’t know you’re lying about it.  No one benefits by misrepresentation.  And there’s enough misrepresentation of the Bible around these days as it is.  Just watch any Bible ‘special’ or movie on tv.

If you have a point to make, make it honestly and use theological resources like the Bible accurately.  Otherwise, just be quiet.

The 7 Things That God Hates

There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:

  1. a haughty look,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that weaves wicked plots,
  5. feet that hurry to do evil,
  6. a false witness who lies with every breath,
  7. and one who sows dissension among brothers. — (Prov. 6:16-19)

Sounds like God wouldn’t be too fond of either Trump or Congress, doesn’t it.

The Greed of The Wealthy

If greedy gaping after gain
To get another groat
Makes usury dispatch apace
To cut the poor man’s throat – Ausonius

Nondenominational Churches…

Are the generic equivalent of the theological world.   Like generic generic cereal, they might feed you but there’s little quality and lots of bug droppings used as filler.

The New Equinox App

This is pretty cool-

Dear Religious Studies Authors and Editors
Exciting news!

Ebooks are now available to order from the Equinox website (www.equinoxpub.com) and this week we have just launched our new Equinox app which you can download from your app store.

Take advantage of all kinds of discounts and free downloads, including:

* previews of forthcoming books
* our best discounts on print books, eBooks and journal subscriptions
* Read for free ‘eBooks’ of the week 
* free ‘virtual’ thematic issues drawing on content from across our publications
* special offers for conference participants
* conference schedules including abstracts for selected events 

Content is updated daily. Don’t miss out!

Valerie Hall

By the way- if you go to the app store to find the Equinox app, be sure to search for ‘Equinox publishing’ or you won’t find it.

Poor Arsenal…

It’s not going to be a good evening for them, because the buzzsaw is coming for them…

How The Travel Ban Decision Was Reached

Via Twitter-

Fun Facts From Church History

  1. Zwingli suffered from ulcers, and died of a halberd in the face.
  2. Luther suffered from gall stones, and died of liver disease.
  3. Calvin suffered from a plethora of illnesses, and died after a very long illness.

What’s this mean?  That being a Reformer ruins your body. Don’t be a Reformer.

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