Donald Trump Has Gotten Chinese Approval For Brothels and Casinos

I hope the ‘Christians’ supporting Trump realize what kind of person they’ve cast their lot in with.  Although, given their track record, I doubt they care.

Chinese authorities have granted preliminary approval for dozens of Trump-branded businesses, expanding his commercial empire and raising further conflicts of interest, say lawyers. The 38 trademarks include new hotels, spas, escort and concierge services, massage parlors, personal security services and insurance, according to public documents.

The President’s lawyers applied for the trademarks in April last year, at the same time the then Presidential candidate Trump was accusing China of “ripping off” the US and deliberately manipulating its currency to its own advantage.

The question Christians must ask themselves is, what justification is there for their support of this person?

Pardon? What? Come Again? What’s That Ya Say?

There’s only one King of the Universe.  Just one.  That’s it.  Is theology not offered in Seminary anymore?  Has Seminary become a Marketing program?  Anyway, apparently, the Gospel Coalition guys don’t own Bibles.  Or read them.

For my sake and my sake only shall I act, for why should my name be profaned? I will not yield my glory to another. (Isa. 48:11)

Important News For Residents of North America Concerning an Important Commentary Series

ISD is now distributing the series “Evangelisch-Katholischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament” (“Protestant-Catholic Commentary on the New Testament,” EKK) from Verlagsgruppe Patmos.

We are happy to offer a standing order discount of 20% for the series. For those who would like to fill in gaps in their libraries with individual volumes, special offer prices are available with promotional code 812-17 through March 31, 2017.

The EKK is the first major series of commentaries on the New Testament in the German language area that is written and edited by authors of both confessions. Founded by Eduard Schweizer and Rudolf Schnackenburg, it has combined scientific rigor with practical application for over thirty years. The series is published in ecumenical cooperation by Neukirchen and Verlagsgruppe Patmos​. At present, it comprises 33 volumes. The commentaries on the Gospel of Mark and the Letter to the Romans are also available as study editions.

Follow this link to learn more about the available volumes in this series.  Orders are welcome by phone, fax, by email to, or through our website.

Luther at Calvin College

From March 9-31, 2017 a special poster exhibition entitled Here I Stand will be on display at the the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College, Grand Rapids.

Graphic-novel-style scenes and engaging maps highlight important aspects of the Reformation and Martin Luther’s life in accessible ways. Address: H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Room 415, 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Hours: M-F 8am – 5 pm, Sa 1-5 pm.

Individuals are welcome to come during the open hours to browse the exhibition.

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Why Yes, Yes it Does

This book offers a concise and highly-readable explanation of the dramatic changes that took place during the Reformation and helps readers understand the deeper impact of the Reformation beyond its own time period. Changes in theology and in worship, in the status of lay people and clergy, and in the relations between church and state reshaped Christians’ views of themselves. Early modern Christians had to rethink their relationship with God and with other Christians based on these new realities. As contemporary Christians grasp the Reformation’s dramatic impact in its own time, they will find resources for understanding and responding to challenges and conflicts today.

Video of Karin Maag’s January Series lecture, “500 Years Later: Why the Reformation Still Matters”