The Bee Stings Heretic Jakes

In an effort to ensure consistency and transparency across its various events and programs, a spokesperson for The Potter’s House Church in Dallas has confirmed that Bishop T.D. Jakes will be held to a two-heresy minimum each time he preaches.

The announcement comes as a relief to the congregation, which was often kept in the dark as to when Jakes would be launching into a passionate oratory that would wander across the bounds of orthodoxy and end up firmly in heretical territory. “Stability is really important to me and my family,” longtime church member Marvin Jones told reporters. “Jakes is our head visionary, and I support him 100%, but I’m glad he’s finally being held accountable. Now we know for certain that whenever we come to church, we’ll definitely be confronted with blasphemous or heretical teaching.”

Jakes’s most recent message, which contained only one grievous heresy, spurred the church’s leadership team into making the change. Josh Robinson, the church’s Prophet of Operations & Expansion, told press in a statement, “That was really the tipping point. Bishop Jakes is a real man of God, obviously, but even he needs to be held to some kind of standard now and then. Going forward, Bishop Jakes will be under close watch to ensure he meets the biblical standards for an overseer and also sincerely delivers at least two separate egregiously-unbiblical proclamations each week.”

Jakes himself was not available for comment, according to his butler.

Jakes: favored by anti-trinitarians the world over.

Sorry Bucko but Abortion isn’t A Ministry, It’s Murder

I have now officially seen everything under the sun.

Dr. Willie Parker believes he’s doing the Lord’s work when he kills unborn babies in the womb with his own “capable hands.” The self-proclaimed Christian, who not only acts as an abortionist, but incessantly advocates for abortion by invoking his faith, views his Mississippi abortion clinic as a “ministry.”

Nope.  10,000 times nope.

BBC Radio 3 and Luther

Next Sunday – 18:45
Breaking Free – Martin Luther’s Revolution: A Square Dance in Heaven
Sunday Feature

The Protestant Reformation has traditionally been regarded as “the triumph of the word”, marking a decisive shift from a visual and sensual culture to a literary one. But for Martin Luther, music, with its power to move emotions, was an “inexpressible miracle” second only to Theology. When people engage in music, he said, singing in four or five parts, it is like a “square dance in heaven.”

Luther’s ideas about music were to have a decisive influence on the development of music in Germany. Indeed, the dominance of German music from the 17th to 19th centuries would not have happened without him. The English and Scottish Reformations, which took a Calvinist route, were untouched by this influence. It took until the 18th century for the hymn-writing Wesley brothers to do for England’s churches what Luther had done for German ones two hundred years earlier. The Lutheran Church, with its hymns and chorales, was the seedbed for the choral and liturgical works of Germany’s greatest composers. No Luther, no Bach. It’s that simple.

The Rev Lucy Winkett, a trained singer and Bach enthusiast, takes the listener on a musical tour of the Reformation. The programme opens in the Georgenkirche in Eisenach where Martin Luther and J.S Bach were both choirboys. Lucy visits Torgau, where the first Lutheran cantor, Johann Walther, set Luther’s famous words to music and spearheaded the educational reforms which led to an explosion of choral singing throughout Saxony. The programme ends in Leipzig at the Thomaskirche, where Bach wrote his famous cantatas and other works based on Lutheran liturgy.

Music for this programme has been specially recorded with the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Webber.

Producer, Rosie Dawson.

With thanks to Diarmaid MacCulloch for the hat tip.

We’ve Had A Lot of Rain Here

Many roads in the county north of us are washed out and schools are cancelled here and in most surrounding counties today because of the flooding.  Here’s my report to the weather folk for the last three days-

Fortunately the rain has stopped, but the rivers and streams are still boiling over.

Bible in Politics Conference: Hot Topics!

For the folk in the U.K. (Well, it’s the UK for now… but give it some time and it will break up like the prom queen breaks up with the chess club geek).

Harnessing Chaos

Just before the General Election, CSSSB will provide the most up-to-date assessment of contemporary politics and possibly predict the election outcome with a 3% margin of error. Yes, finally some relevance for biblical studies for it is the Bible in Politics conference, 2-3 June! In addition to Erin Runion’s headline act, here are some of the topics to be covered at the conference:

  • Political uses of Paul as “mystic”
  • Bible in the American political sphere
  • Biblical aesthetics, Islamophobia and Homeland
  • The Bible, the Muslim Other and the far right
  • Andrei Zviagintsev’s 2014 film Leviathan
  • Politics of biblical translation
  • Taiping Revolution
  • Apocalypse on the Left
  • Bible and New Zealand politics
  • The Bible and contemporary Scottish politics
  • Trump’s Bible

Here is the link for registration: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/169437

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Luther the Eisegete

It is my opinion that the Holy Spirit shortens the Turk’s name and does not only call him “Magog,” which is the correct, full name in Genesis 10 [:2], but He breaks off his head, takes away the first letters, and calls him “Gog,” though both “Gog” and “Magog” are a single name in this passage [Ez 38] and in Revelation, and both also signify the same Turk. He does this to give us comfort, by showing that He is a bitter enemy to Gog, just as any man calls his enemy by a nickname if he wants to show his anger or displeasure, as when one otherwise calls someone “Johannes” on a daily basis and out of anger shouts “Hans!” – Martin Luther

Luther identified the Ottomans as Gog simply because he found it expedient, not because he had any exegetical basis to do so. And that, dear Martin, is eisegesis.

Luther was an often witty theologian but his exegesis was frequently really terrible. As here in his comment on Ezekiel 38.