The Bee Stings the Pious Meme / Vile Meme Christians

Local woman Cheyenne Phillips displayed a masterful balancing act in alternating profanity and praise on Facebook Thursday, according to sources. Ms. Phillips, 32, had just come home from her moms group when she decided to share with her followers an amusing image of a 1950s-style housewife making a profanity-laden remark about laundry.

Without a missing a beat, Ms. Phillips then reportedly “liked” an acquaintance’s post on 1 Peter 1:16, left a “ROFL” comment on a luridly suggestive image posted by a friend, shared an inspiring video of a “Good Samaritan story” from the local news, and followed up with a tirade on ungrateful men that suggested, in colorful language, a biologically impossible act.

Expertly sensing the scales starting to tip toward the lewd side of things, she then shared an image she had created via the YouVersion Bible app, which superimposed in the words of Psalm 23:1 over a silhouetted figure raising her hands in triumph atop a mountain peak, immediately expiating any guilt from previous posts. Thus cleansed and assured, Ms. Phillips reportedly ended her Facebook session by sharing a marginal public figure’s extreme rant on immigrants, before tagging several friends in a post by her church about an upcoming mom-to-mom sale.

At publishing time, Phillips had reportedly began streaming a custom Pandora station, which consists of pop hits by artists like Flo Rida and Ke$ha, delicately intertwined with classic hymns sung by Fernando Ortega.

And they don’t even notice the incongruity.

Target’s Plan to Help Those Who Self Identify as Old

60 is not far off.

Confirming its commitment to celebrating inclusivity, Target announced in a blog post Thursday that it will now grant a 10% senior discount to any person who self-identifies as age 60 or older.

It’s yet another bold display of progressive policies for the company, which confirmed it will now extend the generous discount based on “customers’ age identity,” which cashiers will trust each patron to disclose truthfully. This amends their previous, more conservative policy which only considered biological age and required valid identification as proof.

Declaring that “everyone deserves to feel like they belong,” and “you’ll always be accepted, respected, and welcomed at Target,” the statement left little doubt that the retail chain is on the cutting edge of equality.

Anyone of any age can self identify as 60.  So take advantage of this new program!

“Die fantastischen Vier” – Philipp Melanchthon, Thomas Müntzer, Huldrych Zwingli und Johannes Calvin

Although I’m not sure why the nutbag Thomas Müntzer is included when Bucer or Oecolampadius is for more fitting...

Luther-Bier, Luther-Brötchen, Luther-Tassen, kaum etwas, was sich nicht eignen würde, um es zum Reformationsjubiläum mit dem Konterfei des Übervaters der Reformation, Martin Luther, zu versehen. Schnell entsteht der Eindruck: Es gab nur Martin Luther, den einzigen wahren Reformator.

Dem ist mit Sicherheit nicht so: Im Mittelpunkt dieses Dossiers stehen zum einen zwei Reformatoren aus dem direkten Umfeld Luthers, Philipp Melanchthon, der die Reformation auch zu einer Bildungsbewegung machte und Thomas Müntzer, der sich mit den entrechteten und unterdrückten Bauern solidarisierte. Zum anderen geht es um die zwei reformierten Reformatoren, Huldrych Zwingli, der Schweizer Reformator, der den Protestantismus im südwestdeutschen Raum, in der Schweiz und Frankreich prägte und Johannes Calvin, der als Begründer des Calvinismus, einer besonders strengen Auslegung der Evangelien, gilt.

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He who is most deeply abased and alarmed, by the consciousness of his disgrace, nakedness, want, and misery, has made the greatest progress in the knowledge of himself. — John Calvin

A Trove of Reformation Studies

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, ISD will be highlighting titles on Reformation history and theology throughout the year. Here we present the latest collection of new and forthcoming titles in Reformation Studies from Evangelische Verlag, V&R Academic, Sandstein Verlag, Frommann-Holzboog, Theologischer Verlag Zurich, and others. Special offer prices are available through December 31, 2017.

See the catalog here.

Standing in Solidarity with CEU

Cambridge and Oxford Universities are teaming up to stand in solidarity with CEU, which is under heavy governmental fire.

Oxford and Cambridge Universities generously offered to organize a series of three seminars entitled „We Stand with CEU: New Directions in History”. The organizers are the two Regius Professors of history: Lyndal Roper at Oxford and Christopher Clark at Cambridge. These seminars are intended not only to show admirable collegial solidarity but to give greater exposure to and convey a closer appreciation of history at CEU.

Visit the link above to see the program and if you’re in the UK, attend.

Signs of the Times…

If you’re getting your ‘science’ from Bill Nye you need to stop it.

It’s like getting your psychiatry from Dr Phil or your theology from Joel Osteen.

With Biblical Literacy At An All Time Low in America…

It may be time for you to up your biblical knowledge.

The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.


The books can be obtained now only in PDF format from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.

Make an investment in your biblical literacy.  Here’s what one reader thinks of it:

Saint Paul knew more than I can ever imagine about Christians living in tension with the Gospel and with each other, and his several letters to the Church in Corinth are pivotal to the entire New Testament. Which is why I am so pleased to mention here some recent commentaries by a friend of mine, Jim West, on I and II Corinthians.

Subtitled ‘for the Person in the Pew’, and published by Quartz Hill Publishing House of Quartz Hill School of Theology, California, these two commentaries are in fact part of a much larger project by West to write similar commentaries on every book of the Bible, and to make them available in print and electronically for everyone to read. That project is now nearly completed and the results are tremendous.

I think there are three main reasons why these commentaries are so successful. First, West is a first-class Biblical scholar, one who makes the intelligent critical study of the text central to his theological interpretation. That commitment is rarer than one might imagine and to have it realized across the entire Bible is an astonishing feat that gives us now a unique resource.

Second, and delightfully, Jim West is a great writer: his pages fizz with sharp words and phrases and he appears incapable of saying anything boring about these texts. This ability keeps us reading along with him and, more importantly, reading along with Saint Paul. I have rarely come across any Christian writing project, aimed at ‘the person in the pew’, that has succeeded so brilliantly in bringing alive its subject matter.

Third, West couldn’t dodge an issue if his life depended on it, which can be an uncomfortable position for a Christian theologian. Corinth, as with most churches in most places, had some strange people believing and practising some odd things. The knack, as West points out, is to engage them endlessly with love and grace rather than self-righteous anger, but to engage them: ‘Paul lived with a purpose. And he urges the Corinthians to do the same. As we all who name the name of Christ must’ (West on I Cor. 9:27, p.60).

I am going to be talking to Jim about making these commentaries available through Ming Hua’s website, but inspect them for yourselves if you have the time: you will find them a superb companion to your own reading of the Bible and, as importantly, a great reminder of just how much the early Church struggled with some of the same problems we face now.

Gareth Jones, Principal
Ming Hua Theological College
Hong Kong

The Making of the Tyndale House, Cambridge, Greek New Testament

Read the post here.

Where do you start when preparing a Greek New Testament? Of course you can start absolutely from scratch, by typing in each and every letter and accent manually, with all the associated risks, but somehow this did not appeal very much. So we needed an existing text that we could adjust towards the desired wording of our edition.