#ICYMI- On ‘Pastors’ Who Endorse Politicians

First published in 2012:

Pastors Have No Business ‘Endorsing’ ANY Politician. Period.

But evidently some do- to their eternal shame.  And apparently politicians crave it.

Howard Fineman tweets

Bachman people privately complain that some pastors would not endorse her cuz of her gender

Again, pastors have no business endorsing politicians.  Pastors serve a prophetic role in that they are assigned by God the task of insisting on righteousness in society.

Preaching the gospel has NOTHING to do with climbing into bed with politicians of ANY stripe, flavor, or gender.  When pastors foolishly and ignorantly ignore their primary calling simply to dabble in political nonsense for the sake of public notice (and let’s admit it- that’s all in the world that endorsements are), they FAIL.

It was that damnable heretic Constantine who taught preachers to be agents of the state instead of Prophets of the Lord.  Curse him.  He single handedly managed to corrupt the church more than any other of history’s heretics.

When pastors become tools of the state, they abandon their purpose, calling, and right-function.

One can’t confront the state with the prophetic message of God out of one side of the mouth while out of the other congratulating it for its actions.  One can’t excoriate injustice and endorse the proponents of injustice- the very policy makers who systematically oppress the poor while enriching the coffers of their rich brethren.

Pastors should be like Nathan- pointing their finger in the face of power, and denouncing it!  Not like toadying sycophants who lap up the drippings of popularity from the drool-buckets of the politicos.

So, pastor, go ahead, endorse away.  But as soon as the words ‘I endorse…’ fly from your lips, the Spirit and calling of God fly from your life.

The Bee Stings the Baby Drowner Dunkers

Before her baptism Sunday, local four-week-old baby Hannah Grace Ford took a few minutes to deliver her moving testimony of coming to trust in Christ as her Lord and Savior, sources at Calvin Presbyterian Church confirmed.

“I had wandered from God during the first few weeks of my life,” the one-month-old baby said, emotion in her voice. “I did all the right Christiany things—came to church when my parents made me, participated in the sacraments.”

“But my heart was far from God,” she said tearfully.

The infant went on to say that one night as she screamed uncontrollably in her crib at 2:00 a.m., God slowly began drawing her to Himself.

“It’s hard to explain: one moment I was shaking my tiny fist at God for allowing me to go hungry for a full five minutes before my parents came and got me, and then suddenly His grace found me, and I surrendered my life to Him,” she said.

Following her testimony, the church’s reverend baptized Ford and welcomed her to the community of faith, sources confirmed.

Baby dunkers….  Y’all ain’t right.

The Genevan Psalter

Thanks to HC for the heads up on this

Sara Mohr-Pietsch journeys into the reforming world of John Calvin. As part of BBC Radio 3’s ‘Breaking Free – Martin Luther’s Revolution’ season, The Choir focuses on the Genevan Psalter and its impact upon choral worship including the development of the Anglo-Psalter. With experts Professor Jane Dawson and Dr Timothy Duguid joining Sara, they look at how Calvin wanted all the congregation to be involved in worshiping God through music, and how the Genevan melodies became so popular they had a life of their own outside the walls of the church. Composers such as Vaughan Williams, Liszt, Schumann, Kodaly and JS Bach have all adapted melodies from the Genevan Psalter, creating new choral and instrumental works. Some of the Genevan psalm melodies even ended up in the Sultan’s seraglio, courtesy of the composer Ali Ufki.

The Bee Stings the Next RHE Waiting in the Wings…

Progressive Christian blogger Briana Smith, who recently dared to part ways with conservative evangelical doctrine, suffered brutal persecution in the form of a six-figure book deal from Evermergent Books, sources confirmed Thursday.

The popular “mom blogger” recently came out in favor of committed same-sex relationships on her blog, and according to Smith, the mistreatment and character assassinations began almost immediately.

“The first attack came in the form of an exclusive interview with Oprah,” she said tearfully. “But the persecution didn’t stop there: next, I got a healthy cash advance for a book covering my journey out of orthodoxy.”

“It’s not easy being brutalized with interviews, book deals, speaking engagements, and encouraging tweets from people like Rachel Held Evans and Jonathan Merritt telling me how awesome and brave I am, but I must make a stand for what is right,” she added.

At publishing time, Smith had broken down weeping after suffering vicious persecution by being asked to appear on “The View.”

Love the Bee.

The ‘National Day of Prayer’ Is, By and Large, A Farce

It reminds me of the words of God through Jeremiah-

“You steal. You murder. You commit adultery. You lie when you swear on oath. You sacrifice to the god Baal. You pay allegiance to other gods whom you have not previously known. Then you come and stand in my presence in this temple I have claimed as my own and say, “We are safe!” You think you are so safe that you go on doing all those hateful sins! (Jer. 7:9-10)

Americans seem to think that they can despise immigrants and rip off their neighbors in shady business deals and deny basic care to their neighbors and their children and spend their money on vices and sins and it’s all ok as long as they flip a blob of mucus foaming from their cursing mouths on the ‘day of prayer’ in God’s direction.  What absurdity.  What God requires is repentance and righteousness, not lip service.

Wake up, America.  Wake.  Up.

It’s Time To Stop ‘Planting Churches’

Until the ‘Christians’ whose names festoon the lists of Church membership rolls actually start to take part and participate in the Churches that already exist there’s no reason to dot the landscape with even more Churches whose ‘members’ will be as involved (or really as uninvolved) as all their brothers and sisters in all those other partially occupied Churches surrounding them.

More Info From the Greek New Testament Project at Tyndale House, Cambridge

Lots of ink has been spilled and many pixels been lit up on the question of what we mean when we say ‘the text of the New Testament’. Is the only thing we are left with ‘texts of the NT’, in which every imperfectly copied manuscript constitutes a new and different text? How much can the text of a ‘work’ (that is here, the New Testament) be changed before the text of a particular manifestation of that work (a printed edition, a manuscript – the latter is also an ‘artefact’) is no longer that of the original ‘work’?1

In a sense this question is no different from what philosophers have been discussing since the days of Plato. Intuitively, or naively, most people who think for a moment about the text and the various forms in which it appears, solve the question the same way as Plato did. Different manuscripts with their slightly different wording, and even different translations of the text in a wild variety of languages, all constitute different instances of the same text, a perfect idea reflected in the wordings of the various manuscripts.

… So what we have set out to do in the Tyndale Edition is to present a text that approximates as closely as possible the oldest recoverable text since we hold that this is the best approximation and representation of the ‘ideal text’, the text of the ‘work’ as it was produced in the first place.

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After Watching American Christianity for Over 40 Years…

I’ve come to some conclusions:

  • Most care more about the flesh than the Spirit.
  • Most don’t care if they live like Christians or not.
  • Most have very little interest in the Bible.
  • Most sequester their faith from their daily life.
  • Most care more about sports and money than they do about worship.

In sum, most are simply apathetic.  Small wonder that Christianity is on the wane in this country.