It’s A Shame This Isn’t Real…

Because it should be.

Popular Reformed blogger James K. Earle published a scathing critique of the book of Psalms Monday, slamming the collection of ancient, inspired songs for their emotional nature and tendency to repeat refrains, “often more than once.”

Earle’s post reportedly contained a detailed breakdown of all the times the Psalms mentioned “distracting” emotions like discouragement, sorrow, loneliness, and joy.

“They just don’t seem very God-centered to me,” the blogger wrote. “They really ought to use more big theological words, like 19th century hymns do. That seems a lot more biblical to me.”

Earle also argued that the Psalms frequently repeated phrases, stating that made them “no better than modern worship trash.”

“Just take a look at Psalm 136: the song says ‘His love endures forever’ twenty-five times. Talk about vain repetition!” Earle wrote, adding that he was also uncomfortable with the Psalms’ obsession with God’s love rather than focusing on His wrath and anger.

The Magdala Stone Goes on Display

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah May 15-July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

“This is a dream that finally comes to fulfillment,” Father Juan Solana, general director of the Magdala Center, whose work focuses on the stone dubbed a “crossroads of Jewish and Christian history,” told JNS.org. “As a Catholic priest, I feel so proud that the first time it will be displayed at such an exposition with amazing collaboration between Jewish and Catholics in Rome, which is the capital of Catholicism and one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.”

The discovery of the Magdala Stone in Migdal, Israel, has already reshaped scholarly understanding of 1st century (A.D.) Judaism and early Christianity. The stone was unearthed as part of a routine archaeological examination ahead of the construction of a Catholic retreat center.

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Family’s Piety Lasts 12 Seconds After Leaving Church Parking Lot…

Yup.  Pretty much.

The Granger family’s piety lasted for just 12 seconds after leaving the parking lot of 1st North Baptist Church Sunday, sources reported. Having enjoyed a sermon on 1 Peter 1:14-16 titled “Holiness In Our Lives” and having engaged in warm, loving conversation with friends on matters of church fellowship, the family of five’s reverie was almost immediately shattered as their Chrysler Town & Country minivan made its way home.

Despite the heartfelt emotion and resolve the worship service had engendered in parents Lloyd and Mary Granger, while the car was still turning onto the main road, their five-year-old son Hunter punched his brother Taylor “because [he] wanted to.” In turn, the eight-year-old took away his sibling’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” toy, resulting in a high-pitched, sustained yowling that in turn caused fifteen-year-old Sophie Granger to launch into a monologue about the low mental acuity of her younger siblings.

At just under 10 seconds, Mrs. Granger responded with a hissing rejoinder that everyone needed to turn around and “just stop it.” The Granger patriarch, whose thoughts were focused on how he was going to examine Peter’s exhortation to holiness within his workplace and personal life, was jarred out of his contemplations by this cacophony, and responded with a somewhat vague, angry threat of the regret all would feel if they did not listen to their mother “that instant.”

At this 12-second mark, any vestiges of piety in the minivan had been completely eradicated, resulting in a discordant row and personal sniping that only subsided when the warring family called a fragile cease-fire on the promise of lunch at Cracker Barrel.

Ministry Summarized

What people want from parsons

– hospital hand holding
– funeralizing
– weddings (for$25)
– sermons (to be ignored)(attended irregularly)

That’s it.  Discipleship- real authentic self sacrificing discipleship is an utterly foreign concept to most Western Christians. And if they know of it, they don’t want it.

Zwingli for Zurich

«Huldrych Zwingli soll die Kirche wieder zu den Menschen bringen»

Die evangelisch-reformierte Kirche des Kantons Zürich hat offiziell die Feierlichkeiten für das 500-Jahr-Jubiläum der Reformation eingeläutet. Schirmherr der Festivitäten ist Kirchenratspräsident Michel Müller. Der 53-jährige sieht das Jubiläum auch als Chance, die Zukunft der Kirche zu prägen.

Give it a listen.

Calvin on the Schismatics and their Insulting Words About Zwingli and Oecolampadius

Melanchthon showed Calvin an anti-Zwingli anti-Oecolampadius pamphlet written by a schismatic and Calvin remarked

What good purpose could it serve to assault the Zwinglians every third line, and to attack Zwingli himself in such an unmannerly style?   And not even to spare Oecolampadius, that holy servant of God, whom I wish that he resembled, even in being half as good, in which case he would certainly stand far higher in my esteem than he does. O God of grace, what pleasant sport and pastime do we afford to the Papists, as if we had hired ourselves to do their work!”

The last line means that Calvin saw these schismatics as doing more harm to the Reformation than the Papists could ever hope.