Daily Archives: 22 Jun 2017

Why Do Some People Swear So Much?

Because profanity is the only tool the weak minded have for forceful self expression.‬

Generally It’s the People Going to Hell Who Say ‘Only God can Judge Me’

Sources at the USCCB confirmed today that notorious womanizer and overall prick Brody Kakedelis, who once attended St. Thomas More Academy, will most likely end up in hell, despite a new tattoo he has on his forearm reading, “Only God Can Judge Me.”

32-year-old Kakedelis, who has reportedly been involved in numerous altercations with law enforcement after nights of binge drinking and getting into fights with at least three live-in girlfriends, is rumored to have told friends that only God could judge him, before telling them to mind their own business before “there would be a misunderstanding.”

Kakedelis has said that the new tattoo, which is just above one of the last supper, refers to him being misunderstood most of his life, though most family and friends close to the 32-year-old have testified to the contrary, conceding that “he never was in fact misunderstood, but that he was just a straight up a-hole.”

“Yeah, he’s a prick,” Kakedelis’ mother told EOTT. “Don’t get me wrong, I love him dearly, but that’s mainly because he’s my son. Even then it’s really a huge test of the will.”

Kakedelis refuted claims by members of the community, including that of his parish priest as well as his 4-year-old baby sister, saying “Eff everyone… you all ain’t God, and you don’t have the right to judge.”

“Have I made mistakes, yeah,” Kakedelis told EOTT in between hits from his playboy logo-shaped bong. “But so has everyone else, and I’m not gonna sit here and be judged by anyone but the man above. I pray every night as I get high, so don’t judge, cause you don’t know my soul. Let he who has not bullied smaller people around every weekend just to get a few laughs, and then taking them and shoving them into a garbage can at a club, before proceeding to take his own shirt off and flexing in front of everyone cast the first stone.”

At press time, Kakedelis is taking his crucifix off so that it won’t get wet when he takes a body shot off the girl he just met at the nightclub.

This Is Precisely Why!

This is precisely why every theologian should be actively denouncing evil-

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil . . . Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

America…

Americans should have the same health insurance that the Congress has.

Quartz Hill’s Redesigned Website

Is fantastic!  Take a look!

The Pat Graham Festschrift

Get the volume here.

Grammar Matters…

Did You Know 2019 is ‘Karl Barth Year’? Ugh…

Charlotte v. Kirschbaum

Der Reformierte Bund e.V. ist der Dachverband der etwa 1,5 Millionen reformierten Gemeindeglieder in Deutschland. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) und der Union Evangelischer Kirchen in der EKD (UEK) wird der Reformierte Bund 2019 ein ›Karl-Barth-Jahr‹ durchführen, das den Schweizer Theologen würdigt als zeitgeschichtlich und international bedeutsame Person, als Kirchenmann und Kirchenpolitiker, als reformierten Theologen und Ökumeniker.

Für die Planung und Durchführung des ›Karl-Barth-Jahres‹ 2019 suchen wir zum 1. Januar 2018.

Etc.

Ugh.  Give us a Brunner Year.

The ‘President’ Is Guilty of Witness Intimidation and Needs to Be Impeached For It

Une histoire de la Réforme protestante en Suisse (1520-1565)

Le 9 mars 1522, une petite assemblée réunie autour du réformateur Ulrich Zwingli mange ostensiblement des saucisses en pleine période de carême, en totale opposition avec les prescriptions alimentaires qui régissent ce temps de renoncement aux plaisirs du monde. La Réforme suisse est lancée.

Emmenée par des figures comme Zwingli, Vadian ou Bullinger et, en Suisse romande, par des personnalités telles que Farel, Viret et Calvin, la Réforme va  profondément transformer le paysage religieux et politique de la Suisse moderne. Fondée jusque-là sur sa culture du mercenariat, la réputation de la Confédération sera désormais portée par son statut de centre intellectuel et religieux du protestantisme européen. Mais, à ses marges, la Réforme suisse ne fait pas l’unanimité : en témoignent l’opposition du catholicisme qui lui résiste dans certains cantons et le développement, à Zurich même, du mouvement anabaptiste qui finira par essaimer dans le vaste monde.

Guerres de religion, bûchers, noyades et bannissements marquent ainsi ses premières années. Confrontée à la nécessité de l’apaisement politique et religieux, la Réforme contribue pourtant aussi, mais à son corps défendant, au développement de la culture du compromis helvétique et à l’émergence du pluralisme religieux. Elle participe ainsi à l’entrée de plain-pied de la Confédération dans les temps modernes.

And You Can Believe Him, Because No One Knows Drunkenness Better Than Luther…

“Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side.”—Martin Luther.

Give this week’s RefoThursday a read.

When You Turn Students into Consumers and Pander to their ‘Felt Needs’, Education Suffers

Some of Britain’s top universities have slid to the bottom of the pile under new official rankings which place greater weight on student satisfaction.   Under the new system universities are rated gold, silver or bronze based on measures including student experience, employment after university and dropout rate.   London School of Economics, the 25th best university in the world according to the Times Higher Education university rankings, received a bronze award.

Geesh.  Stupid.  Just stupid.

Resources For The Study of the English Reformation

This is a gold mine.

And MUCH more.

Recent anthropological, linguistic, and philosophical studies have significantly increased our understanding of the gift and related phenomena, such as hospitality and charity. While their results can only very carefully be applied to historical theological sources, they do resemble classical discussions on neighbourly love, the administration of sacraments, the handing over of tradition, free will, and God’s mercy.

In this book, Risto Saarinen studies Martin Luther’s understanding of the gift and related issues, such as favours and benefits, faith and justification, virtues and merits, ethics and doctrine, law and Christ. The historical motivation behind this focus consists in the insight that Luther both continues and criticizes the classical, medieval, and Humanist discussions regarding the differences and parallels between gifts and sales. The gift is for the reformers a multidimensional concept that needs to be understood in many different contexts of the verb “give”. This historical understanding paves the way towards an adequate systematic theology of the gift.

Trump’s Pentagon Wastes Millions on the Wrong Uniforms

Donald Trump’s Pentagon

… procured uniforms for the Afghan Army in a camouflage pattern that is both far more expensive than other options and likely inappropriate for the landscape there, a U.S. government watchdog says.

The pattern choice cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $28.2 million extra since 2008, according to a report out Wednesday, and if changed could save up to $72.21 million over the next 10 years.

Nearly 1.4 million full uniforms and nearly 90,000 pairs of pants had a camouflage print designed to help military personnel blend in with a forest environment. But according to the report, only 2.1 percent of Afghanistan is comprised of forest.

The findings were detailed in a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR — a military agency set up by Congress that audits U.S. spending in Afghanistan.

Thanks, Trump.

What Calvin Wrote to Sadolet He Could Write today to the Emergents

For instance:

“[Your] zeal for heavenly life [is] a zeal which keeps a man entirely devoted to himself, and does not, even by one expression, arouse him to sanctify the name of God.”

The correspondence of these two can be read, in English, here.