Daily Archives: 27 Jun 2017

Too Much of What’s Called Faith Is Really Just Self-Help

‪If your ‘faith’ is mere self help or self actualization, you kid yourself when you call it faith. It’s really just self peering back at you‬.

The Bee Stings Facebook’s Anti-Christian Bias

Social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it would roll out a new cross-shaped “praise Jesus” reaction button for the month of July to celebrate its Christian users around the world.

“Facebook is proud to honor our countless Christian users, as well as the Christian community as a whole. Believers in Jesus Christ have positively impacted the world on a colossal scale for 2000 years, and they continue to do so every day. We want to express our solidarity with Christians worldwide and our respect for their beliefs and traditions,” said Barbara Collins, VP of Facebook’s “Honor Christianity” project.

“As a small tribute, we’re rolling out a ‘Praise Jesus’ button for use during the month of July, which we’ve designated as ‘Honor Christianity Month’ here at Facebook.”

In addition, Facebook will be offering special Christian-themed profile picture frames, as well as masks and frames for photos shared on the site and its Messenger app, Collins confirmed.

It’s funny because it’s true- that it will never happen.

A Fantastic Research Resource

Add this one to your bookmarks.

Trump’s Entire Entourage is Totally Depraved

Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family.

More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades.

But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And six-figure contracts for members of his family needed to be taken care of.

Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow that month approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.

Telemarketers for the nonprofit, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case), were instructed in contracts signed by Sekulow to urge people who pleaded poverty or said they were out of work to dig deep for a “sacrificial gift”.

“I can certainly understand how that would make it difficult for you to share a gift like that right now,” they told retirees who said they were on fixed incomes and had “no extra money” – before asking if they could spare “even $20 within the next three weeks”.

In addition to using tens of millions of dollars in donations to pay Sekulow, his wife, his sons, his brother, his sister-in-law, his niece and nephew, and their firms, Case has also been used to provide a series of unusual loans and property deals to the Sekulow family.

Attorneys and other experts specialising in nonprofit law said the Sekulows risked violating a federal law against nonprofits paying excessive benefits to the people responsible for running them. Sekulow declined to detail how he ensured the payments were reasonable.

“This is all highly unusual, and it gives an appearance of conflicts of interest that any nonprofit should want to avoid,” said Daniel Borochoff, the president of CharityWatch, a Chicago-based group that monitors nonprofits.

And some Christians support Trump and his administration.  Astonishing.  They are enablers of evil.

Zwingli Among the French

En même temps que Luther, et indépendamment de lui, Zwingli a organisé la Réforme en Suisse. Le professeur André Gounelle montre qu’il est devenu l’ancêtre de la tradition réformée.

Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall.  But if you subscribe, take a look.

Still Waiting…

I’m still waiting for any Christian who supports Trump to explain why they love a man who is far more immoral than Bill Clinton, whom they hate with rabid and irrational hatred.

Go ahead, explain yourselves.

The ‘Job’ Volume of BHQ Is Coming Soon

Oh boy.

The Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) is a detailed and up-to-date survey of the various manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. It is being published biblical book-by-book by the German Bible Society, and this is number 16 in the series. It covers the book of Job.

‘Empty Philosophy’

The early Church had to endure Philosophers pretending to be Theologians while the modern Church has to endure Theologians pretending to be Philosophers.

Just For No Particular Reason: Pride Is Sometimes Quite Inappropriate

It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and the kind of sexual immorality that is not even tolerated among the Gentiles– a man is living with his father’s wife.  And you are inflated with pride, instead of filled with grief so that he who has committed this act might be removed from your congregation. For though I am absent in body but present in spirit, I have already decided about the one who has done this thing as though I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus with my spirit and with the power of our Lord Jesus, turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough?  Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. (1 Cor. 5:1-7)

This Made me Laugh