Daily Archives: 6 Jul 2017

News From Ming Hua Theological College

We are delighted to inform you that the partnership of our College with Charles Sturt University Australia (CSU) to roll out accredited degree programmes in Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology has received formal approval from the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government. As a result of this partnership, Ming Hua is now a member of the School of Theology at CSU which transforms us to become part of the largest university theology school in Asia Pacific. The university degrees offered are both internationally and locally recognized; with the approval from the Education Bureau, they have the same status as any other degrees offered by universities in Hong Kong.

Autumn semester is now open for enrollment. Please refer to the attached timetable for subjects offered this semester.


WHO IS CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY?

Charles Sturt University (CSU) was established in 1989, and is Australia’s largest regional university and the country’s leading provider of distance education. It is a leading player in international research in a number of fields, including theology, ethics and education. The School of Theology at CSU is the largest in Asia Pacific, with more than 40 faculty members and 600 students.

CSU has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. These are combined with a flexible learning environment which includes face-to-face teaching, distance education, intensives, web forums, study skills tutoring and a host of other features all designed to increase student participation. In addition to distance learning, CSU has four Australian campuses.

New in Bible and Interpretation

Probably the most important essay you’ll read this week:  and maybe this month- Hebrew or Not?: Reviewing the Linguistic Claims of Douglas Petrovich’s The World’s Oldest Alphabet.

Enjoy.

A Simple Truth Too Many Academics Forget, to their Own Harm

You can have the truth, and the facts on your side; but if you alienate your audience through arrogance, you will NEVER win them over.

Why Would The Pope Be Upset By A Cocaine Fueled Gay Orgy in the Vatican?

I thought he was all about openness and acceptance

Vatican police have raided a cardinal’s apartment where a drug-fuelled homosexual orgy was taking place. Police entered an apartment at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (or Holy Office) last month, not far from the Vatican City.

The occupant of the apartment is alleged to be a priest who serves as a secretary to cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and a personal adviser to the Pope. When police showed up at the apartment, they reportedly found drugs and a group of men engaged in sexual activity. The priest was then arrested and taken for questioning.

Il Fatto Quotidiano suggested that Pope Francis was infuriated by the news and may force Coccopalmerio into retirement. The alleged orgy is symptomatic of a difficult period for the Pope. Four years into his papacy the Catholic Church appears racked by conflict and scandal. Critics blame the Pope’s choice of personnel: cardinal George Pell, appointed to clean up the Vatican’s murky finances, has taken a leave of absence to defend himself against sex abuse charges in Australia.

I guess the Vatican isn’t as accepting as we’ve been led to believe…

Tolerance is a One Way Street

At least as practiced by the radical left.

A pastor who leads a Christian ministry that vowed to ban anyone who posts the rainbow flag emoji to its Facebook page says LGBT activists have inundated his inbox, mailbox and phone lines with gay porn and threatening messages. They even keyed his car.

The Facebook page “Warriors for Christ,” which has nearly 200,000 followers, made headlines last month after it was reported by Patheos.com blogger Hemant Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist,” that anyone who posts a rainbow flag emoji on the Facebook page would be “instantly” banned from the page.

Pastor Rich Penkoski, a West Virginia resident who is the leader of the Facebook page and it’s pre-denominational ministry, told The Christian Post on Thursday that he and his colleagues have banned over 900,000 different Facebook users in the last month.

“The thing about the rainbow flag is nobody asked why we didn’t want it on our page. The issue was that the rainbow emoji is a pride symbol for homosexuality and we are a Christian ministry,” Penkoski said. “We don’t celebrate sin and we are not going to embrace it now. We know, as Christians, that sin leads to death.”

However, it’s not just the use of the rainbow flag emoji that is concerning Penkoski and his nine-or-so colleagues affiliated with the ministry.

“The ‘Friendly Atheist’ character wrote a blog about us and it snowballed from there. Every single online gay blog or newspapers, they all picked it up and went with their version of it. We got hammered. It must have been overnight. We banned over 900,000 people,” Penkoski added. “We received messages of ‘You should die,’ ‘Go kill yourself.'”

As reprehensible as this guy is, it’s equally reprehensible to do to him what was done to him.

Quote of the Day

“Office reveals the man.” – Luther

The Illicit Antiquities Trade Has Been a Problem For a Very Long Time…

So the question seems necessary: why are Moss/Baden suddenly interested in the sales of antiquities now and only and exclusively in relation to Hobby Lobby?  Where were they and where was their concern 5 or 10 years ago?  And why, again, the exclusive focus on Hobby Lobby?

One need merely consult Nina Burleigh’s really excellent ‘Unholy Business‘ to see what’s been going on in the world of antiquities trading.  So the rather interesting timing and focus of Moss/Baden’s concerns seem quite interesting indeed (from the point of view of motive).

People are, it has to be admitted, generally interested in things for a reason.  The folk at Hobby Lobby are interested in acquiring antiquities, even by shady and illegal means, for a reason; and Moss/Baden too have a reason for focusing on Hobby Lobby.  And it doesn’t seem to be simple academic concern for looted heritage (as is, by the way, Burleigh’s concern in her excellent volume).

I am forced to wonder why Moss/Baden care about Hobby Lobby’s dealings so much when, again, they don’t seem equally concerned for the dealings of other acquirers of antiquities.

To be precise, are they concerned about illegal activities vis-a-vis Iraqi antiquities, or are they concerned about Hobby Lobby?

Best. Idea. For. A. Service. Ever.

Faith Life Church revealed Thursday the unprecedented popularity of their newly launched “introvert service,” a church service where believers averse to social situations can come and worship the Lord without ever having to talk to anyone else.

Taking place after both the traditional and contemporary offerings, this new service allows congregants to enjoy church in silence, without being forced to greet each other with a saying or question, touch each other in any way, or engage in neverending small talk afterward.

“It’s unbelievable,” self-described introvert and church member Anita Kimball told reporters. “I’ve struggled my whole life with the church traditions that force me to invite people into my bubble. No more turning and greeting my neighbor with some contrived cliché, or having to hug Mr. Jenkins, or lying after church that I really want to get together with so-and-so. Thank you, Jesus!”

At publishing time, the Faith Life elders had confirmed that they are in the market for a new church building to accommodate the explosion in attendance due to the new service.

I’d love it.

Signs of the Times

Coming In October…

From the Editor in Chief- this news:

18. Oktober 2017 ist die Präsentation des ersten Bandes der neuen historisch-kritischen Melanchthon-Edition geplant.

The volume is on the DeGruyter website– Philipp Melanchthon: Opera Omnia: Opera Philosophica 2.2 Principal Writings on Rhetoric.

The Letters of Jan Hus

Hus Burning

Hus Burning

Read them, online, in English, for free, here.  And among them is this gem- Hus’s final declaration- written 1 July.  5 days before his death.

I, John Hus, in hope a priest of Jesus Christ, fearing to offend God, and fearing to fall into perjury, do hereby profess my unwillingness to abjure all or any of the articles produced against me by false witnesses. For God is my witness that I neither preached, affirmed, nor defended them, though they say that I did. Moreover, concerning the articles that they have extracted from my books, I say that I detest any false interpretation which any of them bears.

But inasmuch as I fear to offend against the truth, or to gainsay the opinion of the doctors of the Church, I cannot abjure any one of them. And if it were possible that my voice could now reach the whole world, as at the Day of Judgment every lie and every sin that I have committed will be made manifest, then would I gladly abjure before all the world every falsehood and error which I either had thought of saying or actually said. I say I write this of my own free will and choice.

Written with my own hand, on the first day of July.

Get the PDF of the collection of letters here if you are so inclined.

The Burning of Jan Hus

1415: On July 6, Jan Hus is condemned as a heretic and then burned at the stake.

husAfter John Wycliffe, Jan (John) Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin and Zwingli. Hus was a key predecessor to Protestantism, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Western Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself. On July 6, 1415, John Hus (whose name means “goose” in his native Czech) made his way to the place of execution. Some of his last words were: You are going to burn a goose but in a century you will have a swan which you can neither roast nor boil.

This “Swan” of this statement has popularly been interpreted to be Martin Luther, not to mention, even by Luther himself:

However, I, Dr. Martinus, have been called to this work and was compelled to become a doctor, without any initiative of my own, but out of pure obedience. Then I had to accept the office of doctor and swear a vow to my most beloved Holy Scriptures that I would preach and teach them faithfully and purely. While engaged in this kind of teaching, the papacy crossed my path and wanted to hinder me in it. How it has fared is obvious to all, and it will fare still worse. It shall not hinder me. In God’s name and call I shall walk on the lion and the adder, and tread on the young lion and dragon with my feet. And this which has been begun during my lifetime will be completed after my death. St. John Huss prophesied of me when he wrote from his prison in Bohemia, “They will roast a goose now (for ‘Huss’ means ‘a goose’), but after a hundred years they will hear a swan sing, and him they will endure.” And that is the way it will be, if God wills. [LW 34:103]

Via our Saxon friends on FB.

The Ashes of Hus

NZZ has a great essay on Hus today- and it includes this fun-

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Luther’s Opera Omnia

Via Karla Apperloo

Antiquarian Set: Opera Omnia Martin Luther

Antiquarian De Roo has acquired an exquisite bookset: “Des Theuren Mannes Gottes, D. Martin Luthers Sämtliche Theils von Ihm selbst Deutsch verfertigte, theils aus dessen Lateinischen ins Deutsche übersetzte Schriften und Werke”. 

https://www.reforc.com/opera-omnia-martin-luther/