Daily Archives: 8 Jul 2017

She Left He Child in A Hot Car, Was Arrested, And Complained that the Cruiser Was Too Hot…

A mother accused of leaving her 5-year-old son inside a hot car while she shopped complained to police that “it was hot” inside a police cruiser. South Daytona police told WESH in Orlando that the temperature inside the car was 107 degrees. A bystander said she saw the boy and heard his cries from the one window his mother left cracked open. “He was hanging onto the steering wheel and just screaming. It broke my heart,” she said.

Police and firefighters rescued the boy and then waited for his mother.  Colleen Walker, 30, told officers she spent 12 minutes shopping at the Dollar General, but security video showed her inside for 28 minutes. Officers put Walker in one of their cars and took her to jail. When police arrested her, she told officers to put on the air conditioning because it was “too hot.”

“She was complaining that the backseat of our patrol car was too hot on her way to the jail, and asked the officer to turn the AC up,” Lt. Dan Dietrich told WFTV in Orlando. Walker was charged with child neglect and put in jail on a $5,000 bond. Both children were put in their father’s custody.

May she be imprisoned for many years in a cell the sort of which used to house prisoners in old Yuma.

Naming The Names of those Who Teach Falsely

zwingliIn his Commentary on True and False Religion Zwingli, who normally didn’t mention those against whom he wrote, made an exception- remarking

Emser and Eck … are pests to the teachings of Christ. Their own wanton recklessness has forced me to write pretty sharply against them and by name. For the former without any warning so arrogantly attacked me unawares that I should have been a renegade to Christ’s teachings (for it is His work, not mine, in which I am engaged), if I had retired before a man singing his song of victory before he had come into my sight. For he wrote against me in such a way (and published the book) that he tricked me into waiting for six months to see if he were going to send me a copy.

The other laid a snare for my destruction, and sending most absurd and lying slanders to the assembly of the Swiss tried to get the start of me, so that, if his scheme succeeded, I might seem to have been rightly slain, and that he might sell himself for a high price to the Romans and the tyrants of Germany. When I disclosed his crime (and it could not be denied), good gods, how he raved!

Paul too had reason to name names from time to time.  Sometimes naming names is the only way to protect the sheep from the wolves (because sometimes the sheep aren’t very observant and if they aren’t spoken to directly don’t take hints too well).

The general rule is- if the Flock is in danger, yell out the name of the wolf who is attacking.

Rudolf Bultmann’s Advice to all Biblical Scholars

b1In today’s parlance- if you don’t understand it, don’t talk about it.  And if you don’t have first hand familiarity with it, leave it to those who do to explain.

Hell as Everlasting Misery

Matthew Hafenreffer opines-

“They are the most exquisite pains of soul and body (for both had sinned), arising from the fear and sense of the most just wrath and vengeance of God against sins, the most sad consciousness of which they carry about with them, the baseness of which is manifest, and of which, likewise, no remission afterwards, and, therefore, no mitigation or end can be hoped for. Whence, in misery, they will execrate, with horrible lamentation and wailing, their former impiety, by which they carelessly neglected the admonitions of their brethren and all the means of attaining salvation; but in vain.

For in perpetual anguish, with dreadful trembling, in shame, confusion, and ignominy, in inextinguishable fire, in weeping and gnashing of teeth, amidst that which is eternal and terrible, torn away from the grace and favor of God, they must quake among devils, and will be tortured without end to eternity. These future torments of the damned far surpass all the penetration of the human mind, so that we are not sufficient to ever comprehend in thought their greatness; therefore, what they will be, or of what nature, cannot be at all expressed in words. Scripture, nevertheless, in order to show that these tortures are the greatest and most exquisite, likens them to those things by which, in this life, pain both of soul and body is accustomed to be excited.

For this reason they are compared now to the gnashing of teeth, now to worms, now to the most sorrowful darkness, and whatever other matters of sadness and of the most complete pain can be mentioned, Is. 66:24; Matt. 5:22; 8:12; Rev. 19:20.”*

*Heinrich Schmid, The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Verified from the Original Sources (trans. Charles A. Hay and Henry E. Jacobs; Second English Edition, Revised according to the Sixth German Edition.; Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1889), 659–660.

Today With Bullinger: His Entrance at the University of Cologne

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Photo courtesy of Joe Mock

His earliest education was commenced in his fifth year in the school of his native place: but such was his fondness for learning, application, and forwardness, that in his twelfth year, June 11, 1516, his father sent him to a grammar-school at Emmerich on the Rhine. There he continued three years, and made rapid advances, especially in his Latin studies.

Meanwhile his pecuniary resources were kept so straitened, that he was obliged to beg for a livelihood from one neighbour’s door to another with singing. This severe discipline his father exercised, not out of necessity, nor from covetousness, but (as he thought) to train his son to moderation in his own habits, and to sympathy with the sufferings of the poor. Nor was this hardship, connected as it was with the superstitious notions of his day, uncongenial with young Bullinger’s own temperament: rather he has left it on record, that he already purposed with himself to become after a few years a Carthusian monk, because it was the most strict of all the orders.

From Emmerich Bullinger was removed to the university of Cologne; and entered July 8, 1519, at the college Bursæ-Montis. There the works of the school-divines, and chiefly of Peter Lombard and Gratian, soon engrossed his attention; and, in the providence of God, were converted into instruments for detaching him from the religion of Rome.

For in this course of reading meeting with frequent extracts from the fathers, he felt an earnest desire quickened within him to peruse their entire writings. Accordingly, he solicited and obtained admission to a well-stored library of the Dominicans; and there studied with intense ardour several treatises of Chrysostom, Ambrose, Origen, and Augustine.

Simultaneously the earlier tracts of Luther, especially his “Babylonish Captivity” and treatise “On Christian Liberty,” with the “Loci Communes” of Melancthon, came into his hands. He procured for himself also a copy of the New Testament, and devoted days and nights to the perusal of it, with the aid of the Commentaries of Jerome. The result of these pursuits was, that Bullinger’s mind and heart opened gradually to the knowledge and reception of the gospel in its purity.*

*The Decades of Henry Bullinger: The Fifth Decade, (pp. vii–viii).

Angela Merkel is All of Us Today

She has the best eyerolls…

Saw It, Liked It

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Joyce Meyer is a False Teacher…

So if you buy her books, or, now, her ‘Bible’, you’re embracing false teaching.  And, by the way, shame on the publisher of this crap rubbish.

via Nick Norelli on Twitter

Once More, in Case You Missed It: Collected Essays of Erhard Gerstenberger

Selected Writings of Erhard S. Gerstenberger, prof. em. of Old Testament, Marburg

There has been published by the University Library of Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, a large collection of essays by OT professor Erhard S. Gerstenberger written over the past 50 years. The volume comprising 718 pages unites 14 English essays, 1 Brazilian, and 27 German pieces published between 1961 and 2012, as well as an exhaustive bibliography of Gerstenbergers writings from 1961-2012. Edited by Prof. Ute E. Eisen (Giessen) and Prof. Christl M. Maier (Marburg) the work is entitled: Erhard S. Gerstenberger: Die Hebräische Bibel als Buch der Befreiung. Ausgewählte Aufsätze, 2012

URL free access – no charge, no registration: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8601

(„geb“ stands for “Giessener Elektronische Bibliothek”. You can also get to the volume by navigating through the website of Giessen University (www.uni-giessen.de). Print-copies available on demand by Universitätsbibliothek der Universität Gießen, online-shop.)

Erhard S. Gerstenberger, son of a coal-miner (Fritz) and his wife Anna, was born (1932) and raised at Duisburg-Rheinhausen. He studied Protestant theology at Marburg, Tübingen, Bonn, Wuppertal, and, after graduation, at Yale Divinity School (1959). Doctoral work with Martin Noth at Bonn (thesis: Wesen und Herkunft des ‘apodiktischen’ Rechts 1965; reprint: Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock 2009).

Having started teaching at Yale he moved back to Germany (1964) to become a parish minister at Essen. At the side: Habilitation work with Hans-Walter Wolff at Heidelberg (thesis: Der bittende Mensch, 1980; reprint: Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock 2009). From there he set out with his family (1975) to work in Brazil at the Faculdade de Teologia da IECLB, São Leopoldo, RS.

Back in Germany again (1981) he taught Old Testament at the Universities of Giessen and Marburg until his retirement (1997). His latest publications include Theologien im Alten Testament (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2001; Engl. translation by John Bowden, Theologies in the OT, London / Minneapolis: T&T Clark / Fortress 2002) and Israel in der Perserzeit (Biblische Enzyklopädie 8; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2005; Engl. translation by Siegfried S. Schatzmann, Israel in the Persian Period, Atlanta / Leiden: SBL Press / Brill 2012).

If you haven’t accessed this volume yet, you should.  It’s a goldmine.

Dressing For Success at SBL

If you want to make a splash at SBL and your paper is absolute gut rot, follow the lead of these international superstars and dress for success!


PS- Don’t wear shoes.  It adds to the hipster aura.