Omarosa the Toxic

A panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans featuring White House aide Omarosa Manigault quickly went south after Manigault refused to answer questions about the administration in which she serves.

The panel made news before it even started, according to Page 6, which reported that Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times and Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker refused to take part in the panel after they were informed they’d be on stage with Manigault.

“Cobb told Page Six that the reason for pulling out ‘wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa. It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.'”

Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault, almost as soon as she stepped on stage.

“Shame on you,” Manigault told Gordon just minutes after coming on stage. At one point, Gordon and Manigault both stood and paced the stage, talking each other down face-to-face. “Let me tell my story,” Manigault told Gordon. “Ask me a question about me.”

When asked about President Trump’s recent comments that police should rough up people they are detaining, Manigault said his comments were wrong. She said issues of police brutality are important to the Trump White House. But said she could not elaborate on private conversations with the president.

Etc.  Everything to do with Trump and every one is tainted.

JK Rowling Is NOT The ‘Lone Voice’ Opposing Jeffress

This kind of thing annoys me beyond words:

Rubbish!   Lone voice? What’s wrong with you people. There are a LOT of people speaking out. Actual theologians and not just kid book authors. Why don’t you pay attention to someone besides celebrities? The failure is YOURS, not the foes of untruth.  If you weren’t blindly fixated on the rich and famous maybe you would learn something.

Zwingli on Life After Death

I believe that after this life, which is rather captivity and death than life, a glad and happy life will come to the saints or believers, and a gloomy and wretched one to the wicked or unbelievers, and that both will be unending. — Huldrych Zwingli

The Truth About Robert Jeffress

Via Facebook-

Barry Harvey wrote this about Robert Jeffress yesterday:

“As my friend Steve Long observes, Jeffress is a liberal heretic because his Christianity is a version of US liberal Protestantism:

1. He is a self-proclaimed prophet like Robert Duvall in the movie “The Apostle,” who is unaccountable to the Christian tradition. It his just him and the Scripture.

2. His authority is his emotivist-expressivism.

3. God works primarily through the modern nation-state (something Paul knew nothing about when he wrote Romans) and the church is reduced to a warehouse for individual conversions.

4. He confuses the “city set on a hill” of Mt. 5 with American exceptionalism.

5. He privatizes the difficult teachings of Jesus — “love your enemy.”

6. Christianity begins anew with him and his interpretation of God, who looks much more like Thor than the blessed Trinity.

Refuse to listen to this man and condemn what he teaches (nonviolently) for the sake of Christianity; for if he is correct about Christianity, then atheism is the only option.”

Truth

A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.  – Eric Hoffer

Allow me to remind you at this juncture that Trump LOST the popular vote by millions.

Food Ministries: An Observation

If using food ministry as outreach evangelism is effective, why did no one Jesus fed ever decide they’d be a disciple?

In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.   Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal. (Jn. 6:26-27) …   After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more. (Jn. 6:66).

Feed hungry folk all you want.  Just don’t imagine it will result in any spiritual growth.

I Like Billy Graham, But His Kids Are Insane

Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, warned on her “Giving You Jesus” blog on Aug. 7 that the upcoming solar eclipse may be God’s judgment on America.

Wut?

Lotz did not mention any of scientific explanations for the solar eclipse, but did cite a Bible verse, Joel 2:31, specifically written for Israelites 2,000 years ago: “The sun will be turned to darkness…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

Wut? Does she not know the difference between prophetic utterance and natural event?

Lotz went on to warn that the eclipse, which affects all countries, might be a judgment for the U.S.:

How, exactly?

For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed. Jewish rabbi’s have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.

Ugh. She’s a reprehensible exegete and worse theologian. Billy, you’re great, but your kids aren’t you, clearly.

Different People Should be Treated Differently

Luther once observed

luther… you may deal harshly with the liars and hardened tyrants, and act boldly in opposition to their teachings and their works, for they will not listen. But the simple people, whom they have bound with the ropes of their teaching and whose lives are endangered, you must treat quite differently. You must with caution and gentleness undo the teachings of men, providing them a defense and explanation, and in this way gradually set them free. This is what St. Paul did when, in defiance of all the Jews, he would not permit Titus to be circumcised [Gal. 2:3], and yet he circumcised Timothy [Acts 16:3].

You must treat dogs and swine differently from men; wolves and lions differently from the weak sheep. With wolves you cannot be too severe; with weak sheep you cannot be too gentle. Living as we do among the papists today, we must act as though we were living among heathen.

Indeed, they are heathen seven times over; we should therefore, as St. Peter teaches [I Pet. 2:12], maintain good conduct among the heathen, that they may not speak any evil of us truthfully, as they would like to do. They are delighted when they hear that you make a boast of this teaching and give offense to timid souls. This affords them a pretext for denouncing the whole teaching as offensive and harmful, for they have no other way of demolishing it; they have to admit that it is true.*

Luther is always so… engaging and insightful.  A true man for all seasons.

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*The Christian in Society II, (LW Vol. 45, pp. 73–74).

A Letter of H. Redpath

More fun from Will-

Septuaginta &c.

In two previous posts (here and here) I shared some interesting archival materials I have come across in the Cambridge University library manuscripts room.* I’ve been searching for correspondence related to some early 20th century efforts made at a lexicon of the Septuagint, so far to no avail.

Yet I’ve found other interesting material. Today I post for your enjoyment a letter written by the estimable Henry Redpath (1848–1908), graduate of the University of Oxford (D.Litt. 1901), curate and later vicar near Oxford, and Grinfield lecturer on the Septuagint (1901-1905), inter alia.

Redpath is still well-known because of his efforts to bring the concordance work of Edwin Hatch to completion, now known as simply Hatch-Redpath (second edition by Baker), but originally A Concordance to the Septuagint and other Greek Translations of the Old Testament (3 vols.; Oxford, 1892-1906). It is that work that is the topic of the…

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The End Time Loons Are at it, Again

Take note–  lunacy.

Will the 2017 solar eclipse cause a secret planet called ‘Nibiru’ to destroy Earth next month?

…David Meade, author of ‘Planet X – The 2017 Arrival’, asserts the planet Nibiru (also known as Planet X) will crash into our own on 23 September 2017.

…33 days after the US’ total solar eclipse – on the 23 September – the stars will align just as the book of Revelation says they will before the world ends. This, Meade points out, “is indeed an amazing omen and a frightful sign.”

Etc….

Ingratitude

calvin_operaThose who think that the authority of the doctrine [of the Church] is impaired by the insignificance of the men who are called to teach, betray their ingratitude; for among the many noble endowments with which God has adorned the human race, one of the most remarkable is, that he deigns to consecrate the mouths and tongues of men to his service, making his own voice to be heard in them. — John Calvin

Starting Your Day With Zwingli

“The business of the truth is not to be deserted, even to the sacrifice of our lives. For we live not for this age of ours, nor for the princes, but for the Lord. … To have held fast to the purpose of the Lord is to conquer all adversaries.”– Huldrych Zwingli