Let the Reader Understand…

“So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” (Rev. 10:9)

I’m Just Going to Be Upfront: Buy My Commentary So I Can Eat

I’m headed to England to lecture at Newman in September and I’d like to eat while I’m there.  Accordingly, I need someone to buy a copy of the Commentary.

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The Bee Stings Abortionists Pretending to Care About Human Lives

#BAM-  The Bee just owned PP-

Stressing that it is unacceptable for anyone to remain silent in the face of injustice, Cecile Richards, the white woman who heads Planned Parenthood and oversees the systematic annihilation of minorities in America by specifically targeting their communities for abortion services, released a statement on social media condemning racism.

“The protests led by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, are an appalling and horrifying attack on on people of color and the Jewish community,” stated the Caucasian who has intentionally organized the placing of 79% of the abortion provider’s facilities within African American and Hispanic neighborhoods.

“It was an explicit display of the racism that still exists in our country,” she added, seriously.

At publishing time, Richards was seemingly unaware that she runs Planned Parenthood the same way a white supremacist seeking to obliterate minority populations would.

Call for Applications

Here.

Fscire — John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies — in Bologna calls for applications for international Fellowships.

Fscire offers fellowships for one year for the following position: Research on the history, exegesis or theology of Christianity, its renewal and its relationships with other religions cultures. Read more here.

“Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle”

Hurtaddo on Fredriksen.

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Paula Fredriksen’s awaited book on Paul has now appeared:  Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  And unlike some other recent works, it’s a comparatively modest-sized tome (319 pp. including endnotes, bibliography and indexes).  But its modest (more reasonable?) size encompasses a pithy and highly readable portrait of her subject.  I won’t attempt here a full review, but will merely highlight a few matters.

Fredriksen emphasizes two things about Paul above all else:  (1) He was, and remained, Jewish; and (2) his apostolic mission was driven by a powerful eschatological conviction prompted by his belief that God had raised Jesus from death and exalted him as universal Messiah.  More specifically, she contends (persuasively to my mind) that Paul saw Jesus’ resurrection as ushering in the eschatological time foretold by biblical prophets in which the pagan “Gentile” nations would turn from their idols…

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This Is The Religious Advisory Council of Donald Trump: None of them Have Resigned in Protest Over his Racist Remarks

UntitledIt is, frankly, beyond belief that these people, who are supposed to represent Faith, are acting in such a way as to deny that faith.  Corporate America has a firmer moral base than any of these people.  And that’s disgusting.

  • Michele Bachmann – Former Congresswoman
  • A.R. Bernard – Senior Pastor and CEO, Christian Cultural Center
  • Mark Burns – Pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center
  • Tim Clinton – President, American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Kenneth and Gloria Copeland – Founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries
  • James Dobson – Author, Psychologist, and Host, My Family Talk
  • Jerry Falwell, Jr. – President, Liberty University
  • Ronnie Floyd – Senior Pastor, Cross Church
  • Jentezen Franklin – Senior Pastor, Free Chapel
  • Jack Graham – Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
  • Harry Jackson – Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
  • Robert Jeffress – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas
  • David Jeremiah – Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
  • Richard Land – President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
  • James MacDonald – Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
  • Johnnie Moore – Author, President of The KAIROS Company
  • Robert Morris – Senior Pastor, Gateway Church
  • Tom Mullins – Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship­
  • Ralph Reed – Founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • James Robison – Founder, Life OUTREACH International
  • Tony Suarez – Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

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Today With Zwingli

What is the Eucharist?  Is it a sacrifice?  A memorial?  The means by which salvation is conferred?  A simple sign?  Those were the questions plaguing the Reformation beginning as early as 1522 and coming to a head in 1529 at the Marburg Colloquy.

In 1525 Huldrych Zwingli addressed the question in a quite scholarly volume titled Subsidium sive coronis de eucharistia and published on the 17th of August.

The story of Zwingli’s coming to a clear understanding, finally, of the meaning of the Eucharist is related by himself in this volume.  He remarks that Exodus 12 came to mind while he was lying in bed and that he sprang to his feet, opened his Septuagint (which he apparently kept right at his bedside) and read it.  The next day, they discussed it at the Prophezei and that discussion became the outline of the present book.

What, you may be wondering, has Ex 12 to do with the Eucharist?  Zwingli noted in explaining his discovery that just as the events of the Passover were ‘memorialized’ in the passover meal, so too the death of Jesus was ‘memorialized’ in the Supper.

The book opens, after the dedication, with this scintillating sentence (a sentence which is typical and emblematic of Zwingli’s style) –

reformers1.jpgScimus non defuturos esse, qui protinus, ut libri titulum intuiti sunt, ęqum esse dicant, ut copiis imbecillibus subsidium mittatur, quorum urbanitati respondere consilium non est, duplici nomine: Vel quod nunquam quicquam tam circumspecte dixeris, quod ipsi vertere in ludibrium non audeant; vel quod difficulter subsidio cedunt, in quos copię ipsę impressionem nullam facere potuerunt.

And the closing sentence:

Det deus optimus maximus lucem ac pacem, ut cognita veritate in veram animi pacem ac tranquillitatem restituamur. Amen!

And between those two bookends the – in my view – clearest exposition of the Supper written.

Luther on Your Doubt Peddlings

We are better equipped to doubt than to hope; because hope comes from the Spirit of God but doubt comes from our own spirit. Accordingly God has forbidden it [doubt] under severe penalty. That we more easily believe penalty than reward is a product of the reason or spirit of man. Hoping and believing are different from thinking and speculating. Reason sees death before it, and it’s impossible for reason not to be terrified by it. Likewise we can’t be persuaded [by our reason] that God gives his Son and loves us so much, and hence we say, ‘You have not allowed your Son to be crucified for nothing!’ This is above reason. That God is so merciful, not on account of my works but on account of his Son, is incomprehensible. –  Martin Luther