Daily Archives: 21 Aug 2017

When The Church Becomes Mirror Instead of Witness… This Is What Happens

This is a perfect, text book example of the unfortunate results of the Church losing focus on its purpose and its calling.

The Church is called to be Light and Salt, not Mirror and Sugar.  Lights generate their own illumination; mirrors merely reflect back what is generated elsewhere.  Sugar only sweetens and makes rotten; whilst salt preserves and flavors.

It may seem wise and even proper for those who lack theological substance for the Church to sling back to society what society slings at it; but this is nothing less than an abandonment of the duty and calling of the Church.

‘You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden’.  And yet churches like this one and so many others have indeed become hidden.  Hidden in the shadow of the world; having abandoned their uniqueness and the Gospel itself.

If your Church sign could fit on a campaign poster or advertising slogan then you’ve lost the plot.  Get yourselves some theologians.  If your Pastor can’t be distinguished from the president of the Rotarians, get yourself a new Pastor or go somewhere one actually is.

The very reason that the Church is so widely disregarded is because it in too many instances wants to be just like the world and in too many cases it is nothing more than a paltry mirror showing the world simply what it wishes to see.

#Eclipse Photos

Not the best photos, but man did it get dark and man was the eclipse itself amazing to behold.  The good one is Rachel’s doing.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson At his Condescending ‘Best’

The Babylon Bee reports

In celebration of the total solar eclipse visible from a large portion of the nation, pop astrophyicist Neil deGrasse Tyson reportedly began preparing a new barrage of condescending tweets for his online followers Monday morning.

The popular scientist racked his brain for ways to connect the cosmic event with hot-button social issues in a way that lets his followers know how much smarter than them he is.

“Let’s see, how can I make fun of religion while communicating already well-known facts about the eclipse in a condescending manner?” Tyson reportedly muttered to himself while staring at a blank status box on twitter.com. “I could do something about evolution, transgenderism, or gender equality too. There’s gotta be a connection to my pet social issues there. Come on, Neil, think!”

“I wish I hadn’t wasted all my good asinine zingers when Star Wars came out,” he lamented to himself, according to sources.

At publishing time, Tyson had settled on attacking climate change deniers and creationists with his upcoming flurry of completely banal eclipse observations.

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Being a Racist Has its Consequences, Even For Students at Christian Schools

Like this guy.

As college students were identified as participants in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, there seemed to be little that their institutions could do about it. Although they received calls from other students and communities to discipline or expel students involved, Washington State University and the University of Nevada, Reno, were bound to protect their students’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

Not so at private colleges, however, where at least one student has been kicked out, and another has voluntarily left after he says he received death threats.

Pensacola Christian College kicked out student Allen Armentrout after he was identified as a protester at the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, where white nationalists and white supremacists shouted racist and anti-Semitic chants and violence broke out, culminating in the death of a woman when a protester drove his car through a crowd of counterprotesters.

“I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year,” Armentrout told local media. “I’m processing this and making adjustments to my life to compensate for this scrutiny.”

Armentrout was photographed wearing a Confederate uniform and carrying a Confederate flag, saluting a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. He said he went to the rally despite the neo-Nazi presence, not because of it, saying that neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan were distorting the history of the American South, and that Lee was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived.

“I believe a Christian institution should support patriotic individuals who want to stand for American tradition and beliefs. It really hurts me a lot when you try to do what’s right and you get attacked,” said Armentrout.

So good for Pensacola Christian.  Students need to learn that you really do reap what you sow and if you want to be a racist, you have no place at a Christian school.  Now let’s see if Falwell’s Liberty U. does the same thing.

*Hint- Don’t hold your breath.


Further Work on Qumran Pottery at the PEF

Filed under ‘better late than never’…

The Leverhulme International Network Project for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Cave Artefacts and Archival Sources

On 20-21 July,2017 Dennis Mizzi and Joan Taylor were able to photograph, draw and study pottery fragments in the Palestine Exploration Fund, London, which the Network has identified as deriving from Cave 1Q. The most important fragments come from a jar rim.

The pottery was associated with 1Q textiles stored in one of the PEF drawers, and has only recently come to light (see previous blog post). These will be published soon in a series of articles identifying the holdings of the PEF in regard to Qumran.

We are grateful to  the Committee of the PEF and especially to Felicity Cobbing (Executive Director), for making these resources available for study.

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