Judgment Is Coming

The Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

And now the bit particularly relevant to the bigots, racists, Nazis, and white supremacists-

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Pay attention, or prepare for damnation.

Supporting Evildoers…

Is evil.  And those who empower evil are complicit in every evil act done.  You are without excuse and when the day of judgement comes and you are damned because of your mistreatment of others, all the whining and excuse making you can muster will do you no good.

Trundle off now, you damned, and read Matthew 25, and repent your hatred, bigotry, and godlessness.

Was Katie Luther the Driving Force Behind Luther’s Anti-Semitism?

Dear Katie. Yes, on the way, shortly before Eisleben, I became dizzy. That was my fault. Had you been here, however, you would have said that it was the fault of the Jews or their god. For shortly before Eisleben we had to travel through a village in which many Jews are living, [and] perhaps they have attacked me so painfully. At this time over fifty Jews reside here in the city of Eisleben. It is true that when I passed by the village such a cold wind blew from behind into the carriage and on my head through the beret, [that it seemed] as if it intended to turn my brain to ice. This might have helped me somewhat to become dizzy. But thank God now I am well, except for the fact that beautiful women tempt me so much that I neither care nor worry about becoming unchaste.*

Is Luther here hinting that Katie despised Jews ‘and their god’ ( truly remarkable Marcionite-ish phrase) more than he?  Is it worth digging more deeply in Katie Luther’s life to find out?  I would think so.  Here’s why:  Men often are persuaded to viewpoints by their wives (just as wives are by their husbands). Luther here clearly hints, though, that Katie’s attitude towards the Jews was harsher than his own.  He says ‘it was my fault’ and then he says ‘however you would have said that it was the fault of the Jews or their god’.

Things that make you go hmmmm…..

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*Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 50: Letters III (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 50; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 290–291.

Donald Trump’s ‘Good Luck’ to the Residents of Texas is Meaningless

James1 puts it this way-

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

Indeed, Mr President*, what good are your empty words?

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1 I’m sure Trump has never heard of James, much less read it.

7 Insights into Dutch Theologian Herman Bavinck

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Hendrickson Publishers Blog

Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) is widely celebrated as one of the most eloquent divines in the Reformed tradition. Despite having preached regularly throughout his adult life, how he preached and what he thought about preaching have remained largely unknown to the many preachers who read him in the present day-until now.

Though we sadly cannot interview Bavinck himself, we have had the pleasure of talking with James Eglinton, the editor and translator of the recently published bookHerman Bavinck on Preaching & Preachers. Eglinton is a systematic and historical theologian who has written extensively on Herman Bavinck, so you’re bound to discover some great nuggets about his work as well as some unique insights on Bavinck. Enjoy!

1. What/Who piqued your interest in Herman Bavinck? 

I was first introduced to Bavinck’s work while a student at the Free Church College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary). I was a seminarian while…

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*Chuckle*

According to sources close to local egalitarian-feminist Jane Stein, the activist for women’s rights had penned a scathing rebuttal of complementarianism Friday morning, but failed to send it to Desiring God after she found herself unable to click the website’s “Submit” button.

“I just started breaking out in a cold sweat when I saw the S-word emblazoned there on my screen, micro-aggressing me,” Stein wrote on her Tumblr account after the incident, sandwiched in between a repost of a popular feminist webcomic and a long rant about a man who had complimented her eyebrows that morning.

“Ugh. Patriarchy is everywhere,” her Tumblr post went on. “It shouldn’t be radical ideology for me to ask that the entire world be a safe space from triggering words like ‘S—-t.’”

At publishing time, The Huffington Post had apologized for the “offensive wording” on its “Submit an Article” page, and fixed the issue by cleansing its entire website of the triggering language.

*Chortle*

Reading Jesus’s Bible: How the New Testament Helps Us Understand the Old Testament

For Jesus and his contemporaries, what we now know as the Old Testament was simply the Scriptures—and it was the fundamental basis of how people understood their relationship with God. In this book John Goldingay uncovers five major ways in which the New Testament uses the Old Testament. His discussion paves the way for contemporary readers to understand and appreciate the Old Testament more fully.

Along with an overview of how Jesus and the first Christian writers read the Old Testament, illustrated with passages from Matthew, Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Hebrews, Goldingay offers a straightforward introduction to the Old Testament in its own right. Reading Jesus’s Bible will shed fresh Old Testament light on Jesus, God, and the church for readers today.

Fun Facts From Church History: How Luther Became an Amulet

In the second half of the sixteenth century, in a strange inversion of the devotional traditions so fiercely condemned by evangelicals, portraits of Luther would take on the imputed powers of a amulet, or even perform miracles, such as when a portrait of Luther emerged unscathed from a conflagration that destroyed everything else in the house: the ‘incombustible Luther’.  — Andrew Pettegree

Book Preview: Douglas Campbell, Paul: An Apostle’s Journey (Eerdmans, 2018)

Chris Tilling likes it… so… whatever.

Reading Acts

Eerdmans recently sent me an uncorrected advanced copy of Douglas Campbell’s Paul: An Apostle’s Journey.The book will not be released until January 2018, so consider this a sneak peek at what I think will be a popular textbook for a Pauline Literature or Pauline Theology class at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

Campbell, Paul, an apostle's journeyAt slightly less than 200 pages book is brief and it is written with the layperson in mind. There are no long, drawn out discussions of the New Perspective on Paul or highly technical theological language in the book, nor does Campbell engage the Greek text except on rare occasions. The book uses endnotes, which I do not like, but they do make the book read much more smoothly. The book has a number of personal insights which draw the ancient text forward to contemporary issues. Chapters conclude with a series of questions designed for group discussions…

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Pentebabbleist Denunciations

When Bill Clinton was President, Pat Robertson and his ilk blamed every natural disaster that came along on Presidential misdeeds.  The same was true when Barack Obama was President.  Curiously, that wasn’t the case when either of the Bush’s were President nor has it been the case during the Trump ‘Presidency*’.

Clearly, then, for Robertson and the other weather/ nature interpreting Pentebabbleists it really isn’t about God’s purported will (which they don’t know anyway); it’s about a political statement.

If you want to find a false teacher, look for inconsistency.  Where there is inconsistency, there is falsehood.  The greatest sign of false teaching is inconsistent teaching

Pat Robertson et al are false teachers.  No Christian should follow them.  None.  To do so is to attach oneself to heresy.

When You’re Motivated, You Can Write Brilliantly, Swiftly

zwingliIN 1523 Zwingli published a Latin tract entitled, De Canone Missæ Huldrychi Zuinglii Epichiresis, “An Essay on the Canon of the Mass.” He speaks of it as “my confutation of the Canon of the Mass.” He wrote it in four days (August 25–29), though not without careful study and serious thought on the subject “for several years” before he began to write.

Emser was sufficiently provoked by it to publish an answer with the title: Canonis Missæ contra Huldricum Zuinglium Defensio (1524), “Defense of the Canon of the Mass against Huldreich Zwingli.” The author, contrary to custom, did not send a copy of this tract to Zwingli, who accordingly chides him for attacking him treacherously “from the rear” and without giving him “any warning.” “You did not, as a Christian especially ought, give any warning; you sent no herald with a demand for satisfaction; and you attacked suddenly, not in front but from the rear, one who suspected no such thing.”*

When your theological juices are boiling, you can be productive.  Lack of productivity is really simply a sign of disinterest.

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*The Latin works of Huldreich Zwingli, (Vol. 3, p. 344).

Zwingli In Einsiedeln

This is a fascinating essay.

Es sind nur ein paar Wörter, aber sie sind wertvoll. Wertvoller als so manches dicke Buch. Letzte Woche hat Urs Leu sie entdeckt – und damit eine Leerstelle geschlossen, welche die Schweizer Reformationsforscher lange beunruhigte. In der Bibliothek des Klosters Einsiedeln fand der Zürcher Historiker in einem Kodex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert drei kurze, mit schwarzer Tinte geschriebene Randbemerkungen. Für Leu war sofort klar: Das ist Huldrych Zwinglis Handschrift! Der Duktus der Buchstaben, die charakteristische Form des «d» mit dem lang heruntergezogenen vertikalen Strich – da war jeder Zweifel ausgeschlossen. Und was das bedeutet, war Leu bewusst. Er hatte entdeckt, wonach man bis jetzt vergeblich gesucht hatte: die Spur, die Zwingli bei seinem Aufenthalt in Einsiedeln hinterlassen hatte.

Then discussion about Zwingli’s studies and viewpoints during that period.  And

Zwingli nahm das alles mit wachen Sinnen zur Kenntnis. Und was er davon hielt, zeigt eine Randbemerkung in einem seiner Bücher. An einer Stelle, wo der Autor warnend schreibt, guter Wein und üppiges Essen würden selbst gefestigte Seelen zu sinnlichen Sünden verführen, hält er lakonisch fest: «Das mögen die Benediktiner sich merken.» Man glaubt deutlich zu spüren, dass er weiss, wovon er spricht.

Doch selbstverständlich wusste er auch sehr gut, was er dem Kloster Einsiedeln verdankte. Zum Pater pflegte er ein freundschaftliches Verhältnis, und vor allem: Er las sich durch die Bibliothek. Obwohl er als Priester für ein riesiges Gebiet mit rund 1500 Einwohnern zuständig war und dazu die Pilger geistlich zu betreuen hatte, nützte er jede freie Minute, um zu lesen. Und Zwingli war ein aufmerksamer Leser, dem nichts entging. Das zeigt sich an den Randbemerkungen in seinen eigenen Büchern, die heute in der Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB) aufgearbeitet werden. Bei der Arbeit an Zwinglis Bibliothek stiess Urs Leu, der an der ZB die Abteilung Alte Drucke leitet, auf die Spur, die ihn schliesslich zu seinem Fund führte.

Read it all.