Trump Pardoned Arpaio on Friday for Ratings and TD Jakes is Hawking his Latest Money Scheme, Today, While Houston Suffers

Jakes tweeted 3 hours ago-

Every single one of you who send this clown money deserve to lose every penny you have.  He isn’t doing God’s work, and you aren’t supporting any ministry- you’re supporting a con man who cares NOTHING for the people suffering in his own city.  Shame on you for enabling this kind of absolute depravity.  With thanks to David Beadle for the heads up.

Ed Young, Joel Osteen and TD Jakes… Houston’s Silent Millionaires and Hurricane Harvey

So, given their resources and their massive bank accounts funded by the fleeced flocks they deceive weekly, what exactly are these three pseudo-Christians doing to help their city?  Opening their churches to the displaced?  Paying for hotel rooms and food and clothing?  Anything?  At all?

These three love to self promote but they’re being very quiet these days… I wonder why…

Storm and Luther’s Forbidden Letter

I mentioned this film some time ago and was very pleased to watch a subtitled version and review it.  Now, brilliantly, the producers and distributors have made an English version!

When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther, 12-year-old Storm escapes with the original. On the run from authorities, Storm finds unexpected help from Maria, a young girl who lives in the city’s underground tunnels. In a race against time, Storm tries to save his father from execution and get the letter into safe hands. But whom can he trust? What starts out as a fearful flight becomes a bold fight for freedom.

You owe it to yourself to watch this film!  It’s one of the best dramatizations of life in Luther’s day that has yet been produced.

The eBay experience

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It is a while that I am chasing my Turkish friend Mixantik-Ebuyerrrr, who is selling his papyrus fragments and other merchandise via eBay since 2008. Although he likes to call himself Robert, we actually know that this is not his real name; soon or later we will delve into his interesting story. But never mind, today I’d like to talk about the e-commerce platform through which Robert and others can freely and easily offer their manuscripts and other antiquities for sale in a very convenient way. Convenient for buyers, sellers and above all for those who own the platform in question: eBay is listed 310 in the 2017 Fortune list of the 500 world leading companies. It is hard to quantify the overall amount of antiquities (licit and illicit, genuine and fake) which are exchanged through the platform, but to give you an idea of the size and profit…

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You’re Foolish if You Expected Joel Osteen to Care About Anyone but Joel Osteen

Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen is drawing intense criticism online for keeping his megachurch closed during Hurricane Harvey and instead offering social media promises of prayers.

The “prosperity gospel” minister preaches at a 16,800-seat arena at Lakewood Church near downtown Houston, which has suffered severe flooding after the hurricane made landfall and then parked over the city.

Osteen offered prayers in a Saturday afternoon tweet, but his critics asked for more.

Again, sorry, but you’re foolish if you imagine for half a minute that Joel Osteen is an actual Christian minister.  He is, and has always been, and always will be nothing but a self serving greed driven heretic fleecing the foolish flock.  You might as well expect Donald Trump to open his hotels to victims.

What Luther Would Write Against Antifa and The Klan and their Violent Protests

Therefore, dear lords, here is a place where you can release, rescue, help. Have mercy on these poor people! Let whoever can stab, smite, slay. If you die in doing it, good for you! A more blessed death can never be yours, for you die while obeying the divine word and commandment in Romans 13 [:1, 2], and in loving service of your neighbor, whom you are rescuing from the bonds of hell and of the devil.

And so I beg everyone who can to flee from the peasants as from the devil himself; those who do not flee, I pray that God will enlighten and convert. As for those who are not to be converted, God grant that they may have neither fortune nor success. To this let every pious Christian say, “Amen!” For this prayer is right and good, and pleases God; this I know. If anyone thinks this too harsh, let him remember that rebellion is intolerable and that the destruction of the world is to be expected every hour.

Luther had no use for disturbers of the peace.  No use at all.  And he could break out in real authentic rage against them, summoning the Sword to do its duty to protect society from the rabble rousers and trouble makers.  And there simply is no doubt that were he around these days he would be firmly on the side of peace and quiet and consequently, both Antifa and the Klan would feel his ire.

Commentary Sale

From now through midnight Eastern Time on 29 August you can get the Commentary for 50% off in celebration of my birthday.  It’s my gift to you.

The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.

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The books are in PDF format from yours truly for the sale price of $99.  Acquire them by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s a good commentary.  Here’s what Athalya Brenner thinks of it-

Jim West is a man of very decided opinions. However, and this is much to his credit, in the Commentary I’ve read he does not advocate his opinions about Scripture. What he does is explain and simplify, working from the original language, without being simplistic. And this is to be commended. – Athalya Brenner

More on the Einsiedeln Zwingli Text

Der Historiker Urs Leu von der Zürcher Zentralbibliothek hat letzte Woche in einem Buch der Klosterbibliothek Einsiedeln handschriftliche Notizen Zwinglis gefunden. In einem Kodex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert hat der Zürcher Reformator drei kurze Sätze an den Rand notiert, bestätigte Leu einen Bericht der «Neuen Zürcher Zeitung» (NZZ, 25. August) gegenüber kath.ch.

Die Notizen befinden sich im Kodex 125 der Stiftsbibliothek Einsiedeln, es handelt sich dabei um einen Kommentar des Kirchenvaters Hieronymus zum Buch Jesaja. In seinen Randnotizen korrigiert Zwingli drei Abschreibefehler, sagte der Historiker Urs Leu gegenüber kath.ch. Er leitet die Abteilung Alte Drucke der Zentralbibliothek Zürich.

Für Leu war rasch klar, dass es sich bei den mit schwarzer Tinte geschriebenen Randbemerkungen um Huldrych Zwinglis Handschrift handelte. «Da ich etwa 200 Bücher mit Notizen Zwinglis durchgesehen habe, kenne ich seine Handschrift, die im Lauf der Zeit stark variiert», sagte Leu gegenüber kath.ch. Leu erkannte dies am Duktus der Buchstaben und an der charakteristischen Form des «d». Somit wurde laut Zeitung erstmals eine Spur Zwinglis im Kloster Einsiedeln entdeckt.

Zwingli war von 1516 bis 1518 Leutpriester im Benediktinerkloster Einsiedeln, ehe er in derselben Funktion nach Zürich berufen wurde, wo er ab 1519 als Grossmünsterpfarrer wirkte. Seine Tätigkeit in Einsiedeln ist gemäss NZZ gut dokumentiert. Dennoch fehlte bislang eine konkrete Spur von ihm selber in Einsiedeln.

Zwingli notierte laut Zeitung in Büchern offenbar öfters Randbemerkungen. Dies werde in seinen eigenen Büchern sichtbar, welche heute in der Zentralbibliothek Zürich aufgearbeitet würden. Bei dieser Arbeit sei Urs Leu auf eine Notiz in Zwinglis Ausgabe des Hieronymus-Kommentars zum Buch Jesaja gestossen. Zwingli habe hier am Rand eine abweichende Textform notiert, wie er es oft getan habe. An einer Stelle habe er die Bemerkung hinzugefügt, er habe diese Lesart in einem Kloster gesehen.

Schon der Zwingliforscher Walther Köhler hat laut Leu 1941 angenommen, dass es in Einsiedeln einen Hieronymus-Kommentar zum Buch Jesaja geben müsse. Weil er den entsprechenden Kodex jedoch nicht fand oder nicht eingesehen habe, blieb diese Spur bis jetzt unentdeckt. Leu entdeckte die Handnotiz von Zwingli am 17. August. (sys)

Exciting times.

We’ve All Known Pat Robertson’s only ‘god’ Was Money for Literally Decades

In a surprisingly candid interview with Vox, a former producer of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club television show said the evangelist was more concerned with raking in cash than using the Bible to save souls.

No duh.  The only people who didn’t know this are the ones foolish enough so send this Pentebabbleist heretic money in the first place.

Speaking with writer Tara Isabella Burton, former 700 Club producer Terry Heaton explained the culture that surrounded the popular televangelist’s TV show as it grew to prominence in the 80’s and 90’s.

According to the former producer, who has just written “The Gospel of the Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP,” he had a religious awakening during that period, but that his newfound Christian beliefs didn’t always jibe with the vision of Robertson.

Heaton began by explaining his reason for writing the book that attacks the hand that used to feed him.

“I wrote the book because I felt I needed to apologize for my role in what we have in front of us today, although I don’t necessarily feel guilty about it,” Heaton explained. “I just want to get it on the record that I participated in something that has turned out to be pretty bad.”

On Your Day, St Augustine…

st-augustine-3Adolf von Harnack wrote of you

Augustine comes before us, in the first place, as a reformer of Christian piety, altering much that belonged to vulgar Catholicism, and carrying out monotheism strictly and thoroughly. He gave the central place to the living relation of the soul to God; he took religion out of the sphere of cosmology and the cultus, and demonstrated and cherished it in the domain of the deepest life of the soul. On the other hand, we will have to show that while establishing the sovereignty of faith over all that is natural, he did not surmount the old Catholic foundation of the theological mode of thought; further, that he was not completely convinced of the supremacy of the religious over the moral, of the personal state of faith over ecclesiasticism; and finally, that in his religious tendencies, as generally, he remained burdened by the rubbish of ecclesiastical tradition.

That sums you up pretty well.