As First Baptist, Dallas, Continues to Be Nothing More Than A Republican Convention Meeting…

The Bee continues to mock.  Because in truth Jeffress is no pastor and First Baptist Dallas is no church.  He is a Republican shill and First Baptist is a Republican party cult disguised as a Church.

An emotional, moving service at First Baptist Dallas Sunday morning resulted in hundreds of new Republican Party registrations, sources at the Southern Baptist megachurch confirmed.

Hosted by two devoted ministers of the gospel of conservatism, Sean Hannity and Robert Jeffress, the service convinced hundreds of lost liberals they could no longer deny the truth and beauty of the current Trumpist version of the GOP.

“It truly was a beautiful thing—a God thing, really,” Pastor Robert Jeffress said later. “First one man in the front stood up, weeping, and declared he wanted to register as a Republican and ensure four more years of Trump in the White House. Then another followed, and another. They started falling like dominoes.”

The “spontaneous move of the Spirit” resulted in hundreds standing and declaring their newfound faith in the gospel of Republicanism. The new converts then streamed to the front of the church, where ushers had set up folding tables with the necessary forms to register to vote as a Republican Party member in good standing.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that at least one new convert had rushed the stage to touch the hem of Sean Hannity’s suit jacket in hopes of healing himself of the deadly sin of liberalism.

Robert Jeffress’ Church Prays Sincerely to Donald Trump, Led By Sean Hannity

After being invited onstage for an interview with Pastor Robert Jeffress during Sunday morning service, popular conservative radio personality Sean Hannity reportedly led the congregation at First Baptist Dallas in a sincere prayer to Donald Trump.

Hannity asked all those gathered to bow their heads and close their eyes before the interview began, so the firm believers in the Republican party gathered could ask for the power of Donald Trump to indwell them in the quiet, serene religious moment.

“Bless this great church, Lord Trump, and allow them to stand as a shining light to the glory of the American empire,” Hannity intoned, as hundreds around the congregation muttered, “Yes, Lord. Yes, Trump.”

“We just ask, Father Trump, that you would just, just use this place to advance the good news of right-wing politics, that you would spread your message far and wide. Just use us now, Father Trump. It is in the name of Ronald Reagan that we pray, amen!” he finished before the congregation rose in a standing ovation for his “beautiful” invocation.

Later stating he was simply feeling the power of Trump surging through him, Hannity then segued into an altar call, asking anyone who hadn’t believed on Donald Trump for the first time to come forward. Over thirty liberals were reportedly saved into the kingdom of conservatism, sources confirmed.

Well done, Bee.  On the mark, again.

Material und Magie – «Zwinglis Helm» auf Zeitreise

A wonderful article on the helmet Zwingli was wearing when the Papists murdered him at Kappel-am-Albis.

Der Eisenhelm in der Sammlung des Schweizerischen Nationalmuseums soll einmal das Haupt des sterbenden Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) geschützt haben. Belege für die tatsächliche Herkunft dieser katholischen Trophäe gibt es aber nicht.

Go on now and read it in English here.

#ICYMI – Zwingli to Bugenhagen

Bugenhagen had written Zwingli asking him to clarify his view of the ‘Lord’s Supper’ and on the 23rd of October in 1525 Zwingli obliged with his Responsio ad epistolam Ioannis Bugenhagii.

Peppered with Scriptural proofs, Zwingli shows Bugenhagen in meticulous detail why ‘hoc est’ in the celebration of the body of Christ in the Supper should be understood “significat”. ‘This signifies my body…’ etc.

Here’s a fun section:

Sic ergo didicimus, urgente nos rudium cura, qui non bene norunt, quid tropus significet, quomodo ista vox “est” debeat pro “significat” accipi. Videbam τροπικῶς dictum esse “hoc est corpus meum” [Luc. 22. 19], sed in qua voce tropus lateret, non videbam. Ibi dei munere factum est, ut duo quidam et pii et docti homines, quorum etiamnum tacebo nomina, ad Leonem nostrum et me conferendi de hoc argumento causa venirent; cumque nostram hac in re sententiam audirent, gratias egerunt deo (suam enim ipsi celabant, quod tum non erat tutum cuique communicare, quod in hac re sentiret), ac epistolam istam cuiusdam et docti et pii Batavi, quae iam excusa est anonyma, soluta sarcina communicarunt. In ea foelicem hanc margaritam “est” pro “significat” hic accipi inveni.

Zwingli’s view persuaded many but it didn’t persuade Luther or the other Catholics of Luther’s mindset. It never could, because Luther was far too chained to his mystical past. Or, as Zwingli puts it in his colorful conclusion-

Non potest ex integro antichristus profligari, nisi et hoc errore labefactato corruat. Spectemus veri ante omnia faciem, non autoritatem hominum, quae nihil valere debet, ubi veritas illuxit.

That delightful phrase could be repeated daily concerning so many…

Book Update: The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity

Naturally I can’t recommend something I’ve not read- but I can recommend you take a look at it in case it interests you.

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We are about one week away from the UK release (Nov. 2) of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis written by me and Ed Gallagher and published by Oxford. You can preview the book on Google Books. You can also pre-order the book on Amazon UK (£35.00) or Amazon USA ($45.00). The book is scheduled to release in the USA on Jan. 2, 2018.

Ed has already provided a good overview of our book on his blog. I have a post scheduled to appear on the ETC blog next week that situates our book within canon studies generally and shows its significance to the field.

The reason we believe most will want to own the book is the four chapters devoted to all of the Jewish and Christian canon lists in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Syriac with parallel English translations and notes up to around 400…

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Christmas is Coming…

That can only mean one thing: pretty soon someone is going to announce the ‘discovery’ of a ‘text’ that will ‘shake the foundations of Christian faith’.

Can’t wait to see what it is this year?  I’m all tingly.  Will it be another ‘manuscript’ published by HTR which describes Jesus’s marriage to his sister or will it come in the form of a grave which contains the ‘body of Jesus and his entire family!’

I just can’t wait!