Daily Archives: 24 Oct 2017

Eye of the Tiber is in A Mood… And Home Schoolers Are in the Crosshairs…

Nebraska homeschooler Jimmy White was overjoyed early Tuesday morning when his sister Jenna White accepted his proposal to go to homeschool prom with him.

The homeschool senior told EOTT that he was nervous thinking about how embarrassed he would be if his sister rejected him.

“I had butterflies all week,” Jimmy White told EOTT as he pointed at Jenna (who has an uncanny resemblance to her older brother) from across the room. “All I kept imagining was her sisters laughing at me in front of the entire class. But luckily she said yes.”

Jimmy White went on to say that, though there are lots of “hot” girls in his homeschool, Jenna was the only one he had ever considered asking to prom because of their close friendship throughout the years.

“I kinda felt like she’d say yes because, as twins, we sometimes understand each other without ever having to say a word—but she’s a really the prettiest girl in homeschool so I wasn’t sure if she had her eye on one of our other brothers. But sometimes in life you just gotta take a shot a go for it.”

Jimmy’s mother Monica White described how Jimmy asked his sister, saying that she overheard the conversation from her room.

“Well, the walls are thin, so I was able to hear the entire thing—aren’t I the worst? Anyhow, it was really just so sweet. Jimmy was walking out of the bathroom where he had just finished shaving his mustache, and as Jenna walked in to shave hers, I just heard a yelp. That’s when I knew he had popped the question.”

At press time, Jimmy and Jenna’s father Ronald White is polishing his shotgun to intimidate his son when he walks to Jenna’s door to pick her up.

Ugh. Just Stop With the Cutesy Yet Meaningless Bumper Sticker Theology

We aren’t little fish and we are never even metaphorically described as such in scripture.  We aren’t born in water because baptism doesn’t regenerate us.  If it did, you could dunk folk all the time against their will and they would be forced into the fold whether they wanted to be or not.  And we don’t ‘continue in water’.  Indeed, that phrase literally makes no sense at all.

Just stop with the cutesy yet meaningless bumper sticker theology garbage.  It only impresses the ignorant.  Indeed, only the ignorant would think it meaningful precisely because of their ignorance.

The Worst Thing That Happened to the Church…

The worst curse that ever befouled the Church is nominal Christianity. It stinks to high heaven and breeds death.

Von Harnack was absolutely right when he opined that the Church was supposed to go into the world and instead the world came into the Church.

I’m Old Enough To Remember When Republicans Were the Party of Personal Accountability

But now a whole string of depraved Republicans is blaming everyone from God on down for their illicit and immoral behaviors.  Trump, O’Reilly, Ailes and numerous Congressmen caught in flagrante dilecto have taken to accusing their accusers of being dishonest or mean.

They need to man up and own their deeds.  In short, they need to act like Republicans used to act.

Bill O’Reilly Is Mad at God…

For letting him get caught as a sexual predator.   Typical loudmouth, unwilling to take responsibility.  What a vile wretch.

Bill- it’s YOUR FAULT that you’re a slimy pervert.

Today With Zwingli

On 24 October, 1529, Zwingli published his edition of the Marburg Articles – along with marginal notes of his own. It’s intriguing in that it allows readers to see what Zwingli thought of each article, in his own words along with the finalized agreed-upon edition which the participants signed. The title of the FlugschriftNotae Zuinglii. Randbemerkungen Zwinglis zu den Marburger Artikeln von 1529.

So, for example, on the critical Article 15 (on the Supper)

[Zu Artikel 15 am Rand:] Nachtmal: Sic nos appellamus. Inferiores vocant sacrament des altars. Sacrament des waren, etc.: Sacramentum signum est veri corporis, etc. Non est igitur verum corpus. Fürnemlich: Principalis est manducatio spiritualis. In hac consentimus. Caput ergo religionis est salvum. Das wort von gott geben: hoc est, quomodo Christus suis verbis instituit. Hic religio monet, ne verba Christi velimus contemnere, sed illis uti quomodo hactenus usi sumus, deinde et mortem domini annunciare [vgl. 1.Kor.11,26]. Die gwüssen zuo glouben zuo bewegen: verbo scilicet domini passionis. Illud enim in hoc predicatur, ut sciamus, deum nobis esse propitium, quandoquidem filium suum pro nobis in mortem tradidit. Sed solus spiritus sanctus est, qui corda illuminat et per fidem iustificat. Idcirco in huiusmodi semper curavimus addi expositionem, qua intelligatur, fidem a solo deo esse. Est igitur huius loci sensus, usum sacramenti huius servari debere, quomodo Christus instituit. Instituit autem, ut memores simus, hoc est, annunciemus mortem eius, hoc est, gratias agamus et laudem demus ac gloriam propter hoc, quod pro nobis est crucifixus ac mortuus. Iam nimirum necessarium est, ut mors domini externo quoque verbo predicetur. Haec predicatio in hoc fit, ut pars confortetur, pars ad fidem informetur. Sed haec omnia non nostro verbo, etiamsi instrumentum sit, sed divina operatione in mentibus hominum perficiuntur.

‘Luther’s Church Has Many Fathers’, By Peter Opitz

Die Reformation begann schon vor Luther. Und es gibt Reformation ohne Luther. Doch Luther traf den Nerv der Zeit.

Read it.