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Archive for October 24th, 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.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 7:28 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

The Hypocrisy of Trump’s Supporters

Local Trump supporter John Creighton reported Tuesday he is suddenly outraged by the concept of the sexual mistreatment of women, his newfound passion on the subject coinciding with the outing of liberal activist Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual predator.

Creighton rose to defend then-presidential candidate Donald Trump when evidence of disgusting comments about women surfaced during the 2016 campaign, but came out strongly against the mistreatment of women when Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

“This has really got to stop, now that I see the other side is involved in it as well,” he said. “The second my political opponents get involved in some kind of sexual scandal, I instantly transform into a staunch activist fighting for the dignity of women everywhere.”

“This is just typical hypocrisy—business as usual for the Democrats,” he added.

The man also waxed poetic about the tendency of liberalism to descend into wild, gross immorality and promoted the Republican Party as a bastion of strong morals and family values, all while still proudly sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat popularized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Yet again, the Bee nails it.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 6:53 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

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.

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24 Oct 2017 at 6:44 pm

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.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Theology

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.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 2:43 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Fun Facts From Church History: Lutheranism Arrives in Göttingen

The first public Lutheran service in the city of Göttingen in the principality of Calenberg-Göttingen, was held on October 24, 1529. As was common when the Reformation was adopted by a city, the town government became also the supreme ecclesiastical authority and therefore commissioned a church order.1

1Roland Ziegler, “Preface to Christian Order for the City of Göttingen (1531),” in Luther’s Works, ed. Christopher Boyd Brown, trans. Jacob Corzine, vol. 59 (Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2012), 313.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Church History, Luther

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.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 8:55 am

Posted in Modern Culture

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.

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24 Oct 2017 at 7:27 am

Posted in Zwingli

Fun Facts from Church History: There Was Only One Greek Grammar Available in the Early 16th Century



Greek study in Western Europe was then [i.e., in the early 16th century] in its infancy. Teachers were scarce and text-books were scarcer still. The only Greek grammar in use in the West was that by Emanuel Chrysoloras (b. at Constantinople 1355; d. at Constance 1415), which was known as the Erotemata, the Greek title meaning “the interrogatives,” and was first printed in Venice in 1484, and frequently afterwards in different places.

Zwingli calls it the “Introduction” (Isagogen) of Chrysoloras; and as Glareanus speaks of an “Isagogen” which he had undertaken to translate, but had to lay aside from ill health, it is likely that he refers to the same book.

Zwingli asked Vadianus what he (Zwingli) should take up after he had finished it. Glarean, writing from Basel on October 24, 1516, says: “I do not know whether you have a Greek dictionary or not. If you need one write to me and I will see that it is sent you at once”. The lexicon Zwingli used was that of Suidas (Milan, 1499), and on the first page of his copy he wrote in Greek: Εἰμὶ τοῦ Ζυγγλίου καὶ τὸν κυριον μηδαμῶς καταλλάξω εἰ μὴ θατέρου ἀποθανόντος” Cf. Usteri, Initia Zwinglii (“Studien u. Kritiken,” 1885, 621). The book was in the Zwingli exhibition at Zurich, Jan. 4–13, 1884.*

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901).

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 6:07 am

Posted in Church History, Zwingli

‘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.

Written by Jim

24 Oct 2017 at 5:39 am

Posted in Church History