Daily Archives: 20 Nov 2017

The NRA Image of Jesus

With thanks to Jon on FB for this-

Even in the Catholic Church The People Who Demand The Most Contribute the Least

Disgruntled Parishioner of St. Agatha Catholic Church James Fitzgerald reported yesterday that he would hence for no longer financial assist the church with his customary weekly one dollar contribution until the Church begins to allow women to become priests.

63-year-old Fitzgerald, who considers himself a “feminist at heart,” told St. Agatha pastor Fr. Timothy Reynolds that he could no longer stand by and watch an outdated institution continue to suppress women.

“I pulled out this pretty boy and told him to say goodbye to it and many of its friends,” Fitzgerald said, pulling out a crumpled up one dollar bill from his pocket to show Reynolds what he would be missing out on. “Just wanted to show him that I meant business.”

Fitzgerald also told Fr. Reynolds that he also knew “quite a number” of other high level one dollar donors that he could easily call upon to also withdraw they contributions.

“I know James pretty well,” Reynolds told EOTT. “He’s a man of his word. And when he told me that we could no longer count on his four dollars a month, I knew we were in big trouble. Rainbow polyester vestments don’t grow on trees, you know? And with the utility bills and all the other bills we have to pay, we just would never be able to make it without that dollar. Frankly, if the Church doesn’t begin to ordain women and fast, St. Agatha’s is, pardon my language, completely effed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I briefed His Holiness about the situation late last night, and his private jet has just arrived to pick me up for an emergency meeting on how to handle the situation.”

That’s how Baptists act!

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

I don’t know what ‘atop Babel’ is supposed to mean but I do know two things and they are historically irrefutable:

  • The Bible was written by elites.  It wasn’t written for people who couldn’t read and in the ancient world that was just about everybody.
  • The Bible was written for elites.  Those were the only people who had the time, resources, and interest to bother with texts.

So, it’s simply a fact that the notion that the Bible is ‘the people’s book’ or some such thing is plain silly.  The public today can’t even read it (because they have to read it in translation- a function of the elite).

If people want people to read the Bible that’s fine.  Just don’t pretend it is ‘God’s letter to you’ unless you are among the exceptional few who can both read it and have the tools to understand it.

Quote of the Day

Every time I hear college professors complain about teaching back to back classes I think of all the K-12 teachers who hold it down for 7-8 hours straight every day. Y’all are the real MVPs. – Clint Smith

DON’T do It Netflix

Oh great- more garbage from the self appointed uninformed biblical and theological dilettantes who have already rotted the airways with more than their fair share of nonsense. DON’T do it @netflix.

Netflix Has Ordered a Show About a Modern-Day Jesus From Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

I sure wish God would dispense judgement to destroy false teachers and heretics like he used to in the olden times.  Ananias and Saphira, for instance…

SBL on the Left, AAR on the Right: Let the Reader Understand

The Greatest Commentary Sale Event of SBL


From now till midnight on Tuesday the 21st of November you can purchase the entire Commentary for $99.  Yup.  You read that right.  For the next 2 days you can acquire the entire Commentary in PDF format for less than half price.  How?  Just by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.  It really is an exceptionally useful work for the people in your life (even if it isn’t aimed at academics).  Here’s what a couple of folk think:


Saint Paul knew more than I can ever imagine about Christians living in tension with the Gospel and with each other, and his several letters to the Church in Corinth are pivotal to the entire New Testament. Which is why I am so pleased to mention here some recent commentaries by a friend of mine, Jim West, on I and II Corinthians.

Subtitled ‘for the Person in the Pew’, and published by Quartz Hill Publishing House of Quartz Hill School of Theology, California, these two commentaries are in fact part of a much larger project by West to write similar commentaries on every book of the Bible, and to make them available in print and electronically for everyone to read. That project is now nearly completed and the results are tremendous.

I think there are three main reasons why these commentaries are so successful. First, West is a first-class Biblical scholar, one who makes the intelligent critical study of the text central to his theological interpretation. That commitment is rarer than one might imagine and to have it realized across the entire Bible is an astonishing feat that gives us now a unique resource.

Second, and delightfully, Jim West is a great writer: his pages fizz with sharp words and phrases and he appears incapable of saying anything boring about these texts. This ability keeps us reading along with him and, more importantly, reading along with Saint Paul. I have rarely come across any Christian writing project, aimed at ‘the person in the pew’, that has succeeded so brilliantly in bringing alive its subject matter.

Third, West couldn’t dodge an issue if his life depended on it, which can be an uncomfortable position for a Christian theologian. Corinth, as with most churches in most places, had some strange people believing and practising some odd things. The knack, as West points out, is to engage them endlessly with love and grace rather than self-righteous anger, but to engage them: ‘Paul lived with a purpose. And he urges the Corinthians to do the same. As we all who name the name of Christ must’ (West on I Cor. 9:27, p.60).

I am going to be talking to Jim about making these commentaries available through Ming Hua’s website, but inspect them for yourselves if you have the time: you will find them a superb companion to your own reading of the Bible and, as importantly, a great reminder of just how much the early Church struggled with some of the same problems we face now.

Gareth Jones, Principal
Ming Hua Theological College
Hong Kong


Dr Jim West has undertaken the phenomenal task of writing a commentary on every book of the Bible! And what strikes this reader most forcefully is its faithfulness to what it says on the tin: West’s efforts have been expended “for the person in the pew”.

In other words, one should not expect the usual exhaustive analysis of syntax, interpretive options, history of scholarship and such like. These commentaries are written so that the reader needs no theological education, and West presupposes no ability to read Greek or Hebrew. Anyone can read and understand these.

The result is like going through the biblical texts, with a scholarly pastor, who pauses to make a number of bite-sized observations on the way. And whatever one thinks of those annotations, anyone can follow and digest them. West writes with a heart for the church, and his unique character and love for scripture are obvious in these pages.

Dr. Chris Tilling
New Testament Tutor,
St Mellitus College & St Paul’s Theological Centre


Society for Reformation Studies

2018 marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the convening of the Synod of Dordt, one of the most important gatherings of Protestant divines before modern times, with representatives drawn from Reformed churches across Europe, including Britain. The anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect upon the Synod itself, and more widely on the Reformed tradition in its various manifestations, and on its relationship with the broader Reformation.

A whole lot more is available here.  Including registration.

An Open Letter to Christian Supporters of Roy Moore


I write as a Christian theologian to warn you that the path you’re walking is hazardous both to your spiritual health and to the reputation of your church and your faith.

Many years ago the Apostle Paul encountered a group of people such as yourselves- supporters of immorality and willing to turn a blind eye to the evil being done in your midst and to your faith.  Paul wrote those people these words:

It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, immorality of a kind that is not found even among gentiles: that one of you is living with his stepmother. And you so filled with your own self-importance! It would have been better if you had been grieving bitterly, so that the man who has done this thing were turned out of the community.  For my part, however distant I am physically, I am present in spirit and have already condemned the man who behaved in this way, just as though I were present in person.  When you have gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus, with the presence of my spirit, and in the power of our Lord Jesus,  hand such a man over to Satan, to be destroyed as far as natural life is concerned, so that on the Day of the Lord his spirit may be saved.  Your self-satisfaction is ill founded. Do you not realise that only a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?  Throw out the old yeast so that you can be the fresh dough, unleavened as you are. (1 Cor. 5:1-7)

To be sure Roy Moore isn’t sleeping with his step-mother.  He’s doing something worse.  He’s a molester of children.  You may choose to ignore this fact, call it fake news, or view it as a liberal conspiracy; none of those evasions matter.  The fact is, Moore’s deeds have hurt the faith he claims to hold and your support is equally harmful.  You are obliged to cast Moore out.  Perhaps he will repent, perhaps not.  That is less your concern than the matter of your own betrayal of Christian faith in your support of evil.

Paul later writes to this same wrongly-behaving congregation these words:

Put yourselves to the test to make sure you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Do you not recognise yourselves as people in whom Jesus Christ is present? – unless, that is, you fail the test.  But we, as I hope you will come to recognise, do not fail the test.  It is our prayer to God that you may do nothing wrong — not so that we have the credit of passing a test, but because you will be doing what is right, even if we do not pass the test.  We have no power to resist the truth; only to further the truth; and we are delighted to be weak if only you are strong. What we ask in our prayers is that you should be made perfect.  That is why I am writing this while still far away, so that when I am with you I shall not have to be harsh, with the authority that the Lord has given me, an authority that is for building up and not for breaking down. (2 Cor. 13:5-10)

Silence in the face of evil is the greatest failure of authentic Christian faith.  So far, you’re failing the test.  Perhaps because your faith isn’t real.  But if it is real faith, act like real Christians and reject, renounce, and decry evil.  That’s what real Christians do.

MacKinnon’s “Luther & the Reformation” Online

Here.  All four volumes.

This is How Far Fake Christians Have Gone To Justify Their Evil

On the twitter – @JYSexton – This is a pastor in Alabama. Evangelicals are jettisoning their professed principles to support disgusting candidates simply because it gives them a cultural win.

‘Pastor’ Wise isn’t.  He’s as perverse as Moore.  He is a fake Christian.

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Some 10 Year Old’s Are In Need of Hip Replacement Surgery- Because they’re Obese

This is appalling.

Surgeons are performing hip replacements on children as young as ten because of the damage caused by obesity, new figures show.

In the past three years, the total number of obese people needing joint replacements has risen by almost 60 per cent to more than 37,000.

But much of the rise has been driven by young adults and people in middle age who require surgery far earlier than ever before because of the strain on their joints caused by excess weight.

Read the rest and weep.