Daily Archives: 27 Dec 2017

I Wish I Were Heading Back to Nottingham

For SOTS.  It looks like a fantastic program.  Alas.  At any rate, DV, I will return to the Winter Meeting next year.

The ‘Bravery’ of Heresy

Local Christian blogger Jonathan Pennington is being called a hero by progressive theologians after he courageously abandoned an extremely unpopular Christian teaching in order to instead affirm a very popular belief held in wider secular culture, sources confirmed Wednesday.

“I know this is going to get me a lot of praise from secular culture, but I have to do it anyway because my conscience compels me,” Pennington wrote on his Patheos blog. “There is always a cost to following your heart, and in my case it happens to be a net gain in terms of fame, fortune, and worldly influence.”

Pennington further stated he refused to accept traditional teaching on the topic, wanting to find out for himself what the Bible said about the issue, and after careful study concluded the exact same thing that every other ex-evangelical did about the topic at hand.

“We aren’t cogs in a machine. We have to go find out for ourselves what Jesus actually taught,” the man who now agrees with the majority of unbelievers on the issue wrote.

At publishing time, Pennington was scanning his Bible for other teachings he could toss overboard in hopes of getting a few more likes on his official Facebook page.

So brave

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Most Ignorant Tweet You Will Ever Behold

That depth of ignorance is the sort we only see when asking a 2 month old about quantum physics.

This Is Why We Cannot Be Silent

This is why we cannot be silent, when God commands us to speak, to whom to speak, and what to speak-

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent (Isa. 62:6)


“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:  “When I say to the wicked,`You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. “Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.  “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.  “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.” (Ezek. 3:17-21)


If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’  “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. “When I say to the wicked,`O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. “Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. (Ezek. 33:6-9)

And if they won’t listen…  the watchmen still must speak!

Also, I set watchmen over you, saying,`Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said,`We will not listen.’  Therefore hear, you nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them.  Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people– The fruit of their thoughts, Because they have not heeded My words, Nor My law, but rejected it. (Jer. 6:17-19)


A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but proclaim it? (Amos 3:8)

Thus, we speak.

Signs of the Times

καὶ ὁ τρίτος ἐξέχεεν τὴν φιάλην αὐτοῦ εἰς τοὺς ποταμοὺς καὶ τὰς πηγὰς τῶν ὑδάτων· καὶ ἐγένετο αἷμα. καὶ ἤκουσα τοῦ ἀγγέλου τῶν ὑδάτων λέγοντος, δίκαιος εἶ, ὁ ὢν καὶ ὁ ἦν, ὁ ὅσιος, ὅτι ταῦτα ἔκρινας, ὅτι αἵματα ἁγίων καὶ προφητῶν ἐξέχεαν, καὶ αἷμα αὐτοῖς ἔδωκας πεῖν· ἄξιοί εἰσιν. καὶ ἤκουσα τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου λέγοντος, ναί, κύριε ὁ θεὸς ὁ παντοκράτωρ, ἀληθιναὶ καὶ δίκαιαι αἱ κρίσεις σου. (Rev. 16:4-7)

Meet Your Enemy

Oh, to be able to go to this!

Im Januar 1523 drängten 600 Menschen in den Ratssaal am Limmatquai und hielten die erste Zürcher Disputation als hitzigen Diskussions-Marathon. Sie wurde zum Wendepunkt der Zürcher Reformation. Knapp 500 Jahre später drängt der Populismus in der Zwinglistadt den Diskurs, den Streit und die Argumentation vom Platz. Wie beleben wir unseren öffentlichen Raum neu? Am 20. und 21. Januar werden aus Feinden Gegner. Ein Wochenende lang haben Zürcherinnen und Zürcher die Gelegenheit, Mitmenschen, deren Meinung sie nicht teilen, zu einem Blind Date zu treffen.

Sie möchten einen Befürworter der Frauenquote mit Argumenten besiegen? Mit einer Unterstützerin von Kultursubventionen die Kunst des Streitdialogs erproben oder einem Gegner ethischen Konsums leibhaftig begegnen, statt ihn digital zu verdammen? Aus der untenstehenden Liste wählen Sie diejenigen Themen aus, über die Sie in einem der drei Veranstaltungsblöcke (Sa, 20. Januar, 16:00 bis 18:30 / 19:30 bis 22:00; So, 21. Januar, 12:00 bis 15:00) diskutieren möchten, und wir finden für Sie unter den anderen Teilnehmern den passenden Gegner oder die passende Gegnerin. Pro Veranstaltungsblock können Sie an bis zu fünf Gesprächen à 20 Minuten teilnehmen und an einem von 50 Tischen in einer Atmosphäre zwischen Restaurant und Spielhalle Auge in Auge mit Ihrem Feind disputieren. Unser Ensemble nimmt Sie in Empfang und umsorgt Sie, während Diskussions-Coaches beratend zur Seite stehen. In einer Lounge können Sie sich entspannen oder weiterreden, Gratisdrinks sind garantiert. Ein Hoch auf die Diskussionskultur!

Wenn Sie die Tickets online kaufen, erhalten Sie die Unterlagen zur Themenwahl per Mail mit Ihrer Buchungsbestätigung zugeschickt.

Etc. Please go and tell me how it is.

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation- Celebrated in Ukraine

Quote of the Day

“O woe and misery is coming upon you! how do you spend your time? and how have you lost your time? hell gapes and opens her mouth to receive you, where all the wicked are turned into. Stand still a while and see whither all ye must go.” (George Fox, 1654).  With thanks to Ralph Keen for sharing these warm and uplifting sentences.

The 50th Anniversary of the IOSCS

Read this post by Bill Ross.

The 22 Year Old Killed By His Father, Who Shot Him Because He Thought He Was A Thief…

Family and friends of 22-year-old Logan Trammell gathered to remember the young musician after an accidental shooting took his life on Christmas Eve.

Trammell’s family says he was driving away from his parents home around 11:30 p.m. on December 24 in one of his father’s vehicles. His father was unaware that his son was borrowing his truck. Fearing the vehicle was being stolen, the family says he fired several rounds from a handgun at the tailgate of the truck. Once the vehicle stopped, they say his father realized he had accidentally shot his own son.

“He still never realized it was Logan, until he got the door open and he realized who is was,” Tammy Jacobs, Trammell’s aunt, said.

Because a truck is always more important than a life…  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matt. 6:24)

Every Time I See A News Report About Some Church Giving out Money or Gas or Such…

I think of this passage of Scripture, which they obviously haven’t:

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, “that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.  (Matt. 6:1-4)

It seems that those Churches which make sure to get their names in the news because they’ve done something charitable are more interested in publicity than charity.

`You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy’

Holiness is a requirement for the people of God.  Unholiness is disobedience.  Disobedience renders one unfit for service to the Divine.  Accordingly, unholy people are not of use to the Kingdom of God.  Not even Paul was fit for service until he was converted.  `You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.’ (Lev. 19:2)

Today With Zwingli: Preparing for the Bern Disputation

In the latter part of 1527 Zwingli’s thoughts took a new turn. The Reformation had made great headway in Bern, and the Bernese City Council, in imitation of that of Zurich, resolved on Sunday, November 17th, to hold a disputation in which the Word of God alone could be appealed to as sole authority for teachings respecting religion. The bishops of Constance, Basel, Lausanne, and Wallis and delegates from all the cantons were invited.

The Zurich Council agreed to accept the invitation, December 7th. Zwingli asked formal permission for himself and other scholars to go,  and the Council’s formal affirmative answer was passed December 11th. On December 15th, Zwingli was able to announce to Œcolampadius that all the preliminaries were then arranged.

On December 27, 1527, he sent a dignified letter to the Ulm City Council proposing to meet John Eck, who had slandered his dear friend, their pastor, Conrad Som, also Œcolampadius, and himself, in Ulm, Memmingen, Constance, or Lindau.

By invitation of the Zurich Council delegates from Schaffhausen, St. Gall, and Constance to the Bern disputation assembled in Zurich on January 1st, and so when the start was made the next day, which was Tuesday, there was quite an imposing array of ecclesiastics and other citizens, nearly one hundred in all; yet lest evil befall them it was accompanied by three hundred armed men to the borders of Bern. After that there was no danger. They entered Bern on January 4th. Zwingli and the burgomaster of Zurich, Diethelm Roeust, put up at the hospice, which was directly opposite to the gate of the city. Zwingli’s brother-in-law, Leonhard Tremp, was master of the hospice and a City Councillor.

Zwingli was easily the most distinguished man in the disputation, but the Roman Catholic theologians were conspicuous by their absence. They had of course no more desire than Zwingli had to talk to deaf ears or to expose themselves to insult and possible physical violence. It was the fashion of the day to ridicule intellectual opponents and attribute everything bad to them, nor has the fashion passed away.*

*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), 280–281.