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Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Truth about ‘The Federalist’

The Federalist is just Breitbart but home for winter break during freshman year. — Jon Lovett

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 

A New Exhibition at the Swiss National Museum

Go see it!

via the museum’s Instagram

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Church History, Zwingli

 

The Barmen Synod

Photos of the Synod that met at Barmen follow.  See this page for the photos and for a lot of information on the Conference where Christians stood against tyranny.  Let those with ears, hear.

 

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Church History

 

If You Are in Or Near Vienna, Go to the ‘An End to Antisemitism’ Conference

“An End to Antisemitism!” – University of Vienna in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, New York University and Tel Aviv University

Sunday, 18 February until Thursday, 22 February 2018
Campus of the University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Spitalgasse 2

Not only research on antisemitism, but also the prevention of hatred of Jews, now and in the future, are the goals of the international conference “An End to Antisemitism!” which will take place at the University of Vienna from 18-22 February. Highly recognized experts from all over the world, including many renowned political and religious decision makers will discuss the complex phenomenon of antisemitism.

More here, via Larry Schiffman

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Conferences

 

Especially for the Idol Makers Who Will Worship a Ball on Sunday

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exod. 20:3-6)

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Bible

 

Luther: On Concessions

Sometimes concessions just aren’t possible, as this snippet from Luther makes pretty clear- especially the last sentence:

luther65On the last day of January Luther discussed many things with the licentiate of Magdeburg about the casual haughtiness of the Italians. “Although they have been convicted by the very plain Word of God,” said Luther, “it’s intolerable to them to be reformed by the Germans.

I’ve often thought to myself, ‘What if you went to the council after all in order to establish some sort of harmony?’ But no means to this end can be found, for if the pope were willing to acknowledge manifest articles of faith and his gross and palpable errors and were willing to submit to the council, he would lose his authority because he boasts that he’s the head of the church and that all its members owe him obedience. Accordingly the Council of Constance is accused of arrogating to itself authority over the pope.

If the papists made a concession to us in the most insignificant point, everything else would be put into question. Everybody would cry out, ‘Hasn’t it been said that the pope is the head of the church and can’t err?’ This is the foundation and chief claim of the papacy.

Sylvester Prierias, the master of the sacred palace, tried to frighten me with such a thunderbolt when he said, ‘Whoever questions a word or act of the Roman church is a heretic.’ At that time I was still weak. I didn’t want to attack the church. I had respect for such arguments. Now, however, I write about the council and offer the emperor this advice: that he give the Roman pontiff the liberty and power to decide and decree whatever he pleases. This is the best way to solve the problem. Little as the pope can concede anything, so little can I relax what is demanded by the Word of God.”

Sometimes, conceding something is really conceding everything.  And that, well, that’s just not possible nor practical.

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Luther, Theology

 

Dear Theologians…

If your theology doesn’t drive you to oppose evil, your theology is useless and you’re a useless theologian.  #GoSellInsuranceOrUsedCars

 
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Posted by on 31 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 
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Signs of the Times

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Mon Jésus? Un ivrogne et un glouton!

For the French readers-

UNE THÉOLOGIE AU QUOTIDIEN

Les peintres d’abord, les réalisateurs ensuite ont toujours représenté Jésus maigre, les joues creuses, le visage émacié.
À voir leurs œuvres, qui se douterait que Jésus ait pu être un bon vivant? C’était pourtant bien la réputation dont il bénéficiait, une réputation dont on trouve la trace dans les évangiles:

«En effet, Jean le Baptiste est venu, il ne mange pas de pain, il ne boit pas de vin, et vous dites: “Il a perdu la tête”. Le Fils de l’homme est venu, il mange, il boit, et vous dites: “Voilà un glouton et un ivrogne, un ami des collecteurs d’impôts et des pécheurs.”» (Évangile selon Luc 7, 33-34).

Jésus, lui que certains se plaisent à imaginer rabat-joie, était un glouton et un ivrogne, à qui même la mort ne fait pas perdre son goût pour la bonne chère! Car c’est à son appétit que les disciples reconnaissent qu’il est…

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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Zwingli as Chaplain at the Battle of Marignano, 1515

Just because…

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Zwingli

 

Trump Nominated to SBC Presidency

He’s already won the most important secular position in the land, but President Donald Trump has now been nominated for a higher calling: his name was anonymously submitted as a candidate for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Going up against tough competition like early favorite J.D. Greear, Trump nonetheless has been polling well among Southern Baptists.

“We’re going to make the gospel great again!” Trump said as he accepted the nomination. “In years past, the Southern Baptists have shown falling numbers. Bad numbers. Sad numbers! Not good! But we’re going to come in and win so much you’ll hardly believe it. We’re going to see more baptisms, better church attendance. We’re going to have extreme vetting of church members too. Huge!”

At publishing time, Arminians had lined up behind Donald Trump, declaring Calvinist J.D. Greear was “#NotMyPresident.”

It sounds like something the SBC would do

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in mockery

 

David Barton: Fake Historian

You must read this.

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Why Are Teens Dumber Today?

Police say a teen is in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a YouTube challenge.  The shooting occurred when three individuals in a Memphis cafe performed the “No Lackin Challenge,” where two individuals pull guns on each other without firing a shot, according to WMC-TV.  But an affidavit says 21-year-old Sherman Lackland accidentally fired his weapon, hitting the 17-year-old teen across from him in the head.  “A real loud bang, then I see the guy across from him fall in the floor,” Thomas Fitzpatrick told WMC-TV.  Lackland is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

I guess the old ‘if your friends jumped off a bridge would you do it?’ is answered in the affirmative by today’s daft and witless teen.

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Total Depravity

 

Demonic Caterpillars

Luther, taking up a caterpillar, said: ’Tis an emblem of the devil in its crawling walk, and bears his colours in its changing hue. — Martin Luther

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Luther

 

Reason Is a Good Thing, Unless it Becomes an Idol

luther2And to make sure that it doesn’t, Luther advises us to

“…see to it that you hold reason in check and do not follow her beautiful cogitations. Throw dirt in her face and make her ugly.”

Reason, as good, beautiful, and useful as she is, can become, again in Luther’s words, a ‘whore’ which leads astray.  Trust God, not self and certainly not the idols created by your own mind.  Trusting something your mind invents is the most foolhardy of all the follies.  After all, reason isn’t God, God is.  Reason isn’t infallible and can only be trusted so far.

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Luther, Modern Culture, Theology

 

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A Quiet Day…

Let’s hope so anyway…

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Educate Your Children in the Faith Or They Will Lose Their Citizenship

The Council of the City of Geneva was serious about carrying Reform forward, so on 30 January, 1537, it passed a decree as follows:

… ‘those persons who had children at schools not in Geneva, should have them brought into that town or placed in other Christian schools; that otherwise the said children would be deprived of citizenship.’

Or, in other words, educate your children in the faith or they will lose their citizenship.  Oh for the good old days…

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Calvin, Church and State, Church History, Modern Culture

 

Quote of the Day

Reason mocks and affronts God in spiritual things and has in it more hideous harlotry than any harlot. Here we have an idolater running after an idol, as the prophets say, under every green tree, as a whorechaser runs after a harlot. That’s why the Scriptures call idolatry whoredom, while reason calls it wisdom and holiness. — Martin Luther

It’s almost as though Luther knew Richard Dawkins and his ilk would live one day…

 
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Posted by on 30 Jan 2018 in Luther, Modern Culture

 

That’s Why those Strip Mall Church Sites Are a Bad Idea…

You never know who your neighbor will be…

 
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Posted by on 29 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture

 

The Root of Online Bullying…

Is anonymity.  The cure?  No one should be allowed anonymity online.  No one should be allowed a twitter or facebook account or a blog or instagram or any other social media platform without verification of identity.

 
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Posted by on 29 Jan 2018 in Modern Culture