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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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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Mon Jésus? Un ivrogne et un glouton!

For the French readers-


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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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.

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…

How Long, O Lord…

State police say three men and two women have been found dead in a shooting at a Pennsylvania car wash. The shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Police said Sunday they have no motive yet for the deadly shooting. Four of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while another died at a hospital.

How long

‘Pastors’ And their Purchased ‘Followers’

You can buy twitter followers from a company happy to help you be a fraud.  And some of this company’s customers are ‘pastors’…

The Times reviewed business and court records showing that Devumi has more than 200,000 customers, including reality television stars, professional athletes, comedians, TED speakers, pastors and models. In most cases, the records show, they purchased their own followers. In others, their employees, agents, public relations companies, family members or friends did the buying. For just pennies each — sometimes even less — Devumi offers Twitter followers, views on YouTube, plays on SoundCloud, the music-hosting site, and endorsements on LinkedIn, the professional-networking site.

You should read this report and the next time you think ‘wow, John Piper and Steven Furtick and the other celeb ‘pastors’ sure have a lot of followers’ ask yourself how many of them are bought and paid for…

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Don’t Blame Jesus Because You’re Stupid

Deputies arriving at a solo crash Saturday morning in Tennessee encountered a bizarre scene.

Driver Chad O. England, 33, had climbed out of the cab of his wrecked pickup truck, then dashed away carrying a jar and “speaking gibberish,” reported WVLT. He told Sullivan County deputies responding to the 10 a.m. wreck northeast of Knoxville, Tenn., that he hadn’t run away but had been “called and was traveling to bow before someone.”

England’s 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck had flipped five times after veering off the highway, according to The Bristol Hearld Courier. A Tennessee Highway Patrol report says England told officers he had closed his eyes and let go of the wheel.

“He said that Jesus was calling him and advised him to let go of the wheel, and that’s what he did,” the report states. He told officers he was behind the wheel, but wasn’t driving at the time of the crash.

Don’t blame Jesus for your stupidity.

Quote of the Day

If you wish it, my child, you can be taught; apply yourself, and you will become intelligent.  If you love listening, you will learn, if you pay attention, you will become wise.  Attend the gathering of elders; if there is a wise man there, attach yourself to him.  Listen willingly to any discourse coming from God, do not let wise proverbs escape you.  If you see a man of understanding, visit him early, let your feet wear out his doorstep.  Reflect on the injunctions of the Lord, busy yourself at all times with his commandments. He will strengthen your mind, and the wisdom you desire will be granted you. (Sir. 6:32-37)

Gerechtigkeit leben: Konkretionen des Glaubens in der gegenwärtigen Welt

Gerechtigkeit ist konkret. Sie steht für die Gestaltung von Lebensvollzugen und Beziehungsverhältnissen. Darum bedarf das Gespräch über das Thema »Gerechtigkeit« der immer neuen Anregungen aus den vielfältigsten Lebensperspektiven und Denktraditionen. So kann es gelingen, Gerechtigkeit als hermeneutisch verantwortete Konkretion des Christusglaubens zu leben.

Den im Vorjahr begonnenen Diskurs um das Verstehen von Gerechtigkeit setzt die 19. Jahrestagung der Rudolf-Bultmann-Gesellschaft fur Hermeneutische Theologie e.V. mit dem Thema »Gerechtigkeit leben« fort. Der Sammelband dokumentiert die Erträge der Tagung.  Anlässlich der Gründung des Arbeitskreises um die „Alten Marburger“ vor 90 Jahren bietet dieser Band auch einen Einblick in die (Vor-)Geschichte der Rudolf-Bultmann-Gesellschaft fur Hermeneutische Theologie.

Mit Beiträgen von Lukas Bormann, Christian Stäblein, Ute Mennecke, Johannes Eurich, Rochus Leonhardt, Jörg Kinzig, Konrad Hammann, Bernd Wildemann.

The Verlag has sent a copy.  More anon.

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