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

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)

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.

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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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

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…

Quote of the Day

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Col. 3:12-17)

If Christians Just Acted Like They Should…

The world would be a far better place-

‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.  If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge.  But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a gentile or a tax collector.  (Matt. 18:15-17)

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