Daily Archives: 21 Jan 2018

Around and About this Morning

In quest of some token for the Church kids.  I think I found something that they’ll not find elsewhere.

‘I Love You and I’m Praying For You’…

The only tenable response when Christians are attacked.  The only Christian response.  The only Christ-like response.

Dead Sea Scrolls News… And Journalistic Failure

Israeli Researchers Decipher One of Last Two Undecoded Dead Sea Scrolls“…

‘Undecoded’… why do they do that? Anyway…

Scientists at Haifa University have reconstructed the contents of one of the last two undeciphered Dead Sea Scrolls, revealing a unique calendar used by a Jewish sect that lived in the Judean Desert…

Why couldn’t they use ‘undeciphered’ in the headline? Because they want the Scrolls to be more mysterious and therefore more interesting than they are.

Scholars don’t get to edit news articles and it reflects poorly on journalists.

Tell Me About It…

You must realise that writing books involves endless hard work, and that much study wearies the body. (Eccl. 12:12)

Dumbing Barth Down…

Evidently Barth has to be dumbed down in order for today’s Barthians to understand him… Bless their hearts… #sad. (Photo from the moltmannian on the twitter).

‘America First’?

Not according to John 3:16.

For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Quote of the Day

Do not be envious of the wicked or wish for their company, for their hearts are scheming violence, their lips talking mischief. — (Prov. 24:1-2)

A Fantastic Evening

With wonderful people at an amazing restaurant.  Thanks Denny, Caroline and Ambrose!

Joachim Gnilka Has Died

Er war ein Wissenschaftler von weltweitem Ansehen und mit hohen kirchlichen Ehren ausgestattet: Bibelwissenschaftler Joachim #Gnilka ist tot. Der Experte für das Neue Testament starb im Alter von 89 Jahren.

This is sad news indeed.  His books are really helpful and it’s a shame he won’t be adding to his considerable body of work.

Der international renommierte Neutestamentler Joachim Gnilka ist tot. Er starb bereits am Donnerstag im Alter von 89 Jahren in München, wie das Portal “mk-online” am Wochenende via Twitter mitteilte. Der Autor zahlreicher Kommentare zum Neuen Testament lehrte an den Universitäten Münster (1962-1975) und München (1975-1997). Gnilka war Mitglied der Päpstlichen Bibelkommission (1972-1989) und der Internationalen Theologenkommission (1985-1994). Von Johannes Paul II. wurde er 1992 zum Päpstlichen Ehrenprälaten ernannt.

Gnilka stammte aus Leobschütz in Schlesien. Er studierte Philosophie, Theologie und orientalische Sprachen in Eichstätt, Würzburg und am Bibelinstitut in Rom. 1953 wurde er vom späteren Kardinal Julius Döpfner in Würzburg zum Priester geweiht. Nach Kaplansjahren in seiner fränkischen Diözese setzte er sein Studium in Rom fort. Später arbeitete er zunächst erneut an der Universität Würzburg, bevor er nach Promotion und Habilitation Professor für Neutestamentliche Exegese in Münster wurde.

Wissenschaftlich widmete er sich vor allem der Paulus- und Jesus-Forschung. Seine Bibelkommentare und sein Buch “Jesus von Nazareth” wurden in viele Sprachen übersetzt. Zu seinen bedeutenden Werken gehört auch ein Kommentar zum Matthäus-Evangelium. Gnilka hatte auch an der Erstellung der neuen Einheitsübersetzung der Bibel mitgewirkt. (kim/KNA)

Are They Getting People Who Are Capable to Do It, Or Will it be the PE Teacher?

Because what’s the point of having an ignoramus or a dilettante teach a course?

A bill introduced at the Iowa Statehouse this week would establish a public school course centered on the Bible — sparking outcry from opponents who call it an “extreme piece of legislation.”

If passed, Iowa would join a small but growing number of states with “Bible literacy” laws that allow or require public schools to offer such courses.

Supporters say that studying the Bible for its historical and cultural influence is instrumental to understanding western civilization and the values on which America was built.

“Beyond its literary and cultural significance, which is significant, the Bible is also an essential thread of the American consciousness, and without it, American unity is unraveling,” said Drew Zahn, spokesman for the Christian conservative organization The Family Leader, which is endorsing the legislation.

Yeah, sounds like they’re going to have anyone free during the classtime to do it…  Great- more ignorance imparted.

OK, Another Quote of the Day

‘You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy.  But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;  so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.  For if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax collectors do as much?   And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional?  Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’  (Matt. 5:43-48)

Quote of the Day

Seid barmherzig, wie euer Vater im Himmel barmherzig ist!« —  Lukas 6:36

Are You Determined?

Probably not much as this lad, Lancelot, from a Medieval illustrated manuscript…  If only Christians were this determined to be Christ-like….

Who Is To Blame for the Shutdown?

You, the voter.  You keep returning the same failed and failing politicians to Washington to do the same failed things that they’ve always done: enriching themselves and serving at the behest of the highest bidder.

Who is to blame for the shutdown?  Wisconsin’s voters and Kentucky’s voters and California’s voters and Tennessee’s voters and Rhode Island’s voters and all the rest, who insanely insist on treating the miscreants in Washington as though they were actually public servants.

But anyone with one eye and half a brain realizes that Washington is occupied with failures who voters continue to reward for failure.

Who is to blame for the shutdown?  Take a peek in the mirror.  If you voted for any incumbent, the object of blame is staring you in the face.

Afternoon Meanderings

Just a couple of notes- there are as many high end luxury cars here as anywhere.  Probably more.  And all the scaffolding?  It’s all bamboo.  There isn’t a metal scaffold in the city that I’ve seen.  And they’re all lashed together with zip ties.

Tonight it’s dinner with friends at Aberdeen.  And of course photos to follow later tonight.