Daily Archives: 24 Jan 2018

Another Quote of the Day

Church leaders who do their work well while they are in charge earn double reward, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. As scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn; and again: The worker deserves his wages. Never accept any accusation brought against a Church leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. (1 Tim. 5:17-19)

True, Sirach, True

One kind of friend is so only when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.   Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make your quarrel public, and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not stand by you in your day of trouble. (Sir. 6:8-10)

Impoverishing Yourself Doesn’t Help the Poor

It is not that you ought to relieve other people’s needs and leave yourselves in hardship; but there should be a fair balance- your surplus at present may fill their deficit, and another time their surplus may fill your deficit. So there may be a fair balance; as scripture says: No one who had collected more had too much, no one who collected less had too little.  (2 Cor. 8:13-15)

If you have the means to help others, do it.  If you don’t, don’t.  But do be honest with yourself concerning your abundance.

Boy, Talk About a ‘Snowflake’…

How about this one:

An ambulance service has shared audio of an inappropriate 999 call it received about cracked eggs in a bid to stop people from calling the emergency services if there is not an emergency.

The unnamed caller contacted the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to ask if storing cracked eggs in her fridge was a health risk.

The operator replied: “This is the ambulance service, we cannot advice you about eggs I’m afraid.”

EMAS used the call to illustrate the sort of nonsense requests their operators receive.

The service said it was just one of many nuisance requests 999 callers have asked, including someone with a broken toenail, another who wanted a taxi home and a patient waiting to be seen at a GP surgery who didn’t want to wait 30 minutes for their appointment.

Other examples include someone who had toothache, and another who wanted their breakfast making.

Last month, EMAS received almost 60,000 emergency 999 calls – a small proportion of which were deemed inappropriate.

People…

Quote of the Day

lutherStupidity is no trivial sin.  — Martin Luther

Watch the Shaffer Lecture at Yale Divinity School, Featuring Jörg Frey of the University of Zurich

Here.

The Origins of the Reformation Bible

This is a right sharp little essay.  Enjoy.

What Tools Satan Uses…

Isn’t it truly amazing that we are often more distressed over the 2 or 3 who thoroughly despise us than we are joyful over the dozens who genuinely admire us…. What wonders Satan works in his efforts to tear us down and what tools he finds to use…

One of the Things You Learn Spending Time in Asia…

Is that Confucianism, with its rather appalling disinterest in the well-being of ‘the other’ and its near total focus on the individual and his nuclear family concerns is more faithfully followed (even if unknowingly) by many Americans than Christianity is.

That is, Confucianism is all about the self.  And so is so much American brand Christianity.  This is astonishing.  Especially given Christianity’s actual concern for the other and its core belief that we have been put here to serve rather than be served.

In truth, most American Christians are better Confucians than they are Christians!

The Greek Session Went Very Well…

And ended on a high note- with many questions and much appreciation for the Greek New Testament by all who participated.  Which means it went exactly as planned.

Tomorrow we finish up Paul and Job.  And then I pack up to head home Friday.  It’s been a great two weeks and the students have been superb.

I was interviewed this afternoon, so if that’s posted with an outside link I’ll be sure to pass it along.  I’m sure you’ll be enthralled….

Here are some photos from this early eve.  I found a lovely little spot for dinner.  The chicken and rice was just brilliant.  The best places to eat are the tiny mom and pop restaurants.  Real.  Chinese.  Food.