Daily Archives: 30 Jan 2018
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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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…
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.
“…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.
Let’s hope so anyway…
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…
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…