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Archive for February 2nd, 2018

Okie Dokie Then….

via H.I.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 7:31 pm

Posted in Humor

This is why ‘Evangelical’ Is a Meaningless Word: ‘Evangelical’ Women say that Trump’s Affair with Porno-Woman is OK because Trump is ‘Ordained’ by God…

CNN reporter, Randi Kaye, chats with a sextet of female Trump supporters from Dallas, TX who are holding strong in their support of the current administration. The women start the interview with a prayer for the president, in the corner of the room sits what appears to be a large charcoal sketch of Donald Trump’s face. The group members, all sporting hair in various shades of blonde, claim to have voted for him because of his “conservative beliefs.”

The leader of this bevy of simpering belles starts the interview with a declaration, “I know that god is the one who ordained him to be in this position.”

She goes on to praise Trump for his SCOTUS picks and for being pro-life, and she also brags about how he “stands up” for freedom of religion and freedom of churches. One can only assume she means freedom of the Christian religion because she is speaking of the same POTUS that is responsible for the Muslim ban.

When Kaye asks them if they care about Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, the woman shout a resounding “No,” claiming that his base doesn’t care about whether or not he cheated on his pregnant wife with a pornstar. Their only concerns include jobs, the economy, and…safety? The head blonde says they “look to their faith” to guide them in such matters.

All six vacuous ladies agree with the Evangelical leader, Tony Perkins, that as long as Trump is pushing the conservative agenda he deserves “a pass.” The previously silent Peaches McGuire Coates, chimed in at this point saying, “Christianity is about mercy and grace. Pastors use the word ‘mulligan’ but what they mean is grace.”

Peaches gets nods of agreement all around. Not to be upstaged, the group leader puts on her wisest face to impart, “We all have gotten a mulligan because of Christ Jesus.” The flaxen circle are all in agreement that his actions in 2006 don’t really matter as Trump is a changed man. Peaches praises him for his transformation from “brash New York person to the president we are proud of today.”

These people aren’t Christians.  And ‘Evangelical’ means nothing.  If you call yourself an ‘Evangelical’, I dismiss your claims to Christian faith.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 4:49 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

The Best Post You’ll Read This Week Is By My Friend Helen Ingram

So read it.  Every word of it.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 2:31 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Quote of the Day

It is not good to show partiality for the wicked and so to deprive the upright when giving judgement. The lips of a fool go to the law-courts with a mouth that pleads for a beating. The mouth of the fool works its owner’s ruin, the lips of a fool are a snare for their owner’s life. (Prov. 18:5-7)

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 2:19 pm

Posted in Bible

Reformation on the Record: Henry VIII’s Break With Rome

Give this fine lecture a listen.

Reformation on the Record was a two-day conference which brought together research using original records of Church and State from our collection to explore this period of religious, social and economic turmoil.

In this talk, historian, broadcaster and award-winning academic Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores one of the fundamental turning points of the 16th century Reformation: Henry VIII’s separation from the Roman Catholic Church.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 1:29 pm

Posted in Church History

Satan Has a Face

A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone was put to death Thursday night in Texas. John David Battaglia received lethal injection for the May 2001 killings of his 9-year-old daughter, Faith, and her 6-year-old sister, Liberty.

Battaglia and his wife had separated and the girls were killed at his Dallas apartment during a scheduled visit.

Battaglia’s execution was the nation’s third this year, all in Texas. The punishment was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from his lawyers to review his case, contending the 62-year-old was delusional and mentally incompetent for execution.

Battaglia smiled as the mother of his slain children, Mary Jean Pearle, and other witnesses to his lethal injection walked into the death chamber viewing area.

Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, the inmate replied: “No,” then changed his mind.

“Well, hi, Mary Jean,” he said, looking and smiling at his ex-wife. “I’ll see y’all later. Bye.”

After that, he told the warden: “Go ahead, please.”

The world is a better place without this demonic monster in it.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 1:24 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

This Isn’t Christian Baptism

It’s despicable pseudo-Christianity and nothing but a farcical act and if you attend a ‘church’ where something like this goes on, get out. You’re a member of a cult.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 12:51 pm

For Tom Brady, Football is His Religion

Just in case you needed another reason to disdain the man

Tom Brady has a plan for your life.

Good health.


Peak performance.

And plenty of avocado ice cream.

It’s all part of “The TB12 Method,” Brady’s best-selling “athlete’s bible” and lifestyle brand, which he credits with helping him stay at the top of his game at age 40.

I can’t even with these people and their exalted sense of their own importance.  Be sure to read the whole thing- but here’s the best bit-

Bob Ryan, a longtime-but-now-retired columnist for the Boston Globe, is more skeptical.

He’s fine with the on-field success. And promoting good nutrition and fitness is fine, as is having spiritual beliefs. But spare him the idea of Brady as a spiritual figure.

“He’s trying to sell us a bill of goods,” Ryan said. “It’s cultlike. The book, to me, is creepy. And it looks like that’s going to be his life after football.”

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 8:01 am

Posted in Modern Culture

Luther and Zwingli on the Supper, Again

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 7:08 am

Posted in Luther, Zwingli

Calvin’s Final Lecture- 2 February, 1564

From the time of his prolonged illness in the autumn and winter of 1558–59, Calvin’s health, never vigorous at best, and long undermined by overwork, anxiety and want of exercise, was evidently gravely impaired. That illness left its mark in a lameness that at times involved distress; and a yet more serious sequence was manifest in pulmonary hemorrhages. The severe indigestion from which he had suffered since the days when he was an unsparing student at Paris and Orléans now increased so as to compel the rigidly abstemious diet, the long hours on the bed, and the semi-invalid life of which some account has been given.

His old enemy, protracted headaches, doubtless the result of his digestive weakness, often attacked him. By 1563, Calvin’s feeble frame was rapidly breaking. In the autumn he was for two months confined to the house. His indigestion was now marked by severe attacks of colic. He suffered from renal calculus and gout; and other distressing symptoms appeared.

He still laboured at his books and correspondence, he still preached and lectured; but with increasing difficulty. The brave spirit was master of the feeble body and he was carried to the familiar pulpit in a chair, when no longer able to walk. But a shortness of breath that seemed to his contemporaries an indication of advancing pulmonary tuberculosis was now manifest. On February 2, 1564, he lectured for the last time in the Academy; four days later he preached his last sermon.*

*Williston Walker, John Calvin: The Organiser of Reformed Protestantism (New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1906), 434–435.

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 6:30 am

Posted in Calvin, Church History

Larry Hurtado on the ‘Son of Man’ Debate

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 5:36 am

Followup on the Alister McGrath Lecture- ‘If Humans Are So Great, Why is the World Such a Mess?’

This from an email from Gresham College-

The lecture will be recorded to be made available on our website  as well as on our YouTube channel.   It will also be live-streamed and a link will be available on our homepage on the day.
Great news!

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 5:34 am

Posted in Modern Culture

Signs of the Times

Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 5:27 am

Posted in Modern Culture

Emil Brunner’s Final Letter to Karl Barth

It’s quite brief but also quite necessary…


Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 5:24 am

Posted in Brunner


Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 5:20 am

Posted in Modern Culture


Written by Jim

2 Feb 2018 at 1:42 am

Posted in Modern Culture