Everyone Should Have a Musket

The Second Amendment technically gives you the right to a musket.  So, yeah, go get a musket.   See how many mass shootings take place when muskets are the only weapons allowed in society.

But then again you don’t want a musket because it won’t kill fast enough.  You want bigger and deadlier because your ultimate concern isn’t the gun per se but in the ability to kill a lot quickly.

Thou.  Hypocrite.

Ineffective Threats

I’m going to stop coming to church if you don’t start agreeing with my political views.

Good riddance.  You don’t come 9 times out of 10 now, so your absence won’t even be noticed.

I’m going to have you fired.

You promise?

Your preaching is terrible.

I’ll be visiting your workplace and vocally critiquing you tomorrow.

I’m never giving another dime to this church.

We won’t even notice since you don’t give anything now.

I’m leaving and I’m never coming back.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya…

NB- If you’re going to threaten your Pastor, good soul, you need to up your game.  A lot.  Every threat you can think of has been uttered before and Pastors aren’t beholden to your opinion.  They serve the Lord, not the mob.

As Paul notes

People should think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.  In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy.  It is of no importance to me how you or any other human court may judge me: I will not even be the judge of my own self.  It is true that my conscience does not reproach me, but that is not enough to justify me: it is the Lord who is my judge. (1 Cor. 4:1-4)

Praying With Peter Martyr Vermigli

vermigliWe flee to you daily, Almighty God, with our prayers, and we lay our vows before you in the morning–not ignorant that you hate our iniquity and exceedingly detest our sins.

We do not deny that we are held fast by them (for we perceive that they weigh us down beyond measure); nevertheless, relying on the abundance of your most generous goodness, we come to you.

We beseech you to be willing to forgive us in whatever sins we have committed against you, and to lead us henceforth in your righteousness and innocence, in order that the adversaries of our salvation–in whom there is nothing healthful, but all is full of vice–may not prevail against us. May their plans be made vain, [and] may their violence and strivings be brought to ruin, so that we, trusting in you, may enjoy steadfast gladness, while you protect, nourish, and surround us with your kindness as with a shield, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.*

Quote of the Day

And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. (Lev. 18:21)


“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, “or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. “For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. (Deut. 18:10-12)


And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’  “Now therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say,`It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence’. (Jer. 32:35-36)


“Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter,  “that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?  (Ezek. 16:20-21)

And finally

“For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will not be inquired of by you. (Ezek. 20:31)

Let the reader understand.

There’s a School Shooting in America on the Average of One Every 60 Hours…

Bill Bratton, the former New York police chief, has called it the “new normal”.   The deadly gun rampage at a Florida high school on Wednesday took to 18 the number of school shootings across the United States so far this year – an average of one school shooting every 60 hours.   Mr Bratton said the statistic was “astonishing”, but admitted that it was “the new normal”.

Ιησους we are doomed.

Every Congressional ‘Thought and Prayer’ Tweet After the Florida School Shooting- and How Much Each Congressman Got from the NRA

Good stuff.  No wonder they won’t do anything about guns, they’re getting too much money to care.

“In the 2015-2016 election cycle alone, GOP candidates took $17,385,437 from the NRA,” Kalb noted, quoting a tweet from Republican National Convention chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.  “This is NOT counting the $21 million given to President Trump,” she added.

Quote of the Day

bullinger90Bistu aber ein warer Christ, das ist ein gesalbeter gottes, so hastu schon die kundschafft gott des heiligen geistes in dinem hertzen, der da zügnus gibt dem usseren wort gottes, das dich wenig der welt schmach reden yrrend; wann was lyt dir daran, wie die welt kätzery, so du des gwüßlichen im hertzen durch glouben unnd heiligen geist bericht bist, das im nit anders gesin mag, unnd ob glich alle welt darwider toubte? Besich die 1. Epistel loannis im ußgang des 2. capitels von diser salbung unnd kuntschafft [2,27].

So aber du dise kuntschafft im hertzen hast, das ist so du ein warer Christ bist, wie gibst dann dinem gott nit kundtschafft, oder wie kanstu den geist gottes in dir erstecken? Oder, so dem allem nüt, weißt dann nit, das dine underthonen tempel sind des heiligen geistes, unnd demnach, das gott alle die schenden wirt, so sinen tempel verunheiligend? – Heinrich Bullinger

Fun Facts from Church History: The Reburial of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Wife

Did you know that Reginald Pole, erstwhile friend of Peter Martyr Vermigli, actually had Vermigli’s wife exhumed so her body could be tossed on a pile of dung (as a show of contempt) for the good woman’s Reformation views?  Well it was on this day that her body was recovered and burned and the ashes mingled with the ashes of the Patron Saint of Oxford University (so they wouldn’t be disturbed or bothered again).

@jdmccafferty (whom you should definitely follow) tweets the reminder of the reburial on today’s date:

15 Feb 1553: exhumation Catherine Dammartin (ex-#nuntastic) wife of Peter Vermigli, tried for heresy. Reburied w/ S.Frideswide 1558 #Oxford

Live Streaming Lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls from the University of Groningen’s Qumran Institute

From the undersigned-

Dear all,

We are happy to invite you all to virtually join us at the University of Groningen’s Qumran Institute this afternoon for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar, “Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls,” and Professor George Brooke’s lecture on “Comparing Methods and Theories.” The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen will host the livestream of the lecture on its Facebook page.

When: Thursday, 15 February 2018, 16.15 (CET)

Where: http://www.facebook.com/TheoRS

We hope that you can join us for what will surely be a stimulating lecture.

Best wishes,

Dr. Jason M. Zurawski

CET is 6 hours ahead of EST in the US. Hence, 4:15 PM is 10:15 AM. Short notice, I know. But there you have it.

Barth-Experte Hans Markus Wildi gestorben

Sad news.  Really very sad.

Hans Markus Wildi ist am 22. Januar 2018 in Ste. Croix in Frankreich gestorben. «Wildi hat zur internationalen Barthforschung mit der Erarbeitung einer detailreichen Bibliographie zu Karl Barth viel beigetragen», schreibt dazu das Karl-Barth-Zentrum für reformierte Theologie der theologischen Fakultät Basel in einem Nachruf.

Insbesondere vom damaligen Aargauischen Regierungsrat unterstützt, konnte Wildi die zweibändige Bibliographie herausgeben. Im 1984 erschienenen Band 1 werden alle Veröffentlichungen von Karl Barth aufgelistet. In Band 2 aus dem Jahre 1992 wird die gesamte bis dahin veröffentlichte Sekundärliteratur über Karl Barth zu erfassen versucht.

Band 1 nennt 976, Band 2 knapp 20’000 Titel. «Beide Bände bieten eine unverzichtbare Grundlage für die Erforschung der Theologie Karl Barths. In dankbarer Erinnerung sei Hans Markus Wildi für seine grossen Verdienste in der Barthforschung gewürdigt», heisst es im Nachruf weiter. (bat)

May he rest in peace.

Jeremiah 14:7-12

7 “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. 8 O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night? 9 Why should you be like a man confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot save? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.”

10 Thus says the LORD concerning this people: “They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.”

11The LORD said to me: “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”

No comment necessary.

Today With Zwingli: The Reform is Institutionalized

2zwingli_writing.jpgZwingli in 1529 stood at the height of his influence. His followers, who up to 1526 had been limited to the inhabitants of the canton of Zurich, were now found in all parts of German Switzerland even to some extent in the Five Forest Cantons, and also in Strassburg, Hessia, and the Swabian cities—in short, through a considerable part of Northern Switzerland and Southern Germany.

In all these parts he was looked upon as the religious leader and was praised and trusted as no other man of his day in this section of Europe. The burden and responsibility for the management of all the churches which had accepted his theology naturally fell upon him. The congregations thus established were subjected to the control of the local authorities. They held their own independent church courts, but in the common opposition to the Anabaptists (or rather Baptists), to the Catholic Church, and to the Lutherans they found a bond of union, and so they gradually assumed a uniformity of doctrinal expression and of internal Church management.

Just as in the early time it was the presence of heresy which brought the orthodox Christian churches together and led to the formation of the Catholic Church, so it was the presence of Anabaptism, the mass, and Lutheranism which caused the rise of the Reformed Church in German Switzerland and Southern Germany.

The intercourse between various places by means of delegations, which was a feature of their national life, was used to promote religious as well as political ends, for the civil delegations were frequently accompanied by ecclesiastic delegations and the matters brought up for discussion at such meetings were quite as likely to be religious as political or commercial. For instance, how to treat the Anabaptists, how to treat the Lutherans, whether they should apply property of the cloisters to educational purposes, and whether they should have identical forms of creeds and litany, these were matters earnestly presented. Zwingli does not seem to have been inclined to suppress the individuality of the several congregations, for when the synod was held at Basel on February 15, 1531, and the question was asked whether the allied congregations should not have the same litany, the answer was given that although such a uniformity was desirable it was not necessary and should not be made obligatory.

At the same time the synod held that it was very desirable to have regular interchange of views and opinions between the churches in the Christian Burgher Rights. Zwingli laid particular stress upon the organisation of the synod. That of Zurich was naturally made the model. These synods were democratic bodies and exerted powerful influence upon the congregations which they represented in doctrinal and ethical matters. But in most of the cities and cantons the Church affairs were regulated by the magistrates. Whenever possible Zwingli seems to have put himself in evidence as much as possible, even to the extent of being himself the presiding officer of the synod, and when any conflict arose between it and the magistrates he generally took the side of the magistrates.*

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 296–298.