Daily Archives: 22 Feb 2018

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The Most Difficult Verse of Scripture to Practice These Days…

Refrain from anger, leave rage aside, do not get heated — it can do no good; for evil-doers will be annihilated… (Ps. 37:8-9)

Easier said than done, I’m afraid, dear Psalmist.  I’m ready for the evildoers to go ahead and be annihilated right now.

It’s Never Going to End Until America Ends

A 6-year-old girl is in the hospital in critical condition after she was accidentally shot in the head by her brother.

Kentucky State Police responded to a home in the Blackmont community of Bell County and found that an 11-year-old boy had shot his sister with a handgun. The girl was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she is in critical but stable condition.

State police said she was alert and responsive when she was taken to UT.

Police said the children were left unattended with no adult supervision inside the home with several loaded firearms that weren’t properly secured. Charges are pending.

The children need to be placed in a loving home where adults care for their welfare.  And their ‘parents’ need to be put in prison.

Quote of the Day

Woe to those who call what is bad, good, and what is good, bad, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isa. 5:20)

When It’s Time For Prayer For a Nation To End

“As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.’ – Jer 7:16

“Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.” – Jer 11:14

“Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for these people anymore.” – Jer 14:11


When a nation reaches the point where the ability of politicians to receive money from special interest groups is more important than children, that nation is doomed and richly deserves the harshest judgement heaven can devise.

Signs of the Times

Poor Wayne…. bless his heart. At least he has Marco.

No, They Haven’t Discovered Isaiah’s Seal

A clay seal from the eighth century B.C. that was discovered in a Jerusalem excavation may bear the name of the biblical prophet Isaiah, according to a new article in Biblical Archaeology Review.

In the article, titled “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?,” author and archaeologist Eilat Mazar suggests that the ancient Hebrew script impressed into the damaged half-inch oval of clay may have once read “Belonging to Isaiah the prophet.”

Nope.  No.  Nein.  This isn’t how scholarship works and Mazar isn’t acting like a scholar.  ‘May have’?  How insipidly silly.  Rank speculation.  Stupidity.

It’s time for scholars to say no to this kind of journalistic sensationalizing.

von Harnack on Zwingli and Calvin


Luther Laid to Rest

luther_graveFebruary 22, 1546: Martin Luther is buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

It took three days for the funeral procession to reach Wittenberg. Crowds lined the streets of the towns along the route singing hymns in tribute to the great reformer. Stops were made in Halle and Kemberg. Finally at 9 am on the 22nd the bells in Wittenberg were rung to announce the arrival of procession at the Elster gate at the east end of town. Here, Katie and her daughter Margaretha, along with other dignitaries of the city and University joined to follow Martin’s body as it traveled through the streets of Wittenberg to the Castle Church. Once inside, the assembly joined in hymns until Johannes Bugenhagen, who had married Martin and Katie, gave the funeral sermon which was described as “festive and comforting”. Following the sermon, Philipp Melanchthon delivered a memorial speech in Latin. Finally, the younger professors from the University lowered the coffin into its resting pace at the foot of the pulpit where it still is today.

The photos are of Martin Luther’s grave and it’s place at the pulpit in the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Both are by Paul T. McCain.

-Rebecca DeGarmeaux for Katie Luther

Total Depravity

A popular Florida pastor is behind bars after being accused of molesting two Tennessee sisters. Police said he was supposed to be the teenage girls’ spiritual advisor, but instead took advantage of their trust. The case was referred to Murfreesboro Sex Crimes Detectives by the Department of Children Services.

Detectives interviewed the victims and presented the case to a grand jury, which handed down an indictment. “What you can do to serve the Lord and the will of God is to make sure you pray,” said Pastor David Rowan in one of his last sermon at Faith Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, before being arrested. Days later Rowan was handcuffed and hauled off to jail.

Rowan was in Murfreesboro speaking at a local church in 2014 when the incident happened. “While he was here in Murfreesboro he ran across these two young ladies and asked to take them out for a hamburger and a milk shake,” said Detective Tommy Roberts. “He ended up taking them to a local hotel here in the city of Murfreesboro where evidence showed that he molested the teenage girls.” Rowan took the girls to the Imperial Inn on NW Broad Street.


Praying With Calvin

Grant, Almighty God, that as nothing is omitted by thee to help us onward in the course of our faith, and as our sloth is such that we hardly advance one step though stimulated by thee,—O grant, that we may strive to profit more by the various helps which thou hast provided for us, so that the Law, the Prophets, the voice of John the Baptist, and especially the doctrine of thine only-begotten Son, may more fully awaken us, that we may not only hasten to him, but also proceed constantly in our course, and persevere in it until we shall at length obtain the victory and the crown of our calling, as thou hast promised an eternal inheritance in heaven to all who faint not but wait for the coming of the great Redeemer.—Amen. Τῳ Θεῳ δοξα.