Daily Archives: 7 Mar 2018

I Am Unnaturally Excited About this Film: Zwingli Film

I. Cannot.  Wait.  For.  This. To. Come. Out.

Isn’t Fake Fox News Already Doing That?

Say it with us:

MAKE!
AMERICA!
GREAT!
AGAIN!

While many people talk a good MAGA talk, Fox News is walking the MAGA walk! The network just announced that from now on it will display stirring footage of a screeching bald eagle wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in front of a billowing American flag in lieu of any negative coverage of President Trump.

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 MAGA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Anytime a news story comes to light that would damage the President’s reputation, the patriots at Fox News will simply cut to the footage until the story blows over. Patriotic songs like “God Bless America,” “God Bless the USA,” and Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” will play in the background, allowing viewers to reflect on the greatness of America rather than dwell on negative news about Trump. The footage will play as long as is needed to obscure the bad news about the president.

Once the 24-hour news cycle has moved on to more positive stories about the leader of our nation, normal news coverage will resume, though Fox engineers will be ready to cut back to the glorious footage the moment the president says something asinine on Twitter, announces a terrible new trade policy, or has to deal with a fresh scandal.

Thanks, Fox! You are TRUE PATRIOTS in the midst of TRAITORS!

Again, I’m pretty sure they already do that.

Trust? In Politicians? You Must Be Insane

Yahweh says this, ‘Accursed be anyone who trusts in human beings, who relies on human strength and whose heart turns from Yahweh. Such a person is like scrub in the wastelands: when good comes, it does not affect him since he lives in the parched places of the desert, uninhabited, salt land. 

‘Blessed is anyone who trusts in Yahweh, with Yahweh to rely on.  Such a person is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it has nothing to fear, its foliage stays green; untroubled in a year of drought, it never stops bearing fruit.  ‘The heart is more devious than any other thing, and is depraved; who can pierce its secrets?  (Jer. 17:5-9)

The Local Non-Denom Mega Church, ‘Faith Promise’, and Its Failure to Understand Basic Doctrine

There’s a large church down the road in Knoxville which has gotten itself a bit of publicity lately because a lesbian couple attending were denied membership although, and here’s the ignorant part, the church had baptized them.

Here’s the story:  a lesbian couple started attending Faith Promise Church some time back.  They apparently enjoyed it and were gladly baptized.  They then requested Church membership, which the Church declined (given that the couple was living in an open lesbian relationship).  The couple let the news media know that it had been denied membership in said Church and wished all to know of their dismay therefore.

The media crawled all over the story but it was apparent to those of us observing the doings that two things were in progress:  first, the Church doesn’t understand even the most basic doctrine of baptism, as that act itself is the act of incorporation into the local Body of Christ, the church.  The church baptized people that didn’t meet its membership requirements and those people were and are not willing to adjust their behavior to meet that church’s standards.

And second, the couple in question is clearly simply seeking to make a political statement at the expense of the church.  They knew, they had to have known, that they would not be allowed membership since the church is quite up front with its membership requirements (although it fails miserably to understand baptism itself).  Thus, their aim all along was never to join the Church but to hold it up to public ridicule.

I know this to be the case because several lesbian friendly churches in the area invited the couple to join them and the couple refused.  They had just been ‘too hurt’ to want to have anything to do with the church any longer.  This is odd, however, given their proclamations to the contrary and their stated love of the Christian faith.  Were any sincere couple denied membership in one location I can assure you, they would seek membership somewhere else if their faith really mattered to them.

But the couple isn’t alone in being susceptible to blame.  The church never should have baptized them if they didn’t meet membership standards.  Period.  Baptism isn’t a game, it is an act of inclusion in the community of faith.  Any baptism that is not that, is no baptism at all.

Everyone should be welcome to attend any church they wish.  Period.  But not everyone should be welcomed into membership unless they understand 1) what the members are expected to believe and do; and 2) what they can then expect from the Church.  People who, on the one hand, are simply using the church as a platform for their own ideology should never be allowed baptism.  And on the other hand, churches which baptize just any old soul without realizing that they by doing so have included that old soul in its membership should live with the consequences of that foolhardy baptismal act.

In sum- the lesbian couple baptized by Faith Promise church belong, by virtue of their baptism, to that church.  They never should have been baptized if they didn’t meet the standards of the church; but the church bears the onus of responsibility in this matter and needs very seriously to evaluate its baptismal practices.

Mega churches lack – on the whole – any theological sense.  Faith Promise has shown that in spades and I hope they mend their baptismal ways before they baptize a Satanist and are stuck with the public disdain that will engender.

That One Time Helen Bond and Joan Taylor Saw ‘Mary Magdalene’ And Discussed It

Luther: On Prayer

luther_glass“When we pray we have the advantage [of the promise] that what we ask will be granted, although not according to our wish. If it weren’t for the promise I wouldn’t pray. God does well, moreover, that he doesn’t give us everything as we wish, for otherwise we’d want to have everything on our own terms.

That our Lord God is the same in life and death I have often experienced. If our prayer is earnest it will be heard, even if not as and when we wish. This must be so or our faith is vain. Consequently it’s difficult to pray. I know well what a prayer requires of me. I haven’t committed adultery, but I’ve broken the first table against God’s Word and honor. On account of my great sins [against the first table] I can’t get to the others in the second table.” — Martin Luther

The 7 Things That God Hates

There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:

  1. a haughty look,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that weaves wicked plots,
  5. feet that hurry to do evil,
  6. a false witness who lies with every breath,
  7. and one who sows dissension among brothers. — (Prov. 6:16-19)

Live your life so that you don’t make the list.

95 Theses, Minus 92

Theses:

  1. The Church doesn’t need you, you need it.
  2. God doesn’t need you, you need God.
  3. Christ doesn’t need you, you need Christ.

Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528 The Prodigal Son among the Pigs

And the Winner of the Karl Barth Prize Is…

Der Schweizer Jurist Bernhard Christ wird mit dem evangelischen Karl-Barth-Preis 2018 ausgezeichnet. Damit werde Christs beispielhaftes Wirken in Politik und Gesellschaft sowie in Kirche und Theologie gewürdigt, teilte die Union Evangelischer Kirchen (UEK) am 6. März in Hannover mit. Der Preis ist mit 10’000 Euro dotiert. Die Verleihung soll am 50. Todestag Karl Barths, am 10. Dezember dieses Jahres, in Basel stattfinden. Bernhard Christ ist seit mehr als 25 Jahren Präsident der Karl-Barth-Stiftung, die in Basel ansässig ist.

Congrats!

Fun Facts From Church History

  1. Zwingli suffered from ulcers, and died of a halberd in the face.
  2. Luther suffered from gall stones, and died of liver disease.
  3. Calvin suffered from a plethora of illnesses, and died after a very long illness.

What’s this mean?  That being a Reformer ruins your body. Don’t be a Reformer.

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