Franklin Graham Just Said that Trump Stopped Sinning When He Became President…

Alright people, if you send money to the heretic, stop.

Far-right pastor Franklin Graham claims that Trump has yet ‘to sin’ once since becoming President. According to the Washington Post, Trump lied a reported 2,140 time during his first year in office. Last time we checked, lying is a sin.

He’s either insane or a liar.  The only way to shut these ‘evangelicals’ down is cut off their money.  It’s time Graham’s followers did just that.

St Paul Making Friends on #InternationalWomensDay

Women are to remain quiet in the assemblies, since they have no permission to speak: theirs is a subordinate part, as the Law itself says. If there is anything they want to know, they should ask their husbands at home: it is shameful for a woman to speak in the assembly. — 1 Cor. 14:34-35

Melanchthon’s View of the Supper

Melanchthon rejects the idea that “the bread is substantially the body of Christ,” as well as that “the bread is the true body of Christ.” Instead, he claims that the bread is “united with” (consociatio cum) the body of Christ, and only “in the use” and “not without cognition,” not in such a way that it could be eaten by mice. He rejects the idea that the body is “in the bread or in the species of the bread, as if the true sacrament was instituted for the sake of the bread and the Papist adoration.” —  Bjorn Hovda

#Bam.  This is Calvin’s view as well as Zwingli’s.  Melanchthon always did have more sense than Luther (who was, to be fair, always a Roman Catholic… after 1520 just without a Pope).

Quote of the Day

Sin is the oracle of the wicked in the depths of his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.  He sees himself with too flattering an eye to detect and detest his guilt; all he says is malicious and deceitful, he has turned his back on wisdom. To get his way he hatches malicious plots even in his bed; once set on his evil course no wickedness is too much for him.  (Ps. 36:1-4)

Anna Zwingli Laments Her Husband

Speaking of Anna Zwingli- Schaff writes of her reaction to Huldrych’s death:

Der armen Frow Zwinglin Klag, published in the “Alpenrosen,” Bern, 1820, p. 273; in Zwingli’s Werke, II. B. 281; also in Christoffel, I. 413, and Moerikofer, II. 517. After giving vent to her woe, Anna Zwingli resorts to the Bible, which was her husband’s comfort, and was to be hers.  I select the first and the last of the fourteen stanzas of this poem, which Moerikofer numbers among “the imperishable monuments of the great man.”

1. “O Herre Gott, wie heftig shluog Mich dynes Zornes Ruthen!
Du armes Herz, ist’s nit genuog, Kannst du noch nicht verbluoten?
Ich ring die Hand:
Kaem’ doch myn End! Wer nag myn Elendfassen?
Wer misst die Not?
Myn Gott, Myn Gott,
Hast du mich gar verlassen?
14. Komm du, o Buoch du warst syn Hort, Syn Trost in allem Uebel.
Ward er verfolgt mit That und Wort, So griff er nach der Bibel,
Fand Hilf bei ihr.
Herr, zeige mir Die Hilf in Jesu Namen!
Gib Muoth und Staerk
Zum schweren Werk
Dem schwachen Wybe! Amen.”

Women of the Bible: Jael – On the #InternationalWomensDay

Jael– The Kenite woman who killed the Canaanite army commander Sisera after his defeat by the Israelites under Barak and Deborah. The name is also found as an Amorite village in the Mari period.

Jael’s actions are recorded both in a prose account (Judg. 4:17–22) and the Song of Deborah (5:24–27), one of the oldest examples of Hebrew literature and probably the more authoritative of these versions. These accounts differ in major details, and neither reveals Jael’s motive. While the Kenites had long been associates of the tribe of Judah (cf. 1:16), they are not listed among those fighting the Canaanites; indeed, 4:17 indicates that Heber and Jabin were allies, so it is difficult to suggest that Jael killed Sisera out of a sense of obligation to Judah.

According to the Song of Deborah, Jael lulled Sisera into complacency by hospitably offering him milk and curds, only to drive a tent peg into his skull as he ate. The prose account provides more of a context for what took place. Jael invited the exhausted and pursued Sisera into her tent. When Sisera asked for water Jael gave him milk and then covered him with a blanket. Before collapsing into sleep Sisera charged Jael to keep watch near the tent entrance and to deny that anyone was in the tent. Then, as he slept, Jael hammered a tent peg into his skull and greeted the pursuing Barak with the news that his enemy was dead.*

She’s one of my favorites.

*Allen C. Myers, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987), 547.

New from our Friends at Mohr Siebeck

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[A Guide to Biblical Aramaic. Materials, Examples and Exercises in Biblical Aramaic. 3 rd revised and expanded edition. Published in German.]

This guide is an introduction to the biblical Aramaic language. It contains materials, examples and exercises as well as paradigm tables, a vocabulary list, the answers to the exercises, a subject index and an index of biblical passages. It can also be used for autodidactic studies.

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Die Rede von Jesus Christus als Glaubensaussage Die Rede von Jesus Christus als Glaubensaussage

Herausgegeben von Jens Herzer, Anne Käfer und Jörg Frey unter Mitarbeit von Nicole Oesterreich

[The Speech of Jesus as Creed. The Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed Discussed Between Biblical Studies and Dogmatics. Published in German.]

The volume presents an interpretation of the Christological article in the Apostles’ Creed as a dialogue between biblical studies and systematic theology. It provides historical, biblical, and systematic perspectives on all statements about Jesus Christ in the creed.

Today With Zwingli: A Letter of Assurance

On 8 March, 1525, in the midst of the controversy with the Re-Baptizing radicals Zwingli wrote a letter to a fellow named Jodocus Hesch.  In it, he confirms his brotherly affection for Hesch and insists that that affection won’t be affected by anything he might hear by word or letter.

Quam equidem conditionem sic tecum subiturus sum, ut nulla sit unquam ętas de perfidia nostra querimoniam ullam habitura; pollicere igitur de nobis non uti de reconciliato hoste, sed uti de fratre, quocum nulla unquam offensio intercessit. Que praesentium lator ad nos attulit, optime curata sunt. Verum, heus tu, senatus noster indubiemaiorem fidem servaturus est, quam ulle possent litere, presertim hoc rerum statu, quo, si vel iota unum excideret [Matth. 5. 18], fieret tota Ilias. Ut ergo amicum ad nos misisti nullis munitum pignoribus, quod equidem pro maximo pignore puto, vis enim tibi fidem haberi, id quod purę plerumque consciencie postulant: sic et nos eundem carissimum et fidelissimum fratrem nostrum ad te remittimus, qui ore ad os, quod dicitur, omnia non modo referet, sed etiam aget tecum.

When Zwingli was your friend, he was loyal to the end.  When he wasn’t… well…

Quote of the Day

From twitter-

@jerrymireland — If I walk away from this academic conference thinking, “well, I’m not *THE* dumbest person here,”I’ll consider it to have been a roaring success. #phdlife #phdforum #AcademicTwitter

Fun Facts from Church History: Not Everyone Liked Farel

farel[One] Mr. Ducrest, who had a seat in the ordinary council [of Geneva] as one of the ancient syndics, and who was at the head of the Popish party in the city, repeatedly attacked Farel with great violence of language in the Council, and threatened that if a stop was not put to his preaching, the people would lay violent hands on him.*

Farel wasn’t beloved by everyone…  Surprising, I know.

*Thomas M’Crie and William Ferguson, The Early Years of John Calvin (Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1880), 149.

Defective Theologians Produce Speculative Theology

lutherLuther remarked

“The speculative learning of the theologians is altogether worthless. I have read Bonaventure on [the mystical union with Christ], and he almost drove me mad because I desired to experience the union of God with my soul (about which he babbles) through a union of intellect and will. Such theologians are nothing but fanatics. …   Likewise, the mystical theology of Dionysius is nothing but trumpery, and Plato prattles that everything is non-being and everything is being, and he leaves it at that. This is what mystical theology declares: Abandon your intellect and senses and rise up above being and non-being.

Preach it.