Daily Archives: 8 Apr 2018

Amen

This is the Face of Evil and Satan Resides Within

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday there were “no innocent people” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 30 Palestinians during 10 days of protests. “There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip,” Lieberman told Israel’s public radio. “Everyone’s connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are Hamas military wing activists.”

That’s a hell-inspired lie and Mr Lieberman is himself inspired by hell to wreak havoc on the innocent.

This is the face of evil and Satan resides within.

Israeli hardline MP and head of Yisrael Beiteinu party Avigdor Lieberman talks to the press during a meeting in Jerusalem on May 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA

How Terrible It Must Be To Distrust God So

When the parishioners at the Lighthouse Mexico Church Of God gather for worship each Sunday, many of them are armed.  The fact that they carry is no secret. The church, located in the small, upstate town of Mexico, N.Y., says on its website that it’s “not a gun-free zone.” Pastor Ron Russell began to encourage church members to carry concealed weapons after Dylann Roof killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015.  Russell, 70, believes that it’s not just his responsibility to keep his church safe, but his sacred duty — pastors are commissioned by God to protect their flock, he says. The pastor, who’s been with the church since 1994, oversees a makeshift security team that patrols the church grounds on high alert each week.

I feel sorry for people who live in such profound fear and distrust.  And who have no ability to believe God will watch over them.  Led by a pastor who has such little faith. It must be terrible for all of them.

My Next Translation Project

Huldrych Zwingli’s Letter to Johannes Bugenhagen, Translation and Introduction. An Occasional Publication of the Pitts Theology Library, Forthcoming.

Quote of the Day

Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet. – Unknown

Signs of the Times

800,000 Fewer Worshipers Every Sunday…

This is stunning

Jeden Sonntag 800.000 Mitfeiernde. Die Sonntagsgottesdienste werden immer leerer. Vielleicht auch deshalb, weil so mancher Katholik inzwischen die Messe bequem vor dem Fernseher vom Wohnzimmer aus verfolgt? Seit 65 Jahren gibt es das Angebot.

Appalling.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Confession Of Bullinger’s Father

bullinger93In 1529…

In February of this year Bullinger’s father had publicly proclaimed at Bremgarten his conviction, that he had hitherto, in the time of darkness, misled his parishioners; but that now he would endeavour to guide them in the right way of life, out of holy scripture alone, and through Jesus Christ, our only Saviour.* He died at Zurich, April 8, 1533, aged 64 years.

Heinrich Bullinger’s father (also named Heinrich) was, of course, a priest who, like many priests of the 16th century, had de facto wives as well as several children.  But when his son convinced him of the truth of the Evangelical faith, he saw the error of his theological ways and adopte Reformed theology (as mediated by Heinrich from Zwingli).

______________
*Bullinger, H. (1852). The Decades of Henry Bullinger: The Fifth Decade (T. Harding, Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.