‘I have appointed you as tester of my people, to learn and to test how they behave. All of them are total rebels, peddlers of slander, hard as bronze and iron, all agents of corruption. The bellows blast away to make the fire burn away the lead. In vain the smelter does his work, for the dross is not purged out. “Silver-reject”, men call them, and indeed Yahweh has rejected them!’ — (Jer. 6:27-30)
If you like, I’d be happy to discern your life verse too….
Missal, France ca. 1470-1475 (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 425, fol. 196v), showing the Medieval notion of demons coming to collect a soul from an impious sinner and taking it to hell in a handcart. At a later period of time, the phrase was recast as ‘to hell in a handbasket’.
The organizers of the Fourth International Karl Barth Symposium invite proposals for presentations. The symposium will take place at the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden from May 9th to 12th, 2019. The theme of the conference is: God Shattered– God-Certain: The Relevance of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of God.
Here’s the official ‘call’.
Zero understanding of theology.
A 95-year-old Florida woman landed in jail after calling police for help during an argument with her defiant granddaughter.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Hattie Reynolds probably wasn’t a threat, but her admission of slapping her granddaughter in the face with a slipper qualified as domestic violence.
An arrest report says Reynolds told police Saturday that she wanted 46-year-old Janeen Williams out of her house because she was in bed soaking up the air conditioning Reynolds pays for. When Williams began screaming and swearing at her, Reynolds said she slapped her with the slipper.
Police handcuffed Reynolds and took her to jail for the night. Records show a judge released her on her own recognizance.
Some kids need slapped with a slipper. God knows they do.
After a massive, multi-million-dollar marketing campaign and far-reaching internet advertisement initiative, local seeker-sensitive church Widegate Community Church proudly announced it had successfully attracted every genuine seeker of God in the whole world to its Sunday service, bringing the attendance total to exactly zero.
Each and every person on planet earth who decided to seek God of their own will showed up to the historic service, so it was completely empty, according to the worship band and pastor. Church leaders opened up the doors bright and early and watched as wave after wave of absolutely nobody parked in the church’s giant parking lot and entered through its state-of-the-art foyer.
“Every single person who seeks after God without His divine prompting showed up,” lead pastor of vision casting Larry Anderson said. “We were really blowing the doors off with the zeroes and zeroes of people who came that day. It was totally a God thing.”
At publishing time, the church had announced it would be marketing its services exclusively to people with good hearts, and that leadership expected exactly zero people to make an appearance each Sunday.
It reminds me of a simple passage of Scripture-
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. (Ps. 10:4)
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand,`Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: `for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; `I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying,`Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ “Then He will answer them, saying,`Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matt. 25:41-46)
“[Influential persons] will soon fall out with you, if you don’t keep touch with them, in all their designs; and when you cease to be their tool, they will most forgetfully and ungratefully abandon you.” – Cotton Mather
That EVERYONE who thinks they know what the Church is, should be, or how it should do its task should, must, needs to, should be required to read Emil Brunner’s ‘The Misunderstanding of the Church‘.
From now on, whenever some tweet or facebook post or any blog post mentions the Church I’m going to ask if they’ve read this book. If they haven’t, they have no business talking about the Church.
It’s in PDF. It’s free. You are without excuse.
Go READ IT.
Well…. at least he wasn’t killed to life… or was he….
Seht, liebe brüder, die ignoranz der priester ist schuld daran, dass die kirche trauert und in ihren kindern zugrunde geht, die verlorengehen, da der teufel, der feind, stark geworden ist, gewiss wegen der sünden ihrer propheten und ihrer priester . Die kirche krankt an ihren gliedern, und daher spricht gott, der herr: siehe mir, ich bin geworden wie einer, der im herbst nach der weinlese nur noch beeren erntet, es gibt keine traube mehr zu essen. — Jan Hus