Daily Archives: 18 May 2018

America Won’t Be Around Much Longer

A country that stands by while its children are systematically and regularly killed does not deserve to continue. And yes, I’m talking about gun violence. And yes I’m talking about abortion.

Those Who Are in Need of Excommunication

Because there are always some who hold God and his Word in contempt, who take account of neither injunction, exhortation nor remonstrance, thus requiring greater chastisement, we hold the discipline of excommunication to be a thing holy and salutary among the faithful, since truly it was instituted by our Lord with good reason. This is in order that the wicked should not by their damnable conduct corrupt the good and dishonour our Lord, and that though proud they may turn to penitence. Therefore we believe that it is expedient according to the ordinance of God that all manifest idolaters, blasphemers, murderers, thieves, lewd persons, false witnesses, sedition-mongers, quarrellers, those guilty of defamation or assault, drunkards, dissolute livers, when they have been duly admonished and if they do not make amendment, be separated from the communion of the faithful until their repentance is known.  – Calvin (The Genevan Confession)

Amen.

Remember…

Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, But what is in the heart of fools is made known. Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. (Prov. 14:33-34)

Let the reader understand.

Quote of the Day

Even brothels display their prostitutes more discreetly and modestly dressed than their churches display those images [of the saints], which they expect to be viewed as virgins! — John Calvin

NB- You should follow Randy B. on the twitter.  He’s a delightful source of all manner of great tweets.

Wisdom: An Observation

Wisdom is nothing but the ability to anticipate events beforehand given certain facts.

Some Really Wonderful People Are Members of the NRA

No joke. Unfortunately all in leadership and all their mouthpieces in Congress are not among them. Their only god is cash.

If you need proof just pay attention to the words of people most vocal in their defense of the @NRA and you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of the protective rainbow.

If, however, your policies have to be approved by the NRA I assure you, Satan is near at hand.

Why Did We Choose Rahlfs-Hanhart as the Basis for this Reader’s Edition?

It makes perfect sense. Rahlfs-Hanhart is the only real choice.

Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition

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One of the first decisions we faced in scoping out this project was this: which Greek text should we use?

There were essentially four options on the table:

  1. H. B. Swete’s ‘smaller’ Cambridge edition from the late 1800s–early 1900s
  2. Brooke/McLean/Thackeray’s ‘larger’ Cambridge critical edition
  3. The semi-critical Septuaginta edited by Alfred Rahlfs and revised by Robert Hanhart (a.k.a. Rahlfs-Hanhart)
  4. The Göttingen critical edition

The first option is in the public domain and available electronically (e.g., here), which was a plus, but all agree it has been supplanted by others. The second option is also publically available (e.g., here) but unfortunately the original project was never completed.

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America: Another Day, Another Shooting at a School

Outside Houston this time:

A shooting was reported at a high school near Houston on Friday morning, with local media reporting that a gunman entered Santa Fe High School and began firing. The school was put on lockdown, but the situation is now “contained,” officials say.

The Santa Fe Independent School District issued an update stating:

“This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries. Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules.”

Don’t bother sending your thoughts and prayers.  That opportunity has passed.

The LORD said, “Jeremiah, don’t ask me to help these people. They may even go without eating and offer sacrifices to please me and to give thanks. But when they cry out for my help, I won’t listen, and I won’t accept their sacrifices. Instead, I’ll send war, starvation, and disease to wipe them out.” …

5.6 Trillion Dollars

That’s what the ‘war on terror’ has cost us.  But we’ve gotten nothing from it.  However, defense contractors and the military-industrial complex have become extraordinarily rich.  And that was the point in the first place.

With that amount of money every American could have first rate health care- schools and roads and airports could be brand spanking new- and Americans would be far better off.  But, alas, Cheney and Halliburton needed it more…

As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s War on Terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that’s at least $23,386 per taxpayer.

Read it all.  And be disgusted.

I Hope Mo Brooks’ Voters are Smarter Than He Is, Though I Doubt It…

Or they wouldn’t vote for this lunatic.

A rolling stone may gather no moss, but if it tumbles into the ocean, you can expect the seas to rise.

At least that’s the theory embraced by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., during a hearing held Wednesday by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on how technology can be used to address climate change.

While questioning Philip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, about what, in addition to climate change, might be driving rising sea levels, Brooks suggested erosion might be a factor.

“Every single year that we’re on Earth, you have huge tons of silt deposited by the Mississippi River, by the Amazon River, by the Nile, by every major river system — and for that matter, creek, all the way down to the smallest systems,” Brooks said. “And every time you have that soil or rock whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise. Because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up.”

Oh Alabama… you really are just the worst State aren’t you…

Signs of the Times

Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528, The Adoration of the Magi (oil), oil on panel (100 × 114 cm) — 1504-05

The Best Version of the Bible