Monthly Archives: June 2018

Quote of the Day

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” — Abraham Lincoln

The Anniversary of the Death of Luther’s Mom

margie_lutherMartin Luther’s mother Margarethe died on June 30, 1531, in Magdeburg, Germany. From his descriptions of her, we know that he saw her as a stern but loving mother. Even Lucas Cranach the Elder’s portrait of her gives her a dower expression.

But by looking at all of Luther’s comments to and about his mother, we can see that her sternness came out of a strong desire for the best for her children. She, along with her husband Hans, made sure that her children received the best education that they could afford to give them. Later, we learn that she even came to Wittenberg occasionally to help Katie with the children who loved and adored their only living grandmother.

Finally, we know that Margarethe died secure in the faith which her famous son had proclaimed and which she also confessed as her own.

The portrait of Margarethe Luther is by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1527.

-Rebecca DeGrmeaux for Katie Luther


Karl Heinz-Becker died on this day 50 years ago, resisting Naziism.

All the Carnivals- and, Last Call for this Month’s Official (It Seems) Carnival

The current list of all Carnivals is posted here.  Last I heard, Phil Long, the organizer of the carnival, had put out a call for a June host (posting 1 July) but no one had responded.  So I guess the Avignonian Carnival I run here will have to serve as the ‘official’ entry.

So, send along your entries!

As Millions Of Evangelicals Prepare to Worship America this Sunday…

In a quiet, solemn moment Friday afternoon, local churchgoer Grant O’Neill took a few minutes to prepare his heart to give glory and honor to the United States at his church’s exciting Independence Day service this Sunday.

Knowing that he would be attending the upcoming patriotic service, O’Neill spent some time in quiet reflection over the state of his heart, so he’d be spiritually ready to give the U.S.A. his all on the Lord’s Day.

“Lord, as I prepare to attend my church’s Independence Day Bonanza this Sunday, I just pray that I would decrease and that the United States would increase, as I just learn to love America above all else with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength,” he prayed to himself. “Let all distractions fade away. I know that as I gaze upon the American flags draped all over your house of worship, the things of earth will begin to grow strangely dim.”

O’Neill further prayed that the Lord would help him to be well-rested and refreshed on Sunday morning, so he could “really belt out” the lyrics to “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue” along with the choir.

As millions of Evangelicals prepare their hearts to worship America, Christians will be worshiping God.

My Vote

I’m not voting for you just because you’re a woman, or a man, or white, or black, or hispanic, or asian, or straight, or gay, or republican, or democrat, or independent. You’ll get my vote only if you earn it and you can only earn it by being first of all a decent human being. If you aren’t that, you aren’t anything.

For All Those Who Seem to Have Forgotten…

You cannot legislate morality.  True love, kindness, respect, decency, and godliness arise from within and are never real if forced upon someone from without.

In A Word…

The Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2018

Nice to see the Top 50 back in biz!

The Biblioblog Top 50

We are pleased to present the Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2018!

The Biblioblog Top 50 is the official ranking of biblical studies blogging. Although posting somewhat less regularly in recent years, the Biblioblog Top 50 is pleased to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. Yet who we really want to celebrate are the many bibliobloggers who continue to inform and entertain us – with their takes on the cutting edge of biblical studies.

Congratulations in particular to the Number One Biblioblogger for June 2018: Jim West.

And the moment you have all been waiting, and waiting for: here is the Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2018:

1 Jim West Zwinglius Redivivus
2 James McGrath Exploring Our Matrix
3 Bart Ehrman The Bart Ehrman Blog
4 Ben Witherington The Bible and Culture
5 Peter Enns The Bible for Normal People
6 Jim Davila PaleoJudaica
7 Michael F. Bird, et al Evangelion…

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Only 1 Day Left

For you to get your Carnival submissions in.  Send them along for inclusion.  The Carnival goes live at 12:01 a.m. July 1.

No Matter How Much Things Change, They Remain the Same


You will be in the right, O Lord,
when I lay charges against you;
but let me put my case to you.
Why does the way of the guilty prosper?
Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
they grow and bring forth fruit;
you are near in their mouths
yet far from their hearts.

 But you, O Lord, know me;
You see me and test me—my heart is with you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
and set them apart for the day of slaughter.

 How long will the land mourn,
and the grass of every field wither?
For the wickedness of those who live in it
the animals and the birds are swept away,
and because people said, “He is blind to our ways.”


If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you,
how will you compete with horses?
And if in a safe land you fall down,
how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?
For even your kinsfolk and your own family,
even they have dealt treacherously with you;
they are in full cry after you;
do not believe them,
though they speak friendly words to you.  (Jeremiah 11)

Kennedy Resigned Because He’s a Trump Cronie

So to recap: Healthy, lifetime appointee Justice Kennedy randomly steps down days before stunning NYT report linking him, his financier son & Russia-connected Deutsche Bank to Trump & a billion dollar loan deal and no one in any party finds this at all fishy? Hello, anyone?

Via Twitter

If Roe v. Wade is Overturned, Nothing Will Change

And Evangelicals who pinned their hopes on the evil and demonic Donald Trump will simply have helped elect and support an immoral man who actually achieved not one thing in the sparing of innocent unborn lives.

Do none of you understand how the law works in this country?  People who think abortion will cease if Roe v Wade is overturned are morons. If that happens, each State makes its own rules. Abortion won’t end and you’re fools if you believe it will. Some states will allow it and some won’t. That’s what will happen.

I’m not a lawyer but I know enough to know that.  it’s a pity the fools who voted for Trump in the hope that he would appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade and ‘end abortion’ don’t know it.  Because, at the end of the day, they support an evil man- for no reason.

Quote of the Day

Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
I must shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the Lord has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
then within me there is something like a burning fire
shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.  (Jer 20:8-9)

Bengel: On Commentaries

Bengal describes the purpose of commentaries thusly:

Commentaries are chiefly available for the following purposes: 

  • to preserve, restore, or defend the purity of the text;
  • to exhibit the exact force of the language employed by any sacred writer;
  • to explain the circumstances under which any passage was uttered or written, or to which it refers;
  • to remove errors [of understanding] or abuses [of the text] which have arisen in later times.

The first hearers required none of these things. 

If your commentary doesn’t do those things, it really isn’t of value to the Church.

Bullinger’s Letters

Der Briefwechsel des Zürcher Reformators Heinrich Bullinger ist von ausserordentlicher Bedeutung. Mit rund 12000 Briefen ist er wohl die umfangreichste erhaltene Briefkorrespondenz des 16. Jahrhunderts. Er gibt in einzigartiger Weise Einblick in die Zeit der Reformation. Darüber hinaus dokumentiert er die zentrale Stellung Zürichs im damaligen Europa. Etwa ein Viertel von Bullingers Briefen wurde in den letzten Jahren durch das Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte der UZH veröffentlicht.

Ziel ist, weitere Briefe zu edieren, sowie die gesamte Korrespondenz zu digitalisieren und zu veröffentlichen, damit sie weltweit genutzt werden kann. Die UZH Foundation unterstützt dieses Projekt mittels einer Fundraising-Kampagne.

Kontakt: Isabel Probst



Today in the History of the Society for Old Testament Study

Mat Collins wrote on the SOTS facebook page on 29 June, 2016-

sotsFor those interested in that sort of thing, it was 100 years ago today (29th June 1916) that the first proper planning meeting for SOTS was held. Nine scholars met in the rooms of R.H. Kennett at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and resolved to move ahead with the proposed “British Society for Old Testament Studies” and to hold an inaugural meeting in London (at King’s College) at the start of January 1917.

According to the minutes, those in attendance were: Rev. Prof. W. Emery Barnes, Rev. Principal W.H. Bennett, Rev. Principal W.E. Blomfield, Stanley A. Cook Esqr., Dr. G. Buchanan Gray, Rev. Canon R.H. Kennett, Prof. A.S. Peake, Rev. T.H. Robinson, and Rev. Principal John Skinner.

Happy 102nd Anniversary, SOTS.  Fantastic beginnings for the best learned society in the world.

Enough Concessions, Philipp

Luther wrote Melanchthon from Coburg on 29 June, 1530 whilst the latter was attending the Augsburg mess.  He remarks, with a touch of irritation

I have received your Apologia, and I wonder what it is you want when you ask what and how much is to be conceded to the papists. In connection with the Sovereign it is another question what he may concede, if danger threatens him. For me personally more than enough has been conceded in this Apologia. If the papists reject it, then I see nothing that I could still concede, unless I saw their reasoning, or [were given] clearer Scripture passages than I have seen till now. Day and night I am occupied with this matter, considering it, turning it around, debating it, and searching the whole Scripture [because of it]; certainty grows continuously in me about this, our teaching, and I am more and more sure that now (God willing) I shall not permit anything further to be taken away from me, come what may.

I don’t like that you write in your letter that you have followed my authority in this cause. I don’t wish to be, or be called, the originator [of] this cause for you people; even though this might be properly interpreted, yet I don’t want [to hear] this term [“originator”]. If this is not simultaneously and in the same way your cause, then I don’t want it to be called mine and imposed upon you. If it is my cause alone then I will handle it by myself.*

Melancthon is encouraged in the rest of the letter with words of encouragement.

*Luther’s works, (Vol. 49, p. 328).

#ICYMI – The Bee Stings Every Linguistically Ignorant Pastor on the Planet

It’s funny because it’s true.

Pastor John O’Brien is still referencing the single koine Greek word he knows into every single sermon he delivers, the congregation at Lakeside Baptist Church confirmed Thursday.

According to church members, the pastor references the New Testament Greek word dunamis at least once a sermon, making any kind of tenuous connection from the text to the sole koine Greek word in his vocabulary.

“Interestingly enough, the Greek word here is ‘dunamis,’ which is where we get the English word ‘dynamite,’” O’Brien said Sunday morning, using the term for the 42nd week running. “So really, this passage is talking about how the gospel is the ‘dynamite’ of God! Isn’t that amazing?”

In weeks past, the preacher has referenced the term in connection with sermons on Genesis 1, the narrative of David and Goliath, and biblical stewardship, sources claim.

At publishing time, congregants had confirmed O’Brien is still pronouncing the word incorrectly.

These guys show up at every Pastor’s Conference and give the devotional too…

Pulpit and Pen Is Racist Antichristian Trash