Quote of the Day

Do not put your trust in princes, in any child of Adam, who has no power to save. When his spirit goes forth he returns to the earth, on that very day all his plans come to nothing. How blessed is he who has Jacob’s God to help him, his hope is in Yahweh his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them. He keeps faith for ever, gives justice to the oppressed, gives food to the hungry; Yahweh sets prisoners free. Yahweh gives sight to the blind, lifts up those who are bowed down. Yahweh protects the stranger, he sustains the orphan and the widow. Yahweh loves the upright,but he frustrates the wicked.   (Ps. 146:3-9)

‘Cut Spending’…

Those whose creed is ‘cut spending’ are invaribly people for whom money is god and who would rather spend $6 on a cup of coffee for themselves than lose that money in taxes to buy formula for a child living in poverty. Hell is festooned with spending cutters.

If Other People Acted Like Donald Trump…

“I never called the Church the Whore of Babylon, and I’ve had no contact with Nebuchadnezzar—who’s a great ruler, by the way, we’re going to build a magnificent hotel there soon. Whores? –I’ve only been to Babylon once. There aren’t any tapes of my being there, right? No tapes—right, Neb? <nervous smile>” — Martin Luther*

The Reformation? Many people say it was Luther. It might have been Luther. I have no reason not to believe that it wouldn’t not have been Luther. But it could have been someone else—there were a lot who wanted to make it happen. Might have been Erasmus, or a Dominican friar selling indulgences. But just to clarify: I don’t disbelieve that Luther wasn’t the one who started the Reformation. Why is the Fake News going crazy about this? — John Calvin*

Thou shalt not not murder. — Moses

When I said you should love your neighbor as yourself I really meant to say ‘Should’t”. — Jesus

Don’t eat those sausages.  The fake news MSM changed what I said just to make me look all ‘Reformy’.  But I clearly said ‘don’t eat those sausages’.– Huldrych Zwingli

*Via Ralph Keen.

Reviewed: Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity

This looks like a VERY interesting book. And the review is super.

Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity is a most welcome contribution to a recent effort to see anew the ancient world by focusing on its enslaved inhabitants. Bringing together material and textual evidence related to Roman Ephesos, Katherine Shaner works hard to help readers recognize enslaved people where the historical record has, at least to our eyes until now, left very few traces. Her argument is that when we understand public displays of power (whether material or textual) as attempts to persuade rather than as descriptions of relationships, then we are confronted with a much more complex picture of the status of enslaved people.

Etc.  Enjoy.