Daily Archives: 23 Jul 2018

A New App

Ab sofort teilen wir mit Euch jeden Montag den Wochenimpuls unserer “from…”-App: ein Projekt in Zusammenarbeit mit der Reformierten Kirche Zürich. Jede Woche gibt es einen Impuls, einen Text aus der Bibel, auch Inhalte, die zur Diskussion anregen. Die App ist gratis und sowohl für iPhone als auch Android erhältlich. Mehr dazu findet Ihr hier:  https://www.fromapp.org/ © Pixabay

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Quote of the Day

Quod volumus facile credimus — What we wish we readily believe. –  Matthew Henry

The Ignorance of Panos Mourdoukoutas

Under the Onion-worthy headline “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money,” Panos Mourdoukoutas, author of The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, wrote a Forbes piece suggesting that Amazon “should open their own bookstores in all local communities. They can replace local libraries and save taxpayers lots of money, while enhancing the value of their stock.”

Seeming to ignore the wide range of essential services that libraries provide, Mourdoukoutas was also less than well-informed about the current state of print books and independent bookstores.

“Then there’s the rise of digital technology. Technology has turned physical books into collector’s items, effectively eliminating the need for library borrowing services,” he wrote. “Of course, there’s Amazon Books to consider. Amazon have created their own online library that has made it easy for the masses to access both physical and digital copies of books. Amazon Books is a chain of bookstores that does what Amazon originally intended to do; replace the local bookstore. It improves on the bookstore model by adding online searches and coffee shops. Amazon Go basically combines a library with a Starbucks.”

The bookish Internet quickly responded.

Go read the rest.  It’s super.  And it puts Panos in his place.

The Real Sharks This Shark Week are Prosperity Preachers

Discovery Channel To Feature Deadly Prosperity Gospel Preachers For Shark Week

As part of its annual Shark Week programming, the Discovery Channel announced Sunday evening it would be featuring the world’s most dangerous prosperity gospel preachers in order to raise public awareness of the deadly predators.

The cable science channel will feature a wide array of prosperity preachers throughout the week, including Joel Osteen, Paula White, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and Benny Hinn, showcasing their inhuman ability to mangle the Scriptures and devour unsuspecting victims.

“This here is a prime example of the prosperity preacher in his natural habitat,” a commentator said over horrifying Benny Hinn footage in Sunday night’s Shark Week premiere. “See how the cold-blooded predator draws in its prey and then goes for the kill? Utterly horrifying.”

The documentary footage, collected over the past year, also shows moving footage of the millions of third-world believers still living in poverty after giving their life savings to the savage beasts.

“The prosperity gospel preacher in its native environment is one of nature’s most terrifying predators,” a Discovery Channel representative said. “We could just keep featuring sea-dwelling sharks year after year, but honestly they’re pretty boring compared to the ruthlessness of a Copeland or a Dollar ambushing an unsuspecting believer and tearing their bank account to shreds.”

“It sends shivers down my spine,” he added with a shudder.

According to the Discovery Channel, the footage will be preceded by a graphic content warning, as the cable channel states that watching Christians become ensnared by prosperity gospel preachers is not for the faint of heart.

Eerdmans Audio Books

Eerdmans tweets

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Stop by and check it out!

Mary in a Library

Erik Kwakkel tweets

Bibliophiles will appreciate this Annunciation scene from 1499: Mary is not just shown with a single book, as was normal in the Middle Ages, but in era of print she is placed in a library ( 1498 B 10). More about older traditions:

Today With Calvin: In Which He Describes a Truly Perfidious Wretch

In his preface to the commentary on Jeremiah, dedicated to a certain German Prince, Calvin writes, on 23 July, 1563,

calvino-1All know how basely you have been deceived by that most audacious and unprincipled man, at the same time vile, proud, and perfidious—in short, a monster, made up of a mass of filthy materials, even Francis Baldwin, and yet a skilful collector of the Civil Law.

For having been in THE NETHERLANDS, and having, under the pretext of the Gospel, been received under your patronage, and being made a Professor of the Civil Law through your liberality in THE UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG, he ought to have considered himself as altogether bound by kindness to so munificent a Prince; but he regarded his elevation as advantageous to him to seek, after his own manner, a new situation. Hence, as soon as hope appeared, he deserted his station, having despised the honourable office which he had fraudulently attained, and passed over to the enemies of true and pure Religion, the name of which he had assumed.

And first indeed (as though he retained some portion of shame) he went on stealthily in a clandestine manner, he discussed some secret treacheries with The Cardinal of Lorraine, into whose favour he had insinuated himself. The object of the whole was to subvert the CHURCHES OF FRANCE by means of a spurious doctrine and a mixture of ceremonies.

calvin_bookBut as there appeared no reward for masked and hidden perfidy, he not only rushed headlong into open defection, but so insolently boasted of his wickedness, that he has surpassed similar apostates in canine wantonness.

It is however well, that the perfidy of one unprincipled man does not stop the course of your kindness towards others; and you have some recompense for your perseverance, for among the ornaments of your University are to be found some foreigners well known for their high character, whom it is unnecessary for me to name.

Now THAT’S how you name names and call a thing what it is.

Quote of the Day

jerome5You will tell me, perhaps, that, highborn as you are, reared in luxury and used to lie softly, you cannot do without wine and dainties, and would find a stricter rule of life unendurable. If so, I can only say: “Live, then, by your own rule, since God’s rule is too hard for you.”  –  St Jerome

There’s A Simple Explanation: ‘Evangelicals’ Are Racists

@Mikel_Jollett tweets:

Under Barack Obama — a regular church-goer with a scandal-free Presidency — only 30% of white evangelicals said they would accept immoral personal behavior by an elected official. Under President Donald Trump, 72% said they would accept immorality.

Why? Because ‘Evangelicals’ (they aren’t real Evangelicals or even real Christians) are simply racists. You need look no deeper for their motivations in supporting the immoral Trump than that.

I’ve said for a long time now that the word ‘Evangelical’ is meaningless.  And this is just more evidence.

This Guy Stole a Baseball From a Little Kid at a Cubs Game

What despicable, totally depraved, selfish behavior. This is what America has become… and that isn’t good.

Ashurbanipal at the British Museum

Definitely go to this when it opens in November.  Definitely go to this.

There’s Nothing Normal, Sensible, Moral, or Sane About Any of This

Fun Facts From Church History: The Council of Basel, 1431

The only interesting thing that happened at the council of Basel in 1431 was the snide remark of a theologian present at the meeting:   “Of old, bishops had settled the affairs of the Church, but now the common herd does it.”