Daily Archives: 2 Aug 2018

This Guy Is Just a Font of Theological Garbage

Scripture never says, or even implies, that Jesus ‘sanctifies’ death.  Death is the enemy overcome and destroyed.  “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev. 20:14)

Someone needs to buy Chris a Bible.  And then teach him how to interpret it.  Because he clearly doesn’t own one.  And if he does, he has no idea how to interpret it.

The Myth of Christian Unity

‘Christian unity’ has never existed. Not since Jesus called Matthew the tax collector and Simon the zealot. There’s no sense pining for a past that never was.

Just a Gentle Reminder

Timidis autem et incredulis et execratis et homicidis et fornicatoribus et veneficis et idolatris et omnibus mendacibus pars illorum erit in stagno ardenti igne et sulphure quod est mors secunda (Rev. 21:8)

Nope

Mary adds nothing to the fact or act of redemption. She is not co-redemtrix. She is sinner equally in need of salvation with everyone else.

Does SEBTS not screen its profs these days?

‪#WhatsWrongWithThisPicture‬

#WhatsWrongWithThisPicture: More people ‘pray’ on facebook than ever attend Worship. How’s that make sense?

Devout Christian Sets Aside Few Minutes To Think About Reading His Bible

Thy name is Legion

A new report has indicated that local devout Christian man Brian Metford took a few minutes out of his busy morning schedule to think about reading his Bible this morning.

The man was proud to report he’d “strongly considered” reading his Bible for several minutes before deciding to do something else.

“It’s important to think about reading your Bible every day,” Metford said. “Especially when the busyness of your everyday schedule threatens to take away those precious few minutes with God. You have to make it a habit to stop whatever you’re doing every morning and think about possibly picking up your Bible and reading it.”

Metford never actually reads his Bible, but he’s still a strong proponent of Christians considering reading their Bibles before doing something with more “immediate gratification,” like binge-watching The Office on Netflix again, logging onto Steam for a few hours of Counter-Strike, or just staring at the ceiling thinking about how bored they are.

He encourages his fellow Christians to make thinking about reading their Bibles the first thing they do in the day, before they reject the idea out of hand in order to browse Facebook and Twitter for an hour or two on their smartphones.

“How can we say we follow Christ if we don’t love the thought of reading His Word?—in a totally theoretical sense of course.”

Volumes of Interest

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Schnabel, Eckhard J. Jesus, Paul, and the Early ChurchMissionary Realities in Historical Contexts. Collected Essays

This volume contains seventeen essays written by Eckhard J. Schnabel over the past 25 years. They focus on the realities of the work of Jesus, Paul, John, and the early church, exploring aspects of the history, missionary expansion, and theology of the early church including lexical, ethical, and ecclesiological questions.

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Gerstenberger, Erhard S. Theologie des Lobens in sumerischen HymnenZur Ideengeschichte der Eulogie

[The Theology of Praise in Sumerian Hymns. Eulogy’s History of Ideas. Published in German.]

Erhard S. Gerstenberger analyzes various laudatory expressions containing the keyword zà-mí and shows that Sumerian praise is not simply a dutiful expression of awe in the face of supreme authorities but rather signifies an effective transfer of power towards the recipients of eulogy.

The Fetish-ization of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Read the paper titled Christian Dead Sea Scrolls?  The Post-2002 Fragments as Modern Protestant Relics, delivered at ISBL in Helsinki.

Quote of the Day

Everyone who knows what the right thing to do is, and does not do it, commits a sin. (Jas. 4:17)

The Pope and The Death Penalty

Pope Francis changes church’s teaching on the death penalty

There you have it.

Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday that it is always “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans.

The Vatican said Francis had approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church — the compilation of official Catholic Church teaching. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude recourse to capital punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

The new teaching, contained in Catechism No. 2267, says the previous policy is outdated and that there are other ways to protect the common good.

I could happily agree if he had excepted child molesters and child murderers. Those people always deserve to be executed. Without exception. But otherwise, yeah, the death penalty isn’t the best invention.

Fortunately, though, we Baptists don’t have a Pope so we don’t have to worry about Church teaching changing with the cultural wind.

Signs of the Times

Check your signs, people…  check your signs.

Quote of the Day

Your guilt is an ultimate reality insomuch that not even the love of God can simply pass it by.  — Emil Brunner

The German ‘Library of Alexandria’

Remains of grand building that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls uncovered in central Cologne, dating back to second century AD.

The remains of the oldest public library in Germany, a building erected almost two millennia ago that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls, have been discovered in the middle of Cologne.

The walls were first uncovered in 2017, during an excavation on the grounds of a Protestant church in the centre of the city. Archaeologists knew they were of Roman origins, with Cologne being one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Romans in 50 AD under the name Colonia. But the discovery of niches in the walls, measuring approximately 80cm by 50cm, was, initially, mystifying.

“It took us some time to match up the parallels – we could see the niches were too small to bear statues inside. But what they are are kind of cupboards for the scrolls,” said Dr Dirk Schmitz from the Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne. “They are very particular to libraries – you can see the same ones in the library at Ephesus.”

It is not clear how many scrolls the library would have held, but it would have been “quite huge – maybe 20,000”, said Schmitz. The building would have been slightly smaller than the famed library at Ephesus, which was built in 117 AD. He described the discovery as “really incredible – a spectacular find”.

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