Daily Archives: 20 Aug 2018

Angels Are Watching You All The Time… ALL THE TIME………

So Calvin-

[The angels] are present as spectators, because they have been commanded to take care of the Church. And, indeed, he must be worse than stupid, and must have a heart of stone, whose indolence and carelessness are not shaken off by this single consideration, that the government of the Church is under the eye of God and the angels; and when that solemn appeal is added, our fear and anxiety must be redoubled. — John Calvin

Everything you do as a Christian is being observed… all the time!  EVERYTHING…

(Kinda creepy, but, you go, Calvin).

Oh Shut Up

To which I say

Bible Publishers Have Lost Their Bloody Minds

Via Chuck *The Reprobate* Grantham

An Exciting New Exhibition at Pitts Theological Library

All the details are here.

The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses provided the opportunity to reflect on the history of the Reformation. The first year after this quincentenary may serve as an invitation to consider also what lies ahead. The Reformation was intended to remove corruption within the church and to right what had gone wrong. Few, if any, would suggest that this effort can ever be carried out completely and the Reformation should perhaps be seen not as an event, but rather as a process. A phrase sometimes attributed to Augustine of Hippo but popularized by Karl Barth that captures this idea is Ecclesia semper reformanda – “the Church is always to be reformed.” This exhibition will present books and documents from the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection to shed light on the original context of the Reformation and to invite discussion on how these documents can inform the issues and concerns of today. The selection of the materials was governed in part by the “Future Directions” initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and by the “Four Areas of Ministry Focus” outlines by the United Methodist Church.

The exhibit opened today.

Dear Session Chairs…

DO YOUR BLOODY JOB and call time when people go over. And if you’re too wispy eyed and weak to do it, don’t agree to chair a session.

I once was third of three on the agenda in an afternoon session which HAD to be concluded by 6 for a dinner program.

We began at 3. Each speaker was alloted 40 minutes for their paper and 5 for q&a. Plenty of time to get three papers in and get to dinner. Except it wasn’t.

The first speaker, a woman, went 90 minutes. But at least she apologized.

At 4:30 the second paper began. She went an hour. But at least she apologized.

My paper commenced at 5:30 and I concluded at 5:45. Glared at the session chair, suggested presenters be gifted a timer, and left the room.

It was a truly disgraceful lack of consideration by all involved. And the long papers were shite.

If you can’t, or won’t tell people to shut up- don’t chair academic sessions.

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Sad News: Sister Edmée Kingsmill has Died

From our SOTS secretary-

I have just received news from Debbie Rooke informing me that Sister Edmée Kingsmill died yesterday in Oxford aged 88 years.   Sister Edmée belonged to an Anglican Religious Order, the Society of the Love of God, and lived ‘enclosed’ in a Convent in Oxford.  She joined SOTS in 1998 when she was working on her D.Phil. on the Song of Songs and gave a paper to the Society in 2006, based on her allegorical reading of the text.

For a few years she attended our meetings, having been given special permission by her Order and some members may remember her delight at being able to talk over meals; and recall her enjoying a pint in the bar (kindly purchased for her).  She will doubtless have been well cared for in her latter days.  May she rest in peace.

All good wishes,


The Revd Dr J E Tollington

May she truly rest in peace eternal.

Clacissists Have Been Lying All This Time

Interesting News From the Germans at the Institute for New Testament Textual Research

#MeToo Hypocrisy

She made allegations against others whilst she herself had paid her own victim of sexual mistreatment a settlement…  Hypocrite.

The Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement. Her boyfriend, the culinary television star Anthony Bourdain, eagerly joined the fight.

But in the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.

Child molester.  She may well have been sexually assaulted by the great pervert Weinstein, but she is no better than him.