Monthly Archives: September 2018

Signs of the Times

Does Kanye Want to Re-Establish Slavery? It Seems So

How Did We Get Here? Lying Liars and their Denial of the ‘Slippery Slope’ of Immorality

We live in sick and sickening times because sex has been de-sacralized, taken out of the realm of marriage, and lauded and practiced by vast swaths of the populace with the casualness of dogs roaming the streets and taking a partner of any that stroll past.   Sex has become, especially for the young, a mere biological function without meaning or honor. and our godless, sex crazed, depraved society is now reaping the consequences of that attitude towards sex.

The lying liars told us there was no slippery slope of immorality.  They lied, many believed the lie, and now men cannot relate to women without supervision and women cannot trust men.

Perhaps we should have taken our morality seriously.  But it’s too late now.

The LORD said, “Jeremiah, don’t ask me to help these people.  Jer 14:11

It’s Official: ‘The Republican Party Abandons Conservatism’

Ignoring the dictum that if one is not of the left as a young person one has no heart, and not of the right in middle age one has no head, I have always been a conservative. I voted Republican most of the time, affiliated with the GOP, and served proudly as a political appointee under two Republican presidents. I bitterly opposed Donald Trump’s candidacy and dropped my Republican affiliation once he won in 2016, figuring that the party would soon fall in line. I said as much in public, and my predictions were borne out. But it is only now that I have concluded that the break between conservative beliefs and the party that claimed to uphold them is complete and irreversible.

Read Professor Cohen’s essay in the Atlantic.  He’s right on the mark.  The GOP is no longer the party of Conservatism.  And it never will be again.

Can Anyone Name a Supreme Court Nominee Who Doesn’t Act this Way?

Your Government Is Evil: Hundreds of Migrant Children Quietly Moved to a Tent Camp on the Texas Border

In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in South Texas.

Until now, most undocumented children being held by federal immigration authorities had been housed in private foster homes or shelters, sleeping two or three to a room. They received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases.

But in the rows of sand-colored tents in Tornillo, Tex., children in groups of 20, separated by gender, sleep lined up in bunks. There is no school: The children are given workbooks that they have no obligation to complete. Access to legal services is limited.

Read the rest and then let your representatives know how evil this is.

No, He Most Definitely Isn’t

And if Keller is the ‘founder’ of a ‘Church’, it isn’t a Christian Church.  The Church’s one founder, and foundation, is Christ.

The Cancer on the Body of Christ

‪The greatest error of modern Christianity was the abandonment of the serious practice of Church discipline. Had it been maintained, fraudulent believers wouldn’t be the cancer on the body of Christ that they presently are.‬

Fakes Are Easily Spotted

‪’You shall know them by their fruits’. – Jesus‬

‪Honestly, friends, if you can’t tell the difference between real Christians and wolves in sheep’s clothing like Falwell and Metaxas and Jeffress and Graham, you really don’t know anything about Christianity at all.‬

If you need help, read Matthew 25.   If that doesn’t clear it up for you, just email and I’ll lend a hand.

How to Know If You’re Attending a Personality Cult and not a Legitimate Church

1- The CEO calls the gathering ‘his’ ‘church’.

2- It has multiple locations, just like any egomaniacal pseudo Christian would require.

3- It hawks merchandise.

4- The worship of Almighty God is replaced by a talk about said merchandise.

If you attend such a personality cult, get out of Gomorrah!

False Teachers

  • Jerry Falwell Jr
  • Robert Jeffress
  • Eric Metaxas
  • Franklin Graham

How do I know they are false teachers?  Scripture teaches me so.  Which?

“It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people “– this is the LORD ‘s declaration.  (Jer. 23:32)

There were indeed false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their depraved ways, and the way of truth will be maligned because of them. They will exploit you in their greed with made-up stories. Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.  (2 Pet. 2:1-3)

If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him! (Gal. 1:9)

The only thing the 4 above proclaim is the message of Trump.  They are heretics.  And they are damned.

New in the Barth Gesamtausgabe

«Alte Anschauungsweisen, alte Verhältnisse und Ordnungen sind gefallen und fallen noch. […] Die Menschheit sucht auf neuen Wegen neue Werte. […] Nur zu oft sind wir Christen gegenwärtig ängstlich […]. Und doch sollten gerade wir jenen Ruf nach Leben zum unsern machen, wenn wir Jünger Jesu sein wollen. Stehen wir […] klagend am Wege, so handeln wir sicher nicht im Sinne dessen, der uns verheissen: Ich lebe, und ihr sollt auch leben!»

Schon Barths erste Predigten, die er während seines Studiums, in seinen Vikariaten und als Hilfsprediger in Genf hält, zeigen ihn als wachen Zeitgenossen mit feinem Gespür für gesellschaftliche wie kulturelle Brüche und Verwerfungen. Die Predigten, die eben darauf antworten, die Ängste und Unsicherheiten aufnehmen, stehen im Zentrum seines ersten Wirkens in der Gemeinde.

Karl Barth-Gesamtausgabe, Band 53 
2018, XVIII/748 Seiten, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, Leinen mit SU
ISBN 978-3-290-18146-8

Signs of the Times

The Next EABS Meeting

The next EABS Annual Conference will take place in Warsaw 11-14 August, 2019. If you wish to propose a new unit or to transform a one-year workshop into a research unit, now is the time to do it. The deadline for all new unit proposals is 31 October, 2018. The proposals should be sent to executive@eabs.net. For more details, check out “proposing and renewing units” from the website.

The call for papers for the Warsaw meeting will open on 15 January, 2019 and close at the end of February. More information about this and the new abstract submission system will be circulated later this year.

For Your Saturday

Fun Barthian Facts

After Charlotte von Kirschbaum moved into Barth’s house, Barth signed his notes to her in the following ways1:

  • ‘I am having such joy! And I love you so much!’,
  • ‘I just love you so much’,
  • ‘I am so happy! I l. you so much’

or, later, simply

  • ‘I l. y. s. m. (sure? sure!)’ or ‘Oh you…..’, ‘Oh you!’, ‘D. L. … you know’,

from 1931 occasionally:

  • ‘I am constantly thinking of you and I love you much more, even much more than…

for example, on 1 August.

  • Although already then I liked you quite a lot, after all. You!’.

In 1934, he writes from Rome:

  • ‘Be, dearest, a thousand greeting and kisses, by your d. Karl’,

and finally, in a language style of a modern text message, apart from ‘I l. y. s. m.’ once also

  • ‘L. d. L. I l. y. s. m.’.

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1Biography and theology. On the connectedness of theological statements with life on the basis of the correspondence between Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum (1925–1935), by Susanne Hennecke

Signs of the Times

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#MeToo

Two things happened to me at age 9 that have left an indelible mark and they explain my complete contempt for those who perpetrate sexual assault.

First, on the way to school one day, a red truck, with a camper, pulled up beside me on the street. An old white man rolled down the window, leaned out, and asked if I wanted a ride. I was scared to death so I said no, and ran off.

When I got home I told my dad what had happened. The next day, when I got home from school, men from the FBI were in the living room and they asked me questions about the man and the truck. I answered as best I could and they showed me some pictures and asked if I recognized the man. I did, pointed to him, and said it was him.

They told me and my dad that it was a good thing that I hadn’t gotten in the truck. He had taken other little boys and had hurt them.

The second thing that happened when I was 9, and I remember I was 9 because we lived in California until I started the 5th grade, when we moved to Phoenix, and these two things happened in California. Anyway, and I won’t go into detail this time, the other thing that happened when I was 9 was that a 16 year old neighbor boy stayed the night one night with my brother and I. We slept in bunk beds and he had to bunk with one of us so he bunked with me. And molested me. My mother walked in when she heard me, turned the light on, saw him in flagrante, turned the light off, and walked out without saying a word.

The presumption that people can’t remember, vividly, things that happened to them decades before is false. I remember every detail of both of those events. I can’t tell you my address. I can’t tell you the houses or neighbors around us. But those two things I will never forget. And those who enabled and who effected those events will forever be held by me in utter contempt.

I thought, in the present atmosphere, it was important I tell you these things. Violent, terrible things happen to children and adults, boys and girls, men and women, every day in our country. So when someone tells me that it happened to them, I believe them. Because it happened. To me. Too.