Daily Archives: 8 Sep 2018

Free Access To 120,000 Theological Ebooks

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This is Demonic

The ‘Texas Rangers’ are a passel of racists who care nothing for justice and just wish to shield the police from punishment for murdering innocent men that the Police kill in their OWN HOMES!

This is What Happens to Those Unmoored to Truth, Sense, and Christian Faith

‘But It’s Natural…’ Say the Same Folk Who Screech ‘Don’t Judge Me’

Nevertheless- ‘Those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God.’ (Rom. 8:8)

Quote of the Day

When you read ancient Christians, you notice: We talk a lot about Christ sharing in our sufferings. They talk more about our sharing in his. – Andrew Wilson

The difference between the ancient Church and the modern in one simple sentence.

Here’s a Great Essay

I. Finkelstein, Th. Römer et al., “Excavations at Kiriath-jearim Near Jerusalem, 2017: preliminary Report”, Semitica 60, 2018, p.31-83.


Quote of the Day

A temptation for professors is to think about their reputation with other professors in their field, while forgetting that their greatest influence is upon their students, which reminds us why we are called to faithfulness. We are influencing the next generation. – Tom Schreiner

Imagine That…

All the people gathered as one man in the square in front of the Water Gate, and asked the scribe Ezra to bring the Book of the Law of Moses which Yahweh had prescribed for Israel.  Accordingly, on the first day of the seventh month, the priest Ezra brought the Law before the assembly, consisting of men, women and all those old enough to understand.  In the square in front of the Water Gate, in the presence of the men and women, and of those old enough to understand, he read from the book from dawn till noon; all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. (Neh. 8:1-3)

This Is What Christian Resistance to Tyranny Looks Like

And it looks nothing like Bonhoeffer.

Erasmus Didn’t Appreciate Zwingli’s “Archeteles”, But He Didn’t Read it Either

“I have read some pages of your apology [Archeteles]. I beseech you for the sake of the glory of the Gospel, which I know you would favour and which we all who bear the name of Christ ought to favour, if you should issue anything hereafter, treat so serious a matter seriously, and bear in mind evangelical modesty and patience. Consult your learned friends before you issue anything. I fear that that apology will cause you great peril and will injure the Gospel. Even in the few pages that I have read there are many things I wanted to warn you about. I do not doubt that your prudence will take this in good part, for I have written late at night with a mind that is most solicitous for you. Farewell.”

Written from Basel, September 8, 1522


I like how Erasmus, like so many of our contemporaries, read a few pages and thought he graspsed the argument of the whole.  For being a learned man, Erasmus wasn’t very smart at times.

Reform of Poor Relief: Today With Zwingli

Zwingli manifested his independent and reforming spirit by criticising the department of outdoor relief in the city, and proposing on September 8, 1520, that the public alms should hereafter be given only to those who had been investigated, and could show actual need. One test of the “worthiness” of the applicants for relief was their ability to repeat the Lord’s Prayer, the Ave Maria, and the Ten Commandments!*

Now that’s a good rule! Forget ‘drug testing’ of welfare recipients- only provide assistance after they’ve been investigated, found truly in need, and demonstrate adequate piety.  Oh for the good old days.

*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (p. 157).

John MacArthur’s ‘Social Justice’ Statement is Theologically and Biblically Deficient

MacArthur’s statement fails to take the Gospel in its fullness seriously.  It fails to understand the implications of the Gospel.  And it’s greatest theological failing is that it fails to show a willingness to make any use at all of Matthew 25:31ff.

In short, MacArthur and his co-signatories lack theological acumen and exegetical knowledge.  Accordingly, no theological statement from them or signed by them can be taken seriously as either a Christian statement of faith or a theological declaration that should be adopted by anyone.

It is heresy.