Daily Archives: 27 Oct 2018

Signs of the Times

We have passed the tipping point and can now simply await God’s righteous judgement.

An Incurable Disease

The racism in this country has become an incurable disease. It will be this nation’s death.

He’s A Tool of Evil

Robert Bowers is not sick, he’s satanic.

BREAKING: The gunman in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, who has been described only as a white male with a beard, surrendered after an exchange of gunfire with police. At least 8 people have been confirmed dead cbsn.ws/2Prr1yb

The only question left is, where is his white van and his MAGA hat?

UPDATE:  Just in: Officials in Pittsburgh report 11 people were killed in today’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Quote of the Eternity

“You shall not murder.” (Exod. 20:13)

Signs of the Times


We are orphans, we are fatherless; our mothers are like widows.  We have to buy our own water to drink, our own wood we can get only at a price.  The yoke is on our necks; we are persecuted; exhausted we are, allowed no rest. – (Lam. 5:3-5)

What Rubbish

The male version of Nadia Bolz-Weber has outdone himself…

Martin Luther: On Those Jackdaw Preachers Who Steal Other People’s Sermons

lutherThere are some lazy pastors and preachers, who are no good themselves, those who count on getting their sermons from … other [people’s] … books. They do not pray, do not study, do not read, do not meditate on anything in Scripture, just as if on account of [these books] one did not have to read the Bible. They avail themselves of books such as the Formulary and the Calendar to earn their annual keep. And they are nothing but parrots or jackdaws that learn to repeat without understanding. — Martin Luther

Amen and amen.

Take the Racism Test

You know you’re a racist if, when a white guy kills or tries to kill a bunch of people, you automatically think he must be mentally disturbed; but if a brown guy does it you automatically call him a terrorist.

Lecture Announcement

The Invention of God

November 06, 2018 / 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley, CA

Thomas Römer, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the Collège de France and the University of Lausanne

Who invented God? And what does “inventing” a god mean? This talk will trace the evolution of the deity of the great monotheisms―Yhwh, God, or Allah―by tracing Israelite beliefs and their context from the Bronze Age to the end of the Old Testament period in the third century BCE. We will draw on a long tradition of historical, philological, and exegetical work and on recent discoveries in archaeology and epigraphy to locate the origins of Yhwh in the early Iron Age, when he emerged as a god of the wilderness and of storms and war. He became the sole god of Israel in fits and starts as other gods, including the goddess Asherah, were gradually sidelined. But it was not until a major catastrophe that Israelites came to worship Yhwh as the one god of all, creator of heaven and earth, who proclaimed a special relationship with one people. This was the rise of Judaism.

Thomas Römer is Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the Collège de France and the University of Lausanne.


Happy Birthday Erasmus

Born on this day in 1466, Desiderius Erasmus.

Brunner’s Ordination

October 27th, 1912, Emil Brunner was ordained. He had preached his first sermon earlier that year, on April 14th. His subject, “Jesus is the Divine Man’. In that sermon, which really serves as an indication of all his later work (though of course just in the slimmest of outlines), Brunner asserted that ‘Faith in the biblical sense is nothing other than an apprehension of the truth’. And faith in the theological sense is like ‘when a mother says to her son, I believe in you!’

The concept of faith remained important to Brunner his entire ministry.

Oh, and he was more brilliant than Barth to the same degree that the sun is more brilliant than a firefly.

In The Middle of the Second Zurich Disputation

The First Disputation had set the stage for Zwingli’s Reformatory efforts and the Second, which was held for 3 days with over 900 participants, sealed the deal. At the end of the Disputation there would be no turning back. Zwingli would live another 8 years and would achieve much, but the solidification of his work would have to wait for Bullinger.

Of the Disputation, Schaff writes

Konrad Schmid of Küssnacht took a moderate position, and produced great effect upon the audience by his eloquence. His judgment was, first to take the idolatry out of the heart before abolishing the outward images, and to leave the staff to the weak until they are able to walk without it and to rely solely on Christ. The Council was not prepared to order the immediate abolition of the mass and the images. It punished Hottinger and other “idol-stormers” by banishment, and appointed a commission of ministers and laymen, including Zwingli, Schmidt and Judae, who should enlighten the people on the subject by preaching and writing. . Zwingli prepared his “Short and Christian Introduction,” which was sent by the Council of Two Hundred to all the ministers of the canton, the bishops of Constance, Basle, and Coire, the University of Basle, and to the twelve other cantons (Nov. 17, 1523).

S.M. Jackson writes in his biography of Zwingli –

The first day was given to a debate upon the proposition: the Church images are forbidden by God and Holy Scripture, and therefore Christians should neither make, set up, nor reverence them, but they should be removed. It was resolved to remove them wherever it could be done without disturbance or wounding tender consciences.

Those in prison for the offence of removing them were recommended to mercy, and the burgomaster promised to spare them.

The second and third days were taken up in discussing this proposition: the mass is no sacrifice, and hitherto has been celebrated with many abuses, quite different from its original institution by Christ. The debate being now on a burning question was livelier. Zwingli shrewdly avoided a plain statement as to the exact nature of the elements, for the time had not come for his radical stand, but he showed wherein a representation differed from a repetition of Christ’s sacrifice. He confessed that transubstantiation and its defenders, especially the monks, had too frequently been attacked by abuse rather than by argument, but stoutly declared that the monks were hypocrites, and monasticism was of the devil. The debate on the third day began at noon, and was in continuation of the preceding. But although so much time was consumed, no decision was arrived at, except to let the Council handle it.

It was perhaps noticed that the debate on the third day did not begin till noon. The explanation is that Zwingli preached that morning. So many country preachers could not separate without having a sermon from the leading city preacher. Many months later he expanded the discourse by urgent request, and published it March 26, 1524. It is called “The Shepherd.” In it he contrasts the good and the false shepherds. He set plainly before them the prospect that fidelity would lead to martyrdom. Such was the fate he expected for himself, as appears from his letters.