Daily Archives: 16 Jan 2019

And How Could We Know That?

Seems more like wishful thinking than historical fact.

Pay Them

You must not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn; and again: The worker deserves his wages. — (1 Tim. 5:18)

Gillette: An Observation

If you need #Gillette to tell you to be a decent human being and treat others with respect and dignity, you aren’t going to do it anyway. You lack a moral center that no commercial can fill.

When Churches Videotape Their Acts of Largess…

It’s sickening.  And anti-Scriptural.  Evidently none of those people own a bible.

When you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win human admiration. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Matt. 6:2-4)

My Present Mood Is…

What About This Doesn’t the Government Understand?

When someone works, the wages for this are not considered as a favour but as due“. (Rom. 4:4)

A Reminder to the Self Absorbed

Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour. You have sown much and harvested little; you eat but never have enough, drink but never have your fill, put on clothes but feel no warmth. The wage-earner gets his wages only to put them in a bag with a hole in it.” 

Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour. Go up into the hills, fetch timber and rebuild the House; and I shall take pleasure in it and manifest my glory there — Yahweh says. 

The abundance you expected proved to be little. When you brought the harvest in, I blasted it. And why? – Yahweh Sabaoth declares. Because while my House lies in ruins, each of you is busy with his own house. That is why the sky has withheld the rain and the earth withheld its yield. I have called down drought on land and hills, on grain, on new wine, on olive oil and on all the produce of the ground, on humans and animals and all your labours.” ‘  (Hag. 1:5-11)

Signs of the Times

It’s Not the Church That Has Abdicated, It’s The ‘Progressive’ ‘Christians’

Just for You, Because You’re That Special to Me…

The 1580 Zurich Bible, with illustrations by Hans Holbein, just for you.

The Hunt For Dead Sea Scrolls Needs to ‘Hurry’, Say Israelis

Because “if we don’t do it now and quickly, the looters will beat us to it” is the basic argument of this report.

Curious that such a sentiment should be expressed when Israel itself is happy enough to excavate in occupied territory.  The Israelis get around this, they think, by suggesting

Qumran’s location in the West Bank, far beyond the Green Line, is of no relevance. The importance of the scrolls and the fact that archaeological activity has been ongoing in the area for more than 50 years under the aegis of the Staff Officer for Archaeology in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria resolves any question of whether it is permissible to excavate in the Northern Dead Sea area and to remove artifacts from an area that is not defined officially as being within the country’s borders.

So basically if something is important to us, we can claim the land we expect to find it on and you can’t say anything about it.  How absurd that is as an argument is plain to see.

Israel, looting Palestinian land, wants to beat the Bedouin looters to it…  So this is really a game of ‘who can loot first’.

Loot away…

Weather For the Zurich Conference

Weather at home

Weather at the Philadelphia transit point

Weather in Zurich

So it looks like weather won’t create any travel problems.  Yay.

The Film Opens Tomorrow

Incurring the Wrath of God, By Withholding Pay

You must not exploit a poor and needy wage-earner, be he one of your brothers or a foreigner resident in your community. You must pay him his wages … otherwise he may appeal to Yahweh against you, and you would incur guilt. (Deut. 24:14-15)

Fun With Luther

This is the truth: the most pious monk is the worst scoundrel. — Martin Luther

It’s true of the most pious facebook post-ers too.

“Professor,” “Dr.,” and Geography

A Primer on what to call people.

Larry Hurtado's Blog

One of the curious features of modern academia is how academic titles are used so differently in various countries.  This isn’t really a posting on early Christianity, but I thought it might be informative (or even amusing) nevertheless.

In the North American setting, practically anyone teaching courses in a college or university is a “professor”.   As in a statement such as, “All my professors in my university are good teachers.”   And the term “Dr.” functions as a way of specifically offering deference or respect to one of them.

In the UK, on the other hand (and other side of the Atlantic), “Professor” is a title conferred solely by the university or college in which one is appointed (NB:  it’s capitalized).  Formerly, the only individuals given this title were those who held “established chairs” in given subjects.  So, for example, there might be one Professor of Ancient History, the other academics…

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Today With Calvin

On this day in 1537 Calvin published his

Articles concerning the Organization of the Church and of Worship at Geneva proposed by the Ministers at the Council January 16, 1537

Which begins

Right Honourable Gentlemen: it is certain that a Church cannot be said to be well ordered and regulated unless in it the Holy Supper of our Lord is always being celebrated and frequented, and this under such good supervision that no one dare presume to present him self unless devoutly, and with genuine reverence for it. For this reason, in order to maintain the Church in its integrity, the discipline of excommunication is necessary, by which it is possible to correct those that do not wish to submit courteously and with all obedience to the Word of God. Further, it is a thing very expedient for the edification of the Church, to sing some psalms in the form of public devotions by which one may pray to God, or to sing his praise so that the hearts of all be roused and incited to make like prayers and render like praises and thanks to God with one accord. Third, it is strictly required and quite necessary for maintaining the people in purity of doctrine, that infants of tender age be so instructed that they are able to give reason for the faith, so that evangelical doctrine is not left to decay, and also that its substance be diligently maintained and transmitted from hand to hand and from father to son. Finally out of the tyranny which the! exercised in the matter of marriage and the iniquitous laws which he imposed, many controversies persist. To settle them, it would be advisable to make certain ordinances by which they may be controlled, and, if any difference of opinion arise, to take appropriate steps for composing them.

It’s a grand work, still worth reading.

Another Zwingli Film Poster