Daily Archives: 19 Jan 2019

Covington Catholic High School

Is doing a terrible job of fulfilling its school motto-  because the only minds they appear to be building are racist ones and the only faith they’re teaching them to live is godless and vile.

I Guess It’s Time To Remind the ‘Christians’ Out There of Something Jesus Said

“Not everyone who says to Me,`Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)

Allow me to simplify- just because you call yourself a Christian doesn’t mean you are.

Millions Are Suffering

And politicians don’t care. What a disgrace they are.

Facebook’s 10 Year Challenge…

Is simply a ploy to get you to help them with facial recognition software. They’re data mining and you’re freely giving away what they will then sell.

Covington Catholic High School: Disgraceful Students

It wasn’t just this smug racist that acted despicably it was an entire group. Covenant Catholic should be ashamed of itself and if these boys are the fruit of the moral teaching of that school it should be closed down.

Editions of Rylands Greek Papyri Online

Big news!

Variant Readings

rylands papyri vol 3The John Rylands Library contains a great collection of papyri in different languages. I’m most interested in the Greek pieces, the bulk of which were published in the first half of the twentieth century in four volumes. Digital copies of the first two volumes, edited by Arthur S. Hunt, have for some time been available at the wonderful archive.org. Volumes 3 and 4, published in 1938 and 1952 have not been available online, but I just realized that at some point late last year, the University of Manchester uploaded scans of volumes 3 and 4 (interestingly, the copies are from Princeton Theological Seminary). These volumes contain some very important Jewish and Christian manuscripts. This is a fantastic development for those of us without access to a good papyrological library. Thanks to our friends at the University of Manchester and archive.org (and PTS)! Links are here:

Rylands Greek Papyri: volume 1,

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Bruce Gordon Talks About Zwingli

Signs of the Times

‘Progressive’ ‘Christians’ and their Latest ‘Concern’

“Progressives” before Karen Pence started teaching at a Christian school- ‘meh’.

“Progressives” after Karen Pence started teaching at a cChristian school- ‘they’re hotbeds of perversity’.

The latest ‘progressive’ ‘christian’ object of rage- the Christian school.

“Progressives” don’t really care about anything or any issue. What they care about is making political hay of the most recent object of their hatred.  They’ll find something else to hate as soon as their phlegm is spent on the Christian school.

They’ve already expressed contempt for Churches, Pastors, Christian Higher Ed, now Christian elementary ed.  So next they’ll target another aspect of Christian participation.  Probably Christian Summer Camp or Christian Coffee Shops.

Quote of the Day

O infinitam Dei iram! o furorem ineffabilem! & justiciae rigorem inaestimabilem!” —  Johann Gerhard

Amen and amen.  (Via Ralph *The Melanchthonian* Keen)

Mitch McConnell

There simply is no more loathsome creature walking the political landscape than the Majority Leader of the United States Senate. You have to go back to McCarthy or McCarran to find a Senate leader who did so much damage to democratic norms and principles than this yokel from Kentucky. Trump is bad enough, but he’s just a jumped-up real-estate crook who’s in over his head. McConnell is a career politician who knows full well what he’s doing to democratic government and is doing it anyway because it gives him power, and it gives the rest of us a wingnut federal judiciary for the next 30 years. There is nothing that this president* can do that threatens McConnell’s power as much as it threatens the survival of the republic, and that’s where we are.

Read the rest.  It’s true.  McConnell truly is an evil.

The Last Attempt to Stop the Reformation In Zurich: The Anniversary of its Failure

second_zurich_dispPursuant to the order of the Council, on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19 and 20, 1524, Canon Hofmann, chief representative of the Old Party among the priesthood, met the three people’s priests, and six theologians and six councillors, in private sessions, and attempted to defend the old usages. But the commission decided that he had not made out his points from Scripture, and so the Council voted that the canons must give outward assent to the Council’s orders or leave the city.

With this last desperate attempt the Old Party closed their efforts, and there was no further formal opposition in Zurich to the Reformation. One by one, as the people were fully able to stand it, and understand it, those practices of the Old Church which Zwingli considered objectionable were removed. The saints’ days passed unobserved; the procession to Einsiedeln which had taken place annually on Monday after Pentecost (that year May 16th), and which was made much of, was permanently abolished, by order of Council, the preceding Saturday; the reliques were by similar order, June 15th, taken from the churches and reverently buried; the organs were removed and the ringing of the church bells during a tempest, even the tolling for funerals, stopped.

Masses for the dead, processions of clergy, payment for confession, blessing of palms, holy water, candles, and extreme unction, all became things of the past. The removal of the pictures, statues, images, and other ornaments from the churches was accomplished in the city between Saturday, July 2d, and Sunday, July 17th. Similar scenes took place all over the canton. The next step, and one which like the others was carefully weighed, was the abolition of the convents and monasteries in the city and canton of Zurich.*

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*Jackson, S. M., Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 223–225).