Daily Archives: 21 Jan 2019

The Most Important Statement on the Covington Catholics

“Those who defend the kids’ behavior see themselves in them. The validators want to maintain a certain superiority that rests on demeaning some human beings – it is barbaric and tribal, completely antithetical to constitutional principles.” – Kurt Richardson

Exactly.

Whose Shutdown is It?

800,000 Americans aren’t being paid and millions are being adversely affected by Donald J. Trump’s shutdown.

The Best Predictor of Future Behavior (and Present Behavior for that Matter) is Past Behavior

Don’t believe the ‘spin’ spewing from the far right defending the Covington racists.  Their past actions align perfectly with their demeaning of the Native Americans at the ‘March for Life’.  And unless they learn to be better, that behavior will continue.  Giving them a pass, or turning them into ‘victims’ only encourages them to wicked behavior in the future.

You do these kids no favor by dismissing or excusing or by outright ignoring their derisive behavior.  None.

Writing

Writing is like painting or sculpting or any other material art: you do it and you put it out in the public and you hope it isn’t terrible and someone appreciates it and enjoys it and when they do you feel satisfied and when they don’t you feel like curling up in the fetal position and you vow never to expose yourself like that again; but writing is like a fire in your bones, and you cannot keep it in…

That’s what writing is like.  Especially academic writing.

Canada’s Justice System is as bad as America’s

Read it and weep.

A former Montreal police officer who carried out a series of sex-related attacks on 10 victims while he worked for the police force has been granted permission to drive a car on his own while conditions continue to be imposed on his release from a penitentiary.

The Parole Board of Canada recently decided to remove the condition imposed on Benoît Guay after police found him in an idling car near a strip bar late one night in October 2016. The police officers who approached him would later say that Guay, now 47, appeared to be either watching a house or waiting for someone. He had difficulty explaining what he was doing and failed to inform the officers that he was a convicted serial sex offender who had been declared a long-term offender.

The incident raised alarm bells because, between May 2004 and July 2005, Guay stalked, beat and sexually assaulted women and teenagers. He would drive his car around at night looking for women or girls to attack while he was off duty. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to crimes committed against eight victims between the ages of 15 and 20. The attacks ranged in violence from uttering threats to raping a woman at knifepoint. Guay later told the Parole Board of Canada he had sexually assaulted two other women that the police did not know about. All of his crimes were committed between 10:15 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sure let him have access to more victims….  What could possibly go wrong….

Quote of the Year

“A politician thinks of the next election–a statesman of the next generation.” — James Freeman Clarke

There are no Statesmen today.

What’s on Offer 今季科目一覽

The Spring Semester offerings.

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

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From the writings of St John to Political Theology, here is a full list of all the subjects on offer at Ming Hua in the coming semester.

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In Praise of Ming Hua’s Faculty 明華教學團隊

I’m not one of the 30 somethings, but we do have an excellent faculty.

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Principal Dr Gareth Jones reflects on the vast experience and expertise of those who teach at Ming Hua.

If someone told you there was a theological college in Central where the Faculty had degrees from all over the world, had written books galore, and taught in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, what would you think of?

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Arguing With Anabaptists: On January 17, 1525

zwingli101With the appearance of the ‘re-baptizers’ in Zurich in the early 1520’s, need arose for clarification of the Reforming position.  The City Council required discussions and on the 17th of January, 1525, those discussions commenced.  As Schaff notes

At first Zwingli tried to persuade them in private conferences, but in vain. Then followed a public disputation, which took place by order of the magistracy in the council hall, Jan. 17, 1525. Grebel was opposed to it, but appeared, together with Manz and Reubli. They urged the usual arguments against infant baptism, that infants cannot understand the gospel, cannot repent and exercise faith. Zwingli answered them, and appealed chiefly to circumcision and 1 Cor. 7:14, where Paul speaks of the children of Christian parents as “holy.” He afterwards published his views in a book, “On Baptism, Rebaptism, and Infant Baptism” (May 27, 1525). Bullinger, who was present at the disputation, reports that the Anabaptists were unable to refute Zwingli’s arguments and to maintain their ground. Another disputation was held in March, and a third in November, but with no better result. The magistracy decided against them, and issued an order that infants should be baptized as heretofore, and that parents who refuse to have their children baptized should leave the city and canton with their families and goods.

And further

The Anabaptists refused to obey, and ventured on bold demonstrations. They arranged processions, and passed as preachers of repentance, in sackcloth and girdled, through the streets of Zurich, singing, praying, exhorting, abusing the old dragon (Zwingli) and his horns, and exclaiming, “Woe, woe unto Zurich!”

The Magistrates saw this as a demonstration of an anarchic spirit and they cracked down. Hard. Indeed, they were right to. The early Anabaptists weren’t peace loving Yoder-ians (although Grebel and Yoder did have in common a ‘wandering eye for the ladies’ shall we say…). They were – for all intents and purposes – anarchists bent on overthrowing not just the Church but the State. It was the political dimension of their protests which drew Government ire and resulted in the violence leveled against them. And it all started on January 17, 1525, when they rejected persuasion and determined to have it their way no matter the consequences.

Indeed, it wasn’t their view of baptism per se which caused Zwingli to disagree with their overall position.  He had written two years previously

“Although I know, as the Fathers show, that infants have been baptised occasionally from the earliest times, still it was not so universal a custom as it is now, but the common practice was as soon as they arrived at the age of reason to form them into classes for instruction in the Word of Salvation (hence they were called catechumens, i. e., persons under instruction). And after a firm faith had been implanted in their hearts and they had confessed the same with their mouth, then they were baptised. I could wish that this custom of giving instruction were revived to-day, viz., since the children are baptised so young their religious instruction might begin as soon as they come to sufficient understanding. Otherwise they suffer a great and ruinous disadvantage if they are not as well religiously instructed after baptism as the children of the ancients were before baptism, as sermons to them still preserved prove.”

It is, then, an absurdity to claim, as some wrongly do, who do not really understand the world in which these 16th century people lived, that Zwingli and his compatriots despised the Anabaptists because of their view of baptism.  That presumption is simply one based on ignorance.

The TVZ 2019 Winter Catalog

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