Daily Archives: 5 Mar 2019

Quote of the Day

“Don’t argue with apologists. They’re trying not to learn”. — Ian Mills

Michael Servetus Celebrates Ash Wednesday…

Jerry Falwell Jr Wants Muslims to be Killed

We have now reached the point where Falwell has publicly renounced Christianity. If you admire him, support him, or defend him, you are a partner in his evil.

Lent With Minimal Effort; Or, Lent for People Who are Only Committed Christians For About a Month

Amateurs give up things for Lent that are near and dear to their hearts.

Professionals give up meaningless things in order to look holy with the smallest possible effort.

See the difference? Pick something off this list that you either hate or don’t use anyway, and now you can brag that you got a little more sanctified this Lenten season, but you didn’t even lift a finger! Nice!

1.) Google Plus – Want to give up social media, but hooked to your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts? Just give up Google Plus! You’re not missing a thing!

2.) Decaf coffee – Give up decaf coffee for Lent. Now you can post pictures of yourself drinking actual coffee and remind people how holy you are for giving up the decaf version!

3.) Hillsong – We know it’s going to be difficult, but try turning off Christian radio for the duration of Lent, so you can keep your vow not to hear any Hillsong tunes. Now you can listen to good music for a full 40 days!

4.) Pineapple pizza – This one’s easy—just eat pizza that actually tastes good for 40 days, and you’re holier in no time.

5.) Rewatching 1983’s Krull on DVD – This one might be hard for some of you, but why not give up rewatching classic sci-fi/fantasy film Krull on DVD this year? (LOOPHOLE ALERT: find the movie on a streaming service and you can still watch it, technically!)

6.) Winning a gold medal in the Olympics – When people ask why you didn’t win gold in the men’s snowboarding competition in this year’s Winter Olympics, you can tell them that you gave it up for Lent. Now you can veg out on your couch and play 1080 Snowboarding on your Nintendo 64 instead of getting some exercise. LENT STATUS: PRO.

7.) Reading your Bible – Give up reading your Bible for Lent, and you don’t even have to wake up 15 minutes early for daily devos anymore! Genius!

8.) Dating supermodels – This will make you more chaste and free up time for more sanctified activities. Make sure not to date any supermodels during Lent.

9.) Lent – Give up Lent for Lent, and you won’t even have to celebrate Lent! This option gives you the additional bonus of getting to reply “Lent!” whenever someone asks you what you’re giving up for Lent—a hilarious joke no one’s ever made before!

Now go get some ashes smeared on your face and give up something completely meaningless. Godspeed on your Lenten journey!


UPDATE:  This year, add plastic to the list!  Giving up plastic makes you both super sanctified and offers you the chance to be super sanctimonious!  All the holy kids are denouncing plastic, so join in and use paper, because it comes with no ecological strings…

Another ‘Good Guy With a Gun’… As it Were…

Perhaps the good guys with guns should learn how to use them?  Or perhaps this is just God’s judgment.

A 46-year-old man accidentally shot himself in a genital Thursday after a gun slipped from his waistband, police said.  Marion Police Department issued a news release via Facebook that said Mark Anthony Jones did not have a license for the Hi-Point 9mm gun he was carrying.

‘A genital’?  I don’t even know what that is supposed to mean.  But given the circumstances, I’m going to assume this was God’s judgment.

Jones, in the emergency room of Marion General Hospital, told police he was walking about 6:44 a.m. Thursday on a riverside trail near the Marion Girl Scout Cabin. That’s west of the Washington Street bridge over the Mississinewa River. He said when the gun began to slip from his waistband, he reached to adjust the firearm and it discharged. “The bullet entered just above his penis and exited his scrotum,” the release said. The gun was not in a holster.  Grant County prosecutors will review the case to consider possible criminal charges.

A Stunning Stat

Via Candler School of Theology, Emory University-

Jim *The Septuagintizer* Aitken is Finally on the Twitter

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The Invention of Lent

The number 40 [as the observed days of Lent] was not made up in the Latin Church until the 7th century, when the four days from Ash Wednesday to the First Sunday in Lent were added, a practice first attested by the Gelasian Sacramentary and spreading from Rome throughout the West.*

*F. L. Cross and Elizabeth A. Livingstone, eds., The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 971.

Conference Announcement: “Let me Hear Your Voice! The Song of Songs, Women and Public Discourse”

‘I am just writing to share a quick note about an upcoming conference at the University of Chicago Divinity School this June that may be of interest to SOTS members.  The conference, “Let me Hear Your Voice! The Song of Songs, Women and Public Discourse, will take place from 3-5 of June and the website is now live at https://voices.uchicago.edu/songofsongs.  The conference sessions are free and open to the public.  They will be video-recorded and posted on the website as a resource after, and an edited volume will ensue.’


#ICYMI – John Calvin: On The Superstition of Lent

I’ll happily stand with Calvin on the issue of Lent and leave those who wish to lie in the filth of the pigsty of ‘tradition’ simply for the sake of ‘tradition’ to do so.

Institutes 4.12.20 reads thusly (with particularly useful descriptions of lenten observance and observers bold-faced)

Then the superstitious observance of Lent had everywhere prevailed: for both the vulgar imagined that they thereby perform some excellent service to God, and pastors commended it as a holy imitation of Christ; though it is plain that Christ did not fast to set an example to others, but, by thus commencing the preaching of the gospel, meant to prove that his doctrine was not of men, but had come from heaven.

And it is strange how men of acute judgment could fall into this gross delusion, which so many clear reasons refute: for Christ did not fast repeatedly (which he must have done had he meant to lay down a law for an anniversary fast), but once only, when preparing for the promulgation of the gospel. Nor does he fast after the manner of men, as he would have done had he meant to invite men to imitation; he rather gives an example, by which he may raise all to admire rather than study to imitate him.

In short, the nature of his fast is not different from that which Moses observed when he received the law at the hand of the Lord (Exod. 24:18; 34:28). For, seeing that that miracle was performed in Moses to establish the law, it behoved not to be omitted in Christ, lest the gospel should seem inferior to the law. But from that day, it never occurred to any one, under pretence of imitating Moses, to set up a similar form of fast among the Israelites.

Nor did any of the holy prophets and fathers follow it, though they had inclination and zeal enough for all pious exercises; for though it is said of Elijah that he passed forty days without meat and drink (1 Kings 19:8), this was merely in order that the people might recognise that he was raised up to maintain the law, from which almost the whole of Israel had revolted.

It was therefore merely false zeal, replete with superstition, which set up a fast under the title and pretext of imitating Christ; although there was then a strange diversity in the mode of the fast, as is related by Cassiodorus in the ninth book of the History of Socrates: “The Romans,” says he, “had only three weeks, but their fast was continuous, except on the Lord’s day and the Sabbath. The Greeks and Illyrians had, some six, others seven, but the fast was at intervals. Nor did they differ less in the kind of food: some used only bread and water, others added vegetables; others had no objection to fish and fowls; others made no difference in their food.” Augustine also makes mention of this difference in his latter epistle to Januarius.

True words, Calvin.  Truly said.   Let’s see how the rabid lent-ianists like those apples.

Free Access to the Journal for the Study of Judaism

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To celebrate the 50th Volume of the Journal for the Study of #Judaism, selected articles from the past 50 Volumes will be available for free downloading during 2019.

For the free articles visit https://www2.brill.com/JSJ50

Copernicus Banned

Nicolaus Copernicus’ book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) was temporarily suspended and added to the Index of Prohibited Books in 1616. First published in Nuremberg in 1543, the book proposed that Earth and other planets orbited the Sun. At the time of its publication, Copernicus’ book had not created much controversy, however, following Galileo’s support for Copernicus’ theory, De Revolutionibus was officially banned. Copernicus, who died in 1543, would never know what controversy his work had caused. – Via CSSR

To the Uttermost…

He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb. 7:25)

Quote of the Day

“When early Christian bishops were made of gold, their crosses were made of wood. But bishops became like wood when their crosses appeared as gold.  The more that there was simplicity in the administration of the Word of God and the sacraments, the more that pastors were small and humble in the eyes of the world, and the church had fewer troubles. And who can dare to despise poverty in a faithful servant of God in the presence of the prophets, apostles, confessors and martyrs, and Jesus Christ himself—who were all poor?”  —Simon Goulart

I Think NT Wright’s Stuff Comes From Fishgut Too…

March 5, 1545

That was the day Martin Luther’s Latin works were published in a collection, with a foreword by  Luther himself.  Writes he

For a long time I strenuously resisted those who wanted my books, or more correctly my confused lucubrations, published. I did not want the labors of the ancients to be buried by my new works and the reader kept from reading them. Then, too, by God’s grace a great many systematic books now exist, among which the Loci communes of Philip excel, with which a theologian and a bishop can be beautifully and abundantly prepared to be mighty in preaching the doctrine of piety, especially since the Holy Bible itself can now be had in nearly every language. But my books, as it happened, yes, as the lack of order in which the events transpired made it necessary, are accordingly crude and disordered chaos, which is now not easy to arrange even for me.

Persuaded by these reasons, I wished that all my books were buried in perpetual oblivion, so that there might be room for better ones. But the boldness and bothersome perseverance of others daily filled my ears with complaints that it would come to pass, that if I did not permit their publication in my lifetime, men wholly ignorant of the causes and the time of the events would nevertheless most certainly publish them, and so out of one confusion many would arise. Their boldness, I say, prevailed and so I permitted them to be published. At the same time the wish and command of our most illustrious Prince, Elector, etc., John Frederick was added. He commanded, yes, compelled the printers not only to print, but to speed up the publication.

He continues on towards the end of a lengthy description of how he came to understand the papacy as a tool of Satan,

I relate these things, good reader, so that, if you are a reader of my puny works, you may keep in mind, that, as I said above, I was all alone and one of those who, as Augustine says of himself, have become proficient by writing and teaching.

I was not one of those who from nothing suddenly become the topmost, though they are nothing, neither have labored, nor been tempted, nor become experienced, but have with one look at the Scriptures exhausted their entire spirit.

It almost sounds like he’s talking about certain journalists these days, doesn’t it?  In any event, he concludes

Farewell in the Lord, reader, and pray for the growth of the Word against Satan. Strong and evil, now also very furious and savage, he knows his time is short and the kingdom of his pope is in danger. But may God confirm in us what he has accomplished and perfect his work which he began in us, to his glory, Amen. March 5, in the year 1545.

Oh Martin…


Every Emergent Church

Fun Facts From Church History: Luther’s Lectures on Psalm Two and a Post-Mortem Slam on Zwingli

7headedlutherIn 1532 Luther lectured on Psalm two on the following dates: March 5, April 9, April 16, May 27, May 28, June 8, July 5. He took his time with the text (obviously) and in the course of those lectures snidely remarked

That the kings and rulers rage against us at the present time, that Zwingli, Carlstadt, and others cause disturbances in the church, that burghers and peasants condemn the Gospel, is therefore nothing new or unusual.


Münzer stirs up an uproar in Thuringia. Carlstadt and Zwingli stir up horrible disturbances in the church when they try to persuade others that in Communion the body and blood of Christ are not received orally, but only bread and wine. Others join them, and gradually this pernicious doctrine fills France, Italy, and other nations.


“These things have happened through no fault of mine, therefore let the authors of these evils torture themselves. Not I. I shall do and I shall indeed try everything I can to alleviate these evils somewhat, but if I am unable to do so, I shall not on that account consume myself in sorrow. If one Münzer, Carlstadt, or Zwingli is not enough for Satan, he may stir up many more. I know that the nature of this kingdom is such that Satan cannot bear it. He labors with hands and feet with all his might that he may disturb the churches and oppose the Word.”

And several other times as well. That Luther lumps Zwingli with the Radicals is no surprise. What is surprising is his willingness to speak so ill of the dead. Indeed, of the dead not long dead!

Luther: he was a real jerk. (He’s been dead long enough one can say so without any twinge of guilt).