Daily Archives: 12 Mar 2019

Quote of the Week

The more I learn about some of these generic evangelical cool-pastor instachurches the more disturbed I am. Many of these things are not just benign, less-than-ideal churches. Many are cynical schemes for enriching and aggrandizing shysters. – A Calvinist

He’s right.

‘Elite’? Meh. If you Accept Bribes, You Aren’t Elite at All, Are You Precious

Let’s be honest- we can’t and shouldn’t use the phrase ‘top colleges’ or the phrase ‘elite university’ of any institution that accepts bribes to admit less than stellar students.   Stop calling Harvard and Yale  and the rest of the bribe-ees ‘elite’ because they just aren’t, are they.

Quote of the Year

“Amazing that those kids were brought up with all of the privilege in the world and still needed a criminal fraud scheme to get into the top colleges”. –  Matt Rogers

How Leanne, The Woman Who Was Scratched By A Panther, is Every Exvangelical

A woman who was attacked by a jaguar at a zoo in Arizona has insisted that she has learned her lesson after leaning over the barrier – but advised the zoo to review their safety standards.

Pay attention to what she says- she learned her lesson, but the zoo….  That is, it’s really the zoo’s fault that she got too close to the panther.

Only identified as Leanne, she has spoken out for the first time, saying that the big cat took a swipe at her arm when she leaned through the safety fence, and put her arm in front of it with her camera.

Speaking to CBS News, she said: “The black jaguar was up against the fence we happened to be walking by and said ‘hey, let’s get some good pictures’.

“I was in the wrong for leaning over the barrier, but I think the zoo should consider moving their fence back.”

No, Leanne, the zoo doesn’t need to move the fence, you need to abandon your sense of entitlement and your belief that instead of abiding by rules as they exist, rules must be changed to accommodate themselves to you.

Leanne is every exvangelical.  ‘Change the rules to what I want them to be and I’ll abide by them.  If you don’t, I’ll just do something stupid and then blame you for my doing it and leave in a huff’.

If ever there were an exvangelical parable, this is it.

Quote of the Day

“Prayer is not the flare gun of the desperate or room service for the indulgent. It is the confidence of the adopted.” — Sam Allberry

50 Rich Folk Arrested for Bribing Universities to Admit their Kids…

Good grief.   I hope they arrest the college admissions officers who took the bribes too.

Actresses and chief executives are among 50 people arrested in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday.

Those indicted allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

Meanwhile, people who aren’t rich have to depend on luck and merit…  The system is stacked in favor of the wealthy and colleges are aiding and abetting it.  Vile reprobates.

Half a shekel and 2 unlikely messiahs

You MUST read this post.

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

Students of religion and politics have had a mountain of material to consider recently. One particularly notable theme is the use of Christian/biblical language by the Trump administration and its supporters.

One noteworthy example emerged in the spring of 2017 when allusions to Donald Trump as a messianic figure began to circulate both mainstream and social media. For many, this appeared strange and provocative language. Within Christian tradition, the Hebrew word ‘messiah’ (מָשִׁיחַ – mashiach) , which literally means ‘anointed’ or ‘anointed one’ (rendered in Greek as χριστός – christos), has primarily come to denote the specific figure of Jesus Christ, with its allied associations of sonship, moral perfection and divinity. Consequently, any attempts to attribute messianic status to Donald Trump could be viewed as inappropriate and even blasphemous. Nevertheless, certain religious groups have continued to refer to him in this way. This is particularly interesting as it…

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Safety

I long for the day that we treat gun manufacturers like we do airlines.

Today in Church History: The Publication of the Second Helvetic Confession

Schaff remarks

second helvetic[The Second Helvetic Confession, written by Bullinger] was published at Zuerich, March 12, 1566, in both [German and Latin], at public expense, and was forwarded to the Elector of the Palatinate and to Philip of Hesse. A French translation appeared soon afterwards in Geneva under the care of Beza.

Happy birthday to the greatest of the Swiss Confessions.

Martin Luther: On Those Ignoramuses Troubled By The Differences in the Gospels

A Christian man should not be troubled at all that Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, etc., describe Christ differently, since we see that they agree in the main thing. And what an injustice it would be to demand that they all write everything about the same subject in the same way and with the same words!

How many have there ever been and are there today who write and teach on the one wretched subject of grammar? And yet none of them agrees with another except in this main point: that they are teaching how to write and speak in Latin or Greek. Why do we not accuse Virgil for not describing the Trojan War in the same form as Homer? Why should we not harass all the poets and rhetors who write so differently on one and the same theme, even if they are pursuing the same end?

Is it only the Christian religion that we shall reduce to a state in which each of its writers is forced to write everything in the same way, as the fable is told about the agreement of the Seventy Translators?

Hence those who are offended by the diversity and variety of the writers about the Christian religion are either utterly wicked or very ignorant, for there is no diversity or conflict among them concerning the main thing, but rather the most beautiful and pleasant agreement. – Martin Luther

Let those who have ears, hear.

Happy Birthiversary, World Wide Web

The Church Business Meeting

When Augustine Preached Too Long…

Augustine nearing the end of what was probably an hour+ sermon: “If I have burdened and wearied you, put up with it, for this sermon has been hard work for me too.” – Via the twiiter