Daily Archives: 23 Mar 2019

The Monster Who Beat the Elderly Woman on the Subway Has Been Apprehended

Christianity and Sex, Parts 1-3

UPDATE:  if you haven’t seen this series yet, be sure to do it.  It’s fantastic.  It first aired two years ago and Prof. MacCulloch is in the process of turning it into a book- which should be out in 2022.

Diarmaid MacCulloch’s video series originally aired on the BBC. Now, you can watch it here.  Here’s Part Two.  And here’s Part Three.

While We Were Waiting for Mueller, Hundreds Died in Africa

Death Toll From Cyclone Idai Climbs To More Than 600

As the floodwaters from Cyclone Idai have started to recede, the death toll has risen to more than 600 across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi and is expected to continue to grow.

The storm hit the southeastern region of Africa on March 14, causing extensive damage.

During a visit to Beira, Mozambique, Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, viewed the devastation from above, and said in a statement that “the scale of this crisis is staggering.”

“Tragically, we know that the full picture of this disaster is probably even worse than it seems now,” As Sy said. “The death toll will probably rise further as more and more areas are reached and as more and more bodies are recovered.”

It’s striking how we can be distracted from things that really matter by things that don’t. Isn’t it.

Barbra Streisand is Ok With Michael Jackson’s Pedophilia

Barbra Streisand says Michael Jackson’s accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’ and his ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs’.

I’m sure her mantra is ‘love is love’ too.

Barbra Streisand is under fire for comments she made about two men accusing Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.  The legendary singer and actress said that Wade Robson and James Safechuck — whose allegations against the late King of Pop resurfaced in the recent documentary “Leaving Neverland” — “were thrilled to be there” and that what allegedly happened to them “didn’t kill them.”

Barbra Streisand approves the abuse of children. If you’re buying her records or going to her shows now, shame on you.

Truth

Thus says the LORD: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jer. 22:3)

Ghastly

A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage.

The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph’s Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper body, according to Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the Montreal Diocese.

Just ghastly.

It’s Saturday

The Bible Doesn’t Call us to Apologize, It Calls Us To Repent

Have you ever noticed that the Hebrew and Greek equivalent of our notion of ‘I’m sorry, I apologize’ is nowhere to be found in Scripture?  Or that you’ve never noticed any story in the Bible that features some character or other going to someone and saying ‘I’m sorry I did that’?  That’s because ‘apologizing’ is meaningless.  It changes nothing, it effects nothing, and it restores nothing.

Instead, Scripture calls us to repentance, which isn’t a mere feeling of sadness for some wrong done but an actual change of behavior.

If people change their behavior after they’ve done a wrong, then they’ve done the right thing.  But if they merely utter a few words and then continue to behave the same way as before, they’ve not done a single meaningful thing.

Any sorrow that doesn’t lead to real repentance is false.  No matter how much the wrongdoer may sound off with words like ‘I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to, I apologize’.  If you are really sad that you’ve hurt someone, change your behavior and don’t do it again.  Otherwise, you haven’t repented at all and you aren’t even really sorry.