Daily Archives: 9 Apr 2019

Why Dietrich Bonhoeffer Did Not Die as a Martyr and was not A Martyr At All

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Martyrs suffer as innocents.  Criminals are punished for crimes.  Criminals are not martyrs, and martyrs are not criminals.  Criminals receive due punishment, martyrs endure undeserved punishment.

You see, there is merit if, in awareness of God, you put up with the pains of undeserved punishment;  but what glory is there in putting up with a beating after you have done something wrong? The merit in the sight of God is in putting up with it patiently when you are punished for doing your duty. This, in fact, is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps. He had done nothing wrong, and had spoken no deceit.  He was insulted and did not retaliate with insults; when he was suffering he made no threats but put his trust in the upright judge.  (1 Pet. 2:19-23)

Accordingly it is appropriate to say that Bonhoeffer suffered as a criminal, but it is inappropriate to say that Bonhoeffer suffered as a martyr.

I Already Miss Our Regular Chats

I’ve been thinking, as one does when one loses a friend, a lot about Peter Stephens today.  Here he is in February in Zurich.  Around the conference and at dinner.

The nice thing about the Christian faith is our assertion that death doesn’t have the final say over life.  I look forward to seeing him again in eternity, where his health problems are resolved.

Photos may not be re-used or reposted without my express permission.

Is it a Megachurch or an Ancient Cult? You Decide

Why did James MacDonald Give Ed Stetzer a $13,000 Car?

“Got me a 1971 Beetle,” announced Ed Stetzer on Facebook last April, adding that he and his daughter were planning to restore the classic Volkswagen car. However, what Stetzer didn’t mention was how he had obtained the car.

And now Stetzer, the executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and a contributing editor for Christianity Today, is at the center of controversy for accepting the Beetle, which Stetzer recently admitted was a gift from disgraced megachurch pastor, James MacDonald.  What’s worse, MacDonald reportedly didn’t buy the car with his own money, but instead used funds from Harvest Bible Chapel, the Chicago-area church he founded more than 30 years ago.

The story about the controversial gift was first reported on Friday morning by Dee Parsons at The Wartburg Watch. Parsons said she had been told about the gift by “some reliable folks.” But hours after she published her article, pastor and podcaster, Joe Thorn, tweeted a message he had received from Stetzer, confirming Parsons’ report.

In the message, Stetzer said he had assumed that the car had been bought with MacDonald’s personal funds. However, Stetzer said last month, “after reading some of the news stories about (Harvest’s) finances,” he contacted the church. Stetzer said that’s when he learned that Walk in the Word, MacDonald’s broadcast ministry and a sub-ministry of the church, had purchased the car. So Stetzer said he wrote a check in March to reimburse Walk in the Word for the full amount.

Everything Stetzer does is shady and driven by the bottom line for himself. It’s why he left church for Lifeway and Lifeway for Wheaton. His motto is, and always has been, ‘show me the $$$$.’   Just ask the folk of Nashville who know him best.

Stetzer and MacDonald are buddies.  And as we all know, if you show me who your friends are, I know who you are.

Nouvelles inscriptions découvertes à l’Hérodium

De récentes fouilles archéologiques menées à l’Hérodium ont mis au jour de nouvelles inscriptions.

L’Hérodium (ou Hérodion) est une forteresse-palais unique en son genre, située à une quinzaine de kilomètres au sud de Jérusalem et érigée par le célèbre roi Hérode le Grand.

Esther Eshel et moi-même vous invitons à nous rejoindre jeudi prochain, 11 avril 2019 à 12h, pour une présentation préliminaire et une discussion de ces inscriptions inédites.

Le séminaire se tiendra au Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem (CRFJ), 3 rue Shimshon.

I hope it’s livestreamed.  Via Michael Langlois.

One thing is for sure, it won’t be made up stuff like they have on the ‘History’ Channel.

The Crossley/ Fredriksen Smackdown

Details here.  And if you can’t attend in person, it should be live streamed on James’s facebook page.

This event will be a discussion of the latest book by Prof Paula Fredriksen (Boston University/Hebrew University of Jerusalem) entitled ‘When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation.’

There will also be a response by Prof James Crossley (St Mary’s University).

Paul Against the Scammers

We reject secrecy and shameful actions. We don’t use deception, and we don’t tamper with God’s word. Instead, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God by the public announcement of the truth.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are on the road to destruction.  The god of this age has blinded the minds of those who don’t have faith so they couldn’t see the light of the gospel that reveals Christ’s glory. Christ is the image of God.  We don’t preach about ourselves. Instead, we preach about Jesus Christ as Lord, and we describe ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. — (2 Cor. 4:2-5)

Signs of the Times

Bultmann Has A Message For Today’s Theology Students

Emidio Campi Remembers WP Stephens

Peter W. Stephens was one of the most distinguished scholars of the Swiss Reformation. With his death we lose yet another link that took us back to the now long departed scholarly world of men such as Gottfried W. Locher, Rudolf Pfister, Fritz Blanke, George Richard Potter, Jacques V. Pollet,  and more recently Markus Jenny, Fritz Busser, Alfred Schindler, Peter Blickle.

Peter’s  fame was initially based on his series of admirable studies on Zwingli’s theology; though he never lost interest in the first Zürich reformer in later years he worked more on Heinrich Bullinger. What linked all his work was a profound knowledge of the sources, the capacity for acute observation combined with a vivid and exemplary interest in theological issues.

Peter was a man of great warmth and friendship, as colleagues and former students can testify; almost all recall episodes of bis exceptional kindness. We have lost a wonderful scholar and a wonderful friend.

Emidio Campi