Daily Archives: 17 Apr 2019

America’s True Religion: Ball

If Jesus were here today he wouldn’t have to worry about the disciples falling asleep in the garden. They would have skipped the Supper and the prayer vigil and attended a ballgame instead anyway.

False, and Stupid

Congratulations, Jodi Magness!

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of its new members for 2019. The new class of more than 200 members recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs.

Congrats, Jodi!

Nope, Jesus Wasn’t in the Notre Dame Flames

Jesus appears in these flames as much as he appears on the History Channel…

A woman has claimed she spotted the figure of Jesus Christ in the blaze which engulfed Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. Flames spread across the roof of the 850-year-old Gothic building amid extensive renovation work. But Lesley Rowan, from Alexandria in Scotland, believes she can see the holy figure among the inferno in one of the pictures taken. She told the Daily Record: “When I looked at this photo last night, I was really astounded by what I saw.

Dear Lesley, seek help.  He is not here (or on the tv).  He is risen.

Infidelity

If someone will cheat with you, they will soon cheat on you too.

Congratulations, Thomas!

News from Paris is that by a decree from the President of the French Republic, Tomas Römer has been named Chevalier in the “Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur.” The  Légion d’honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. The order is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction, that of Chevalier carrying the most prestige.

Via Jack Sasson.

God Created Mankind in His Own Image….

And man has returned the favor by creating a god in his own image too.  When the God who reveals himself in the full witness of scripture makes you ‘uncomfortable’, you turn around and make your god conform to your views. So, naturally, if you object to the notions of punishment, judgment, and the like, you have to expurgate the god you create of those attributes.

Looking down the well of the ‘divine’ rather than hearing the whole testimony of scripture usually results in people seeing their own reflection.

Truth

When Doctors are the Real Drug Pushers

Federal prosecutors are charging 60 doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals and others in connection with alleged opioid pushing and health care fraud, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

The charges came less than four months after the Justice Department dispatched experienced fraud prosecutors across hard-hit regions in Appalachia.

The cases involve more than 350,000 prescriptions for controlled substances and more than 32 million pills — the equivalent of a dose of opioids for “every man, woman and child,” across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia, said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.

Etc.

Candida Moss Debunks the ‘Christians Stole Easter From the Pagans’ Ignorance, Brilliantly

Among the rash of sensationalist stories we can expect through the season, the annual “Easter was stolen from the pagans” refrain has sprouted again just in time for Holy Week.  Don’t believe the hype.  Perhaps most misinformed theory that rolls around the Internet this time of year is that Easter was originally a celebration of the ancient Near Eastern fertility goddess Ishtar.

This idea is grounded in the shared concept of new life and similar-sounding words Easter/Ishtar. There’s no linguistic connection, however. Ishtar is Akkadian and Easter is likely to be Anglo-Saxon.  Just because words in different languages sound the same doesn’t mean they are related. In Swedish, the word “kiss” means urine.

Etc.  It’s stuff like this- brilliant stuff expressed superbly – which makes me enjoy CM so much.

Coming Soon

Etc.

Journal for the Study of Judaism: Free Issues

50 Years Journal for the Study of Judaism: 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. A new batch of 5 articles will become available every month. See the free articles available until 16 May

A Warning from HH Rowley and AT Robertson

One who made it his life’s work to interpret French literature, but who could only read it in an English translation, would not be taken seriously; yet it is remarkable how many ministers of religion week by week expound a literature that they are unable to read save in translation!” — HH Rowley

The Greek New Testament is the New Testament; all else is translation.” – AT Robertson

And there it is.  Via ANE Studies at Fuller

On April 17 Luther Wasn’t Very Bold

The first appearance Luther made at the Diet held in Worms made an impression on his Catholic opponents.  But it wasn’t a positive one.  One of the delegates wrote the Pope after the April 17th session:

The heretical “fool” entered laughing, and left despondent; that even among his sympathizers some regarded him now as a fool, others as one possessed by the Devil; while many looked upon him as a saint full of the Holy Spirit; but in any case, he had lost much of his reputation.

However, as Schaff opines

The shrewd Italian judged too hastily. On the same evening Luther recollected himself, and wrote to a friend: “I shall not retract one iota, so Christ help me.”

Luther emerged from Worms a resolved Reformer and not a trembling child.