Daily Archives: 21 Apr 2019

Theological Ignorance has Serious Consequences

Take this example:

An Ohio church has issued an apology after a video surfaced online of a youth pastor encouraging middle and high school students to spit on him, slap him and cut him with a steak knife for an Easter lesson, meant to illustrate what Jesus Christ willingly endured during his crucifixion. Obviously, parents thought the lesson went too far.

Pastor Jaddeus Dempsey of the Impact City Church in Pataskala appeared on Facebook Live to take responsibility for the lesson. “This was completely my idea. Again, I let the students know there was no repercussions whatsoever,” Dempsey said. “In fact, even several of the students felt bad afterwards, and I told them it was what I had asked them to do.”

Don’t call theological incompetents.

Even on Easter, Christians are Targeted

Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has been hit by at least two new blasts, hours after the country was struck by a series of six bombings on churches and hotels that killed at least 156 people and wounded about 400. 

The seventh explosion occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing at least two more people, police said, while an eighth blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of Colombo.

There were no further details on what was targeted, police said.

Most of the victims were killed in three churches where worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services. Three other bombings struck luxury hotels – the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La – located in the heart of Colombo, killing at least 35 foreigners.

The first explosion was reported in a church located in the capital. The other blasts followed within half an hour.

One of the churches targeted was St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. The other two were St Sebastian’s in Negombo, about 30km from the capital and another in Batticaloa, 250km east of the capital.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold an emergency meeting with the country’s top military officials of the National Security Council. He has also called for an emergency convening of the nation’s parliament on Monday.