Daily Archives: 14 May 2019

Quote of the Day

The enemies of God’s church are often made to ruin themselves by helping one another. – Matthew Henry

Literally Zero Interest

I have literally zero interest in wasting time on discussions with anonymous twitter people. They aren’t even genuine enough to be themselves. How inauthentic is what they say going to be.

People… Any Excuse To Diminish Faith Will Do…

Have you ever noticed that when someone goes out to eat and they choose a restaurant and they go to that restaurant and they have a bad experience they don’t desist from thence ever to eat out?

Yet when they encounter one terrible example (or even not so terrible.  Indeed, if they meet one they simply disagree with on one or two things- one or two litmus tests) of Christianity they are ‘done with Christianity’ because ‘they are all hypocrites’?

The reason is simple- they want nothing to do with the Christian faith and any excuse to diminish it will do.

Put another way, people are looking to find something to dislike in Christianity and, believe it or not, they are happy to find it.

The Latest Essay From Biblical Archaeology Review

Scholars Now Believe The Last Supper Was Actually A Potluck

A coalition of scholars has announced that the Last Supper partaken of by Jesus and His disciples was actually a potluck.

While it was long thought that the supper was closer to a traditional Jewish Passover meal, evangelical scholars looking into the matter have determined that it was actually a bring-your-own-casserole event.

“It seems that Jesus and His disciples each agreed to bring a casserole, hot dish, or beverage,” Dr. Michael Svigel, Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary said. “It’s clear that everyone brought really unhealthy, fatty foods to the event. The Messiah passed around a sign-up sheet prior to the supper to make sure that everyone brought something.”

The claim was bolstered by the discovery of several empty casserole dishes in the upper room, as well as a simmering Crock-Pot full of questionably cooked beef, still plugged in and simmering. Archaeologists also confirmed the discovery of a pot of watered-down coffee and a big jug of watery punch. The Apostle Peter brought a delicious tuna casserole, while James and John brought their famous “Sons of Thunder chili,” according to researchers.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that Judas Iscariot snuck into the potluck without bringing anything, mumbling something about not seeing the announcement, though the event was clearly announced for weeks.

Oh wait a minute, that’s from the Babylon Bee, not BAR.  Oh well, pretty much the same thing these days anyway.

The Problem With Heretics; Or, Why People Like Falwell and Graham and Osteen and Jakes And White And the Rest Have to Be Opposed

“By far the greatest battle that Christians have to fight is that with the false brethren, and the fight is so hard because, although they are not Christians, they wish to be known as such. If they were willing to call themselves Pilates, Judases and Herods, that is, if they were willing to lay aside the name Christian, we would endure all the injuries they dared to bring upon us; war would cease and there would be peace between them and us.

Since, however, they insist on being regarded as Christians, we must fight them and in no wise suffer them to speak and do with impunity what is not befitting Christians. For we claim for ourselves through the Word the dominion over consciences, and we will not permit it to be taken from us.” —  Martin Luther

A Moratorium

Can we please have a moratorium on the ‘book travails’?   Tell us when you start a book project and tell us when you finish and tell us when it’s published. And that’s it. I do NOT CARE how many pages you wrote today.  I just DO NOT CARE.  Jeesh.  Maybe spend your time writing instead of telling us you’re writing.  For the love of God, just stop it.

Conference Announcement: The Scribe in the Biblical World

CONFERENCES: The Scribe in the Biblical World (Strasbourg, 17-19 June 2019)

This international conference focuses on the scribe’s status, training, practices, and work in the Biblical world. What was the scribe’s role in Eastern and Mediterranean societies? Were there rival scribal schools? What was their role in daily life? How many scripts and languages did they grasp? Did they master political and religious rhetoric? Did they travel or share foreign traditions, cultures, and beliefs? Were all scribes redactors, or simple copyists? What was their influence on the redaction of the Bible? How did they relate to political and religious powers? Did they have an authority of their own?

To explore these fascinating questions, we invite you to join us in Strasbourg on 17-19 June 2019 by registering here:  https://forms.gle/jcfg5rQLgtrCcj1G7. See you soon!

— Esther Eshel & Michael Langlois

Dear Zionists of The Christian Variety…

Dispensationalism is a lie. There will be no end of the world battle of Armageddon. No rapture so you escape the misery you hope takes place. The only thing your corrupt theology produces is corrupt and demonic policies. Your whole future hope is a load of unbiblical garbage.

You are an embarrassment to the great Christian faith. Please don’t talk, write, or do anything to spread your moronic ideas. You are literally the worst of people. Hatemongers and lovers of death. Go into the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels because that’s who you serve.

What Pigs Do When Someone Reads Osteen or Hagee or BAR Out Loud

Karl Barth Couldn’t Do It But Emil Brunner Did- Brilliantly

‘It’ is complete a systematic theology. Barth couldn’t manage it (probably because he spent too much time at the Bergli and its ‘distractions’) but Brunner can, could, and did.

It was on the 14th of May, 1960 that Emil Brunner published the third volume of his fantastic Dogmatics. With the publication of that impressive volume, again, Brunner achieved what Barth never managed- the completion of a systematic theology.

Brunner was the most insightful of the 20th century theologians.  His work is still very much worth reading, even 50 years after its first appearance.

And he did it all in the old fashioned way- by actually reading books and typing on paper.  With that ancient technology he accomplished more than 99% of our modern theologians with all their tools and means.  Because, it has to be said, he was a thinker and a Churchman.  Far too many modern theologians are neither.

So do yourself a favor and read a bit of Brunner’s Third today.

The Crisis of Christianity

Adolph von Harnack writes of the developing church of the second century:

There were many who did not become Christians, but, finding themselves Christians, remained so. They were too strongly impressed by Christianity to leave it, and too little impressed to be Christian indeed. Pure religious enthusiasm began to wane, old ideals received a new form, and the self reliance and responsibility of individuals grew weaker. The ‘priests and kings of God’ began to clamour for priests, and to come to terms with the kings of the earth. Those who once had prided themselves on being filled with the Spirit, no longer traced that Spirit so actively in themselves, and sought to recognise it in symbols of faith, in holy books, in mysteries, and in forms of Church order.

Christians, in sum, were less than Christian.

David Lincicum on School Shootings

Here, in the Chicago Tribune.  Give it a read.

Yeah, Martin, I Know Where You’re Coming From…

I would like to arrange matters in such a way that I do not have to return to Wittenberg. My heart has become cold, so that I do not like to be there any longer. I wish you would sell the garden and field, house and all.  Also I would like to return the big house to my Most Gracious Lord. It would be best for you to move to Zölsdorf as long as I am still living and able to help you to improve the little property with my salary.

For I hope that my Most Gracious Lord would let my salary be continued at least for one [year], that is, the last year of my life.  After my death the four elements at Wittenberg certainly will not tolerate you [there]. Therefore it would be better to do while I am alive what certainly would have to be done then.

As things are run in Wittenberg, perhaps the people there will acquire not only the dance of St. Vitus or St. John, but the dance of the beggars or the dance of Beelzebub, since they have started to bare women and maidens in front and back, and there is no one who punishes or objects.  In addition the Word of God is being mocked [there]. Away from this Sodom!  — Martin Luther

I hear ya.  More than you know, Martin.  More than you know.

Ben Sira’s Advice on Friendship

Some smart stuff from ben Sira-

6:7-10 If thou wouldst get a friend, try him before thou takest him, and do not credit him easily. For there is a friend for his own occasion, and he will not abide in the day of thy trouble. And there is a friend that turneth to enmity; and there is a friend that will disclose hatred and strife and reproaches. And there is a friend a companion at the table, and he will not abide in the day of distress.

Yup. All true.

6:14-16 A faithful friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found him, hath found a treasure. Nothing can be compared to a faithful friend, and no weight of gold and silver is able to countervail the goodness of his fidelity. A faithful friend is the medicine of life and immortality: and they that fear the Lord, shall find him.

Yup, again, all true.

12:8-9 A friend shall not be known in prosperity, and an enemy shall not be hidden in adversity. In the prosperity of a man, his enemies are grieved: and a friend is known in his adversity.

Word, Sirach, word.

37:1-2, 4-6 Every friend will say: I also am his friend: but there is a friend, that is only a friend in name. Is not this a grief even to death? But a companion and a friend shall be turned to an enemy. … There is a companion who rejoiceth with his friend in his joys, but in the time of trouble, he will be against him. There is a companion who condoleth with his friend for his belly’s sake, and he will take up a shield against enemy. Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches.

It sure happens sure enough.

True friends are hard to find. Friends for the moment are Legion.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Harvard Semitic Museum

Right here.  With thanks to Louise Hitchcock for pointing it out.

One More Time: The Best Free Bible Software

The SOTS President’s Bible (held by Barton)

Students might find this suite of bible study tools very helpful.  It’s from Tyndale house in Cambridge and is called ‘STEP’ – scripture tools for every person.  You can download the contents from http://dev.stepbible.org/downloads.jsp .