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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

 
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Posted by on 14 May 2019 in Theology

 

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.

 
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Posted by on 14 May 2019 in Modern Culture

 

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.

 
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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

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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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.

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

 
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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.

 
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Posted by on 14 May 2019 in Church History

 

David Lincicum on School Shootings

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

 
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Posted by on 14 May 2019 in Modern Culture

 

Take a Virtual Tour of the Harvard Semitic Museum

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

 
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