Daily Archives: 17 May 2019

Pastoral Goals versus Jesus’s Goals

Most pastors today- ‘I wonder how many nominal christians I can persuade to come to my theater for the show this week.’

Jesus- go make disciples!!!

Predestined to Life or to Damnation: Whichever You Are, It’s Because God Wants You To Be

If we cannot assign any reason for his bestowing mercy on his people, but just that it so pleases him, neither can we have any reason for his reprobating others but his will. When God is said to visit in mercy or harden whom he will, men are reminded that they are not to seek for any cause beyond his will. – Calvin

Baptists and Women Preachers

Isn’t it amazing that BOTH of the missionaries who preached in foreign lands and did the most to make Baptists a missionary people and for whom our two most important mission offering drives are named, Lottie Moon & Annie Armstrong, were women.

Baptists, historically, are cool with women preaching. This present day gang of complementarians are just ignorant of Baptist history.

If Your Faith…

Is nothing more than a ‘tradition’ like any other ‘way of doing things passed down’ in your life, then it isn’t your faith, it’s your ancestors’.

Ohio’s Jim Jordan Knew All About the Abuse and Turned a Blind Eye to It

If Ohio voters can’t do better than Jordan, they are truly to be pitied.

A now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students over nearly two decades, and university officials knew what he was doing and did little to stop him, according to an investigative report released by the school Friday.

Dr. Richard Strauss committed the abuse from 1979 to 1997 — nearly his entire time at Ohio State — in episodes involving athletes from at least 16 sports, plus his work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic, the report said.

The report on Strauss, who took his life in 2005, could cost the university heavily by bolstering the lawsuits brought against it by a multitude of victims.

Jordan is one of those who knew.

Previous to Friday’s release, his accusers had alleged more than 20 school officials and staff members, including two athletic directors and a coach who is now a congressman, were aware of concerns about Strauss but didn’t stop him.  Neither that congressman, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, nor any other coaches are mentioned by name in the report.

Most of those claims are part of the lawsuits against Ohio State that are headed to mediation . They seek unspecified damages.  The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights also is examining whether Ohio State responded “promptly and equitably” to students’ complaints.  Ohio State alumni have said they complained about Strauss as early as the late 1970s, and the university had at least one documented complaint from 1995.

Again, if Ohio can’t do better than an enabler of molestation, they are of all States most to be pitied.

Beware the Gifts of the Stupid

The gift of the stupid will bring you no advantage, his eyes look for seven times as much in return.  He gives little and reviles much, he opens his mouth like the town crier, he lends today and demands payment tomorrow; he is a detestable fellow. (Sir. 20:14-15)

Signs of the Times

Quote of the Day

Edo Konrad- Israel doesn’t distinguish between Hamas & non-Hamas Palestinians when it opens fire. There is no algorithm that informs snipers whether or not the person on the other side is a “terrorist.” If someone has broken the law, you arrest them, you don’t gun them down.

The Anniversary of Julius Wellhausen’s Birth

There’s no question at all that Julius Wellhausen has been far more influential in the field of Old Testament studies than most others.    I mention him now because it was on the 17th of May in 1844 that he was born.  Today is the anniversary of his birth.

Wellhausen was born in the northern German city of Hameln on May 17, 1844. His father was a Lutheran minister; Julius was to follow in the same vocation. Wellhausen was sent to Gottingen during the period 1862-65 to study under Heinrich Ewald, a Hebraist and Old Testament scholar. However, Wellhausen and Ewald had a gradual falling out during the years 1866-70. The two quarreled over the proper interpretation of the Old Testament and about Prussian politics. Wellhausen received his Ph.D. in theology in 1870 and then taught for two years at Gottingen. In 1872, Wellhausen received a professorship at Greifswald, located on the Baltic Sea. He resigned in 1882 because he believed that his teachings were having a dire effect on theological students destined for the ministry, and because he had become a figure of controversy over his published views on the Old Testament.

There’s more here.  Of course it isn’t at all surprising that he was so influential- his initials were, after all, J.W.  Happy Wellhausen Day!