Daily Archives: 18 May 2019

Justin Amash is The Sort of GOP Congressman that the Country Needs

AAR’s Commission for the Study of Conference Uniforms

The finalist uniforms being worn by the AAR Commission for the Study of Conference Uniforms are here and the vote as to which one conference attendees will be mandated to wear at the 2019 meeting in San Diego will be chosen next week.  So be sure to cast your vote on the AAR website.

Those Who Are in Need of Excommunication

Because there are always some who hold God and his Word in contempt, who take account of neither injunction, exhortation nor remonstrance, thus requiring greater chastisement, we hold the discipline of excommunication to be a thing holy and salutary among the faithful, since truly it was instituted by our Lord with good reason. This is in order that the wicked should not by their damnable conduct corrupt the good and dishonour our Lord, and that though proud they may turn to penitence. Therefore we believe that it is expedient according to the ordinance of God that all manifest idolaters, blasphemers, murderers, thieves, lewd persons, false witnesses, sedition-mongers, quarrellers, those guilty of defamation or assault, drunkards, dissolute livers, when they have been duly admonished and if they do not make amendment, be separated from the communion of the faithful until their repentance is known.  – Calvin (The Genevan Confession)

Amen.

The Pastorate in a Pictorial Parable

“This Evangelical Prayer-Coin Grift Is What the Age of Trump Is All About”

This essay is 100% on the mark-

If you’re confused about why something is happening in America, just ask who’s making money from it. This of course applies to the presidency of Donald Trump, our fearless leader and an indubitable—if unfortunate—projection of the American id. The Rogue Outsider Tycoon Man Who Makes Business Deals might have lost $1 billion of other people’s money while branding himself a business genius, but he’s relentlessly monetizing his office now thanks to a complete disregard for ethics or conflict-of-interest concerns. He likes the attention and the power, sure, but he really likes the money.

More than that, though, his presidency persists despite the eruptions of public insanity and the felonies in office and the obvious corruption and the authoritarian onslaught against the institutions of our democracy because other people are making money. The market has mostly been strong, so Wall Street and Big Business have been happy, and then you throw in his trillion-dollar tax-cut giveaway to rich people and corporations. (What constitutional crisis? I’m on a yacht!) The lobbyists and special interests are thriving in the New Swamp—now headquartered at the Trump International Hotel, a beacon of the most brazen corruption—and must surely be enjoying this more direct model of crony capitalism.

Etc.  The fact that Falwell, Graham, Metaxas, and Jeffress along with the other grifter Evangelicals (not Christians) adore Trump is because they are as base and greedy as he is.

Quote of the Day

Even brothels display their prostitutes more discreetly and modestly dressed than their churches display those images [of the saints], which they expect to be viewed as virgins! — John Calvin

NB- You should follow Randy B. on the twitter.  He’s a delightful source of all manner of great tweets.

Something to Think About

Martin Luther: On ‘Self-Identification’

A natural donkey, which carries sacks to the mill and eats thistles, can judge you – indeed, all creatures can! For a donkey knows it is a donkey and not a cow. A stone knows it is a stone; water is water, and so on through all the creatures. But you mad asses do not know you are asses.  — Martin Luther

Politicians Are the Problem With America

Thanks, Tommy!

Truth

“There are two ways to get enough: One is to accumulate more and more, the other is to desire less.”  –  G.K. Chesterton

Another Day, Another Dead Toddler Because The Adults in His Life Left a Gun Laying Out

A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in south Kansas City and died from his injuries Friday afternoon, police said in a news release.  Police said they were called to a home in the 11300 block of Calico Drive after 12:30 p.m. in regard to the shooting. While responding to the call, police learned the child had a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital by his mother. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity has not been released.

Parents or whoever it is that leaves guns out in these cases should be prosecuted for negligent homicide.  Every single time.  Their negligence and stupidity kills kids in America every day.

Signs of the Times

Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528, The Adoration of the Magi (oil), oil on panel (100 × 114 cm) — 1504-05