Daily Archives: 4 Jun 2019

Signs of the Times

Theological Clarity

Of all people it is theologians who should be very careful about the words and phrases that they use.  Clarity and specificity are critical.  Otherwise heresy erupts.

If You Want Something Done, You Have to Do It Yourself

The Franklin Graham Translation of Timothy

“I urge, then, first of all, that fawning, bootlicking, endorsements, and the hijacking of church services be made for kings and politicians, that they may win many re-elections. This is good, and pleases Nero our Caesar.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, Franklin Graham Translation)

Via Imperialist St Paul, on twitter.

Franklin Graham Shows, Again, that He Is Not a Christian

Christians are loathe to make declarations of their will.  Graham isn’t.  Because for Graham ‘your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ is meaningless.  For Graham, ‘my will be imposed on all’ is the aim. And that makes him a tyrant, not a Christian.

Furthermore, were Graham at all familiar with Scripture he would know how utterly inappropriate this demand is.  Scripture declares

Well now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow, we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and make some money.’  You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears. Instead of this, you should say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or that.’  But as it is, how boastful and loud — mouthed you are! Boasting of this kind is always wrong.  Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and does not do it commits a sin. (Jas. 4:13-17)

For No Reason In Particular

That’s the Zurich printer Froschauer; the Hebraist Leo Jud; and the first chapter of Genesis from the Zurich Bible.

Tyndale Fellowship Conference Plenary Lectures

24-28 June 2019

The Tyndale Fellowship Conference is an opportunity to engage in current developments and discussions in biblical and theological research. The conference brings together seven discipline-based study groups, each of which presents a plenary lecture which is open to the public.

This year’s plenary lectures will be held at Wolfson College, Cambridge. They do not require a conference registration to attend, and are open to all.

The schedule is available here.  Here are a few of the highlights-


2:30pm (Lee Seng Tee Hall)

Dr Matthieu Richelle – Biblical Archaeology –  “Literacy in Ancient Israel and the Writing of the Bible”

7:30pm (Lee Send Tee Hall)

Dr Katharine Dell – Old Testament – “A Wise Man Reflecting on Wisdom: Qoheleth / Ecclesiastes”

This Week’s Dilly Winner

No you aren’t.  No he isn’t.  So here’s your Dilly!

False Christians

False Christians that boast of the Gospel, and yet do bring no good fruits, are like the clouds without rain, wherewith the whole element is overshadowed, gloomy and darkened, and yet no rain falleth from them to fructify the ground: even so, many Christians pretend great sanctity and holiness, but they have neither faith towards God, nor love towards their neighbour. – Martin Luther

Be Sure to Tend Your Fussy Academic… So It Doesn’t Pitch a Tantrum

Remember, academics are frequently in need of affirmation and attention.  If they don’t get it, they get fussy.

This is How Foolish People Have Become

Small wonder that academics are so widely despised.

Dodgeball isn’t just problematic, it’s an unethical tool of ‘oppression’: researchers.

Go forth, academics, to your justifiable mocking.


Self love often manifests as self loathing. Both aim at egocentric attention.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Establishment of the Reformation in Geneva

genevaFrom the first establishment of the Reformation in Geneva, the observance of all holidays, with the single exception of the Christian Sabbath, was abolished. This cannot be imputed to any indifference to either prayers or preaching. Besides the ordinary hours of public worship, there was a sermon appointed every Lord’s Day at four o’clock in the morning for servants.

The establishment of the Reformation was accompanied by laws against vice and profaneness. Proclamation was made against whoredom and blasphemy, and innkeepers were prohibited from allowing profane swearing, or playing at cards or dice, and from giving drink to any person during sermon, especially on Sunday, or after nine o’clock at night.

Amy Cortet, the lieutenant of the city, was confined for three days on bread and water, and afterwards deprived of his office, for keeping a concubine.*

There ya go!  Oh for the good old days (except for the 4 in the morning sermon… not a duty I’d enjoy).

*The Early Years of John Calvin (p. 170).

Quote of the Day

Can there be a stronger incentive to holiness than, “Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself.” ~ Calvin

Still True

“Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26