I know about your behaviour: how you are reputed to be alive and yet are dead. Wake up; put some resolve into what little vigour you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice anything in your behaviour that my God could possibly call perfect; remember how you first heard the message. Hold on to that. Repent! If you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief, and you will have no idea at what hour I shall come upon you. (Rev. 3:1-3)

James Crossley’s Lecture on the Bible and the Peasants’ Revolt is Available Online

The podcast of the Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture on the Bible in the Peasants’ Revolt and its reception in English politics by CSSSB’s James Crossley is now available.  Here.

The 2019 Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture was held on Wednesday 29 May 2019. The lecture titled ‘From the Peasants’ Revolt to Jeremy Corbyn – The Fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition’ was delivered by Professor James Crossley.

The presentation slides can be viewed online here.

Jerry Falwell Hacks off the Ear of a Trump Critic

The Bee reports

According to sources at Liberty University, school president Jerry Falwell, Jr. hacked the ear off a man who said a few words criticizing Donald Trump.

Falwell Jr. had emerged from DeMoss Hall on the Liberty University campus when he overheard a faculty member saying he didn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies.

“I’m not saying everything he does is bad,” the professor of ethics said. “He’s definitely done some good for our nation. But some of his policies don’t seem 100% in line with either Christian or conservative values, and it’s disconcerting to me how many people support everything he does without question.”

Unable to stand it any longer, Liberty University’s president whipped out a “massive katana” he keeps on his person for just such an occasion and struck the man, cutting off his ear.

Just then, according to witnesses, Donald Trump himself appeared “miraculously, as if he had just materialized.” He gently reached out and stayed Falwell, Jr.’s hand from hacking the man to pieces.

“Put your sword back in its sheath,” Trump said calmly. “I have come to save this nation, and shall I not suffer criticism as I make America great again?” Trump then reached down, picked up the professor’s ear, handed it back to him, and told him he hopes he has health insurance “because that’s gonna cost a ton to get fixed, believe me.”

“I should have gone for the head,” Falwell, Jr. muttered later, according to sources.

It’s probably going to happen eventually, as big a sycophant as Falwell is.

Reminder: Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

May 27-29, 2020, the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity will take place in Aarhus, hosted by the University of Aarhus.

Introduction — The European reformations meant major changes in theology, religion, and everyday life. Some changes were immediate and visible in a number of countries: monasteries were dissolved, new liturgies were introduced, and married pastors were ordained, other more hidden. Theologically, as well as practically the position of the church in the society changed dramatically, but differently according to confession and political differences.


If They Won’t Take the Cure, They Don’t Need a Physician

God takes not pleasure in the death of sinners, but rather that they return and live. But men take such pleasure in sin that they will die before they will return. The Lord Jesus was content to be their physician, and has provided them a sufficient plaster of His own blood: but if men make light of it, and will not apply it, what wonder if they perish after all?  — RICHARD BAXTER

#ICYMI- The Bee Stings The SBC’s Adoration of the Amendment

The Second Amendment, that is.

After a long, drawn-out internal battle, the Southern Baptist Convention narrowly voted to affirm the inerrancy of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution at a special meeting called to settle the matter once and for all, sources confirmed Tuesday.

“The heart and soul of biblical Christianity is contained in the doctrine of the inerrancy and inspiration of the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” SBC President Steve Gaines said. “By choosing to affirm the verbal plenary inspiration of our right to bear arms as spelled out in the Constitution, Southern Baptists have ensured the spiritual vitality and endurance of its member churches.”

Gaines also said that churches that consider the Second Amendment as fallible are “chaff” destined to fade away as they continued to compromise core biblical beliefs like the necessity of owning a large and varied arsenal of weaponry, “and so they will fall into irrelevance.”

Many will rejoice that the great Idol is justly venerated…

Fun Facts From Church History: The Caroli Affair

calvin_bookAt the conclusion of the whole sordid affair (about which you can read in Schaff’s history),

Caroli was deprived of his functions by the synod. The great council of Berne confirmed this sentence; pronounced Farel, Calvin, and Viret innocent of the charges brought against them; condemned Caroli to banishment as guilty of slander and other excesses; and remitted the cause to the consistory to be formally terminated.

As the presumptuous doctor was unwilling to submit to that authority, the parties were summoned before the civil magistrates (avoyers) and the councils. Calvin, Farel, and Viret accordingly presented themselves, June 6, but Caroli did not appear.

An usher, sent by the lords of Berne to seek him, brought word that he had disappeared. He had in fact fled early in the morning, and had taken the road to Soleure. From that place he withdrew into France, to the cardinal of Tournon, the great enemy of the Reformation.

The latter obtained absolution for Caroli from the pope. The wretched man had hoped that, by returning into the Roman Church, he should get a good benefice; but he found that he was held in equal contempt by Catholics and Protestants.

To close the affair, it was agreed to approve the terms Trinity, substance, and persons (Calvin himself had made use of them); but at the same time that if any pious man declined to employ them, ‘he should not be cast out of the Church, nor should be looked on as one who thought wrongly as to the faith.’

And then this very interesting remark in our author-

This episode in Calvin’s life shows us not only his firm attachment to the truth, which everyone acknowledges, but likewise a spirit of freedom which is ordinarily denied to him. It is clear that with him the Word of God stood before all, and that the faith, the life, and essence of Christianity had more value in his eyes than mere traditional terms, which are not to be found in the Scriptures.*

*History of the reformation in Europe in the time of Calvin (Vol. 6, pp. 383–384).