Daily Archives: 9 Sep 2019

Kerry Roberts, GOP, Wants to end Higher Education

A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he supports getting rid of higher education because he argues it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.”

Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield called for eliminating higher education while speaking about attending a recent abortion legislative hearing on his conservative radio talk show on Sept. 2.

Roberts specifically called out one activist who testified in favor of protecting abortion rights. He asserted without evidence that the woman’s beliefs were a “product of higher education” and claimed that getting rid of higher education would “save America.”

The senator did not immediately respond to a request for further elaboration.

Roberts also questioned funding higher education with tax dollars. He voted in favor of the state’s $38.5 billion budget earlier this year, which included money for colleges and universities.

The GOP is the party of the ignorant.  They literally want the populace to be ignorant.  That is the only way they will win elections.

The only people that Mr Roberts’ idea will appeal to are the ignoramuses.

The Spontaneous Evil of Racism and the Racist In the White House

His racism is reactive and spontaneous. It is who he is and it is his baseline position. In sum, he is the worst of all of us.

They’ve Found A Bauble, in a Sifting, Not in situ

yahu_sealA minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project.

In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter sealer bearing the ancient Hebrew name of a character found several times in the Hebrew Bible, Adoniyahu, literally, “The Lord is my Master.”

According to archaeologist Eli Shukron, this inscription is unique and “of utmost importance.” The role of the Royal Steward (Asher al Habayit), he said, appears several times in the Bible and is used for the highest-level minister in the royal court. For example, the title of Royal Steward was used in the Book of Genesis for Joseph’s high-powered position in Egypt.  …

Holding the seal in his hand, Shukron said, “After 2,600 years, you come and hold this bulla, which was used to seal a letter, that was sent 2,600 years ago by the highest minister in the kingdom, it’s something amazing… It makes my heart skip a beat,” he added. …

The most famous Adoniyahu occurs some 300 years before this newly attested Adoniyahu, and is a son of King David and Haggit. He is called both Adoniya and Adoniyahu.

There are two other notable Adoniyahus recounted in the Bible. One, a Levite, appears during the reign of Jehoshaphat (circa 870–849 BCE), who is recounted in Chronicles. The other noteworthy Adoniyahu is found during the rule of Nehemiah, which occurs during the Persian era of the Second Temple period circa 465-424 BCE.

What do we learn from this bauble?  Nothing.  It wasn’t found in situ.  We don’t know when it was manufactured.  We don’t know which person it refers to.  We don’t know where it originated.  We don’t learn anything from it.

It’s a bauble.

That Poor Little Boy…

This is heartbreaking.

Friends, family, and neighbors are heartbroken after a 6-year-old boy and his grandmother were shot and killed by his grandfather in a murder-suicide in Hermitage Saturday night.

Police say 64-year-old Terry Majors shot and killed his 61-year-old wife, Leigh Shea Majors, and their 6-year-old grandson, Ty Dodson, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.

The only witness to the shooting was Ty’s 4-year-old sister. who made it out unharmed and ran to the neighbors for help. Ty’s uncle, Chase Dodson tells News 2 that he believes Ty told her to run.

“It’s so hard… when those kids come into your classroom, they become your own and I can’t describe how much I love Ty,” said Tabitha Collins, Ty’s former pre-school teacher at Allen County Primary Center.

She told News 2 they called him ‘Ty the Science Guy” and that he was always helping others with big dreams of becoming a police officer when he grew up.

Ending your own life is one thing.  Ending the life of a little 6 year old boy is unforgiveable and intolerable.

Reformation of the Commonwealth: Thomas Becon and the Politics of Evangelical Change in Tudor England

So, all you souls who tell us you love Bacon, now’s your chance to prove it!

Jerry Falwell is Corrupt: The 24+ Liberty U Officials Who Are Breaking their Silence

At Liberty University, all anyone can talk about is Jerry Falwell Jr. Just not in public.

“When he does stupid stuff, people will mention it to others they consider confidants and not keep it totally secret,” a trusted adviser to Falwell, the school’s president and chancellor, told me. “But they won’t rat him out.”

That’s beginning to change.

Over the past year, Falwell, a prominent evangelical leader and supporter of President Donald Trump, has come under increasing scrutiny. News outlets have reported on business deals by Liberty University benefiting Falwell’s friends. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen claimed that he had helped Falwell clean up racy “personal” photographs.

Based on scores of new interviews and documents obtained for this article, concerns about Falwell’s behavior go well beyond that—and it’s causing longtime, loyal Liberty University officials to rapidly lose faith in him.

More than two dozen current and former high-ranking Liberty University officials and close associates of Falwell spoke to me or provided documents for this article, opening up—for the first time at an institution so intimately associated with the Falwell family—about what they’ve experienced and why they don’t think he’s the right man to lead Liberty University or serve as a figurehead in the Christian conservative movement.

In interviews over the past eight months, they depicted how Falwell and his wife, Becki, consolidated power at Liberty University and how Falwell presides over a culture of self-dealing, directing university resources into projects and real estate deals in which his friends and family have stood to make personal financial gains. Among the previously unreported revelations are Falwell’s decision to hire his son Trey’s company to manage a shopping center owned by the university, Falwell’s advocacy for loans given by the university to his friends, and Falwell’s awarding university contracts to businesses owned by his friends.

“We’re not a school; we’re a real estate hedge fund,” said a senior university official with inside knowledge of Liberty’s finances. “We’re not educating; we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to do it.”

Bold face my emphasis.  You need to read the entire report.  Falwell should be in prison.  Today.

The Task of the Translator is to Translate, Not to Interfere

I wish to know who gave you permission to cut out a number of passages from the work you were translating? You were asked to turn a Greek book into Latin, not to correct it; to draw out another man’s words, not to write a book of your own. You confess, by the fact of pruning away so much, that you did not do what you were asked.  — Jerome, to Rufinus

If you’re translating a text, and especially the Bible, your task is to translate, not interfere or offer your own views as though they were the views of the text you were translating.

Unfortunately, too many ignore this simple rule and as a consequence when you read their translation you’re only reading what they wish you to think.

This, of course, is neither honest nor right.

Fun Facts from Church History: The Condemnation of Anabaptism

limmatOn September 9, 1527, Zurich, Bern, and St. Gall published an edict, in which for the first time the alleged errors and crimes of the Anabaptist party are set forth; viz.:

  • They seduce men from the congregations of the orthodox teachers and assail the public preachers with abuse; they babble in corners, woods, and fields;
  • contract spiritual marriages, thereby giving occasion for adulteries;
  • even command crime in the name of the Lord, e. g., the parricide at St. Gall;
  • glory in divine revelations and miracles;
  • teach that the Devil will be saved, and that in their church one could indulge lust without crime;
  • had other signs of the covenant aside from catabaptism;
  • would not carry swords;
  • pronounced usury and the lot wicked;
  • would have all external goods common and deposited in the midst of them, so that no one could use them as his own peculiar right;
  • forbade Christians to accept the magistracy or to say an oath was proper.

In order that this growth, dangerous to Christianity, wicked, harmful, turbulent, seditious, may be eradicated, we have thus decreed: if any one is suspected of catabaptism he is to be warned by the magistracy to leave off, under penalty of the designated punishment. Individuals as the civil contract obliges should inform upon those favourable to catabaptism. Whoever shall not fit his conduct to this dissuasion is liable to punishment according to the sentence of the magistracy and as special business; teachers, baptising preachers, itinerants and leaders of conventicles, or those previously released from prison and who have sworn to desist from such things, are to be drowned.

Foreigners, their faith being pledged, are to be driven out, if they return are to be drowned. No one is allowed to secede from the Church and absent himself from the Holy Supper. Men led into the error by fraud may receive a mitigation of their punishment in proportion to their property and standing. Whoever flees from one jurisdiction to another shall be banished or given up on demand.”*

Never was the power of execution ceded from the magistracy to the clergy.  Or, to put it another way, not one single heretic was executed by any member of the clergy (and that includes Calvin and Zwingli and Luther).  Ever.  Heretics were executed by the secular authorities and never did it happen otherwise.

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 259–261.

Honest Latin Mottoes for Your Overrated University

Enjoy these gems and many others:

In reliquum tempus aere distrahi
“Torn asunder by debt for the rest of your life”

Pro scientia inutili
“For useless knowledge”

Quo plus cerevisiae, eo minus memoriae
“The more beer, the fewer the memories”

Dormire totum diem in cubiculo
“Sleeping all day in the dorms”

Se magis otio quam eruditioni tradere
“Dedicating oneself more to leisure than learning”

Enjoy this Video Showing George Will Eviscerate Mike Pence

Happy New Year! 新年快樂

Our new semester begins today!

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Principal Dr Gareth Jones

I have said it many times but it is worth repeating: September is really Ming Hua’s new year celebration, as we welcome new postulants, new lay students, and new Faculty and staff to the College!

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