Daily Archives: 1 Oct 2019

A Republican on the Republican in the White House

Peter Wehner writes-

“The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump, through and through. As such, it has become morally disfigured. The party finds itself deep in a dark alleyway. It can eventually find its way back. Renewal and regeneration are always possible. But that will require the Republican Party and its future leadership to repudiate much of what it now embodies. I happen to believe that this is an essential task. But it won’t be an easy one, and every day it is delayed, the harder it becomes.

“Mr. Trump’s most recent abuse of power — pressuring the Ukrainian president to do his dirty work — is the latest link in a long chain of corruption. If Republicans don’t break with the president now, after all he has done and all he is likely to do, they will pay a fearsome price generationally, demographically and, above all, morally.”

Evil

Just evil.

In a report festooned with many terrible facts, these stand out:

Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.

Evil.

Rewritten Genesis

Meanwhile, In Crazytown…

He’s Not Wrong

@EmilBrunner1  — David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian. Hence, his Origenism and universalism. Eastern Orthodoxy infects all of its theologians with the disorder of Origenism.

Since It’s ‘Marburg Colloquy’ Day, And I’m Thinking About the Meaning of the Lord’s Supper…

Let’s hear what Calvin said on the matter in 1559- 30 years after the colloquy-

The presence of Christ in the Supper we must hold to be such as neither affixes him to the element of bread, nor encloses him in bread, nor circumscribes him in any way (this would obviously detract from his celestial glory); and it must, moreover, be such as neither divests him of his just dimensions, nor dissevers him by differences of place, nor assigns to him a body of boundless dimensions, diffused through heaven and earth.

Right!

Quote of the Day

Being scolded for getting too political by people who have sold their souls to the Republican Party is . . . rich. And the whole: “Stop being political. Focus on leading people to Jesus.” The act is tired. As a Christian my goal is better & more faithful politics not no politics. – Melissa Moore

Truth.

Jennie Ebeling on Women in Archaeology

Give it a read here.

Who Are the Monsters who Use ‘Plastic Tea Bags’ Anyway?????

I’ve never even seen a plastic tea bag.

The next time you make a cup of tea, scientists say you might want to pick that paper tea bag or just go loose-leaf. If you use a plastic tea bag shards of plastic might end up in your Earl Grey or Oolong.

That’s the latest from a new study that put four different plastic tea bags to the test. Researchers removed the tea from the bag before putting it in boiling water and ended up finding just one bag released billions of what they call microplastic particles into the cup.

That’s thousands of times higher than the amount of plastic that’s been found in other kinds of food or drinks. Apparently, we already eat quite a bit of plastic as it is, enough to equal the weight of a credit card every week! At this point, scientists don’t really know how these particles could affect our health because there just haven’t been enough studies.

Plastic tea bags?????????????????????   Gross.

Why Are Some Christians More Committed to their Faith than Others?

People will never be more committed to Christ than they wish to be. And they will never be less committed to Christ than they wish to be either. People are exactly, precisely, purposefully, and intentionally only as devoted to their Christianity as they intend to be. Not an iota more or less.  Accordingly, at the end of their lives, people will have no excuse before God if they fail to live committed lives. They won’t be able to blame the Church, or the Deacons, or the Pastor, or their children, or their jobs, or anything else at all under heaven. Because each of us is, again, only as committed or as uncommitted as we each decide to be.

Robert Jeffress is a Prophet of Baal

And those who enable him are just as bad.  Including all those at First Baptist, Dallas.

First Baptist of Dallas pastor and Trump court evangelical Robert Jeffress doubled down on his warning of a “civil war like fracture” if Trump is removed from office via impeachment and conviction.

One of the CBN hosts gave him an opportunity to ratchet back his rhetoric but in Trump-like fashion, he called his analogy to the Civil War “a perfect idea.”

When the same host cited Illinois GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger’s tweet condemning the reference to the Civil War, Jeffress said:

Read the comment and if they come away with that conclusion that I’m advocating or the president’s is a civil war, then they either can’t read or are too stupid to understand what we’re saying.

Etc.  Dallas needs to do something.  Now.

He’s Not Doing Well…

CNBC poll: Trump job approval drops six net points to 37-53, the lowest approval of his presidency in CNBC polling.

The Newest Biblical Studies Carnival is Up and Running

Phil has done a great job.  Give it a read.

Marburg, 1529, And the Colloquy There Held

Huldrych Zwingli and Johannes Oecolampadius met with Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon in Marburg beginning October 1, 1529 till October 3.  They agreed on 14 of 15 points but, as everyone knows, they couldn’t come to agreement on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper.  Luther was far too ensconced in Roman Catholic theology to see with the clarity with which Zwingli saw. Consequently, Luther left the conference angry and Zwingli left depressed.

 

Walter Koehler wrote a fine essay for Zwingliana in 1930 on the colloquy which took place in Marburg at the behest of Philip.

It commences

„Um den Glauben wird der Streit gehen und um das Geheimnis des göttlichen Wirkens in uns” —• de fide erit contentio et de mysterio divinae operationis in nobis —, so schrieb im Frühjahr 1527, als das schon längst zusammengeballte Gewitter des Abendmahlsstreites zwischen Luther und Zwingli unmittelbar vor der Entladung zu stehen schien, der Süddeutsche Theobald Billikan nach Basel an Johannes Oekolampad.

They put their names on that agreement on 3 October, went home, and wrote very uncharitable things about each other.

Philip Schaff does a nice job of summarizing both the discussions and the viewpoints of the major actors.

Logos’ Free Book of the Month

Is this one.