Daily Archives: 7 Dec 2019

So You Have a Theology or Biblical Studies Podcast do You?

Crafting With Cat Hair

Ok now that we have come to this, the world really needs to be purged by Thanos.

A New Exhibition at The Pitts Theology Library

I’m going to this. It looks fascinating.

And That’s Why it’s Called Hypocrisy

Honest Sermons v. Dishonest Sermons

Honest sermons rightly reflect the biblical text’s own message.

Dishonest sermons distort the biblical text’s own message.

If your ‘Christian sermon’ requires you to distort the biblical text, it isn’t Christian.

Isn’t it Interesting that the ‘Woke’ Churches are in the Steepest Decline

Maybe this is one of the many reasons why.

While the ‘progressives’ thought Nadia Bolz-Weber and her sort would save the Church of the Left, events are proving that notion false.  Even after the arrival of Bolz-Weber, the ELCA is in the sharpest decline it has ever experienced.

Maybe ‘progressives’ are wrong and people aren’t looking for distorted faith.

‘Away, in a Manger…’

‘Mary, Did You Know?’

Give Me $120,000 And I’ll Duct Tape a Banana to a Wall Too…

Modern art is the playground of the rich and stupid.

Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 (£91,550) at one of North America’s most prestigious art shows, with another version of the artwork expected to sell for $150,000 (£114,460).

The prized installation, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was unveiled at the Art Basel Miami Beach on Wednesday by the Parisian contemporary art gallery Perrotin.

It is not the first time Cattelan’s work has made headlines. An infamous 18-carat lavatory, entitled “America” drew huge crowds when it went on display at New York’s Guggenheim museum in 2016. It was installed at Blenheim Palace in September but stolen just hours later.

Despite it being Cattelan’s first contribution to an art fair in 15 years, the gallery appeared taken aback by the popularity of the artist’s latest piece.

What a bunch of doofuses.

A Roundup of the Week’s Stuff

By James Spinti.  Give it a look.

‘If They Had Been of Us, They Would Have Remained With Us’: Zwingli and the Re-Baptizers

H. Wayne Pipkin’s fine essay titled  «They went out from us, for they were not of US»  Zwingli’s Judgment of the Early Anabaptists is as interesting now as it was in 1992, two decades ago.  He begins

zw941.jpgWe will never know what the Reformation would have looked like if the reformers Luther, Zwingli or Calvin had been able to carry out their reforms without controversy. As it was, the theologies and the churches that emerged were fashioned within the context of vigorous interaction with opponents on the left and right. This commonplace judgment was especially true of the reforming efforts of Zwingli, whose work was early circumscribed by energetic adversaries. Zwingli’s early program was directed against the abuses of the medieval Catholic church in Zürich. He hoped to carry out this reform thoroughly and consistently with the assistance of all the evangelical groups in the city and the region. He expected that support for his campaign would be unquestioned. It was not to be.

You’ll enjoy the entire thing. This passage is especially worth highlighting-

The literary activity of December demonstrates how lively the issues had become once again between Zwingli and his internal opponents. In a letter to Vadian, Grebel noted what he had heard of Zwingli’s activity: «Der Zwingli schribt vom gwalt. Ob er denselben kretzen werd, weiß ich nit; ist wol müglich. Er der Zwingli schribt ouch von den ufrüereren oder ufruor; darf wol unß beträffen. Sähend zuo; eß wirt etwas bringen» (this is the volume refereed to earlier today).

Grebel the Syphilitic was on a tear and he would do his best in rending Zurich to pieces had he succeeded.  Read this true gem in the archives of Zwingliana.

The Poor Go to War to Enrich The Wealthy. Why?

‪Why do we ask our poorest children to die in wars to enrich the rich further? Let the wealthy go to war and die for mammon.‬

Who Can Be Silent when Yahweh Speaks?

The lion roars: who is not afraid? Lord Yahweh has spoken: who will not preach?  From the palace roofs of Assyria and from the palace roofs of Egypt, proclaim aloud, ‘Assemble on the hills of Samaria and observe the grave disorders inside her and the acts of oppression there!’ Little they know of right conduct -declares Yahweh- who cram their palaces with violence and extortion.  This is why — Lord Yahweh says this- an enemy will soon besiege the land, he will bring down your strength and your palaces will be looted. (Amos 3:8-11)

Remembering

Quote of the Day

calvin87We must carefully notice these two things—that a knowledge of all the sciences is mere smoke, where the heavenly science of Christ is wanting; and man, with all his acuteness, is as stupid for obtaining of himself a knowledge of the mysteries of God, as an ass is unqualified for understanding musical harmonies.*

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*John Calvin, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, 1:20.

Spears to Plows… Plows to Spears…

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into bill-hooks. Nation will not lift sword against nation or ever again be trained to make war. But each man will sit under his vine and fig tree with no one to trouble him. The mouth of Yahweh Sabaoth has spoken. (Mic. 4:3-4)

And since we’ve never managed to do that, we’ll eventually get to do this instead:

Hammer your ploughshares into swords, your bill-hooks into spears; let the weakling say, ‘I am tough!’ Hurry and come, all the nations around, and assemble there! (Yahweh, send down your champions!) ‘Let the nations rouse themselves and march to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I shall sit in judgement on all the nations around. Ply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; come and tread, for the winepress is full; the vats are overflowing, so great is their wickedness!’ (Joel 4:10-13)

We seem incapable of peace. So our only future is destruction.

Truth: There is No Christian Life Apart from Christian Doctrine

Via the Dutch Calvinist.

Conference Announcement: The God Who Speaks- The Bible in Today’s World

It should be a fantastic day!  We hope you can join us.

9th January 2020
13:30 – 19:30
Newman University