Category Archives: Modern Culture

The Bandwagon Buffoons

The buffoons acting like everyone in the SBC is as vile as Paige Patterson are the same people who insist that all Muslims aren’t bad because a few are terrorists. They don’t care about victims, they just want to jump on the hate bandwagon against a soft target. They are vile hypocrites.

The Humiliation of the SBC

By and large Mohler is right in his analysis, though of course he’s wrong about a couple of things.  But the whole is worth a read.  

Noteworthy are these:

This is exactly what those who opposed the Conservative Resurgence warned would happen. They claimed that the effort to recover the denomination theologically was just a disguised move to capture the denomination for a new set of power-hungry leaders. I know that was not true. I must insist that this was not true. But, it sure looks like their prophecies had some merit after all. 

Yup.  And Paige Patterson chief among them.

The #MeToo moment has come to American evangelicals. This moment has come to some of my friends and brothers in Christ. This moment has come to me, and I am called to deal with it as a Christian, as a minister of the Gospel, as a seminary and college president, and as a public leader. I pray that I will lead rightly.

In Romans 1:18 we are told: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”

This is just a foretaste of the wrath of God poured out. This moment requires the very best of us. The Southern Baptist Convention is on trial and our public credibility is at stake. May God have mercy on us all.

Yup.  And so maybe political manipulation should have no place here.

Invitations

I’d invite you guys to bible study tonight but I know two things: if you have to be invited, you aren’t coming anyway; and if you wanted to come, you wouldn’t have to be invited.

Quote of the Day

“Patriotism isn’t about making everyone stand and salute the flag.Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.”  –  Jason Kander

So, Patheos Removed Throckmorton But Hosts Driscoll…

How odd.  Except it isn’t because Patheos is all about the money and they figure the heretic Driscoll will draw more ad traffic than truth seeker Throckmorton.

By the by, Patheos emailed an invitation to blog there a few years back.  I declined.

I Want to Follow An Icelander… I Really Do…

But I fear

This Made Me Laugh

I like that duck-

The Lava Flow

Via the Facebook-

We Need A Purging…

‪Nothing would serve Christianity better in America than a real persecution where Christians were really killed. It would empty the churches of the frauds that now fill them and purify the community of faith like purging by fire. Short of that the church will continue to be defiled and watered down by the filthy leaven now corrupting it.

Or Christians could repent their indolence, godlessness, and worldliness…   I know, right?  Like that will happen.

The ‘Interlinear-ization’ of Academia

Why are so many scholars more interested in finding shortcuts to knowledge rather than just digging in and doing the hard work? Why do some seem to want to make use of an Idiot’s Guide to whatever? Why has scholarship been ‘interlinear-ized’?

Paige Patterson is Out at SWBTS

One word: good.

Jonathan Merritt- After weeks of controversy, Paige Patterson is out at @swbts. Critics will be upset that the board named him President Emeritus, which may feel like a honor for a man who is departing under such a dark cloud.

I don’t care how they placate him: he’s gone.

A Festschrit For a Worthy Scholar

Here.

New publication at Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the R5AS Series: From Wittenberg to the World. Essays on the Reformation and its Legacy in Honor of Robert Kolb, Charles Arand/Erik H. Herrmann/Daniel L. Mattson (eds.).

The book honours the Rev. Dr. Robert A Kolb, retired Director of the Institute for Mission Studies and Missions Professor in systematic theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and perhaps the leading authority on the development of “Wittenberg Theology” in the English-speaking world. At the same time, his teaching and writing, which continues without flagging, has emphasized the importance of translating and retranslating the historic Lutheran faith in terms that address contemporary issues and contemporary people. In this volume, colleagues and co-workers address and push forward Kolb insights into the history of the Reformation era and on the impact of those Reformation issues (and quarrels) on the life of the church in the world today.

With contributions by Charles Arand, L’ubomir Batka, Amy Nelson Burnett, Irene Dingel, Mary Jane Haemig, Scott Hendrix, Erik Herrmann, Werner Klän, David Lumpp, Mark Mattes, Daniel Mattson, Richard Muller, Paul Robinson, Robert Rosin, and Timothy Wengert.

See the contents here.

Isaiah 5:14

It’s happening here.

What Do You Do To Keep Up With The Languages You’ve Learned?

For my part my long standing practice has been to read three chapters of the Bible in one language, and one chapter in another, and one in a third.

So, taking today as an example – 3 chapters in German, 1 in Greek and 1 in Hebrew.

Yesterday I read 3 in Greek, 1 in Latin, and 1 in German.

Tomorrow I’ll read 3 in Hebrew, 1 in Greek, and 1 in German.

So, along with other stuff I read in German or Latin I always read 5 chapters of the Bible in a random mix.

What do you do to keep your language skills up? Thanks for sharing! I really am interested.

RNS Is Acting Despicably

They’ve run this headline:

RNS, can you not do better than this? If you don’t realize that Patterson doesn’t speak for the SBC or represent the views of everyone in the SBC, as your headline implies, you should shut down. This is a disgrace intended to slander every southern baptist and I find it despicable.

Republicans Love the Bible, Except the Parts That Describe Christian Practice

Via The Bee- 

MOBILE, AL—According to sources close to local Christian man Evan Patterson, the believer was “deeply troubled” by his morning devotional time in the Book of Acts after reading about how much the members of the early church shared with one another.

Patterson was reportedly “confused and a little offended” by how often the book of Acts seemed to suggest that believers share their material possessions with one another, “like some kind of weird hippie commune.”

“They were all together and had everything in common? They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had in need? Hoo boy—I’m just not sure that kind of radical sharing is a biblical concept,” he muttered as he frantically flipped through the rest of the book to see if the early church was condemned for its “socialist leanings.”

“Surely there’s something in here about setting boundaries for yourself and living a mostly self-centered life of material acquisition, with the occasional donation to a church or charity to assuage one’s guilt,” he added as he continued searching the New Testament for something that supported living a materialistic lifestyle. “Any second now, I’ll find something.”

At publishing time, Patterson had reported he would simply be removing Acts from his Bible altogether.

Impeached For What, From What??

Do you ever look at someone and wonder how they even found their way put of bed? That’s how I look at someone like Mr Wohl. The level of ignorance is stunning.

Bakers Need to Go to College and Learn Something… Or At Least Get Their Minds out of the Gutter

This is ABSURD.

Supermarket censors ‘Summa Cum Laude’ from graduation cake:  A Publix grocery store in Charleston, S.C., censored the words “Summa Cum Laude” on a graduation cake after its online ordering system flagged it for profanity.
Profanity… because someone ignorant doesn’t know what ‘cum’ means.  So for those of you who don’t know, ‘cum’ means ‘with’.  You daft loons.

Signs of the Times, in 1968…

Things never change-

Dear Young Theologians…

Pride and hubris are inappropriate for your field of endeavor.  Grandiose claims about this or that thinker or system aren’t your proper attire because familiarity only comes with time and hard work.

You aren’t a Barthian simply because you’ve read three of Barth’s books.  You’re a Barthian when you’ve read Barth in his fullness AND taken the time to digest and appropriate his ideas.  AND after comparing him to various of his peers.

The same goes for Tillich or Moltmann or Pannenberg.  And Brunner.

In sum, stop pretending you know more about theology than you actually do and instead do the hard work of reading immense amounts and processing all of it and thereby become a theologian by practice.

When a 20 something says that Tillich was a man before his time the only thing you can do is laugh at the silly hubris and simplemindedness of the inexperienced thinker’s unfounded claim.

Young theologians, don’t make yourselves into absurdities via pride.  Get to work.