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Quote of the Day

In prosperity you cannot always tell a true friend, but in adversity you cannot mistake an enemy. (Sir. 12:8)

 
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Posted by on 15 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

It’s Called Apartheid…

Or at least that’s what the US government would call it if it were happening anywhere but Israel.  Regardless, it is apartheid.

 
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Posted by on 15 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Sad News: Ephraim Stern’s Passing

May he rest in peace.

 
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Posted by on 15 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Elon Musk: The More You Know About the Guy, The Less Charming He Seems

Elon Musk Didn’t Help Save The Thai Boys. Now He’s Attacking Someone Who Did.

This is pretty remarkable.

Elon Musk is attacking a diver who helped rescue a group of teenage boys from a Thai cave last week after the rescuer criticized Musk’s mini submarine, which he designed to help with the mission.

Musk is very petty. There seems to be a lot of that going around these days.  Seems that those who can’t, demean, and those who can, do.

 
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Posted by on 15 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

I Thought About Removing It…

But I’m not going to for one simple reason: the manipulative tyrants depend on silence to succeed.  They deserve to have the spotlight shined on them so that when they attempt to do to others what they’ve attempted to do to one, those others know who they are in advance.

 
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Posted by on 15 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Tom Bolin: A Vile Backstabbing Wretch

Here’s the kind of stuff the angry little toad does when he’s hell bent to ‘get you’. He also writes editors and tries to get you removed from editorial boards. Sad Tom, it didn’t work then and it won’t work now. But keep trying.

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You’re the only one who doesn’t understand what posts are about. But do keep up your campaign.  It’s funny as all get out and you’re exposing yourself as the little small minded tyrant and manipulator we all know you to be.

 
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Posted by on 15 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Wrong

For many reasons but primarily because it is an utter misreading of the text and a distortion of history. It is eisegesis on the basis of current events. Nothing more.

 
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Posted by on 14 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

A Primer for the Media and The Press and News Services On the Organization of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

There’s a lot of ignorance out there in talking head reporter land when it comes to the SBC- so allow me to offer a brief primer on SBC polity and organization:

  • Each SBC Church is independent.  It reports to no one, and is accountable to no other body.
  • Each SBC Local Association is independent.  It reports to no one, and is accountable to no other body.
  • Each SBC State Convention is independent.  It reports to no one, and is accountable to no other body.
  • The President of the SBC is powerless.  He is a figure head, the winner of a popularity contest, nothing more.
  • No Church in the SBC reports to any other entity of the SBC.
  • The Messengers at local, state, and national Conventions are there to do the business of the local, state, or national Convention and nothing else.
  • No action by any local, state or national Convention is binding on any other local, state, or national Convention nor are any actions binding on any SBC Church, at all, ever.
  • Persons employed by various SBC churches, organizations, and entities are answerable only to and strictly to their immediate employer and no one else.
  • We have no Pope.  We have no governing board.  We have no oversight committee.  We have no formal contract with other entities.  We are utterly, completely, pathologically independent each and all individually and in our parts.
  • No one tells anyone else what to do, in other words.  And if they did, no one would listen.

That, for good or ill, is how the SBC works.  So when you make statements like ‘The President of the Convention should have said something to the International Mission Board about employee X’ you betray your utter ignorance of the SBC and its polity.  Please check with someone before making false statements to the public and fools of yourselves.

 
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Posted by on 14 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Study: Average American Now Complains More In A Week Than People Living Through The Black Plague Did Their Entire Lives

Demonstrating just how bad modern life has gotten, surveys now show that the average American today complains more in a week than people living during the black plague complained throughout their entire 30-year life span.

“There’s just so much more going wrong now,” said Karen Maxwell, a college student. “Things were just much simpler during the Black Death. All they had to deal with was squalor, starvation, and the constant threat of disease. Nowadays we have microaggressions, student debt, gluten, unequal pay for women, GMOs, problematic things like Scarlett Johansson playing a transgender man. The list just goes on and on. So it’s no wonder we complain more.”

“It just makes sense,” she added before going back to using her smartphone, a device that would have seemed like dark magic to people living just a hundred years ago.

Studies backup Maxwell, as there are recorded only a handful of common complaints from the 14th century such as large boils, lack of food, and everyone dying. In the present day, though, there are thousands of things people complain about daily — poor cell service, traffic jams, unripe avocados, obesity, favorite TV shows being canceled — problems no one six hundred years ago had to deal with at all.

“It’s just a miserable time to live in,” Troy Walker said while eating a burrito in an air conditioned food court, something that would probably confuse and scare a 14th century European. “All the disease back in the 1300s sounds bad, but at least they didn’t have high health care costs from it since they didn’t have health care. And look how we’re being exploited by capitalism.” Walker pointed to his iPhone. “But in plague-ridden Europe, most people had pretty much nothing, so they didn’t have to worry about that.”

True.

 
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Posted by on 13 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Signs of the Times

 
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Posted by on 13 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Reasons I Don’t Take a Shower

@ConnectCatholic tweets “A priest in Ireland got tired of listening to people explain why they don’t go to mass on Sundays. He wrote this in the bulletin.”

 
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Posted by on 13 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Sound Familiar?

And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.‘” (Rev. 3:14-22)

 
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Posted by on 13 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 
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Posted by on 12 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Rules to Live By

Via Kara Slade-

 
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Posted by on 12 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

What Are the Worst English Translations of the Bible?

  1. The Message – Eugene Peterson
  2. The Living Bible- Kenneth Taylor
  3. The Kingdom New Testament – NT Wright
  4. The New Testament – David Bentley Hart

All are absolute Dreck, and absolutely useless for either devotional reading or study of any kind.  You’re better off not reading the text at all if you’re reduced to the dank cave of moldy grossness you’ll find yourself in when you dive into the theological cesspool that those volumes are.

 
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Posted by on 12 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

This is What the GOP Has Become

Vern Buchanan bought yacht after voting for House version of GOP tax bill

A recently filed financial disclosure shows U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan celebrated passing the House version of the Republican tax bill in quite the lavish way. According to the disclosure, Buchanan spent between $1 million and $5 million purchasing an Ocean Alexander yacht on Nov. 16, 2017, the same day he joined 226 other Republicans and no Democrats in voting for the first draft of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”  The final tax bill passed Congress on Dec. 20 and was signed into law by President Donald Trump two days later.

While the tax plan was pitched as helping the middle class, it does so only minimally and temporarily if at all. For the nation’s highest earners and for corporations, however, it was a magnanimous change in policy. Count Buchanan among those benefitting bigly. It’s no secret that Buchanan, who represents Florida’s 16th Congressional District, is a wealthy man. According to a Roll Call report, his $73.9 million net worth makes him the eighth wealthiest member of Congress, and by far the wealthiest from the Sunshine State — U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney is $19 million behind in the No. 11 spot.

Given his net worth and income, progressive group Tax March estimated that the bill would save him up to $2.1 million on his taxes. That’s most of the way to a yacht, which likely trended toward the higher end of the reported range given that Ocean Alexander’s least expensive model — the 70-foot 70E Motoryacht — has a base price of $3.25 million.

Corrupt self serving reprobates fill Congress.  This is just one of them.  But go ahead, keep sending these people to ‘represent’ ‘you’.  You deserve them.

 
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Posted by on 11 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

A Simple Way to Choose A Candidate

Choosing who to vote for is simple. Just ask yourself if you would let the candidate babysit for you. If you say no, then you’re a fool to let that person oversee the country. If you can’t trust them with what matters to you, why would you vote for them?

 
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Posted by on 11 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

‘Follow Me’ Doesn’t Mean ‘You Just Do You’

Every Christian who urges other disciples of the crucified and risen Lord to ‘be themselves’ radically misunderstands and mistakenly ignores Jesus’s own demand that we deny ourselves and take up our cross and die to self. Only those who do are disciples.

 
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Posted by on 11 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 
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Signs of the Times

 
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Posted by on 11 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Today in Church History: The Tetrapolitan Confession

The Tetrapolitan Confession, also called the Strassburg and the Swabian Confession, is the oldest confession of the Reformed Church in Germany, and represented the faith of four imperial cities, Strassburg, Constance, Memmingen, and Lindau, which at that time sympathized with Zwingli and the Swiss, rather than Luther, on the doctrine of the sacraments.

It was prepared in great haste, during the sessions of the Diet of Augsburg, by Bucer, with the aid of Capito and Hedio, in the name of those four cities (hence the name) which were excluded by the Lutherans from their political and theological conferences, and from the Protestant League. They would greatly have preferred to unite with them, and to sign the Augsburg Confession, with the exception of the tenth article on the eucharist, but were forbidden. The Landgrave Philip of Hesse was the only one who, from a broad, statesmanlike view of the critical situation, favored a solid union of the Protestants against the common foe, but in vain.

Hence, after the Lutherans had presented their Confession June 25, and Zwingli his own July 8, the four cities handed theirs, July 11, to the Emperor in German and Latin. It was received very ungraciously, and not allowed to be read before the Diet; but a confutation full of misrepresentations was prepared by Faber, Eck, and Cochlaeus, and read Oct. 24 (or 17). The Strassburg divines were not even favored with a copy of this confutation, but procured one secretly, and answered it by a “Vindication and Defense” in the autumn of 1531.*

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*Philip Schaff and David Schley Schaff, History of the Christian Church (vol. 7; New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1910), 719–720.

 
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Posted by on 11 Jul 2018 in Church History, Modern Culture