“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” — Benjamin Franklin
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweeping of the wheat.” — Amos 8:4-6
Save your money. It’s plodding, predictable, and doze inducing.
And it’s a doozy… But unsurprising in these here troubled times…
A pastor from back in the late 70s of the church a friend is at told him that one year he received a Christmas card from a member. It said, “Pastor, the best Christmas present you could give our church is your resignation!”
It seems that member sort of missed the whole point.
Theologian Michael Bird (Ridley College) appeared on Australian national television last night, talking about Jesus’ erections.
Here’s the rush transcript of Michael Bird discussing the rigidity of Our Lord’s penis with ABC interviewer, Tom Ballard:
Michael Bird: I’ll tell you a real funny story. I taught religious education to some students … and I asked them a very provocative question. I said to them, ‘Did Jesus ever have an erection?’
Tom Ballard: ‘Did Jesus ever have an erection?’?
Michael Bird: I believe he did.
Tom Ballard: Multiple erections.
Michael Bird: Throughout the course of his life.
Tom Ballard: Would he have had an orgasm?
Michael Bird: I don’t know. He may have had, he probably had a nocturnal emission as a teenager.
Tom Ballard: OK.
Michael Bird: We all have…
Tom Ballard: Would he have… helped that along, if he was a red-blooded, normal man?
Michael Bird: What do you mean by…
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Lest we forget…
And the reason is as simple as can be explained in two sentences. The latter the most important:
The problem with the x = Chi explanation that so many love to spew from their keyboards and mouths during this season is that the general public knows NOTHING of it, or Greek. And, most importantly of all, all they see is an x, and in Greek, x is Xi, not Chi.
If you’re going to foist a ridiculous pseudo-explanation on the public in an attempt to justify laziness in abbreviation, please, at least learn enough Greek to know the difference between χ and ξ . Otherwise, you just look silly.
UPDATE: NO, you have NEVER heard someone say -‘Chi- mas’ but you’ve heard plenty of people say ‘X-mas’ because to them X is X. So stop pretending otherwise.
For rejecting evil.
It’s by Russell Moore and it’s about that moronic bumper sticker which claimed that if Jesus had a gun he’d still be alive. He’s 1000% right, writing in part
American evangelicalism is old and sick and weak, and doesn’t even know it. We are bored by what the Bible reveals as mysterious and glorious, and red-in-the-face about what hardly matters in the broad sweep of eternity. We clamor for the kind of power the world can recognize while ignoring the very power of God that comes through Christ and him crucified. We’ve traded in the Sermon on the Mount for slogans on our cars. We’ve exchanged Christ the King for Christ the meme. And through it all, we demonstrate what we care about—the same power and self-leverage this age already values.
Often our cultural and moral and political debates are important. Offering one’s opinion is fine and good, sometimes even necessary. But if our passions demonstrate that these things are most important to us, and to our identity, we have veered into a place we do not want to go. The most important word we have for the world around us, and for the soul within us, can indeed fit on a bumper sticker: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
And, I might add, he doesn’t need your gun.