Quote of the Day

at_robertsonAny preacher who attacks evil will have opposition. – A.T. Robertson

[NB- I love Robertson.  He’s simply unsurpassed in the area of NT Greek exposition.]

What We Learned From Sandy Hook: Killing Children Is Acceptable in Our Society But Gun Control Isn’t

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What is Happening Right Now???

Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin’s Foes and the Ends they Went to In Order to Discourage Him

calvin4It took ten years constant and vigilant police oversight with combined moral and spiritual education to secure to Calvin his triumph over the intrigues of parties and the hatred of base born men. From 1545 to 1555 he felt the utmost venom of their opposition.

At one time he almost despaired and, December 14, 1547, wrote to Farel: “Affairs are in such a state of confusion that I despair of being able longer to retain the Church, at least by my own endeavors.” His opponents were of the same crowd who drove him away in 1538, and though they afterwards submitted, and in the case of one or two, even joined in the invitation for his return, yet under the fretting of his harsh discipline they began serious and offensive resistance.

They nicknamed him “Cain,” and named dogs after him; they threatened him in the pulpit, and fired guns off under his windows; even trying on one occasion to wrest from his hands the sacred elements at the Eucharist. Only an extraordinary man could have resisted the pressure.*

Just remember that the next time your Elders or Deacons call you up and tell you you’re a failure.  At least they aren’t naming their dogs after you… or…. are they?

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RT Stevenson, John Calvin: The Statesman, p. 137.

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Signs of the Times

Sandy Hook Slaughter- the 7th Anniversary

Lest we forget…

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Thomas Callaway Update

You remember him. He’s the ‘youth worker’ who sexually assaulted a reporter during a race down in Georgia.

He’s now been arrested for it. To which I say- good.

Signs of the Times

Barbie has changed a lot since our daughter was little.  They never would have marketed her without a top on back then like they do now.  Or, to be honest, without legs.

Signs of the Times

Sodomites

The crime of your sister Sodom was pride, gluttony, calm complacency; such were hers and her daughters’ crimes. They never helped the poor and needy; they were proud, and engaged in loathsome practices before me, and so I swept them away as you have seen.

And yet Samaria never committed half the crimes that you have. “You have done more loathsome things than they have. By all your loathsome practices you have made your sisters seem innocent, and now you bear the shame of which you have freed your sisters; since the sins which you have committed are more revolting than theirs, they are more upright than you are. So now, bear the disgrace and shame of having put your sisters in the right.   (Ezek. 16:49-52)

Sodomites, then, are those who are prideful, gluttons, complacent, dismissing and ignoring the poor and needy, and such like loathsome practices.

Washington is filled with them.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Justin Amash writes

What did the Framers mean by “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”? “High” denotes high office. They were not describing statutory misdeeds but rather “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.  “They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.” —Federalist No. 65 (Alexander Hamilton)

They Will All Rue the Day

Every member of the Republican Party in the house and senate is responsible for enabling this unconstitutional arrogance.  And they will all regret it.

Dear Facebook…

Trying to get a church to pay for ‘boosts’ with a promised 666 reached is probably your worst marketing attempt yet. Besides that, churches don’t have ‘customers’.

Bevin’s Pardon

Why I am I unsurprised that the angry outgoing governor of Kentucky would pardon a murderer who beheaded a woman and stuffed her in a barrel?

America’s Ex Culture

People so love the feeling of leaving something that now the more #Ex whatevers one can list on their CV the more superior they feel to others.‬

Luther’s Best Translation Work

Luther was a pretty good translator (because for the Hebrew Bible he consulted widely, being pretty poor at Hebrew himself and for the Greek of the New Testament he had none less than the magnificent Melanchthon to aid him: probably the greatest Greek scholar of the 16th century).  But when Luther got it right, he and his crew got it very right.  The peak of his skills are manifested when he translates 2 Thess 3:1-2 –

Here’s the text:

Τὸ λοιπόν, προσεύχεσθε, ἀδελφοί, περὶ ἡμῶν, ἵνα ὁ λόγος τοῦ κυρίου τρέχῃ καὶ δοξάζηται καθὼς καὶ πρὸς ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἵνα ῥυσθῶμεν ἀπὸ τῶν ἀτόπων καὶ πονηρῶν ἀνθρώπων· οὐ γὰρ πάντων ἡ πίστις.

Here’s what Luther et al do with it- with the very best bit boldfaced:

Wejter, lieben Brüder, betet fur vns, das das wort des HErrn lauffe, vnd gepreiset werde, wie bey euch, Vnd das wir erlöset werden von den vnartigen vnd argen Menschen. Denn der glaube ist nicht jedermans ding.

Litherally, ‘For faith is not everyone’s thing‘.

The 2017 edition of the Luther Bible retains the genius:

Weiter, ihr Brüder und Schwestern, betet für uns, dass das Wort des Herrn laufe und gepriesen werde wie bei euch und dass wir gerettet werden vor falschen und bösen Menschen; denn der Glaube ist nicht jedermanns Ding.

The Zurich Bible gets the sense of the Greek better than Luther does- but Luther gets the sheer beauty of the idea perfectly:

Im Übrigen, liebe Brüder und Schwestern, betet für uns, dass das Wort des Herrn seinen Lauf nehme und überall in Ehren gehalten werde, wie auch bei euch, und dass wir gerettet werden aus der Hand der verkehrten und bösen Menschen; denn der Glaube ist nicht jedermanns Sache.

The New Jerusalem misses it:

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may spread quickly, and be received with honour as it was among you;  and pray that we may be preserved from bigoted and evil people, for not everyone has faith

So does the CSBO:

Finally, pray for us, brothers, that the Lord’s message may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not all have faith

Even the otherwise brilliant REB has ‘for not all have faith.

The moral of the story?  Sometimes you have to read German in order to get to the sense of the underlying text and not rely on English alone.

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Sirach Speaks

Spinti has it.

I’m Already Sick of Hearing About ‘Baby Yoda’…

So of course it won’t be long till mega churches have ‘baby yoda Bible studies’ and I can commence with imprecatory prayers.  After all, the New York Times announces ‘Baby Yoda is your God Now…’

Nope.  He may be your god, you feckless vile pagan wretches, but to me he’s an prat.