Iran gets a new president. Hope he’s not a spaz like the last one.
Wanna take a look at the BHT from way back in the olden days? I hadn’t been married a year. I was still in seminary. What a blast from the past.
The SBC hashtag story is why I really wish The Door still existed in some form today.
The SBC should get credit for the not-at-all-subtle resolution about abuse that says they will submit to authorities when dealing with abuse issues and be careful when dealing with those without a similar one.
Am I allowed to be a little tired of PiperWatch 2013? I don’t want to aim this at just the good Chaplain, but the bi-weekly posts expressing disapproval over his latest action on the Internet seems to be a little much. I don’t except people to agree with a self-proclaimed 7-Point Calvinist (as Alister mentioned on Chris’s blog, not even Calvin might pass some of tests for Calvinism!), which is just fine. But at some point it just becomes the blog version of Limbaugh and Hannity: Come tune in to get angry over Obama for awhile and hear people agree with you.
Chris Hubbs writes:
Put an end to unscriptural restraint with the amazing Biblical Curse Generator, which is pre-loaded with blistering smackdowns as delivered by Elijah, Jeremiah and other monumentally angry saints. Simply click the button below, and smite your foes with a custom-made curse straight out of the Old Testament!
It generated a few good ones for me, including:
“Harken, O thou wayward winebibber, for you will be trampled by a herd of stampeding pigs!”
“Thou shalt be swallowed by a whale with excessively bad breath, O ye of little faith!”
“O that thou wouldest be captured by Midianite maniacs, thou love-child of Methuselah!”
(Praise God it’s Friday, yeah?)
Chris Hubbs writes:
I guess the Calvinism wars are raging at the SBC convention this week… and regardless of which side you come down on on that topic, Wade Burleson has a real howler of a post today, in which he basically says you can either be a Calvinist or a universalist, full stop. There are no other options. (He also uses the euphemism of “God’s distinguishing love” to get around using terms like “unconditional election” and “limited atonement”.)
…if one chooses to reject the doctrine of God’s distinguishing love and finds universal reconciliation distasteful (as many Southern Baptists do), then the only alternative is to deny the sovereignty of God and make Him into a fickle human being whose love is dependent on the performance of those being loved. That isn’t good news, it’s really rotten news. When you make your god as fickle as we are, you have turned him into a person just like us.
On a lighter note, there have been some amusing shenanigans regarding the preferred twitter hashtag for the SBC convention, since #SBC2013 is apparently the hashtag of choice for the “Sports Bra Challenge” held this week in New York, whose theme is “Reveal Yourself.”
Bill MacKinnon writes:
I didn’t know rice was invented in Idaho.
Fearsome Pirate writes:
I just want to point out that I was right several years ago when I argued that GCMs aren’t ready for prime time, much less for centrally planning the world economy and throwing billions into poverty based on their projections. Large calculations are always wrong.
I don’t expect a ticker tape parade in my honor, but there you go. Why I was right is below the jump.
My friend, Andrew Thompson comments on Phyllis Tickle’s Great Emergence theory. Alastair Roberts reminded me of this astute breakdown that FT made last year.
Thanks, Jason. “Surviving” is an apt description in some ways. I attended a beautiful retirement celebration of a guy who finishes this phase of ministry after 46 years. Through the speakers and video testimonies I found three things that kept cropping up that I pray are said when I retire or die. 1) He was a man of prayer. 2) He really and truly loved his people. 3) His son testified that he met Jesus through his dad’s ministry. #3 is the one that’s most important to me but I will make choices in ministry to see that all three are fulfilled in my life.
Jason Blair writes:
Congratulations to Matthew on surviving ten years in ministry. And may you have many more!