Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
- agitprop, noun. Propaganda; especially, political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, music, or art (agitation-propaganda, borrowed from Russian Agitprop).
- ambitus, noun. The action of seeking to obtain an office or position through underhanded means; esp. the use of bribery to gain electoral support.
- chicken-pecked, adjective. Designating an adult (esp. a parent) who is ordered about by a child. Compare henpecked.
- Christophany, noun. An appearance or manifestation of Christ, especially before the incarnation. Also: this appearance or manifestation as a phenomenon.
- communis opinio, noun. Common opinion; prevailing doctrine, or generally accepted view, often in an academic field (from the Latin).
- coram Deo (Latin phrase). In the presence of God; in Christian theology summarizes the idea of a Christian one’s life in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the glory of God (coram, before; in the presence of + Deo, God).
- deleatur, verb (intransitive). ‘Let it be deleted’: used as an instruction to indicate that a word, sentence, etc., should be deleted from a page or text.
- dictate, verb. To say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record.
- dictitate, verb. To speak or say repeatedly.
- dulciloquy, noun. A sweet or pleasing manner of speaking; sweetness of speech. Also: an instance of this.
- ethnobotany, noun. The traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants; the scientific study or description of this.
- garboil, noun. Confusion, turmoil; disturbance, tumult; discord, controversy; also: an instance or state of confusion, disturbance, discord, etc.
- headwark, noun. Pain in the head; a headache.
- henpecked, adjective. Browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one’s wife, girlfriend, etc. Compare chicken-pecked.
- ovidian, adjective. Belonging to or characteristic of the Latin poet Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), born 43 b. c., died a. d 17; resembling the style of Ovid.
- rooked, adjective. Deprived of money through fraudulent or underhand means; swindled, fleeced.
- ruderal, adjective. Of a plant: growing on waste ground or among rubbish, esp. as a pioneer.
- schlep, verb, (transitive). To haul, carry, drag.
- woodhenge, noun. (The remains of) a prehistoric monument consisting of a circular or elliptical timber structure (usually interpreted as a circle of large free-standing timber posts), typically surviving only as one or more rings of postholes.
“Understanding and believing the doctrine of creation in the book of Genesis is foundational in accepting, listen carefully, that the Holy Bible is to be taken seriously when it speaks to the real world.”
“It is not accurate to say that the days are God’s days. God ad intra does not have days. Creation is an act proceeding outwardly from God…. Appealing to the eternal Sabbath is also of no avail. Although God’s Sabbath is certainly endless, that cannot be said of the first Sabbath…. The use of the term ‘day’ in Genesis 2:4 is figurative, but in Genesis 1 figurative language is not used. What one must show is another place in Scripture where a first, a second, a third day, etc., are just as sharply separated and and nevertheless describe periods of time. The ‘day of the Lord’ of the prophets refers to a specific day—that is, a day on which the Lord appears for judgment, even though His judgment may last longer than one day.”
Sunday, October 25, 2020
The song’s title is My Home Above, and it is found on page 524 of The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition, 2012. The hymn itself is Long Meter (8,8,8,8), and in the particular style of the song, adds a chorus that is 8s. with 6 lines. When the song was written it was dedicated to fellow singer M. J. Harmon of Tyler, Texas.[i]
The hymn reminds us that this world is not our permanent home, but a place of tenting. Christians do not expect to find rest in this world, but in that home above the skies, where there are no aches, or sobs, or sighs. The blessing of the temporary rest and transitory home is to spend our days for Christ.
I’ll work and toil ’till death shall come,
For in this world I find no rest,
I’ll seek a home among the blest.
Where tempests rage and storms arise;
I have a home that’s built above,
Where all is peace, and joy and love.
They know no aches, or sobs, or sighs;
But all is joy and peace and love,
And Christ shall lead the host above.
O Lord, if I must live this life,
Then let me spend my days for Christ;
Let not my work of life be vain,
Lord help me sing a sweeter strain,
O Lord if I must live this life,
Pray help me spend my days for Christ.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Verse 4Then said Paul,.... In reply to their answer, understanding them that they were baptized by John, he takes it up, and gives an account of John’s baptism: showing how agreeable it was, and that it was the same baptism with the baptism of Christ, being administered in his name:John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance; which required repentance antecedent to it, and was a fruit and effect, and so an evidence of it:saying unto the people; the people of the Jews, the common people, the multitude that attended on his ministry:that they should believe on him, which should come after him, that is, on Jesus Christ; so that he preached faith in Christ, as well as repentance towards God; and made the one as well as the other a necessary prerequisite unto baptism; which shows, that his baptism and Christian baptism are the same.Verse 5When they heard this,.... That is, the people to whom John preached, his hearers; when they heard of the Messiah, and that Jesus was he, and that it became them to believe in him:they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus; not the disciples that Paul found at Ephesus, but the hearers of John; for these are the words of the Apostle Paul, giving an account of John’s baptism, and of the success of his ministry, showing, that his baptism was administered in the name of the Lord Jesus; and not the words of Luke the Evangelist, recording what followed upon his account of John’s baptism; for then he would have made mention of the apostle’s name, as he does in the next verse; and have said, when they heard this account, they were baptized by Paul in the name of the Lord Jesus: the historian reports two things, first what Paul said, which lies in Acts 19:4 then what he did, Acts 19:6 where he repeats his name, as was necessary; as that he laid his hands upon them, which was all that was needful to their receiving the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost, having been already baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus: which sense is the more confirmed by the particles μεν and δε, which answer to one another in verses 4 and 5, and show the words to be a continuation of the apostle’s speech, and not the words of the historian, which begin in the next verse. Beza’s ancient copy adds, “for the remission of sins”.
Hackett claims that “older writers” maintained “that Luke records these words as a continuation of Paul’s remarks” in order to “rescue the passage from those who appealed to it, in order to justify rebaptism.” He concluded that, “No one, at present, contends for that interpretation.” (A Commentary on the Original Text of the Acts of the Apostles, H. B. Hackett, Boston, MA: John P. Jewett & Co., 1852, p. 266)
This misunderstanding is a result of separating the words of verse 4 from those in verse 5, and by acknowledging the words of verse 4 to be the words of Paul, but deeming the words in verse 5 to be those of Luke, the writer of this history—as if he were recounting what followed upon the instruction of Paul. This, however, would have to be proven. These words integrate very well when one conjoins verses 4 and 5, and considers them to be the words of the apostle Paul. He instructed the disciples in verse 4 about the manner in which John baptized and taught, and thereupon declared that all who heard it were obedient and believed John’s preaching, were baptized by him.
Acts 19:4-5 does not prove that the Ephesian disciples, who had John’s baptism, were rebaptized by Paul. For the words “when they heard they were baptized” (akousantes de ebaptisthēsan, v. 5) are not the words of Luke narrating what followed Paul’s discourse to them, but rather a confirmation of the Pauline oration to those Ephesians, by which he teaches that those who had received baptism from John, had been baptized in the name of Christ and so had no need of a new baptism.
For first of all. the words in verse 5, And they which heard it were baptized: are not the words of Luke the writer, but of Paul the speaker, continuing his speach of John’s disciples and hearers, and are not to be understood of the twelve, as appeareth by the two Greek conjunctions, which are used by the makers of that tongue to join and to disjoin, having relation one to the other, and knitting together the parts of the sentence answering fitly each to other, as may be seen in many places, wherefore, Luke speaks not here of Paul’s baptism, but Paul speaks of John’s baptism. He sets down the office of John verse 3, then the prose cuts both the parts of it, mentioning his preaching verse 4. and his baptizing verse 5. Again, these twelve abiding at Ephesus dwelling far from the land of Judæa where John preached and baptized were living about 30. or 40, years after the death of John, could not hear his doctrine from his own mouth, or receive baptism at his hands. Now, whereas they are said to be baptized to John’s baptism, the meaning is, they embraced & professed the same doctrine which John preached by word, and sealed with his baptism.
Du Veil refers to Drusius observing on verse 5 “that this verse is taken, as if they were Luke’s words, which they are not. ‘The apostle Paul,’ saith he, ‘speaks of John’s baptism, which he proved to be the same with Christ’s baptism, partly by his doings, partly by his sayings, as being one that preached Christ to come, and baptized such as believed in him: and this is it which be saith, they were baptized in the name of Jesus; such as, to wit, while John preached, embraced the faith of Christ, of which number those disciples were; but because those believers had not as yet received the gifts of the Holy Ghost, therefore the apostle asks them, by who baptism they were initiated, and when he knew the matter, laid his hands upon them, and immediately the Spirit coming down upon them they began to speak with tongues and to prophecy, even as Luke mentions in the context of this history.” (A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, C. M. Du Veil, London: J. Haddon, 1851, p. 406; Charles-Marie Du Veil, ca. 1630-ca. 1690, was a 17th century Jew who converted to Catholicism, then later became a Baptist)
Other some deny that baptism was repeated; because they were baptized amiss by some foolish enemy of John. But because their conjecture hath no color; yea, the words of Paul do rather import that they were the true and natural disciples of John, and Luke doth honorably call them disciples of Christ; I do not subscribe to this opinion, and yet deny that the baptism of water was repeated, because the words of Luke import no other thing, save only that they were baptized with the Spirit. (John Calvin’s commentary on Acts)
Hillier indicates Arator saw a “rebaptism” here when he discusses that the incident has not relevance to the church’s teaching on rebaptism because these were two baptism of a different nature. (Arator on the Acts of the Apostles: A Baptismal Commentary, Richard Hillier, Oxford: Clarendon press, 1993, p 26).
(Acts 19:1) And it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came, etc. While Apollo was at Corinth, it came to pass that Paul, having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, where, having found certain disciples, he asked if they had received the grace of the Holy Ghost when they were baptized. They declared that they were entirely ignorant of that name, but had been consecrated in John’s baptism. Paul baptized them while invoking the Trinity, and the Holy Ghost came upon them, making them able to prophesize in various tongues. Paul, staying there for three months, preached about the Lord Christ in his customary manner.
I am not sure I understand what Chrysostom is talking about much of the time, but it seems clear that he believes Paul baptized the 12 at Ephesus. (Homily 40 on the Acts of the Apostles)
Thursday, October 22, 2020
- Answering a Question I Get All the Time: The Places to Start in Studying New Testament Textual Criticism -- “In my judgment, E.F. Hills gives the best and most influential defense of the TR I’ve seen.”
- Barrett Critics Can’t Find a Single Law School Colleague to Oppose Her -- “The letter, published by the progressive group Teacher-Scholar-Activist, was touted by some in the media as a revolt of Barrett’s ‘colleagues,’ but the professors who signed the letter teach subjects such as anthropology and gender studies, not law.”
- Dr. Jo Jorgensen slams presidential debates by America’s ruling cartel -- “”The United States is ruled by a cartel. That cartel is managed by three institutions, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the mainstream media. The mainstream media limits coverage to the Democrats and Republicans. Those two parties then run presidential debates that only include cartel members.
- Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm -- “His pay was pegged at ‘850’ and the email also noted that ‘Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.’”
- How the Biden Campaign Responded to the Hunter Email Story -- “The Biden campaign called a lid for the day shortly after the report’s release. Big Tech spent the rest of it covering for him...”
- Introducing “A Conservative Christian Declaration” -- “The Conservative Christian Declaration assumes traditional Christian and evangelical doctrine, adding important distinctives that we believe have been overlooked in recent years.”
- Four Types of Church Members Who Destroy The Flock -- “As pastors, shepherds, and lay-leaders in a local house church, we must...be...watchful within our members to recognize and lovingly correct those who are walking contrary to the Word of God.”
- Negative Rights vs. Positive Rights, It’s Positively Confusing -- “Negative rights produce mostly positive effects while positive rights can have negative consequences.”
- Oil Field Mysticism -- “Rolff and a group of investors sued the Pearl Oil Company for proceeds and royalties in 1935, claiming the company used his doodlebug to find oil in Rusk County.”
- Owen, John (1616–1683) by Osmund Airy -- “He now became acquainted with Cromwell, who carried him off to Ireland in 1649 as his chaplain, that he might regulate the affairs of Trinity College...”
- Rockwall Once Served As Wedding Capital of Texas -- “In the 1940’s and 1950’s, a marriage license could be obtained at all hours of the night.”
- Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad -- “The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.”
- The Reawakening of the Black Gun-Rights Movement -- “‘I believe that I’m channeling my ancestors,’ says Holmes.”
- What Does the Bible Say about the Role of Government? -- “The above passages are so important because they set forth the New Testament perspective toward secular government.”
- Why Churches Should Excommunicate Longstanding Non-Attenders -- “...it’s best to pursue these non-attenders toward a specific end: removal if they’re attending another gospel-preaching church, restoration if they’re happy to return, and excommunication if they’re either unwilling to attend church anywhere or unable to be found.”
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
- Boomtown Pandemic -- “The people died, and they just died so fast here till they didn’t have no undertakers. You’d just have to put them in pickup trucks and haul them to Houston.”
- Brisket and Red Bean Chili -- “We looked to our Texas neighbors for inspiration for this hearty one-pot wonder.”
- Creative Sparks Ignite Sleepy Little Town -- “Next year marks 50 years since Doug opened his Potters Brown shop in 1971 along the sleepy downtown Edom main street.”
- Disney Defends Decision To Work With Chinese Entitites Accused Of Human Rights Abuses In Xinjiang -- “The decision is particularly ironic given that the company, through its now-former CEO Bob Iger, indirectly threatened to pull the company’s production apparatus from Georgia if the state passed a controversial ban on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.”
- Dr. Jo Jorgensen pledges to sue states for unconstitutional lockdowns that harm low and middle-income families -- “I believe businesses must be free to set their own COVID-19 policies, and citizens must decide for themselves how much risk to accept or avoid. Politicians need to butt out.”
- East Damascus Baptist -- “The church was named ‘East Damascus’ Baptist Church because there is another Damascus Baptist Church in Calhoun, on the west side of Gordon County.”
- Honesty and Dishonesty; Inerrancy and Errancy -- “I think it important to say that I have some evangelical friends who do not believe in inerrancy. I’m unpersuaded by their arguments; I think they stand on the slipperiest of slopes...”
- Jo Jorgensen Is ‘Fine’ With Filling SCOTUS Vacancy Before Election -- “‘If it were me, I would certainly put my nominee forth,’ Jorgensen says. Partisan bickering over the confirmation process is just ‘politics as usual.’”
- My Message to ‘Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden’ -- “These ‘pro-life’ evangelicals...are calling on other Christians to vote for the party that opposes the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would guarantee medical care for a baby that survives abortion.”
- Obadiah Holmes, The Baptist Martyr The Puritans Should Have Left Alone -- “...the savage beating of Obadiah Holmes brought international attention to the very ideas the Puritans wanted to suppress.”
- Persuasion to a point of view is ethical and necessary -- “...it is idealogical suicide to suppose that we do not have a say or that we should not speak up to defend what we believe in the public square.”
- Social Justice -- “All people everywhere want justice.”
- The DC Mayor Doesn’t Get to Define Church -- “Now, like many evangelicals, you might not agree with CHBC that a church must regularly gather together to be a church. But all of us have a vested interest in not letting government officials set the definition for what a church is.”
- The Difference Between Topical and Expository Preaching -- “...expositional and topical preaching can be the best of friends.”
- What Makes a Vote Moral or Immoral? The Ethics of Voting -- “Thinking ethically about voting means accounting for more than one rock, but it also means acknowledging that some rocks are heavier than others.”
- When I Think of Texas, I Think of... -- “Here are the many ways readers finished this sentence.”