SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Joke of the Week: More Yogi Berra-isms
“After seeing the opera Tosca, Carmen and I were on our way back to the hotel. She asked me what I thought, and I replied, ‘I really liked it. Even the music was good.'”
“If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.”
“It gets late early out there.”
“Pair up in threes.”
In the 50s and 60s Yogi worked for the Yoo-Hoo beverage company. At a Yoo-Hoo convention a woman asked me if Yoo-Hoo was hyphenated. I replied, ‘No ma’am, it isn’t even carbonated.'”
“Steve McQueen looks good in this movie. He must have made it before he died.”
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In the news this week.
I’m beginning a new feature with this post. Each post will contain a news item from the last week and a comment on it
Moscow (AFP) – Russian officials and Orthodox priests on Tuesday unveiled a statue in Moscow of inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose iconic AK-47 assault rifle has claimed countless lives worldwide.
A priest sprinkled holy water on the seven-metre tall statue of Kalashnikov gripping his deadly creation, which will now loom over motorists from a traffic island in one of the sprawling capital’s central thoroughfares.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). You would think the church would glorify and bless those who work for peace, but that is too often not the case. Here a Russian Orthodox priest blesses the memory of a man whose invention has led to perhaps a million or more deaths. But American clergy are guilty of praising war also. Some do more than simply lament that war is sometimes necessary; they praise those who threaten it. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, TX, recently said, “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong In.” Well, I have no reason to believe that either the Orthodox priest or Pastor Jeffress knows the mind of God in these matters. I’m no liberal, but Jesus’ words indicate that those who work for peace (peaceMAKERS-not simply those who want it) are blessed. We ought to pray to see how we can do that, both on an interpersonal scale as well as on the bigger stage.
Luther’s 95 Theses for 21st Century Christians
- Those who teach that contrition is not necessary on the part of those who intend to buy souls out of purgatory or to buy confessional privileges preach unchristian doctrine.
Luther observed that some indulgence sellers told their buyers that they didn’t need to repent or do acts of penance: they could release their own souls and those of their relatives and friends from purgatory with money alone. As far as I know, no one, Roman Catholic or Protestant, believes that today.
But the notion that repentance is not required is still alive and well in the 21st century, perhaps even more in the Protestant church than in Catholic churches. Some well-meaning but biblically ignorant people believe one can simply accept Jesus as Savior and Lord without any repentance. One is assured of salvation, not because of the work of Christ, but by virtue of having made a decision to follow Jesus, a decision that involved no sorrow for sin or repentance. I have heard this view of salvation described as “decisional regeneration.” It is a natural, if not inevitable, result of Arminian theology
Even worse, some large megachurches avoid mentioning sin entirely. They promote a gospel of self-affirmation and power for successful living. They entirely avoid mentioning our sin and the position of a sinner before God; and since there is no mention of sin, there certainly is no call to repentance. As Luther puts it, that is unchristian doctrine.