Episode 168: Veni Emmanuel, Farewell to Hitchens



The Manly Doctors don Santa hats for some Advent musing, a little Veni, Veni Emmanuel, a recapitulation of some Calvinist stuff on resistance, non-resistance, and free will, along with commentary on the death of Christopher Hitchens, a sampling of the Matador Flaming Hot Beef Stick with a reading of its ingredients, a visit by MDD  Cwirla’s wife, and finally….an O Antiphon!  It sounds like it was made in a college dorm.

Music creds:

Veni, Veni – Enya

Jesus is a Friend of Mine – Sonseed

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One Response to “Episode 168: Veni Emmanuel, Farewell to Hitchens”

  1. Obsessive Mike says:

    Thanks Pastors!!!!!!! Forgive me for my extreme and somewhat oogy comments on episode 120. Probably my anxiety working overtime there more than anything @:}

    In the spirit of Advent, my negative comments remind me a bit of Zechariah when he doubted Gabriel’s promise that he and wife would conceive a son. He asked my favorite question, “How can I be sure of this?” The angel rebukes Zechariah with “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”

    Gabriel was there to reveal something hidden, something that could only be known to one who stood in the presence of God. Zechariah wanted more and was rebuked, and was literally shut up so he couldn’t ask any more dumb questions until the baby John was born.

    Here’s where it gets really good … Jesus makes a similar statement about revealing God’s secret will. Only the response he gets from the Jews is they try to kill him. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed … I am telling you WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN THE FATHER’S PRESENCE.”

    What’s amazing is that Jesus just shows up to hand out salvation to a gathering of Jews after thousands of years of national idolatry and now an obsessive interest in Torah. This would be like Bruce Springsteen popping into some bar in New Jersey and offering a free show to the 20 or so people who just happened to be there, all of whom say they never heard of him and tell him to get lost before they bash his head in.

    What’s more insane is that Jesus makes no mention of any form of repentance or reparations on the part of his hearers. He says basically, “Alright, today’s YOUR lucky day … I’m God and I’m here to set you free from Torah … I’m here to make you all sons of the most high God … no questions asked … no conditions … no one will be refused … Year of Jubilee for the taking, boys!!!”

    But they were too obsessed with Torah and conditionality… “Did we meet the conditions? What are the conditions? What about our list of variables that affect the conditions?” and on and on … They had forgotten that a slave has no permanent place in the family, and that everyone who relies on works of the law is under a curse.

    Ignoring their sin, Jesus just shows up and announces that Salvation itself is standing in their presence for the taking. That he was there on that day to obliterate conditionality, to crush the head of Torah.

    Their response shows that obsession with conditionality is really just a well disguised, respectable form of unbelief.

    May we all hear and believe these words:

    “… this will come true at the proper time … I stand in the presence of God.”

    “The one who eats my flesh will live forever.”


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