OK People, You Know How Much I Hate ‘Self-Promotion’

So it literally pains me to do this.  Nonetheless, Logos tells me that I need to…  because my awful friends won’t.  Awful people that they are… wretched sinners who can only escape the torture of hell by sharing, reblogging, reposting, retweeting, AND re-facebooking this.

Logos wants you to pre-order the Commentary.  So here’s how you can do it- step by step-

Step one- click on the tab above-


Step two- click on the Logos link-


Step three- click on pre-order-


Or click on quick buy.  Otherwise, Logos will have me killed.  Yes, literally, killed.

The Good Old Days Indeed!

From the Archives of the Church in Zurich-

#373. Mahnung gegen Unwesen an Sonntagen (1666)*

9783290175986Es lassen unser gnädig herren, allen ihren lieben kirchendienern, Filialisten, Catechisten und verordneten zum Stillstand, umb die Statt herumb ernstlich anbefelhen, daß dieselben uff künftigen Sontag ihre anvertrauwte vermanind, sich fürhin nach den kinderpredigen alles gleüffs in die Statt zu hinderhalten, und mit nammen, daß die dem tag deß herren schonind mit dem hin in tragen in die Statt, und uff die gräben, da dem jungen volk anlaß geben wirt zu Crömlen: Man solle auch je lenger je mehr halten ob dem verbott deß keglen rennens und unwäsens, in betrachtung der schwären ziten und sorgen darin man begriffen in der grosen dürre und hiz, in besorgenden krankheiten und brünsten.

Man solle mänigklich verleiten, so vil müglich dem Gottsdienst auch Abents in der Statt beizewonen, oder daheimen die heilig Sontags zyt mit Sontaäglichen werken in bätten, läsen und werken der barmherzigkeit gegen armen und dürftigen fürzfahren, und sich aller Gottsfurcht, ehrbarkeit und mäsigkeit zbeflisen.

da dann u[nsere] gnedig herren ihrem Obersten diener und großweibel, auch ihren getreüwen under vögten die handhab anbefehlen thund, anglegenlich, die fählbahren zuleiden. Eüch alle dem vätterlichen gnadenschirm wol anbefehlende.

Donstags den 26. heüw-monat* 1666. [5. 8. 1666 n.St.]
Cantzley der statt Zürich.

It would be fantastic if we could pass the same laws today.  You can’t legislate morality, but you can sure make immorality costly…  Man I love Church History.


*Quelle: StAZH A 42.6
Datum: 26. 7. 1666 [5. 8. 1666 n.St.]

On 26 July, 1531, Zwingli Offered His Resignation…

Grossmunster, Zurich
The Grossmunster

It had been a nasty June and a worse July in Zurich in the year of our Lord, 1531.  The heat was oppressive and the populace was restless.  Zwingli’s reforms were well entrenched but there was an air of misgiving lingering in the air.  Something bad was afoot and Zwingli was already experiencing a bout of depression (though rare, they were profound and severe when they did occur).  The firmly Catholic Cantons were still refusing to ‘see the light’ and it was more than he could bear.

So when he appeared before the Council at the end of July he had tears in his eyes and told the Council that he was set and prepared to resign on the spot if they felt another could better serve the cause of Christ.  For 11 years he had preached the Gospel to the city and its environs and though sure it would triumph in every corner of the land, distressed that it had not yet.

Afterwards, a delegation of the most important leaders of the City persuaded him to withdraw his resignation.  None of them could know, of course, that Zwingli would be dead within 3 months and a week.  He wanted to resign and wasn’t allowed to.  Divine Providence had other plans for him.

Yet certainly any and every Pastor who has felt the sting of ministerial impotence knows exactly the sense which overwhelmed Zwingli.  We’ve all been overwhelmed that way and desired to resign rather than endure. But Divine Providence has other plans for us as well.

Heinrich Bullinger Werke: Kommentare zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen (Bd 7)

9783290177348Im Geist der Reformation verstand Heinrich Bullinger Theologie in erster Linie als Auslegung der Heiligen Schrift. Mit diesem Band – dem siebtem in der Reihe seiner Theologischen Schriften – wird die Edition seiner Kommentare zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen fortgesetzt. Darin enthalten sind die Auslegungen zu den Briefen an die Galater, Epheser, Philipper und Kolosser.

Die Texte sind anhand der Erstauflage sowie der ersten Gesamtausgabe der Kommentare Bullingers zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen (1537) historisch-kritisch ediert worden. Die Edition wird durch eine Einleitung und insgesamt vier Register (Bibelstellen, Quellen, Personen und Orte) erschlossen.

TVZ have sent a review copy of this new publication.  It’s an unexpected and most welcome blessing.

What Makes An Academic Conference Irritating?

The BBC has hit the nail on the head!  The worst irritant is this one-

1. The bore from the floor: There is some cruel law of physics that says the dullest, most pompous person in the room is always quickest to the microphone. They’ve mastered the art of talking without pausing so it’s impossible to interrupt them. They can use sentences so long that it’s more or less a hostage situation.

and then this one…

8. Why can’t anyone ask a proper question?: There are experts on a panel, but do we get to hear them challenged about their ideas? Not a chance. When people in the audience get up to speak, they may as well just shout out the name of their employer or the title of their latest book. It’s intellectual product placement. Blokes with sandwich boards for golf sales are more subtle in their sales technique.

Those two are very common at SBL…

Not on the list, but it should be- the Conference Chatterboxes.  They’re the people who sit heads together and chatter during papers, making one wonder why they don’t just take it to the hallway…  They’re extremely unpleasant.  And they don’t even know it.

Take note, participants of #SBL2014….  take note!