An Incredibly Good Book, Free: Commentary on Mark 13 by George R. Beasley-Murray

Prof. G.R. Beasley-Murray was a dear friend.  His commentary is a superb work and it’s free so you have no excuse for not reading it.

Today’s free book is a commentary on Mark 13 by George R. Beasley-Murray. This book was reproduced from a copy kindly provided by Book Aid and with the permission of the copyright holder, the Rev. Dr Paul Beasley-Murray.

Download it.  Read it.  Profit from doing so.

When Homeschooler = Nazi

In Ohio (the Florida of the Midwest) there’s a network of home schoolers who are teaching their kids to be good Nazis.  And no, this is not The Onion.  They have over 2400 members receiving their materials.

Earlier this month, while the rest of the country was celebrating the achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., parents and children in the “Dissident Homeschool” network opened a lesson plan and were greeted with the words: “As Adolf Hitler wrote…”

The contents of the MLK lesson plan would be shocking for almost anyone, but for members of the 2,400-member “Dissident Homeschool” Telegram channel, this was a regular Monday at school.

“It is up to us to ensure our children know him for the deceitful, dishonest, riot-inciting negro he actually was,” the administrator of the network’s Telegram channel wrote, alongside a downloadable lesson plan for elementary school children. ”He is the face of a movement which ethnically cleansed whites out of urban areas and precipitated the anti-white regime that we are now fighting to free ourselves from.”

Since the group began in October 2021 it has openly embraced Nazi ideology and promoted white supremacy, while proudly discouraging parents from letting their white children play with or have any contact with people of any other race. Admins and members use racist, homophobic, and antisemitic slurs without shame, and quote Hitler and other Nazi leaders daily in a channel open to the public.

In America.  Who would have ever imagined that the fascists we fought in World War Two would sprout back up on American soil.  Despicable.

Quote of the Day

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Col. 3:12-17)

Today With Luther: Katie Luther’s Birthday

katie lutherOnce more, from the folk at Sachsen-Anhalt

The flowers are a birthday gift from an anonymous admirer. This year in brilliant yellow! Sure Katie would have loved it!

And from the undersigned:

Katharina (Katie) was born on January 29, 1499, to Hans and Katherina (nee von Haubitz) von Bora, a family of the lower German nobility. She was most likely born in the area of Hirschfeld near Meißen in Saxony. Although nobility, her parents were not rich. Her mother died and her father remarried when she was 5 years old. She was then sent to live in the convent at Brehna. She lived here for five years until the age of ten when her father moved her to a convent at Nimbschen near Grimma where two of her aunts, Margarethe von Haubitz and Magdelena von Bora, also lived.

In the convents, Katie lived a simple life with a strict routine. Her day consisted of regular worship and chores. It was here that he learned many things about cooking for large groups, sewing, beer making, and other domestic chores that would serve her so well later on when she was the mistress of the Black Cloister.  -Rebecca DeGarmeaux

Happy birthday to the backbone of the Lutheran branch of the Reformation.

Today With Zwingli: The First Zurich Disputation

The opening statement by the representative of the government of Zurich reads

zurich“Very learned, venerable, noble, steadfast, honourable, wise, ecclesiastical lords and friends: In my lords’ city of Zurich and in its territories there has risen for some time discord and strife on account of the sermons and doctrine given to the people from the pulpit by our preacher here in Zurich, Master Ulrich Zwingli. Wherefore he has been reproached and spoken against by some as a false guide, by others as a heretic. So it has come about that not alone in our city of Zurich but in the country under the authority of my lords such discord among the priests, also among the laity, increases, and daily come complaints to my lords about it, until it seems that there is no end to such angry words and quarrelling.

On this account Master Ulrich Zwingli has offered often from the public pulpit to give before everybody the rationale and ground of his preaching and doctrine delivered here in Zurich in an open disputation before numerous clergy and laity. The honourable Council has granted this request of Master Ulrich with a view to stop the great unrest and disputing, has allowed him to hold a public disputation in the German language before the Great Council of Zurich, as the Two Hundred are called, to which the honourable wise Council has invited all the people’s priests and curates of the canton; also solicited the venerable lord and prince, etc., Bishop of Constance; on which his Grace has kindly sent the deputation here present, for which the honourable Council of Zurich expresses especial great thanks.

Therefore, if anyone now present has any displeasure or doubts over the preaching and doctrines of Master Ulrich here has given from the pulpit, or knows to speak about the matter, as that such preaching and doctrine were and must be not correct but seditious or heretical, let him here before my lords convict the oft-mentioned Master Ulrich of untruthfulness, and in this presence here confute his error by Holy Scripture freely, boldly, and without fear of punishment, so that my lords may be spared hereafter daily complaints, whence originate discord and disunity. For my lords are tired of such complaints, which tend to increase constantly from the clergy and laity alike.”

Over 600 Clerics and interested citizens were in attendance and at the end of it all the Zwinglian Reformation of Christianity in the City and Canton were established as the course of action which would be taken.

Worship was reformed and theology – as the basis of right worship and conduct – would no longer be based on tradition, but upon Scripture alone. And it all commenced on the 29th of January, 1523.

Rudolf Pfister on the First Zurich Disputation

In an essay in Zwingliana Rudolf Pfister discusses the situation in the Church in the wake of the debate. Pfister’s assertion that the core argument Zwingli offered, that Scripture is the final court of appeal for Church and faith, is doubtless correct.

Revolutionär muß die Grundforderung der Reformation genannt werden, die Heilige Schrift des Alten und Neuen Testamentes sei alleiniges Kriterium für «Kirche und Glaube». Am Schluß der 67 Schlußreden schrieb Zwingli, niemand solle versuchen, sie «mit sophistry oder menschentandt » zu bekämpfen, man müsse vielmehr «die geschrifft für ein Richter» anerkennen. Im Ingreß zu diesen Sätzen heißt es, die Schrift sei «theopneustos», «das ist vonn gott ingesprochen». Mit anderen Worten, auch jetzt, bei diesem Streitgespräch sollte das Wort Gottes als Zeugnis der Wahrheit oberster Richter sein.

Though modern Protestants take for granted that Scripture is the supreme authority, things were quite different in the 16th century. Astonishingly different.

It’s a very nice essay and since it’s ‘The First Zurich Disputation Day’ today, worth a look.

Ben Sira Making Friends

I would sooner keep house with a lion or a dragon than keep house with a spiteful wife. A woman’s spite changes her appearance and makes her face as grim as a bear’s. When her husband goes out to dinner with his neighbours, he cannot help heaving bitter sighs. No spite can approach the spite of a woman, may a sinner’s lot be hers! Like the climbing of a sandhill for elderly feet, such is a garrulous wife for a quiet husband. Do not be taken in by a woman’s beauty, never lose your head over a woman. 

Bad temper, insolence and shame hold sway where the wife supports the husband. Low spirits, gloomy face, stricken heart: such is a spiteful wife. Slack hands and sagging knees: such is the wife who does not make her husband happy. Sin began with a woman, and thanks to her we must all die. Do not let water find a leak, nor a spiteful woman give free rein to her tongue. If she will not do as you tell her, get rid of her. (Sir. 25:16-26)

If Christians Just Acted Like They Should…

The world would be a far better place-

‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.  If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge.  But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a gentile or a tax collector.  (Matt. 18:15-17)