The Expulsion of Calvin and Farel From Geneva


Farel urging Calvin to go to Geneva

On Easter Sunday, April 21, Calvin … ascended the pulpit of St. Peter’s; Farel, the pulpit of St. Gervais. They preached before large audiences, but declared that they could not administer the communion to the rebellious city, lest the sacrament be desecrated. And indeed, under existing circumstances, the celebration of the love-feast of the Saviour would have been a solemn mockery. Many hearers were armed, drew their swords, and drowned the voice of the preachers, who left the church and went home under the protection of their friends.  Calvin preached also in the evening in the Church of St. Francis at Rive in the lower part of the city, and was threatened with violence.

The small Council met after the morning service in great commotion and summoned the general Council. On the next two days, April 22 and 23, the great Council of the Two Hundred assembled in the cloisters of St. Peter’s, deposed Farel and Calvin, without a trial, and ordered them to leave the city within three days.

They received the news with great composure. “Very well,” said Calvin, “it is better to serve God than man. If we had sought to please men, we should have been badly rewarded, but we serve a higher Master, who will not withhold from us his reward.” Calvin even rejoiced at the result more than seemed proper.

The people celebrated the downfall of the clerical régime with public rejoicings. The decrees of the synod of Lausanne were published by sound of trumpets. The baptismal fonts were re-erected, and the communion administered on the following Sunday with unleavened bread.

So Schaff, as he recounts the events surrounding Calvin’s expulsion from that wretched pit of iniquity, Geneva.  Calvin was happy to be tossed out.  Nothing could have pleased him more at that point.

The Devil is in the Vineyard

devil in the vineyard-
Apocalypse, England ca. 1300 (BnF, Latin 10474, fol. 30v)

If You Only Read Two Things Today…

Read what you’re reading right now and then read this one.

Fun at Rossini Fest

A Day Off

Brice Jones on those NT Papyri Just Published


Two new Greek NT papyrus fragments from Oxyrhynchus have been identified: one of Ephesians and one of 1 Timothy. These fragments, already assigned Gregory-Aland numbers, were just published in the latest volume of the Oyrhynchus Papyri–P.Oxy. 81. Dr. Geoff Smith, the author of the Ephesians fragment, has uploaded the editions of both fragments on his site.

[As noted yesterday].

The Bee Stings Furtick’s Self Aggrandizing Ways

Sources within Elevation Church, who noted that “he was really on fire,” have confirmed that Pastor Steven Furtick preached a long, moving sermon last Sunday which was entirely about how good he was preaching.

Man I’m preaching good today,” he is said to have begun, before repeating several slightly-modified versions of the same statement and pumping his fist in the air.

“Whew! I’m preaching good!” he continued to explain to rousing applause. “Lord Jesus, I don’t know why they’re all being so quiet, because I know I’m preaching good right now! C’mon, somebody!”

As he went on to exegete his feelings about how good he was preaching, he revealed that he wasn’t sure everyone quite understood how good he was preaching, before instructing each person present to repeat to him that he was, indeed, preaching good, as he ran through the aisles yelling.

“Turn to your neighbor and say ‘Pastor Steven’s really preaching good’ seven times right now,” he then instructed his congregation once back at the pulpit, adding that they should then turn to their other neighbor and repeat the same phrase 77 times. “Now touch 3 people and say ‘Pastor Steven is preaching so good’ 777 times!” he demanded, to wild cheers.

At publishing time, an inside source confirmed that the sermon resulted in 39 commitments to Elevation Church.

39 of those were shills planted by Furtick to boost his numbers.

Osteen, Jakes, White, Bell, and the Rest of the False Teachers

These people are counterfeit apostles, dishonest workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  There is nothing astonishing in this; even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  It is nothing extraordinary, then, when his servants disguise themselves as the servants of uprightness. They will come to the end appropriate to what they have done. (2 Cor. 11:13-15)

No, heretic, it does not.

I Just Discovered That the Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible is in BibleWorks10

Is this new?  Or have I simply never noticed it before?

Anna Bullinger-Adlischwyler

Rebecca writes

Come to the Zwingliplatz on Sunday at 17:00 and join us for the unveiling of the Anna Bullinger-Adlischwyler (ca.1504-1564) commemorative plaque. We are also honoring Anna, who I worked to historically reconstruct, this year at the Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster at Sechseläuten. We will publish a little biography of her in German in January.

A Snippet of a Film

This little segment is on Marburg. The whole film, as I’ve said before, is excellent.

The Daily Show ‘Fox News Anchor’ Auditions

With O’Reilly out, who will be the sexual predator Fox hires to replace him?

NB- every ‘man’ on that tape is an embarrassment to males.

Karl Barth Audio Files

From the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton (on facebook)-

The Digital Team for the Princeton Theological Seminary Library has developed a new and exciting platform, which transcribes many of the audio files in their collection. There are five audio files of Karl Barth in their audio collection from his Warfield Lectures delivered at the seminary in 1962. What might be most interesting to many would be the transcription of the discussion between Barth and students at the seminary. Listen and read at the link below!

Here’s the link.  Enjoy.  And yes, American Barthians, they’re in English so you’ll be able to understand them.

Spending Time With Luther Today

It Was True In Amos’s Day And It’s True Today

Hebrew ScribeThey hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.

Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them. For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate. Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.

Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken. Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this: “There shall be wailing in all streets, And they shall say in all the highways,`Alas! Alas!’ They shall call the farmer to mourning, And skillful lamenters to wailing. In all vineyards there shall be wailing, For I will pass through you,” Says the LORD.  Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!  Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:10-20)

The Bee Stings the ‘Love is Love’ Rubbish

If you heard a faint screaming on the morning wind when you woke up today, that was us 🙂

We were yelling with joy, because Apple just added a full set of emojis for polygamists to the iPhone, and we. Can’t. Even.

We are literally feeling all the feels. This is such a huge win for equality. This is what George Washington died for. This is what Abraham Lincoln attacked the South for. This is literally why Hitler committed suicide.

The new emoji set contains several different characters depicting men with up to twelve different women, beautifully displaying the love between a man and his many wives. And can we say, it’s about time!

Because love is love, that’s why. And if you don’t like that, sorry! Bye Felicia!

Apple literally just slapped bigots in the face with their support of free love. Yes!

Love wins, bigots! Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it!


P.Oxy. 5258. Ephesians 3:21-4:2, 14-16 (P 132)

With thanks to Rick *The Giant* Brannan for mentioning this essay on  Enjoy.


Ok people, look…  There hasn’t been anyone in the Hebrew Bible ‘confirmed’ by archaeology.  What’s happened is that names found in the Bible have also, on occasion, been found in the archaeological record.  To suggest that ‘Moses’, for example, has been ‘confirmed’ because a sherd has the name ‘Moses’ on it is both disingenuous and misleading.  Moses was probably not the only guy named Moses and Joshua was probably not the only guy named Joshua.  Etc.

BAR needs to be honest here, because their claim is just fake news.  The people of the Bible haven’t been confirmed.  Names have been confirmed to have existed.  That’s it.  Period.

And Staring Over Zwingli’s Shoulder Again…

Sometime in April of 1524 Zwingli wrote this little bit: Ordnung von den drei Kilchhören.

Ordnung von den 3 kilchhörinen, so verr die minen herren gevallen wurde.

[1.] Uf Marci sol man 1. fierteil einr stund vor 5. zuo allen kilchen ein zeichen lüten, zuo fünfen das ander, und bald darnach us allen kilchen usgan mit zemenlüten, das man zum Grossen Münster anheben sol und zuo dem Frowenmünster zemenkumen. Da sol ein predge gehalten werden, ein uslegung eines der siben psalmen uf ein halb stund oder stund, demnach das volck gelert werden, wie es alle notturfft da von dem allmechtigen got begeren sölle. Und sol nach end der predge die gemein priesterschafft die siben psalmen, wie vormal gebrucht, gegen einander betten, one die litany, mit dem beschluss des gebettes für die sünd; und demnach one gsang widrum heimkert werden.

[2.] In der krützwochen zuo glicher wys wie uf Marci zuo iedem tag; doch das man uf mentag zuo Sant Peter, zinstag zum Grossen Münster, mitwoch zuom Frowenmünster, wie vor uff Marci bestimpt ist, gang, predge und bitte, damit wytschweiffen, darus gar bald lichtverige erwachsen möcht, und arbeit vermitten werdind und iederman zuo rat und arbeit noch zytlich komen mög.

[3.] Die übrigen krützgeng, von minen herren angesehen, als gen Einsüdlen, uff den Hof, setzend wir irer wysheit heim, in hoffnung, sy werdind hierinn mit got ermessen, welchs das aller gotzgevelligost sye.

When one goes to worship matters. That one goes, matters more. That people have to be told to do it matters most of all.

Staring Over Zwingli’s Shoulder…

Zwingli's Study

Zwingli’s Study

In his study on April 20, 1524, one would have seen him write his Eine Epistel vor der “Antwort eines Schwytzer Purens.”

He sends along to a small community words of encouragement as they struggle to reform, encouraging them as well to support their own Reformer-

Huldrich Zuingli embüt allen christlichen leseren gnad und fryd von got und unserm herren Jesu Christo.

Sich, frommer Christ, wie den himelschen vatter lustet, siner götlichen wyßheit liecht vor den wysen und fürsichtigen ze verbergen Mat. 11. [Matth. 11. 25], unnd das den kindischen erscheinen, damitt er all weg im selbs glych sye, der da verderbet die wyßheit der wysen unnd den verstand der fürsichtigen verschupfft [Jes. 29. 14, cf. 1. Cor. 1. 19]; der im selbs ouch den schlechten huffen wellet, damitt er die wysen zuo scham zwinge [1. Cor. 1. 27].

Hie kempffet ein hafengiesser, der gar ghein sprach noch kluogheit kan, dann die er von got und siner muoter gelert hat, mit eim alten schuolmeister, der in vil künsten, voruß des geistlichen retschens – wie heißt es?: rechtens – verschlissen unnd ußgenutzet ist.

Welcher aber sich uff die götlichen warheit bas verstand und das gotswort eigenlicher bruche, wirdst du in dym gleubigen hertzen innen. Darumb lassend darvon, ir gewaltigen diser welt, die leer Christi ze durächten. Do Christus getödt, ward er durch die vischer in der welt verkündet und nam me zuo, denn do er lyblich hie was. Also wenn ir die wenen vertriben han, werdend die hafner, müller, glaser, tuochschärer, schuochmacher und schnyder leeren. Es ist ietz an denen; die vischer hand es vor gethon.

Ouch, lieben schueler des Gebwylers, wellend ir des bapstes unnd der rethorick bericht werden, blybend bym Gebwyler; denn Hans Fueßli kan nüt darmit. Wellen ir aber die götlichen warheit clar hören, so zühend von dem retor und kummend zuo dem hafengiesser. Verstand es ieder imm besten. Bis hiemit gottes. Des bistu ouch, du wellist oder nit. Der wirt ouch uß dir machen ein geschirr zuo eer oder spott, wie er wil [cf. Röm. 9. 21]; er ist gott.

And God is with the Reformers.