Calvin’s Book Went Missing And He Fell Ill

Throughout his life Calvin suffered from poor health – he had a delicate frame, pushed to the edge by incessant work. But this particular physical collapse had a proximate cause. One of his manuscripts had gone missing. Calvin, as was his wont, had dispatched the text of his commentary on Two Corinthians to a messenger to carry to Strasbourg, to be printed there by Wendelin Rihel. Rihel was a printer with whom Calvin had a long- standing relationship ; nevertheless, it was a complex procedure, and a risky one, as it turned out in this case. Somewhere on the 400-kilometer journey the manuscript went missing. Calvin’s reaction was extraordinary. He found he could not work. Eventually, after some months, the text turned up, but only after he had endured the sort of heartache that would all too often be associated with his writing.

So Andrew Pettegree in a grand essay in a new book titled Calvin and the Book. Lay hands on a copy!

Calling Yourself a Lutheran Church Doesn’t Mean You’re a Lutheran Church

This is, believe it or nay, a Church affiliated with the ELCA.  One wonders how they can imagine themselves to be such a thing as Lutheran.  Luther himself would certainly not agree.  But this is the state of things today.  You can call yourself whatever you wish but it simply does not make it so.

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Methodists… We Have Some Questions For You

A Texas man recently proposed to his so-called boyfriend during the Sunday morning service at their “church” despite the United Methodist Church’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”  Trevor Harper, 36, recently posted a video of the event on YouTube to show that his congregation is accepting and approving of homosexuals.  Harper has been in a relationship with Davis Covin, 30, since 2006, and both have been attending the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.

  • Question 1- What does the Book of Discipline say about these things?
  • Question 2- If you aren’t going to take note of it, why have it?
  • Question 3- Which part of the service is reserved for proposals?

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Ridding The Church of ‘Naughty’ Ministers

bullinger90Necessity itself and the good estate of the people of God requires, that the naughty ministers of churches be deposed. And better it were that a few evil ministers were troubled, than so many congregations brought into danger of body and soul. For the churches and congregations are utterly destroyed through the negligence and ungodliness of wicked pastors. Therefore let them be deposed with speed. –  Heinrich Bullinger

Donald Trump’s Bible

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Trump endlessly talks about the Bible but it’s obvious that his faith and ethics are based on anything but a proper reading of Scripture.  Trump and the emergents share the same bible- the one above.

One More Salvo From Zwingli to Luther on the Mass

9187062The fact was that Zwingli and Luther could by not possibility be friends. Each was a pope in his way, only Luther ruled a nation and Zwingli a city. Each was absolutely sure of himself and that he had found out the truth. Each had no belief in the honesty or capacity of those who differed from him. Zwingli was jealous of Luther because he was so much more famous, and in his letters to him attempts to patronise him. Luther considered Zwingli a heretic. He compared him with Arius! Manifestly the best thing for both parties was to attempt no contact. Instead of doing so they carried on directly and indirectly a protracted and abusive controversy, disgraceful to both of them. What they both needed was good breeding. Their unhappy controversy was discreditable to both of them. Its practical effect was to divide and so weaken Protestantism.

The biographer of Zwingli remarks

Zwingli’s final conclusions on the matter appear in his Confession of Faith in the Appendix to this volume. Beginning on August 29, 1528, when he issued his Epichiresis (iii., 83–116) upon the canon of the mass down to August 31, 1527, when he replied to Luther’s “Confession” (ii., 2, 94–223), he published sixteen pieces, mostly of some length, upon the Lord’s Supper. His correspondence for the latter years of his life is also full of allusions to the matter.

You can read the Epichiresis here.