Zwinglius Redivivus

That Strange Guy From South Korea…

Posted in Total Depravity by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

Yeah, he sent an email defending  Sandusky’s protector Paterno.  Call me crazy but defending the defender’s of pedophiles is just a little more than inappropriate.

An authentic Christian can no more tolerate pedophilia than he or she can tolerate murder or adultery.  And defenders of pedophiles are enablers of pedophiles and participants in their wicked perversion.  It doesn’t matter if they’re football coaches or locker room attendants or beer salesmen or Doctors in South Korea.

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Duty to the Neighbor

Posted in Calvin, Theology by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

How extremely difficult it is for you to discharge your duty in seeking the advantage of your neighbour! Unless you quit all selfish considerations, and, as it were, lay aside yourself, you will effect nothing in this duty.  — John Calvin

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A Needed Warning Still Unheeded

Posted in Bible, Theology by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

Sinner, I threaten you again. Remember, it is but a short time you may have to hear these warnings. You imagine that your life will be long, but do you know how short it is? Have you ever tried to think how frail you are? Did you ever see a body when it has been cut in pieces by the anatomist? Did you ever see such a marvelous thing as the human frame?

“Strange, a harp of a thousand strings,
Should keep in tune so long.”

Let but one of those cords be twisted, let but a mouthful of food go in the wrong direction, and you may die. The slightest chance, as we have it, may send you swift to death, when God wills it. Strong men have been killed by the smallest and slightest accident, and so may you. In the chapel, in the house of God, men have dropped down dead. How often do we hear of men falling in our streets-rolling out of time into eternity, by some sudden stroke. And are you sure that heart of your’s is quite sound? Is the blood circulating with all accuracy? Are you quite sure of that? And if it be so, how long shall it be? O, perhaps there are some of you here that shall never see Christmas-day; it may be the mandate has gone forth already, “Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live.” – C.H. Spurgeon

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Zwingli’s Translation of and Commentary On Isaiah

Posted in Bible, Zwingli by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

On 15 July, 1529 Huldrych Zwingli published his giant commentary on Isaiah, including his own translation, in Latin, of the text.  Included in the critical edition of Zwingli’s works in which his Isaiah commentary is found is also a spectacular essay by Edwin Künzli titled Zwingli als Ausleger des Alten Testamentes (Z XIV).

It’s a spectacular commentary and a very fine explanatory essay.  Both demonstrate the fact that Zwingli wasn’t only pastor and theologian, he was also a superior exegete.  A combination fairly rare these days.  Very, very rare.

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Fear

Posted in Luther by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

Luther wrote in 1520

The more powerfully they [adversities] rise up, the more securely I laugh at them. I am determined to fear nothing in this and defy everything.

Nice.  Sometimes in life you just have to man-up.  Sometimes you even have to be defiant.

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Led to Worship

Posted in Calvin, Theology by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

English: John Calvin Deutsch: Maße: 10,9 x 7,8...

[T]hey who have faith do not entertain a slight opinion as to God being the Creator of the world, but they have a deep conviction fixed in their minds and behold the true God. And further, they understand the power of his word, not only as manifested instantaneously in creating the world, but also as put forth continually in its preservation; nor is it his power only that they understand, but also his goodness, and wisdom, and justice. And hence they are led to worship, love, and honour him. — John Calvin

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If You Wonder Why America Is Broke

Posted in misery by Jim on 15 Jul 2012

You can thank our love of war-

Via Thomas Bolin on FB

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