In his commentary on John 6 Luther wrote
I suppose people will always be willing to let the Gospel feed them and make them wealthy, to have it serve worldly ends and bring them food, money, honor, and life’s comforts; but it is intolerable if it tries to instruct people in the service of God. They love God as lice love a tramp; far from being interested in his welfare, their one concern is to feed on him and suck his blood. Our love for the Gospel is like that. We seek nothing but gluttony and our own selfish interest. The Gospel is loved on account of greed, not on account of righteousness. They do not accept the Gospel with the resolve to obey it. No, that does not appeal to them. If Christ had gorged them with food and drink every day, then He would have been a welcome Christ.
Truer words… The self interested followers of Christ outnumber genuine disciples as the stars of heaven outnumber white rhinos.
Here. Most interestingly
The third point I want to share here regards a disappointment. I was rather disappointed with the book exhibition. For those of you who haven’t ever attended an SBL-AAR: the book exhibit at these meetings is huge. It may be regarded as the Frankfurter Buchmesse for Biblical and Religious Studies. Among the thousands of new books, I could hardly find any really exciting material. It amazed me to see how many new commentaries have been published on Romans, on Luke, on Mark, how many introductions to Paul, to the NT in general and to the historical Jesus were presented here. A certain fatigue got to me. It made me realize that many of us spend our time and energy on rewriting (or unwriting!) books that have already been written, sometimes even long ago. The good news is, that it also made me realize that I was looking for that one book I could not find. And now you may wonder about the subject of that book. If I will be given the time, you might actually get to see the result at a future SBL Annual Meeting…
Now I’m all kinds of curious. What was he looking for that he didn’t find and what will he write to fill the gap? Why must people tease so?
I guess because American TV isn’t already horrible, a new show aims to make it even worse:
‘Extreme Cougar Wives’ Digs Into the Dating World of Older Women, Young Men
“I’m confident, I’m sexy, I’m loving and I’ve never had a headache.” That’s Hattie. She’s is a 76-year-old woman who loves younger men. She said the youngest man she had ever slept with was 18. “I always have sex on the first date,” she said.
Bragging of being a trollop. How precious is that.
And then there is Stephanie, a 65-year-old woman who is dating 28-year-old Octavio, and 54-year-old Jude and 21-year-old Kevin, who decided to have a commitment ceremony. “The sex,” said Jude, as Kevin added. “I will never forget the first time, was absolutely amazing.” These brave women agreed to lay out their unusual love lives in a daring TLC show, “Extreme Cougar Wives,” a reality special showcasing cougar-cub relationships. In the Nov. 25 special, which airs at 10 p.m. ET on TLC, viewers will meet Hattie, Jude and her lover, Kevin, and Stephanie with her boyfriend Octavio.
That’s not brave, it’s just nasty. Nasty, nasty, nasty and the aggrandizement of depravity and promiscuity. I guess the geezers didn’t learn morals in the 1840’s.
A facebook group has been organized. Check it out. Sign up. And don’t let the fact that the wicked Joel Watts is in it deter you.
Isaiah is looking at you. He won’t be very pleased if you don’t do it. Look at that face!
I was, as one does, browsing the ‘Zwingli Portraits’ page and stumbled across this very unique portrait of Zwingli by none less than Lucas Cranach the Elder (Luther’s friend and supporter).
It’s unique for 3 main reasons: 1) very seldom (hardly ever) is Zwingli’s hair shown and by all accounts Cranach got it right because Zwingli had red, curly hair. Here Cranach shows the curls. 2) And never, to my recollection, is Zwingli portrayed with facial hair. He is always clean shaven. 3), Finally, Zwingli is normally pictured with a Bible in his hand. Here he has none. That’s typical of Cranach, but unusual of most others who show Zwingli’s hands.
All in all I find it an interesting piece. Click the ‘Zwingli Portraits’ tab above for many, many more.
I honestly hope you have a spectacular day!