Daily Archives: 24 Nov 2012

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Guess he didn’t mind the cold: A naked man sat on the statue of a 19th-century prince in downtown London yesterday, striking poses and waving his arms around while police tried to coax him down, the Telegraph reports. Police also closed off a street near Trafalgar Square to traffic and a gathering crowd. At one point the man stood on the head of the statue—of Prince George, the first Duke of Cambridge—and then sat on George’s head.

He finally came down after about three hours and was taken away by police under the Mental Health Act, the BBC reports. “I just laughed,” said a woman visiting from the US. “It’s an experience.” But the owner of a pub complained that business owners lost money when police cordoned off the road; he also wondered why “one naked man” required eight police cars, two fire trucks, and four mounted police.

Terrible Chris, really terrible.  And after making such a good impression here in the States.  What will we do with you?

What You Missed At SBL

What you missed, unless you’re in the know, was the formation of a band featuring James McGrath on keyboards, Joel Watts on drums, Mark Goodacre on vocals, and of course Chris Tilling on guitar.  The band’s name?  Behold, they’re already on satellite radio!

The BS’ers will perform in Baltimore!  Plan now to attend SBL 2013.

A Letter of Oecolampadius

To Somius, of Ulm, 10 February, 1527.—

“Beloved brother, it gives us great joy here to learn what things Christ works by your means, and through the instrumentality of his word at Ulm. The remembrance of our old friendship makes such news peculiarly refreshing to me.

We pray that he who has begun this work will perfect it: for Satan will not cease from his arts until he is entirely put down by the coming of the Lord.… Who would not be terrified at the diabolical machinations which are resorted to? But we have learned that trials are good for us—that the thoughts of man are vain—and that ‘cursed is he who maketh flesh his arm.’

The cross must either be borne (resolutely), or quite thrown off. Nothing is more fatal to the church of God than lukewarm ministers. In the mean time we must help one another by our mutual prayers, comfort one another by friendly letters, and communicate what the Spirit imparts to us.…

Our enemies are too violent to allow us to hope for peace; but the goodness of God is too great to permit us to despond.”

Offered Sans Comment

Make of it what you will.

A New England strip club has been flattened and more than 10 other buildings badly damaged when a natural gas explosion ripped through the Massachusetts city of Springfield. 18 people were injured in the blast.

“This is a miracle… that no one was killed,” said Tim Murray, Massachusetts lieutenant governor. It looked as though there had been “a missile strike,” said Sgt John Delaney of Springfield police.

Strippers and customers had earlier been evacuated from Scores Gentleman’s Club because of a gas leak. The injured included firefighters, police officers and gas company workers investigating that leak.

The debris left a large hole in the ground where the multi-story brick building housing the popular strip club once stood. Debris was scattered over several nearby streets as smoke billowed overhead and terrified local residents fled into the street.

The ‘Defense’ of Johannes Oecolampadius

‘Defense’ literature was exceedingly common in the early years of the Reformation, as the Reformers had to ‘defend’ their departure from the corrupt Church of Rome while maintaining their adherence to historic Christianity.  Indeed, most ‘Apologetic’ literature (which is what the term meant in the time) was a demonstration that the Reformers hadn’t departed at all from the truth, Rome had.

Johannes Oecolampadius’ contribution to the genre is an example of both the clarity of his thought and the ease with which he presents those thoughts.  you can download the entire book here (in PDF, in, of course, Latin).

For other of Oecolampadius’ works see the right nav panel under ‘Reformation Texts’.

The Reformer Oecolampadius

Karl Hammer’s excellent Der Reformator Oekolampad (1482-1531) is available in a back issue of Zwingliana which should be read today on this, the anniversary of Oecolampadius’ death. He begins-

Der 500. Geburtstag von Weinsbergs wohl größtem Sohn, Hans Husschin, ist Anlaß genug, darüber nachzudenken, was an Leben und Werk eines solchen Mannes auch für heute unaufgebbar oder doch wenigstens vorbildlich erscheint. Anhand von ausgewählten Stationen dieses Lebens ist jeweils die Frage zu stellen: Welche reformatorischen Keime,Stufen oder Vorstufen, Visionen einer künftigen Kirche enthüllen sich beim näheren Hinsehen? Was ließ Oekolampad schließlich zu einem Reformator werden, den der seinerzeit bedeutende Basler Kirchenhistoriker Karl Rudolf Hagenbach 1845 gern als vierten Hauptreformator neben Luther, Zwingli und Calvin gestellt wissen wollte? Leider ist dieses Ziel nicht einmal von Hagenbachs drittem Nachfolger auf dem Basler Lehrstuhl für Kirchengeschichte, Ernst Staehelin (1889-1980), erreicht worden, dessen halbes Lebenswerk um die Gestalt des Basler Reformators kreiste und dessen Werke bis heute die ausgiebigste Beschäftigung mit Oekolampad darstellen.

There, to this very day, is no full length biography of this extremely important Reformer. There should be.

What’s Wrong With Academia.edu?

It seems completely frozen in the past. Here’s a screenshot:

Academia.edu, I think you’re broken.  Or at least your post feed is.

Deceivers Revealed

Are you or someone you know a follower of the likes of Joel Osteen, Kenneth Hagin, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, or T. D. Jakes etc? This film takes a responsible look at the major doctrines which separate this movement from historic biblical Christianity. Its origins and errors are documented with evidence and fact.

Bloggers who Twitter

I’ve added a link to the blogroll to Bloggers who Twitter.  If you know of someone on twitter who isn’t included who is a biblioblogger, please let me know so I can add them.

If You Buy Someone a Joel Osteen Book for Christmas, You Aren’t Helping Them

Ok dear friends who inexplicably like Joel Osteen… he is a heretic- a false teacher who spreads a fake gospel of self improvement that is nothing less than new-age philosophy wrapped in the language of the church. I’m obligated to tell you that if you buy into his ideas you’re buying into a lie. And if you buy his books for other people (or yourself, for that matter), you aren’t helping them or yourself.

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (2 Jo 1:9-11).

If you buy his books you have received him into your home. And if you give his books, you’ve sent him to someone else’s home.

Basel: The City of Oecolampadius

From my last visit there:

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The Works of Oecolampadius

If you visit the PRDL you can read just about everything that Oecolampadius wrote!  His ideas certainly are worth a look.  He did more for Basel than any other theologian to grace the city, and that includes Erasmus (who was more philosopher than theologian anyway).

Celebrating the Memory of Johannes Oecolampadius

After the victory of the Reformation, [Johannes] Oecolampadius continued unto the end of his life to be indefatigable in preaching, teaching, and editing valuable commentaries (chiefly on the Prophets). He took a lively interest in French Protestant refugees, and brought the Waldenses, who sent a deputation to him, into closer affinity with the Reformed churches.

He was a modest and humble man, of a delicate constitution and ascetic habits, and looked like a church father. He lived with his mother; but after her death, in 1528, he married, at the age of forty-five, Wilibrandis Rosenblatt, the widow of Cellarius (Keller), who afterwards married in succession two other Reformers (Capito and Bucer), and survived four husbands. This tempted Erasmus to make the frivolous joke (in a letter of March 21, 1528), that his friend had lately married a good-looking girl to crucify his flesh, and that the Lutheran Reformation was a comedy rather than a tragedy, since the tumult always ended in a wedding. He afterwards apologized to him, and disclaimed any motive of unkindness.

Oecolampadius had three children, whom he named Eusebius, Alitheia, and Irene (Godliness, Truth, Peace), to indicate what were the pillars of his theology and his household. His last days were made sad by the news of Zwingli’s death, and the conclusion of a peace unfavorable to the Reformed churches. The call from Zurich to become Zwingli’s successor he declined. A few weeks later, on the 24th of November, 1531, he passed away in peace and full of faith, after having partaken of the holy communion with his family, and admonished his colleagues to continue faithful to the cause of the Reformation. He was buried behind the Minster.*

I’ll have more to say about this giant throughout the day.  He is unfairly unknown but, fortunately, his works at least are now easily accessible (unlike in Schaff’s day).

More anon…
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*P. Schaff, History of the Christian church. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.