Daily Archives: 4 Feb 2017

Not the Nine O’Clock News on ‘The Devil’

Trendy Vicars and knowing suburbanites discuss the question- ‘is the Devil all bad’?

Giovanni Garbini’s Last Book

Just published posthumously.


Total Depravity: Two Shameful Pastors in the News This Week Edition

Police: Florida pastor caught with man’s wife, flees naked

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A police report says a prominent Florida pastor was forced to run out of a house naked after a woman’s husband came home to find him having sex with his wife. The Tallahassee Democrat reports (http://on.tdo.com/2kmThSX ) police documents show a woman’s husband found her in bed with Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 17. The woman told police that her husband yelled that he was going to kill Simmons, who fled the apartment naked and hid behind a nearby fence. The husband took the pastor’s clothes, wallet and car keys and later agreed to return the items following negotiations with police. Video posted online shows Simmons asking for forgiveness from his congregation at Tallahassee’s Jacob Chapel, saying “you cannot defend sin.”

Connecticut pastor charged with stealing $8K in electricity

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The pastor of a Connecticut church has been charged with stealing about $8,000 worth of electricity. The Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/2k3gYik ) reports that Bishop William Marshall, pastor of City of Life Worship and Deliverance Center in Bridgeport, was charged with third-degree larceny. Marshall, who was released on a promise to appear in court, did not return calls for comment. Authorities say investigators for United Illuminating Co. had checked a meter at a building where Marshall was operating a barbershop in October. Police say even though power to the barbershop had been disconnected in 2013 for failure to pay a $4,000 bill, it appeared that electricity was still being delivered. Investigators say the meter had been illegally reconnected, powering the barbershop but not registering the service on the meter.

Come on you guys

Reformation Celebration at Union University

All the details are available here.

Petrus Dathenus und der Heidelberger Katechismus

9783525552476Der Heidelberger Katechismus zählt zu den zentralen Lehr- und Bekenntnisschriften des reformierten Protestantismus. Bei seiner Abfassung wurde in nicht unerheblichem Maße auf Stoff aus älteren Katechismen reformierter Prägung zurückgegriffen. Neben dem großen und dem kleinen Katechismus von Zacharias Ursinus (1534–1583) und dem Genfer Katechismus Johannes Calvins (1509–1564) sind dies insbesondere eine Reihe niederländischer bzw. niederdeutscher Katechismen. Die Rezeption letzterer wird in der Forschungsliteratur häufig auf den Einfluss einer Gruppe niederländischer Glaubensflüchtlinge zurückgeführt, die 1562 im leerstehenden Kloster Frankenthal in der Kurpfalz Asyl fanden. Der Prediger dieser Gruppe, Petrus Dathenus (1531/32–1588) steht dabei exemplarisch für die (west-)europäische Ausrichtung der Kurpfälzischen Politik in der zweiten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts: Als Theologe setzte er sich intensiv für die Verbreitung des Heidelberger Katechismus in der Niederlande ein, als Gesandter des Kurfürsten versuchte er, Einfluss auf die spannungsreiche politische Lage in seinem Heimatland zu nehmen.Tobias Schreiber untersucht die Frage, ob es tatsächlich jener Petrus Dathenus war, der die spezifisch niederländische bzw. niederdeutsche Katechismustradition in den Entstehungsprozess des Heidelberger Katechismus einbrachte und so den konfessionellen Wandel in der Kurpfalz um 1563 mitprägte. Der Autor nimmt dabei auch die 1563 kurz nach dem Katechismus veröffentlichte Kurpfälzische Kirchenordnung in den Blick.

When You’re Reading A Book By NT Wright…

And you can’t find a bookmark… this is the preferred method (with thanks to Colin for the photo)-


Martin and Katie Luther: Homeowners!

the black cloister luthers home

February 4, 1532: Elector John of Saxony turns over the ownership of the Black Cloister to Martin and Katie Luther. Even though it had been considered a wedding gift from him, it wasn’t until seven years later that the documentation Is settled and the Luthers are officially home owners. Katie spent many hours transforming the former monastery into a comfortable family home. Walls were whitewashed, rooms transformed from monks’ cells into bedrooms, cellars dug, and more. Home ownership also gave the Luthers certain rights as citizens of Wittenberg.

This was not the only property which Martin and Katie owned. Katie persuaded Martin to let her buy various farm fields, including her family’s farm at Zölsdorf, so that she could provide food for her family and the constant stream of guests and lodgers.

Rebecca DeGarmeaux

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