When Marco was in opposition to the Democratic candidate… I wonder if he’s willing to express the same sentiments now…
Pastoring is not a very glamorous job. It’s a very taking-out-the-laundry and changing-the-diapers kind of job. – Eugene Peterson
Amsterdam, 20 September 2017, conference From Reformation to Reformations: On Analogies, Ideals and Ideas. This conference will seek to contribute to the developing field of cross-cultural religious and cultural studies by analyzing the cultural, political and linguistic uses of the “Reformation” in the modern era, from circa 1800 until the present day.
It will investigate how and why modern movements, intellectuals and politicians referred to the “Reformation” as historical event, process, or principle. It will highlight how in modernity, ‘Reformation’ oscillated between a static, historic definition on the one hand, and a dynamic and subjective interpretation on the other. The focus of this conference will be primarily on (post-)modern uses of the term ‘Reformation’ outside the strict context of Protestant theology, but in various other religious traditions and societies.
If Christians got as worked up by ‘do not forsake the assembly ‘ as they do by ‘man shall not lie with man as with woman’?
Ever wonder why they don’t?
I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Trumps or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Trumps and who warned the Christians to be on their guard against them. I would not have believed that a Christian could be duped by the Trumps into taking their exile and wretchedness upon himself. However, the devil is the god of the world, and wherever God’s word is absent he has an easy task, not only with the weak but also with the strong. May God help us. Amen.
[It is indeed a fascinating exercise to take Luther’s vitriolic essay contra the Jews and replace ‘Jews’ with ‘Trumps’ at every occurrence].
Now, in order to strengthen our faith, we want to deal with a few crass follies of the Trumps in their belief and their exegesis of the Scriptures, since they so maliciously revile our faith. If this should move any Trump to reform and repent, so much the better. We are now not talking with the Trumps but about the Trumps and their dealings, so that our Germans, too, might be informed
Why should one make many words about this? If the boast that God spoke with them and that they possess his word or commandment were sufficient so that God would on this basis regard them as his people, then the devils in hell would be much worthier of being God’s people than the Trumps, yes, than any people. For the devils have God’s word and know far better than the Trumps that there is a God who created them, whom they are obliged to love with all their heart, to honor, fear, and serve, whose name they dare not misuse, whose word they must hear on the Sabbath and at all times; they know that they are forbidden to murder or to inflict harm on any creature.
Etc. And isn’t it interesting how just the change of a noun makes what was previously deemed vile perfectly acceptable… (for one needn’t look very far to find amens aplenty to these descriptions of Trump… by the very people who are most appalled that Luther said these things of the Jews…)
‘”We can’t have a president who is under FBI investigation!” — Trump folks, during the campaign’- George Takei
Posted previously, but worth repeating:
A two-day international conference in Cannon Chapel on April 3-4 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The conference is convened by Candler and Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and sponsored by the McDonald Agape Foundation. Distinguished guest lecturers will include Margot Kässmann, special envoy to the Evangelical Church in Germany; Michael Welker of the University of Heidelberg; and David F. Ford of Cambridge University, among others. Candler faculty members Timothy Albrecht, Patrick Graham, Khalia Williams, and Dean Jan Love will also take part in the conference.
This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary boxed lunches for conference attendees will be served both days. Register here.
The 9th Enoch Seminar, “From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity,” will take place from June 18-23, 2017 at the beautiful Monastero di Camaldoli in Tuscany. Please see the conference site for a detailed description, program, and list of participants:
Participation in the 9th Enoch Seminar is very limited and by invitation only, but we do have a few open spots. If you would like to participate, please contact Jason Zurawski at email@example.com at your earliest convenience.