Quote of the Day

The face of death, and nearness of eternity, did much to convince me what books to read, what studies to prefer and prosecute, what company and conversation to choose. It drove me early into the vineyard of the Lord, and taught me to preach as a dying man to dying men. — RICHARD BAXTER

The GOP Has Been the Party of ‘No’ For So Long It Has Forgotten How to Govern

They cannot govern. The Republican Party as it is presently constituted, from party base to congressional leadership, is competent to do two things: complain and vandalize. If that wasn’t made clear last November, it was made clear this week, when the entire government was turned into the biggest, gooiest, chewiest clusterfck in the history of democratic politics. It was the base who elected not only president*, but also all the members of Congress who got promoted up through the ranks when a great number of them probably should have been left back in Bug Tussle keeping Them off the golf course at The Club.

Some of the language of the essay is ridiculous but the point is true.  The GOP can’t govern.

Veit Dietrich

March 25, 1549: Veit Dietrich died in Nürnberg, Germany at the age of 42

Veit was probably the most famous of all of the boarders in the home of Martin and Katie Luther. He was born on December 8, 1506, also in Nürnberg. At the age of fifteen, he enrolled at the University of Wittenberg to study medicine. Soon, Martin Luther convinced him to study theology instead. Veit lived with the Luthers and became a recorder of Martin’s table talk and then went with him to Marburg and Coburg as his personal secretary. Many of the sermons and quotes that we have of Luther are due to Veit’s diligent recording.

Katie and Veit didn’t always seem to get along. Apparently he had a large number of students who followed him around, including to the Luther home, which made for extra work for Katie. But it’s undeniable that much that we know about Katie and life in the Black Cloister comes from Veit’s pen.

Any disagreements between Veit and Katie never seemed to last long and later, when he was a pastor at St. Sebald’s church in Nürnberg, Martin sent warm greetings to him from Katie.

-Rebecca DeGarmeaux (for Katie Luther on FB)

The Barmen Declaration in the News

Die Theologische Erklärung der Bekenntnissynode in Barmen vom 31. Mai 1934 ist die zentrale theologische Äußerung der Bekennenden Kirche unter der nationalsozialistischen Herrschaft 1933-1945. Sie richtete sich gegen die falsche Theologie und das Kirchenregime der so genannten »Deutschen Christen«, die damit begonnen hatten, die evangelische Kirche der Diktatur des »Führers« anzugleichen.

Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) bestätigt in Artikel 1 (3) ihrer Grundordnung mit ihren Gliedkirchen die von dieser Bekenntnissynode getroffenen Entscheidungen. Ganz überwiegend betrachten die Gliedkirchen der EKD die Barmer Theologische Erklärung als wegweisendes Lehr- und Glaubenszeugnis der Kirche. Nicht wenige messen ihr darüber hinaus verpflichtende Bedeutung bei, einige rechnen sie ausdrücklich zu ihren Bekenntnisgrundlagen.

And the rest and the many related links provided.