Daily Archives: 28 Aug 2017

Ed Young, Joel Osteen and TD Jakes… Houston’s Silent Millionaires and Hurricane Harvey

So, given their resources and their massive bank accounts funded by the fleeced flocks they deceive weekly, what exactly are these three pseudo-Christians doing to help their city?  Opening their churches to the displaced?  Paying for hotel rooms and food and clothing?  Anything?  At all?

These three love to self promote but they’re being very quiet these days… I wonder why…

Storm and Luther’s Forbidden Letter

I mentioned this film some time ago and was very pleased to watch a subtitled version and review it.  Now, brilliantly, the producers and distributors have made an English version!

When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther, 12-year-old Storm escapes with the original. On the run from authorities, Storm finds unexpected help from Maria, a young girl who lives in the city’s underground tunnels. In a race against time, Storm tries to save his father from execution and get the letter into safe hands. But whom can he trust? What starts out as a fearful flight becomes a bold fight for freedom.

You owe it to yourself to watch this film!  It’s one of the best dramatizations of life in Luther’s day that has yet been produced.

The eBay experience


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It is a while that I am chasing my Turkish friend Mixantik-Ebuyerrrr, who is selling his papyrus fragments and other merchandise via eBay since 2008. Although he likes to call himself Robert, we actually know that this is not his real name; soon or later we will delve into his interesting story. But never mind, today I’d like to talk about the e-commerce platform through which Robert and others can freely and easily offer their manuscripts and other antiquities for sale in a very convenient way. Convenient for buyers, sellers and above all for those who own the platform in question: eBay is listed 310 in the 2017 Fortune list of the 500 world leading companies. It is hard to quantify the overall amount of antiquities (licit and illicit, genuine and fake) which are exchanged through the platform, but to give you an idea of the size and profit…

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What Luther Would Write Against Antifa and The Klan and their Violent Protests

Therefore, dear lords, here is a place where you can release, rescue, help. Have mercy on these poor people! Let whoever can stab, smite, slay. If you die in doing it, good for you! A more blessed death can never be yours, for you die while obeying the divine word and commandment in Romans 13 [:1, 2], and in loving service of your neighbor, whom you are rescuing from the bonds of hell and of the devil.

And so I beg everyone who can to flee from the peasants as from the devil himself; those who do not flee, I pray that God will enlighten and convert. As for those who are not to be converted, God grant that they may have neither fortune nor success. To this let every pious Christian say, “Amen!” For this prayer is right and good, and pleases God; this I know. If anyone thinks this too harsh, let him remember that rebellion is intolerable and that the destruction of the world is to be expected every hour.

Luther had no use for disturbers of the peace.  No use at all.  And he could break out in real authentic rage against them, summoning the Sword to do its duty to protect society from the rabble rousers and trouble makers.  And there simply is no doubt that were he around these days he would be firmly on the side of peace and quiet and consequently, both Antifa and the Klan would feel his ire.

More on the Einsiedeln Zwingli Text

Der Historiker Urs Leu von der Zürcher Zentralbibliothek hat letzte Woche in einem Buch der Klosterbibliothek Einsiedeln handschriftliche Notizen Zwinglis gefunden. In einem Kodex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert hat der Zürcher Reformator drei kurze Sätze an den Rand notiert, bestätigte Leu einen Bericht der «Neuen Zürcher Zeitung» (NZZ, 25. August) gegenüber kath.ch.

Die Notizen befinden sich im Kodex 125 der Stiftsbibliothek Einsiedeln, es handelt sich dabei um einen Kommentar des Kirchenvaters Hieronymus zum Buch Jesaja. In seinen Randnotizen korrigiert Zwingli drei Abschreibefehler, sagte der Historiker Urs Leu gegenüber kath.ch. Er leitet die Abteilung Alte Drucke der Zentralbibliothek Zürich.

Für Leu war rasch klar, dass es sich bei den mit schwarzer Tinte geschriebenen Randbemerkungen um Huldrych Zwinglis Handschrift handelte. «Da ich etwa 200 Bücher mit Notizen Zwinglis durchgesehen habe, kenne ich seine Handschrift, die im Lauf der Zeit stark variiert», sagte Leu gegenüber kath.ch. Leu erkannte dies am Duktus der Buchstaben und an der charakteristischen Form des «d». Somit wurde laut Zeitung erstmals eine Spur Zwinglis im Kloster Einsiedeln entdeckt.

Zwingli war von 1516 bis 1518 Leutpriester im Benediktinerkloster Einsiedeln, ehe er in derselben Funktion nach Zürich berufen wurde, wo er ab 1519 als Grossmünsterpfarrer wirkte. Seine Tätigkeit in Einsiedeln ist gemäss NZZ gut dokumentiert. Dennoch fehlte bislang eine konkrete Spur von ihm selber in Einsiedeln.

Zwingli notierte laut Zeitung in Büchern offenbar öfters Randbemerkungen. Dies werde in seinen eigenen Büchern sichtbar, welche heute in der Zentralbibliothek Zürich aufgearbeitet würden. Bei dieser Arbeit sei Urs Leu auf eine Notiz in Zwinglis Ausgabe des Hieronymus-Kommentars zum Buch Jesaja gestossen. Zwingli habe hier am Rand eine abweichende Textform notiert, wie er es oft getan habe. An einer Stelle habe er die Bemerkung hinzugefügt, er habe diese Lesart in einem Kloster gesehen.

Schon der Zwingliforscher Walther Köhler hat laut Leu 1941 angenommen, dass es in Einsiedeln einen Hieronymus-Kommentar zum Buch Jesaja geben müsse. Weil er den entsprechenden Kodex jedoch nicht fand oder nicht eingesehen habe, blieb diese Spur bis jetzt unentdeckt. Leu entdeckte die Handnotiz von Zwingli am 17. August. (sys)

Exciting times.