May his memory be for a blessing.
Monthly Archives: December 2017
A million people will be in times square to watch a ball drop. In subfreezing weather.
A million ‘christians’ stayed home this morning because it was too cold to get out…
Keep in mind
Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them.’ And all the people shall say,`Amen!’
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God. — (Deut. 27:26-28:2)
Piper goes super creepy and off the rails.Don’t ‘marry’ the Bible. Read it.
Via Peter Machinist <firstname.lastname@example.org> as well as other colleagues came the saddest news about Lawrence (Larry) Stager, who died at home yesterday (Friday), apparently after a fall. He would have been 75 this coming Tuesday. Funeral arrangements and plans for a memorial are not complete as of this writing.
So Jack Sasson. Sad indeed.
REVELL, Ernest John — Born April 15th, 1934, died Dec. 15, 2017 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years,
Ann Margaret, (née Morgan). Loving father of John and Bridget, fond father-in-law of Stephen Marmura, proud grandfather of Hana and Alex Marmura and devoted brother of Elizabeth Revell.
John was a scholar in the field of Biblical Hebrew and he remained active, publishing as recently as 2016. He served the University of Toronto as a professor, chair and professor emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Studies which later became the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. He was also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Beyond his work, John was a talented botanical watercolour artist and an avid gardener. He delighted in taking long walks and when he retired to England, he took great pleasure in being a bell ringer for his local church. Cremation followed by a funeral service took place at St. Paul”s Anglican Church, Antigonish, Wednesday December 20, 11:00. His wish was that his ashes be returned to England to be interred near his father”s grave in the cemetery close to his childhood home. Family flowers only.
Via Jack Sasson
If you get your information about Zwingli from wikipedia, you’re building your house on the swamp. Do better. Try harder. Use real sources.
Please follow me on twitter. @drjewest. I am so close to 10,000 followers. I just need around 8000. Tell your friends. I’m soooooooooooooo close….
All. Of. Them. You’re welcome.
The following hard-to-find monograph is now available for free download in PDF:
T.H.L. Parker, Supplementa Calviniana. An Account of the Manuscripts of Calvin’s Sermons Now in Course of Preparation. London: The Tyndale Press, 1962. Pbk. pp.23.
The demand for “relevance” and *immediate* applicability impoverishes theology. Humanity’s highest end is God himself. We need a recalibration of what counts as relevant. — Luke Stamps
Fight to the death for the truth, and the Lord God will do battle for you. (Sir. 4:28)
This book contributes to the discussion on the development of the biblical canon by presenting clearly the early Christian lists of canonical books. Scholarly and popular literature frequently mentions the views of early Christians on the biblical canon, and frequently the information is wrong or insufficiently nuanced. This book clearly presents the early canon lists, with notes to guide the interpretation of the lists, and will clear up some confusion on the state of the Bible in early Christianity. The lists certainly do not solve every problem about the development of the Bible, and close study of their contents will in some ways add to the complexities of the subject. But in the belief that scholarship advances most soundly by constant interaction with the ancient sources that it seeks to interpret, ready access to a collection of canon lists in the original language with translation and notes should serve as a boon to biblical scholars and patristic scholars alike.
We shall see… More anon…
The LORD God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it. (Gen. 2:15)
Kirchenhistoriker Emidio Campi hat sich mit der AZ zum Gespräch getroffen. Er spricht über das ausklingende Reformationsjahr – und wie er per Zufall nach Baden kam.
Das Reformationsjahr ist bald vorbei. Emidio Campi hätte sich manchmal ein etwas tiefgründigeres Jubiläumsjahr gewünscht. Der Badener ist emeritierter Professor für Kirchengeschichte und war von 1998 bis 2009 Leiter des Instituts für Reformationsgeschichte an der Uni Zürich. Seitdem wirkt er als Gastprofessor an europäischen und amerikanischen Universitäten und zuletzt in Seoul.
Als wir ihn im «Himmel» in Baden zum Kaffee treffen, möchte er weniger über sich als vielmehr über sein jüngstes Werk sprechen: Das Handbuch «Die schweizerische Reformation», das er Ende November im Auftrag des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbundes auf Deutsch mitherausgegeben hat. Es ist jetzt schon das Standardwerk zu diesem Thema. Auf Englisch ist das Buch schon 2016 erschienen, als Editio minor auch auf Koreanisch.
In his portrait of Duke George of Saxony (1471–1539) Christoph Volkmar offers a fresh perspective on the early Reformation in Germany. Long before the Council of Trent, this book traces the origins of Catholic Reform to the very neighborhood of Wittenberg. The Dresden duke, cousin of Frederick the Wise, was one of Luther’s most prominent opponents. Not only did he fight the Reformation, he also promoted ideas for renewal of the church. Based on thousands of archival records, many of them considered for the first time, Christoph Volkmar is mapping the church politics of a German prince who used the power of the territorial state to boost Catholic Reform, marking a third way apart from both Luther and Trent.
This book was orginally published in German as Reform statt Reformation. Die Kirchenpolitik Herzog Georgs von Sachsen, 1488-1525.
That means that yet another Saint is being celebrated- and this time it’s Becket! That’s right friends, it’s ‘Stab A Priest Whilst He Prays’ day in the UK!
[NB- Please do not stab any priests. God finds it distasteful and morally objectionable].
Happy Becket Day!