Nobody can understand Vergil in his Bucolics and Georgics unless he has first been a shepherd or a farmer for five years. Nobody understands Cicero in his letters unless he has been engaged in public affairs of some consequence for twenty years.
Let nobody suppose that he has tasted the Holy Scriptures sufficiently unless he has ruled over the churches with the prophets for a hundred years.
Therefore there is something wonderful, first, about John the Baptist; second, about Christ; third, about the apostles. ‘Lay not your hand on this divine Aeneid, but bow before it, adore its every trace.’ We are beggars. That is true.
These were the last thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther on the day before he died.
It takes a lifetime to come to terms with the meaning of Scripture. And more. It’s too bad that people don’t know that and as a result they spew nonsense non stop.
The Talmud says (somewhere) “Spare the rod and spoil the child, but the rod should be no stronger than a shoelace.”
Via Liz Fried.
Duggar daughter’s in-laws are hosting a couple at their church who urge parents to physically discipline babies and children with plastic tubes and other items.
Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries are the authors of several parenting books that have been linked to child deaths, and they will preach at a family camp in Arkansas, reported Radar Online.
Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center is operated by the parents of Austin Forsyth, who’s married to former reality TV star Joy-Anna Duggar.
The Duggar family starred on the popular TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” which focused on their religious “Quiverfull” beliefs.
The Pearls have self-published several books, including Created to Be His Help-Meet, that promote a patriarchal, conservative brand of evangelical Christianity that encourages parents to beat children as young as six months old with plastic tubes to ensure obedience.
“It’s a good spanking instrument,” Michael Pearl said. “It’s too light to cause damage to the muscle or the bone.”
Their teachings have been linked to the abuse deaths of at least three children whose adoptive parents were convicted of murder.
The children suffered beatings, malnutrition and other abuse, and prosecutors say their adoptive parents practiced extreme variations on the Pearls’ teachings.
Christians don’t torture their children. And they certainly don’t beat them to death. Or beat them at all. And don’t we live in strange times when such even needs to be said….
Rachel has opened an Etsy shop. She also takes special orders and makes really beautiful things.
If you try to win people into attendance of your church by impressive ministry, events, music, or anything but Jesus, you don’t have a methodology problem to change. You have an idol that needs to be destroyed. – Philip Nation
If you’re still confused about what ‘white privilege’ is, Tom Brady’s wife enfleshes it-
NB- The Patriots didn’t let anyone win…. This is white privilege at its best…
Prayer is demeaned when it is posted on an internet social media site because 1) it is aimed not at God, but at people; and 2), because God doesn’t use twitter or facebook or even have or need a computer.
Prayer is also demeaned when it is incoherent. ‘Heavenly Father Lord’ is addressed in the second person and then ‘God’ is discussed in the third person- as though whoever ‘Heavenly Father Lord’ is, is not God. ‘HFL’ has made a way for us to worship God?
Prayer is also demeaned when it is rambling. ‘We welcome you into our life praying for a better life and a new life’? Why? And who is doing the praying? We, or ‘HFL’ who sort of introduces us to God and whom we welcome into our lives so they can be better and new? Is that really the purpose of discipleship? ‘better’ lives? How so?
Prayer is also demeaned when Jesus is dragged in as a mere footnote. ‘In Jesus’s name’ means, in biblical terms, in his authority. But such a prayer as that above, in its incoherent, demeaning, rambling silliness is hardly something Jesus would pray.
‘Teach us to pray’ is the only prayer this young lady, and her like, should be praying. ‘Go into your closet’ and pray, and keep it off the internet. Because when it’s on the internet, it isn’t prayer at all. It’s self aggrandizement.
I see a sect the most execrable and pernicious that ever was in the world. I see that it does much harm, and is like a fire kindled for the general desolation and destruction, or as a contagious disease to infect the whole earth, unless some remedy is applied. Since, then, our Lord has called me to that office, my conscience constrains me to resist it so far as it is possible for me. And, more than that, with strong and earnest entreaties, I am seriously importuned by the poor believers … that as soon as possible, and without delay, I put my hand to the work. Nevertheless, even after such requests, I have put off a whole year, to see whether the malady would be lulled asleep by silence. … A dog barks and stands at bay if he sees any one assault his master. I should be indeed remiss, if, seeing the truth of God thus attacked, I should remain dumb, without giving one note of warning…
And that, in my view, sums up, in Calvin’s own words, what drove him. I like Calvin. Not because I always agree with him, but because he understood his purpose. Purposeless people are confusing to me and thus ridiculous. People with purpose- those people I ‘get’.
He’s not scowling, that’s his happy face.
That’s when these rules for the prosecution of heretics were published:
And then- my favorite part-
With thanks to David Lincicum for sending the essay this is from along. Oh for the good old days…
Yeah, turns out, not much…
Dear God, if I had died of stone in Smalcald I would now have been in heaven, freed from all evil, for a year. I was at that time sufficiently annoyed by the physicians. They gave me as much to drink as if I had been a big ox. They worked over my body until all my members, even my private parts, became lifeless. I had to obey the physicians. I did what I did from necessity, lest I appear to neglect my body. Wretched is the man who relies on the help of physicians.
I don’t deny that medicine is a gift of God and I don’t reject this knowledge, but where are the physicians who are perfect? A good regimen is worth a great deal. So if I feel tired and nevertheless adhere to my regimen, go to bed by the ninth hour, and have a restful night, I will be refreshed. When I get up from my rest I can’t work very long. My time has just about come anyhow.” – Martin Luther
Wretched is the man indeed… and poorer.