Daily Archives: 15 Feb 2018

Evil: An Observation

If you don’t oppose evil, it’s because you are evil.    “The wicked shall be silent in darkness” (1 Sam. 2:9).

Everyone Should Have a Musket

The Second Amendment technically gives you the right to a musket.  So, yeah, go get a musket.   See how many mass shootings take place when muskets are the only weapons allowed in society.

But then again you don’t want a musket because it won’t kill fast enough.  You want bigger and deadlier because your ultimate concern isn’t the gun per se but in the ability to kill a lot quickly.

Thou.  Hypocrite.

The 17 Souls Slaughtered at Parkland

Read about each of them here.  I hope this is the last group of people killed by a savage animal.  It’s too much to think it will be.  But I hope it is….  But it won’t be, because our ‘leaders’ are actually cowards.

Ineffective Threats

I’m going to stop coming to church if you don’t start agreeing with my political views.

Good riddance.  You don’t come 9 times out of 10 now, so your absence won’t even be noticed.

I’m going to have you fired.

You promise?

Your preaching is terrible.

I’ll be visiting your workplace and vocally critiquing you tomorrow.

I’m never giving another dime to this church.

We won’t even notice since you don’t give anything now.

I’m leaving and I’m never coming back.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya…

NB- If you’re going to threaten your Pastor, good soul, you need to up your game.  A lot.  Every threat you can think of has been uttered before and Pastors aren’t beholden to your opinion.  They serve the Lord, not the mob.

As Paul notes

People should think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.  In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy.  It is of no importance to me how you or any other human court may judge me: I will not even be the judge of my own self.  It is true that my conscience does not reproach me, but that is not enough to justify me: it is the Lord who is my judge. (1 Cor. 4:1-4)

Signs of the Times

There’s a School Shooting in America on the Average of One Every 60 Hours…

Bill Bratton, the former New York police chief, has called it the “new normal”.   The deadly gun rampage at a Florida high school on Wednesday took to 18 the number of school shootings across the United States so far this year – an average of one school shooting every 60 hours.   Mr Bratton said the statistic was “astonishing”, but admitted that it was “the new normal”.

Ιησους we are doomed.

Every Congressional ‘Thought and Prayer’ Tweet After the Florida School Shooting- and How Much Each Congressman Got from the NRA

Good stuff.  No wonder they won’t do anything about guns, they’re getting too much money to care.

“In the 2015-2016 election cycle alone, GOP candidates took $17,385,437 from the NRA,” Kalb noted, quoting a tweet from Republican National Convention chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.  “This is NOT counting the $21 million given to President Trump,” she added.

Quote of the Day

bullinger90Bistu aber ein warer Christ, das ist ein gesalbeter gottes, so hastu schon die kundschafft gott des heiligen geistes in dinem hertzen, der da zügnus gibt dem usseren wort gottes, das dich wenig der welt schmach reden yrrend; wann was lyt dir daran, wie die welt kätzery, so du des gwüßlichen im hertzen durch glouben unnd heiligen geist bericht bist, das im nit anders gesin mag, unnd ob glich alle welt darwider toubte? Besich die 1. Epistel loannis im ußgang des 2. capitels von diser salbung unnd kuntschafft [2,27].

So aber du dise kuntschafft im hertzen hast, das ist so du ein warer Christ bist, wie gibst dann dinem gott nit kundtschafft, oder wie kanstu den geist gottes in dir erstecken? Oder, so dem allem nüt, weißt dann nit, das dine underthonen tempel sind des heiligen geistes, unnd demnach, das gott alle die schenden wirt, so sinen tempel verunheiligend? – Heinrich Bullinger

Spinti Disagrees with Jeremiah

And advises folk to keep on praying… I see his point but think time is up.

Signs of the Times

Fun Facts from Church History: The Reburial of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Wife

Did you know that Reginald Pole, erstwhile friend of Peter Martyr Vermigli, actually had Vermigli’s wife exhumed so her body could be tossed on a pile of dung (as a show of contempt) for the good woman’s Reformation views?  Well it was on this day that her body was recovered and burned and the ashes mingled with the ashes of the Patron Saint of Oxford University (so they wouldn’t be disturbed or bothered again).

@jdmccafferty (whom you should definitely follow) tweets the reminder of the reburial on today’s date:

15 Feb 1553: exhumation Catherine Dammartin (ex-#nuntastic) wife of Peter Vermigli, tried for heresy. Reburied w/ S.Frideswide 1558 #Oxford

Let’s Face It…

Politicians and lobbyists don’t pull the trigger in mass shootings; but their policies give shooters their guns.  And for that they are accountable.

Live Streaming Lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls from the University of Groningen’s Qumran Institute

From the undersigned-

Dear all,

We are happy to invite you all to virtually join us at the University of Groningen’s Qumran Institute this afternoon for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar, “Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls,” and Professor George Brooke’s lecture on “Comparing Methods and Theories.” The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen will host the livestream of the lecture on its Facebook page.

When: Thursday, 15 February 2018, 16.15 (CET)

Where: http://www.facebook.com/TheoRS

We hope that you can join us for what will surely be a stimulating lecture.

Best wishes,

Dr. Jason M. Zurawski

CET is 6 hours ahead of EST in the US. Hence, 4:15 PM is 10:15 AM. Short notice, I know. But there you have it.

Barth-Experte Hans Markus Wildi gestorben

Sad news.  Really very sad.

Hans Markus Wildi ist am 22. Januar 2018 in Ste. Croix in Frankreich gestorben. «Wildi hat zur internationalen Barthforschung mit der Erarbeitung einer detailreichen Bibliographie zu Karl Barth viel beigetragen», schreibt dazu das Karl-Barth-Zentrum für reformierte Theologie der theologischen Fakultät Basel in einem Nachruf.

Insbesondere vom damaligen Aargauischen Regierungsrat unterstützt, konnte Wildi die zweibändige Bibliographie herausgeben. Im 1984 erschienenen Band 1 werden alle Veröffentlichungen von Karl Barth aufgelistet. In Band 2 aus dem Jahre 1992 wird die gesamte bis dahin veröffentlichte Sekundärliteratur über Karl Barth zu erfassen versucht.

Band 1 nennt 976, Band 2 knapp 20’000 Titel. «Beide Bände bieten eine unverzichtbare Grundlage für die Erforschung der Theologie Karl Barths. In dankbarer Erinnerung sei Hans Markus Wildi für seine grossen Verdienste in der Barthforschung gewürdigt», heisst es im Nachruf weiter. (bat)

May he rest in peace.

Jeremiah 14:7-12

7 “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. 8 O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night? 9 Why should you be like a man confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot save? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.”

10 Thus says the LORD concerning this people: “They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.”

11The LORD said to me: “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”

No comment necessary.

More Evidence that Journalists Should Shut up About Christianity

Dead Luther

With the anniversary of his death approaching, this seems apropos.


Today With Zwingli: The Reform is Institutionalized

2zwingli_writing.jpgZwingli in 1529 stood at the height of his influence. His followers, who up to 1526 had been limited to the inhabitants of the canton of Zurich, were now found in all parts of German Switzerland even to some extent in the Five Forest Cantons, and also in Strassburg, Hessia, and the Swabian cities—in short, through a considerable part of Northern Switzerland and Southern Germany.

In all these parts he was looked upon as the religious leader and was praised and trusted as no other man of his day in this section of Europe. The burden and responsibility for the management of all the churches which had accepted his theology naturally fell upon him. The congregations thus established were subjected to the control of the local authorities. They held their own independent church courts, but in the common opposition to the Anabaptists (or rather Baptists), to the Catholic Church, and to the Lutherans they found a bond of union, and so they gradually assumed a uniformity of doctrinal expression and of internal Church management.

Just as in the early time it was the presence of heresy which brought the orthodox Christian churches together and led to the formation of the Catholic Church, so it was the presence of Anabaptism, the mass, and Lutheranism which caused the rise of the Reformed Church in German Switzerland and Southern Germany.

The intercourse between various places by means of delegations, which was a feature of their national life, was used to promote religious as well as political ends, for the civil delegations were frequently accompanied by ecclesiastic delegations and the matters brought up for discussion at such meetings were quite as likely to be religious as political or commercial. For instance, how to treat the Anabaptists, how to treat the Lutherans, whether they should apply property of the cloisters to educational purposes, and whether they should have identical forms of creeds and litany, these were matters earnestly presented. Zwingli does not seem to have been inclined to suppress the individuality of the several congregations, for when the synod was held at Basel on February 15, 1531, and the question was asked whether the allied congregations should not have the same litany, the answer was given that although such a uniformity was desirable it was not necessary and should not be made obligatory.

At the same time the synod held that it was very desirable to have regular interchange of views and opinions between the churches in the Christian Burgher Rights. Zwingli laid particular stress upon the organisation of the synod. That of Zurich was naturally made the model. These synods were democratic bodies and exerted powerful influence upon the congregations which they represented in doctrinal and ethical matters. But in most of the cities and cantons the Church affairs were regulated by the magistrates. Whenever possible Zwingli seems to have put himself in evidence as much as possible, even to the extent of being himself the presiding officer of the synod, and when any conflict arose between it and the magistrates he generally took the side of the magistrates.*

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 296–298.

Zwingli’s Sword

«Gott und die Bilder» heisst die neue Reformationsschau im Landesmuseum. Ein verblüffender Titel, der bereits verrät: Neben Worten brauchten die Reformierten auch Bilder.

Grenadiere schiessen in die Luft. Das Volk jubelt. Der Bürgermeister setzt eine bewegte Miene auf. Szenen vor dem Zürcher Rathaus im Jahr 1848, als Zwinglis Waffen nach dem Sonderbundkrieg von Luzern nach Zürich überstellt wurden. Die hübsche Geschichte wird in einem Zeichentrickfilm im Landesmuseum in der neuen Museumsschau «Gott und die Bilder» nacherzählt.

Mehr als 300 Jahre zuvor aber schmiedete ein Handwerker in Strassburg das Schwert. Zwingli trug dieses Geschenk der Stadt Strassburg bei dem Marburger Streit ums Abendmal mit Luther. Und dann begleitete der blanke Stahl Zwingli in seinen Tod. «Eine schöne Geschichte, die aber leider einige Lücken hat», sagt Erika Hebeisen, die für Waffen am Landesmuseum, aber auch für das Konzept dieser Ausstellung verantwortlich ist. Die fehlende Indizienkette zeigt: Fake-News war schon immer aktuell. Vor allem, wenn es um Helden oder Anti-
Helden geht. Für die Katholiken war das Ensemble aus Helm und Schwert eine Trophäe, wie Hebeisen erläutert, für die Reformierten hingegen eine Reliquie.


Luther’s Last Sermon

eisleben_pulpitFebruary 15, 1546: Martin Luther preaches what will be his last sermon. The text was Matthew 11: 25-30: “At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’”

Following are the last few paragraphs of the sermon. Was Martin thinking as much himself as his audience in light of his health? We may never know. We also don’t know if Katie Luther ever saw the sermon and what comfort it my have given her after her husband’s death just three days later.

“When, therefore, the great lords, the emperor, pope, cardinals, and bishops are hostile and wrathful toward us because of all this, excommunicate us, and would gladly burn and murder us all, we must suffer it and say: We did not start this on account of the pope, the bishops, and the princes, nor shall we stop it on account of them. Christ says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden” Matt. 11:28, and it is as though he were saying: Just stick to me, hold on to my Word and let everything else go. If you are burned and beheaded for it, then have patience, I will make it so sweet for you that you easily would be able to bear it. It has also been written of St. Agnes that when she was led to prison to be killed, it was to her as if she were going to a dance. Where did she get this? Ah, only from this Christ, from believing this saying, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” That is to say: “If things go badly, I will give you the courage even to laugh about it; and if even though you walk on fiery coals, the torment shall nevertheless not be so severe and the devil shall nevertheless not be so bad, and you will rather feel that you are walking on roses. I will give you the heart to laugh even though Turk, pope, emperor, and everybody else be filled with horrible wrath and rage. Only come to me; and if you are facing oppression, death, or torture, because the pope, the Turk, and emperor are attacking you, do not be afraid; it will not be heavy for you, but light and easy to bear, for I give you the Spirit, so that the burden, which for the world would be unbearable, becomes for you a light burden. For when you suffer for my sake, it is my yoke and my burden, which I lay upon you in grace, that you may know that this your suffering is well pleasing to God and to me and that I myself am helping you to carry it and giving you power and strength to do so.” So also say Ps. 31: 24, and Ps. 27: 14: Let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord, all you who suffer for his sake. Let misfortune, sin, death, and whatever the devil and the world loads upon you assail and assault you, if only you remain confident and undismayed, waiting upon the Lord in faith, you have already won, you have already escaped death and far surpassed the devil and the world.

“Lo, this means that the wise of this world are rejected, that we may learn not to think ourselves wise and to put away from our eyes all great personages, indeed, to shut our eyes altogether, and cling only to Christ’s Word and come to him, as he so lovingly invites us to do, and say: “Thou alone art my beloved Lord and Master, I am thy disciple.”

“This and much more might be said concerning this Gospel, but I am too weak and we shall let it go at that.”

The entire test in English can be found in the American Edition of Luther’s Works, Vol. 51: pp 383-391

The picture of the pulpit in St. Andreas Church is from when it was on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the exhibit “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation”.

-Rebecca DeGarmeaux for Katie Luther