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Daily Archives: 8 Jul 2018

If You Can’t Control Yourself Around Other People, You Don’t Belong in Ministry

Period.  Full stop.  No excuses.

 
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Motivational Quotes

Depart from me into the eternal fire whose flame is never put out, which is tended by the devil and his angels, so that you will thus be in the company of the devil and his evil angels” (Johann Gerhard, ca. 1622. Via Ralph *The Encourager* Keen

 
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Lectionary Sermon Prep Resources

Christian Brady has the info.

 
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Windows 10 is a Nightmare

It constantly updates automatically and there’s no way to turn auto updates off. It has been updating now for over 3 hours and is still not past 17% finished.This means that the laptop is completely unusable during update installations.Windows 10 is a nightmare. It is a plague. Avoid any machine cursed with it.

 
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Hell as Everlasting Misery

Matthew Hafenreffer opines-

“They are the most exquisite pains of soul and body (for both had sinned), arising from the fear and sense of the most just wrath and vengeance of God against sins, the most sad consciousness of which they carry about with them, the baseness of which is manifest, and of which, likewise, no remission afterwards, and, therefore, no mitigation or end can be hoped for. Whence, in misery, they will execrate, with horrible lamentation and wailing, their former impiety, by which they carelessly neglected the admonitions of their brethren and all the means of attaining salvation; but in vain.

For in perpetual anguish, with dreadful trembling, in shame, confusion, and ignominy, in inextinguishable fire, in weeping and gnashing of teeth, amidst that which is eternal and terrible, torn away from the grace and favor of God, they must quake among devils, and will be tortured without end to eternity. These future torments of the damned far surpass all the penetration of the human mind, so that we are not sufficient to ever comprehend in thought their greatness; therefore, what they will be, or of what nature, cannot be at all expressed in words. Scripture, nevertheless, in order to show that these tortures are the greatest and most exquisite, likens them to those things by which, in this life, pain both of soul and body is accustomed to be excited.

For this reason they are compared now to the gnashing of teeth, now to worms, now to the most sorrowful darkness, and whatever other matters of sadness and of the most complete pain can be mentioned, Is. 66:24; Matt. 5:22; 8:12; Rev. 19:20.”*

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*Heinrich Schmid, The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Verified from the Original Sources (trans. Charles A. Hay and Henry E. Jacobs; Second English Edition, Revised according to the Sixth German Edition.; Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1889), 659–660.

 
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Posted by on 8 Jul 2018 in Theology

 

Today With Bullinger: His Entrance at the University of Cologne

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Photo courtesy of Joe Mock

His earliest education was commenced in his fifth year in the school of his native place: but such was his fondness for learning, application, and forwardness, that in his twelfth year, June 11, 1516, his father sent him to a grammar-school at Emmerich on the Rhine. There he continued three years, and made rapid advances, especially in his Latin studies.

Meanwhile his pecuniary resources were kept so straitened, that he was obliged to beg for a livelihood from one neighbour’s door to another with singing. This severe discipline his father exercised, not out of necessity, nor from covetousness, but (as he thought) to train his son to moderation in his own habits, and to sympathy with the sufferings of the poor. Nor was this hardship, connected as it was with the superstitious notions of his day, uncongenial with young Bullinger’s own temperament: rather he has left it on record, that he already purposed with himself to become after a few years a Carthusian monk, because it was the most strict of all the orders.

From Emmerich Bullinger was removed to the university of Cologne; and entered July 8, 1519, at the college Bursæ-Montis. There the works of the school-divines, and chiefly of Peter Lombard and Gratian, soon engrossed his attention; and, in the providence of God, were converted into instruments for detaching him from the religion of Rome.

For in this course of reading meeting with frequent extracts from the fathers, he felt an earnest desire quickened within him to peruse their entire writings. Accordingly, he solicited and obtained admission to a well-stored library of the Dominicans; and there studied with intense ardour several treatises of Chrysostom, Ambrose, Origen, and Augustine.

Simultaneously the earlier tracts of Luther, especially his “Babylonish Captivity” and treatise “On Christian Liberty,” with the “Loci Communes” of Melancthon, came into his hands. He procured for himself also a copy of the New Testament, and devoted days and nights to the perusal of it, with the aid of the Commentaries of Jerome. The result of these pursuits was, that Bullinger’s mind and heart opened gradually to the knowledge and reception of the gospel in its purity.*

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*The Decades of Henry Bullinger: The Fifth Decade, (pp. vii–viii).

 
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Rudolf Bultmann’s Advice to all Biblical Scholars

b1In today’s parlance- if you don’t understand it, don’t talk about it.  And if you don’t have first hand familiarity with it, leave it to those who do to explain.

 
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Naming The Names of those Who Teach Falsely

zwingliIn his Commentary on True and False Religion Zwingli, who normally didn’t mention those against whom he wrote, made an exception- remarking

Emser and Eck … are pests to the teachings of Christ. Their own wanton recklessness has forced me to write pretty sharply against them and by name. For the former without any warning so arrogantly attacked me unawares that I should have been a renegade to Christ’s teachings (for it is His work, not mine, in which I am engaged), if I had retired before a man singing his song of victory before he had come into my sight. For he wrote against me in such a way (and published the book) that he tricked me into waiting for six months to see if he were going to send me a copy.

The other laid a snare for my destruction, and sending most absurd and lying slanders to the assembly of the Swiss tried to get the start of me, so that, if his scheme succeeded, I might seem to have been rightly slain, and that he might sell himself for a high price to the Romans and the tyrants of Germany. When I disclosed his crime (and it could not be denied), good gods, how he raved!

Paul too had reason to name names from time to time.  Sometimes naming names is the only way to protect the sheep from the wolves (because sometimes the sheep aren’t very observant and if they aren’t spoken to directly don’t take hints too well).

The general rule is- if the Flock is in danger, yell out the name of the wolf who is attacking.

 
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