Daily Archives: 15 Jul 2018

Heartwarming Inspiration from Luther

I would sit still and blithely watch how you, the devil, and your sausages and your tripes vainly fret and torment yourselves, and blubber and writhe, achieving nothing except to make us laugh and make you own case worse. Indeed, I would like to see you say aloud what you write, for if you did, people would gather with chains and bars and out of sympathy would seize and bind you as demoniacs. And if people did not do this, then, perhaps at God’s prompting, oxen and swine would trample you to death with their horns and hoofs. — Martin Luther

Quote of the Day

In prosperity you cannot always tell a true friend, but in adversity you cannot mistake an enemy. (Sir. 12:8)

It’s Called Apartheid…

Or at least that’s what the US government would call it if it were happening anywhere but Israel.  Regardless, it is apartheid.

Sad News: Ephraim Stern’s Passing

May he rest in peace.

Luther Fulfills his Vow

July 15 (or 17) 1505: Martin Luther fulfills his vow to St. Anne and enters the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt. The night before, he held a small party for his friends where he said his farewells and gave them his law books.

In the monastery Martin lived under the order’s strict rules including seven worships services held throughout the day. These services began at 3 a.m. with Matins. Services continued during the day with Prime (6 a.m.), Terce (9 a.m.), Sext (noon), None and Vespers (3 p.m.), and Compline (before bed at sunset).

Life in the monastery was not easy. Aside from the worship services, each member of the community had his individual duties. All of this was aimed at making penance for his many sins – real and perceived. Because he felt that he could never be sure that he had satisfactorily fulfilled all that he needed to in order to atone for his sins, Martin regularly fasted and beat himself to appease a God whom he had been taught to be a demanding judge.

It was also in the monastery that Martin also took up an intense study of scripture. Here, then, he began to see some of the inconsistencies between scripture and Roman Catholic canon law. But this was only the beginning.

The drawing is a medieval rendering of the the monastery.

Rebecca DeGarmeaux for Katie Luther

Elon Musk: The More You Know About the Guy, The Less Charming He Seems

Elon Musk Didn’t Help Save The Thai Boys. Now He’s Attacking Someone Who Did.

This is pretty remarkable.

Elon Musk is attacking a diver who helped rescue a group of teenage boys from a Thai cave last week after the rescuer criticized Musk’s mini submarine, which he designed to help with the mission.

Musk is very petty. There seems to be a lot of that going around these days.  Seems that those who can’t, demean, and those who can, do.

I Thought About Removing It…

But I’m not going to for one simple reason: the manipulative tyrants depend on silence to succeed.  They deserve to have the spotlight shined on them so that when they attempt to do to others what they’ve attempted to do to one, those others know who they are in advance.*

*NB- This post refers to the one immediately before it- not to a tweet or to some other material elsewhere.  This apparently has to be said because many lack the ability to read things in context and rather than ask, simply assume that their reading of a post must refer to something they wish it to. It’s tragic that some ‘scholars’, who fancy themselves competent interpreters of ancient texts, lack any ability to rightly understand a text written in 2018.  Such inability calls their interpretations of everything else into serious question.

Tom Bolin: A Vile Backstabbing Wretch

Here’s the kind of stuff the angry little toad does when he’s hell bent to ‘get you’. He also writes editors and tries to get you removed from editorial boards. Sad Tom, it didn’t work then and it won’t work now. But keep trying.



You’re the only one who doesn’t understand what posts are about. But do keep up your campaign.  It’s funny as all get out and you’re exposing yourself as the little small minded tyrant and manipulator we all know you to be.

Out of the Depths…

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning– Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel From all his iniquities. (Ps. 130:1-8)

The End of the Leipzig Disputation

July 15, 1519 was the last day of the Leipzig Disputation.  Schaff remarks

Luther himself was greatly dissatisfied, and regarded the disputation as a mere waste of time. He made, however, a deep impression upon younger men, and many students left Leipzig for Wittenberg. After all, he was more benefited by the disputation and the controversies growing out of it, than his opponents.

The importance of this theological tournament lies in this: that it marks a progress in Luther’s emancipation from the papal system. Here for the first time he denied the divine right and origin of the papacy, and the infallibility of a general council. Henceforward he had nothing left but the divine Scriptures, his private judgment, and his faith in God who guides the course of history by his own Spirit, through all obstructions by human errors, to a glorious end. The ship of the Reformation was cut from its moorings, and had to fight with the winds and waves of the open sea.

So, what may seem a waste of time to you may be a help to someone else…