Quote of the Day

Do not put your trust in princes, in any child of Adam, who has no power to save. When his spirit goes forth he returns to the earth, on that very day all his plans come to nothing. How blessed is he who has Jacob’s God to help him, his hope is in Yahweh his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them. He keeps faith for ever, gives justice to the oppressed, gives food to the hungry; Yahweh sets prisoners free. Yahweh gives sight to the blind, lifts up those who are bowed down. Yahweh protects the stranger, he sustains the orphan and the widow. Yahweh loves the upright,but he frustrates the wicked.   (Ps. 146:3-9)

‘Cut Spending’…

Those whose creed is ‘cut spending’ are invaribly people for whom money is god and who would rather spend $6 on a cup of coffee for themselves than lose that money in taxes to buy formula for a child living in poverty. Hell is festooned with spending cutters.

If Other People Acted Like Donald Trump…

“I never called the Church the Whore of Babylon, and I’ve had no contact with Nebuchadnezzar—who’s a great ruler, by the way, we’re going to build a magnificent hotel there soon. Whores? –I’ve only been to Babylon once. There aren’t any tapes of my being there, right? No tapes—right, Neb? <nervous smile>” — Martin Luther*

The Reformation? Many people say it was Luther. It might have been Luther. I have no reason not to believe that it wouldn’t not have been Luther. But it could have been someone else—there were a lot who wanted to make it happen. Might have been Erasmus, or a Dominican friar selling indulgences. But just to clarify: I don’t disbelieve that Luther wasn’t the one who started the Reformation. Why is the Fake News going crazy about this? — John Calvin*

Thou shalt not not murder. — Moses

When I said you should love your neighbor as yourself I really meant to say ‘Should’t”. — Jesus

Don’t eat those sausages.  The fake news MSM changed what I said just to make me look all ‘Reformy’.  But I clearly said ‘don’t eat those sausages’.– Huldrych Zwingli

*Via Ralph Keen.

Reviewed: Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity

This looks like a VERY interesting book. And the review is super.

Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity is a most welcome contribution to a recent effort to see anew the ancient world by focusing on its enslaved inhabitants. Bringing together material and textual evidence related to Roman Ephesos, Katherine Shaner works hard to help readers recognize enslaved people where the historical record has, at least to our eyes until now, left very few traces. Her argument is that when we understand public displays of power (whether material or textual) as attempts to persuade rather than as descriptions of relationships, then we are confronted with a much more complex picture of the status of enslaved people.

Etc.  Enjoy.

Did You Know That Towards the End of His Life, Luther Disliked Wittenberg, Very Much…

lutherAnd that Luther was so angry at the people of Wittenberg that, in 1545 while away on business, he determined never to return to the place?

He told Katie that she should make all the arrangements and join him in Zeitz.  She could, if she liked, ask the town pastor, John Bugenhagen, to say farewell for him and inform Master Philip Melanchthon as well.  But he would not come back.  “My heart has become cold, so that I do not like to be there any longer”.*

He had grown disheartened both because of the stinginess of the town and the immorality of its residents.  But what may have pushed him over the edge was that…

One of Luther’s own maids, who had worked her way into their household with a phony story, was now pregnant and abandoned by her lover.  He [Luther] called the city Sodom after the biblical city that so displeased God.*

Who doesn’t understand that sentiment?

It seemed increasingly true that his long work, especially his preaching, had been in vain in the very place where he had labored the longest and the hardest.*

His friends were able to talk him out of abandoning the city.  He would, however, be dead within a year. So he was able to leave anyway. Much to his relief, no doubt.

* Excerpts from the introductory chapter of Resilient Reformer.