Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Synod of Dordt Commemorative Conference

I hope this if live streamed or youtube-d.

The H. Henry Meeter Center is co-sponsoring “The Synod of Dordt Commemorative Conference,” on September 14th and 15th,  2018, in the Calvin Theological Seminary auditorium (3233 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546).

This two-day conference to commemorate the Synod of Dordt and its work brings together a range of experts who will explain in accessible presentations what the Synod did, why this gathering was significant at the time, and how this four-hundredth anniversary should be commemorated in churches and communities today.


Today With Zwingli: How Eck Faked Knowledge of the Biblical Languages He Didn’t Possess

On August 31, 1526, Zwingli wrote a very gossipy letter full of information, telling how Eck used at Baden the Complutensian Polyglot, which had the Latin version side by side with the Hebrew and the Greek, and so by apparently reading unaided from the Hebrew and Greek got a reputation for learning he did not deserve; and how poor Balthasar Hubmaier, in his examination before the Council, quoted Zwingli’s remarks about catechumens, as showing his former preference to have baptism follow instruction; how he recanted and then withdrew his recantation; and how generously Zwingli treated him, and how basely Hubmaier reviled him when escaped from the city. He closes with some slighting remarks upon Luther: “I think you are too solicitous in the matter of that man who is said to be writing against me in German and Latin on the Eucharist. In nothing do I promise myself a more certain victory.”*

There are a lot of people who pretend knowledge of the Biblical languages that they don’t possess.  And they all use interlinears.

*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), 276.

Quote of the Day

Thus, it seems that original sin is a hereditary depravity and corruption of our nature that ranges over all parts of the soul, which first exposes us to the wrath of God and then produces what Scripture calls “the works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19). — Institutio 2.1.8

Via Randy *The Calvin Translator* Blackateer

Arrived Courtesy Luca Beeler

Who works at the University of Zürich in the Institute of Art History- the exhibition catalog of the recently held exhibit titled ‘Nüwe Zyttungen: Der Briefwechsel des Reformators Heinrich Bullinger’.

It’s very exciting. Thank you, Luca!


Why, Oh Lord, are you torturing me so?  Why must all these great things be happening in Zurich now instead of in February????

Ulrich Zwingli gerät die eigene Rebellion ausser Kontrolle: Sein Ziehsohn Felix Mantz tauft Erwachsene und stürzt mit dieser Provokation Sitte und Ordnung der Stadt Zürich ins Chaos. Die Jugend geht auf die Barrikaden. Und seine Frau Anna solidarisiert sich mit Weibern aus der Ostschweiz, die behaupten, «Jesus Christus» zu sein.

Während die Polizei die Wasserwerfer losschickt, um den Aufstand niederzuschlagen, und der Stadtrat den Täufern mit dem Tod droht, treffen Anna, Ulrich und Felix ein letztes Mal aufeinander. Die Fronten sind verhärtet. Die Zeit ist knapp. Kann Ulrich Felix überzeugen vom Taufen abzulassen um seinem Schicksal zu entgehen? Oder schlägt er sich gar selbst in letzter Minute auf die Seite der Radikalen?

Auf einer Badeplattform im Zürichsee kommt es zu einem Showdown, der das Schicksal der Stadt und der Reformation entscheidet.

Sechs Schauspieler
Drei Tänzer
Ein Musiker
Ein Konflikt auf engstem Raum
verstärkt durch Tanz,
Gesang und Livemusik,
durch Punk, Rock, Pop, Elektro.

Zwingli Wars setzt die Explosivität und revolutionäre Kraft der Zürcher Reformation frei und lässt einen die Aktualität der Ereignisse erleben.

Das Theaterstück ist eine für das Reformationsjubiläum geschriebene Uraufführung des Autors Joël László, die er in enger Zusammenarbeit mit Regie, Choreografin und Komponist erarbeitet hat. Joël László, in der Spielzeit 2017/18 Hausautor am Theater Basel, hat Geschichte und Nahoststudien studiert und setzt sich immer wieder mit historischen Stoffen auseinander.


Alles gut: Warum Karl Barths Theologie ihre beste Zeit noch vor sich hat


Sometimes You Just Have to Name Names and Call People Out

I have written a note for the members of the church, but Diotrephes, who enjoys being in charge of it, refuses to accept us. So if I come, I shall tell everyone how he has behaved, and about the wicked accusations he has been circulating against us. As if that were not enough, he not only refuses to welcome our brothers, but prevents from doing so other people who would have liked to, and expels them from the church. My dear friend, never follow a bad example, but keep following the good one; whoever does what is right is from God, but no one who does what is wrong has ever seen God. (3 Jn. 1:9-11)

Theresa May Dancing

There’s No Such Thing as an ‘Untimely Death’

‘Untimely death’? It’s extremely odd to hear that phrase spring from Christian mouths, as though Ecclesiastes 3 didn’t exist…

Zwingli’s View of the Apocrypha

An interesting proof of the extent of Zwingli’s reputation is a letter written to him from Ghent by John Cousard, who signs himself in Greek, “Bishop of the Brethren of the Common Life,” lamenting that Zwingli wrote so much in German, and asking him to have his writings in that language translated into Latin! Zwingli replied to it on August 31, 1531, and makes these remarks upon the Apocrypha:

“There are certain considerations which you adduce from the Apocryphal Books. These, I concede, contain some things that are worth reading; yet they never attain to that measure of authority that the Canonical Books have. They are more diluted and feebler, so that they appear rather as imitations of the former Scriptures than written in the peculiar fervour of the fresh spirit.”*

*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), 339–340.

What Erasmus Thought of ‘Lutherans’

“All have these five words always on their lips: evangel, God’s Word, faith, Christ, and Spirit, and yet I see many behave so that I cannot doubt them to be possessed by the devil.” – Erasmus in a letter of 1524 to Theodore Hexius.


That Time Has Come, Right Ed Young…

How Did We Get to this Moral Abyss in America and Europe?

‪The supposition that every human being is as fixated on sex as a dog in heat beastializes all. The notion that people are merely irrational animals has done more to destroy the imago dei than all of hell’s demons combined. And it has brought us to this moral abyss.‬

Signs of the Times

Oh PETA… You’re Insane. For Real.

Quote of the Day

This is what distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil: whoever does not live uprightly and does not love his brother is not from God. (1 Jn. 3:10)

Sorry Sparky, But it Was His To Drink, Because The Father Willed It

This is what happens when you try to be cute and catchy instead of theologically and exegetically responsible.

From Philadelphia To Home:  #CalvinCongress18 Has Come to an End

I’ve arrived at the airport for my flight home.  While I wait I thought I’d offer some thoughts on the meeting.

  • It was super.
  • It was brillantly organized.
  • It was brilliantly hosted.
  • The papers were fantastic.
  • The fellowship was superb.
  • The atmosphere was collegial and warm.
  • It was a great experience.

I am already looking forward to #CalvinCongress22 (DV).

Ed Young: Trivializer of Worship and Condemned Heretic

#CalvinCongress18: The Final Day

Pre session warm up and a book on CD kindly gifted by the author himself: