Daily Archives: 4 Sep 2018

Signs of the Times

The meme-ster has a valid point-

If You’re Startled By Discovering that Jesus Speaks, You Need to Get out of Theology

Trolling Level: Luther

No one could troll like Martin Luther.  Until now… it seems…

Martin Bucer (1491–1551): Collected studies on his life, work, doctrine, and influence

This volume is of interest to all who care about important things.

This present volume aims to stimulate Bucer-research as it brings together a selection of the best of De Kroon’s and Van ’t Spijker’s articles some of which appear for the first time in English translation. In the first section Bucer is described as taking his independent stand in the patristic and scholastic tradition. The next five articles go into the close personal and theological relation between Bucer and John Calvin and make clear how much of Bucer works through in Calvin and Calvinism. Bucer’s efforts to bridge theological and ecclesiastical gaps brought him often in discussion with catholic as well as protestant theologians. How he dealt with this is the topic of the third section in this volume. The two following articles deal with his view on discipline and on the right of resistance. The next articles deal with Bucer’s doctrinal legacy and the last section focuses on sanctification as one of the most important characteristics of his theology.The most important issues of contemporary Bucer-research and the outlines of his theology are convincingly presented in this volume by known experts for this topic.

V&R have sent along a review copy.  If you are interested in the front matter and the table of contents, you can download a pdf of all that here.  Like the other volumes in this exceptionally articulate series, this volume brings to light valuable information about its subject matter.

Though most of the essays are by two persons (see the TOC), the value of the collection of essays is not thereby diminished.  The layout of the volume is quite sensible and the contents seamlessly fit together to conspire to offer a coherent whole which could well serve as both an introduction to the thought of Bucer and an introduction to an important era in the history of the Reformation.

The essays appear in about an even linguistic distribution of German and English offerings.  Particularly enjoyable – at least to the present reviewer – are

  • Willem van ’t Spijker – ‘You have a different spirit from us’ Luther to Bucer in Marburg, Sunday 3 October 1529.
  • Marijn de Kroon – Die Augsburger Reformation in der Korrespondenz des Straßburger Reformators Martin Bucer unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Briefwechsels Gereon Sailers.
  • Marijn de Kroon – Freedom and Bondage.
  • Marijn de Kroon – Martin Bucer and the Problem of Tolerance.

The others are quite useful but these four are really remarkably important and revelatory.  And though the word ‘groundbreaking’ is used far too often to describe academic works, it fits in this case.

A word about the series in which this volume appears seems in order at this juncture.  It is superb.  Herman Selderhuis is doing a really brilliant job of assembling volumes for this series which instruct and inspire research.  Every book in the series not only informs but they also prod thought and almost impel further studies.  In the best possible sense, each of these works is a treasure.

I highly recommend both this volume and its series companions.  None have yet disappointed and none will ever disappoint one fiftieth as much as your local and national politicians will.

Prone to Plucking Verses From their Context? Well Just Stop It

You end up with a dreadful misreading every time-

So just stop it, or I shall glare at you and render you quite uncomfortable…  like this:

If You Are a Parent, Get Your Kid’s Phone and Check It For These Apps

Helpful Guidance for Troubled Times

“Do not get heated about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Quick as the grass they wither, fading like the green of the fields. Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and live secure. Make Yahweh your joy and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he will act, making your uprightness clear as daylight, and the justice of your cause as the noon. Stay quiet before Yahweh, wait longingly for him, do not get heated over someone who is making a fortune, succeeding by devious means. Refrain from anger, leave rage aside, do not get heated — it can do no good; for evil-doers will be annihilated, while those who hope in Yahweh shall have the land for their own. A little while and the wicked will be no more, however well you search for the place, the wicked will not be there.” (Ps. 37:1-10)

The Augsburg Confession

Die Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten startet am 15. Oktober 2018 einen Lektürekurs zu Melanchthons Bekenntnisschrift, die Confessio Augustana.

Im Mittelpunkt steht die Confessio Augustana (CA) und ihre Entstehung. Philipp Melanchthon hat sie für den Reichstag zu Augsburg 1530 verfasst. Gedacht war sie als „Konsensbekenntnis“. In ihrem ersten Teil handelt sie von den Themen, bei denen aus Sicht der reformatorischen Bewegung Einigkeit mit dem römischen Katholizismus bestand. Der zweite, kleinere Teil benennt die verbleibenden Streitpunkte zwischen Wittenberg und Rom. Melanchthon hoffte vergeblich, es könne auf der Grundlage der CA die Einheit der Kirche (der „Konsens“) bewahrt werden.


Quote of the Day

Stop lamenting the small voice the church has in the world; start repenting for the loud voice the world has in the church. – Michael Svigel