‘If the Son set you free, you will be truly free’ – Jesus.
Daily Archives: 7 Oct 2018
Unlike Senator Susan Collins, who took pages upon pages of text on national television to tell us something we already knew, I will cut right to the chase: I am out of the Republican Party. I will also acknowledge right away what I assume will be the reaction of most of the remaining members of the GOP, ranging from “Good riddance” to “You were never a real Republican,” along with a smattering of “Who are you, anyway?”
The proverb is simple: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But a teenage girl and her mom in New Jersey figured out how to circumvent that difficult “trying” part — by whining until success was easily achieved. At Hanover Park High School last month, a mother complained when her daughter got cut after cheerleading tryouts. Instead of telling her tough luck, the athletic director placated the mom and changed the team’s policy, allowing any wannabe cheerleader to join the squad. Naturally this upset the kids who made the team fair and square, and they brought their grievances to the school board.
“I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” sophomore Jada Alcontara told News12 New Jersey.
Student Stephan Krueger added: “I tried my hardest. Now everything is going away because of one child who did not make the team. Now all my hard work has been thrown out the window.” Despite its reputation, cheerleading isn’t just about shaking pompoms and yelling catchy chants. Squad members practice gymnastic maneuvers that require strength, flexibility and flair. Now there will be cheerleaders on the team who won’t possess enough of these skills, while those who do have seen their talents devalued. Giving guaranteed slots to willing participants may make a team seem more inclusive, but it won’t force its members to be. People given an easy pass are unlikely to be met with open arms by those who earned their way.
Mediocrity in America. Mediocrity is America.
In the Preface and the Address to the Reader, Zwingli tells how he came to write the Commentary. “Many men in Italy and more in France, learned and devout,” urged him “to write out in Latin his religious views for them.” The request probably was made when Farel, Anton du Blet, and other men from Lyons came to Zurich in the spring of 1524. He shrank in “modesty” from such an undertaking, but “the high standing and importunity” of the men constrained him to yield to their wishes. He was prevented, however, by “various occupations” from beginning the task before the latter part of the year 1524.
In a letter to Zwingli, dated October 7, 1524, Anton Papilio assumes that the former had undertaken to write a book, entitled, De vera et falsa religione commentarius. Having put his hand to the pen, he toiled incessantly, “sweating night and day for three and a half months”—a comparatively short time for so weighty a treatise. He regrets the fact that he was “so hurried all along, that I often hardly had a chance to reread what I had written, much less to correct or embellish it.” The author was now in the “forty-second year of his age.” The book came from the press at the end of March, 1525.*
To this day if you wish to know what Zwingli believed about nearly everything, this is the book to read. It is his ‘Institutes of the Christian Religion’.
*George Warren Richards, “Introduction,” in The Latin Works of Huldreich Zwingli (ed. Clarence Nevin Heller; vol. 3; Philadelphia: Heidelberg Press, 1929), 31–2.
“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. (Jn. 18:36)
Claus Westermann was a biblical scholar and exegete most famous for his massive commentary on Genesis- a commentary that has never, and probably will never be surpassed in scope or erudition or, for that matter, exegetical and hermeneutical usefulness. He was born on October 7, 1909.
Though best known for his commentary on Genesis, Westermann published a lot. He wasn’t the sort of narrow academic who only knew Torah or who spent his life studying only one aspect of the Hebrew verbal system. His breadth of knowledge was impressive. A rarity in his own day and even more so these days, when overspecialization has crippled scholarship and some people know only one thing and nothing else.
Westermann’s career was long and he lived quite a long life as well, dying on June 11, 2000. Lest we forget…