Quote of the Day

“As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet, and our hair gets wet…it’s all the more fitting that we remember on that day in Dieppe the rain wasn’t rain, it was bullets.” – Justin Trudeau

The ‘War to End All Wars’ Didn’t

To humanity’s eternal shame and utter disgrace. We are a stupid species incapable of learning from our own past the folly of war. War only brings death. No one has ever won a war. No one ever will.

But humanity loves war and so war will continue until humanity hates war. But I don’t see that ever happening. History, prove me wrong. Go ahead. I dare you.

Trump Golfs When it’s Raining But He Can’t Attend a Memorial Service

It’s rained harder than in these pictures from France at the WWI memorial service while Trump was golfing. For a guy who babbles about how much he loves the troops he sure does manage to avoid showing it. He still hasn’t visited a single stationed troop overseas. I guess his indifference to troops is part of his plan to make America ‘great’.

Beat Your Plowshares Into Swords…

First- if you think I’ve turned that around accidentally, read your Bible more…  And second…

Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up.  Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say,`I am strong.'”  Assemble and come, all you nations, And gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD.  “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, The vats overflow– For their wickedness is great.”   Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:9-14)

Joel must have been fun at parties.  Like Jeremiah…

Planned Parenthood is Godless

As demonstrated by their new advert showing a little baby that they conclude should be treated as a choice. It’s infanticide they’re promoting.

Further, calling a baby a choice is purely demonic. The choice was made when the lusting couple decided to join genitals. Now that they have, and a baby has been produced, they should live with that choice instead of attempting to exterminate it.

If you don’t want children, don’t have sex. Simple. You dimwit animals. Learn self control rather than taking recourse to infanticide.

The 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dordrecht

All the fun is described here.

In a six-months program, Hollands oldest city shows how revolutionary the Synod was and what a great and lasting effect it had on Protestantism, culture and society; not only in Europe but also in Asia, Africa and America. And of course in the Netherlands, which has been regarded since as a Calvinist country.

The whole European Calvinist family was represented in Dordrecht 400 years ago. The meeting lasted no less than 180 sessions! Trade, migration and missions spread its mental legacy around the world from the 17th century on till now. We invite everyone to visit Dordrecht, see the beautiful city and enjoy our program.

The Birth of Martin Luther…

luther33Took place on 10 November, 1483. Luther tells the story of his origins thusly:

Concerning my family background, no one can give more trustworthy information than the counts of Mansfeld. I believe that these nobles have enough of a name and authority in the Empire to deserve to be believed on this subject. … I was born, by the way, at Eisleben, and baptized there in St. Peter’s Church. I do not remember this, but I believe my parents and the folks at home.

My parents moved there from [a place] near Eisenach. Nearly all my kinfolk are at Eisenach, and I am known there and recognized by them even today, since I went to school there for four years, and there is no other town in which I am better known. I hope the people there would not have been so stupid that any one of them would call the son of Luther “nephew,” another “uncle,” another “cousin” (I have many of them there), had they known that my father and my mother were Bohemians or other such People, rather than those born in their midst.

The rest of my life I spent in school and in the monastery at Erfurt until I came to Wittenberg. I was also in Magdeburg for one year at the age of fourteen.*

Luther tells Spalatin all this because, at the time he wrote the letter, some were accusing him of being a native of Bohemia.  It is the only place in his writings where he mentions his birth (that I’ve been able to track down).
*M. Luther, Luther’s works, vol. 48: Letters I, pp. 145–146.

It’s Martin Luther’s Birth-iversary

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther!

Einen Gruß an das Geburtstagskind: Heute vor 533 Jahren wurde Martin Luther geboren. Und fast 500 Jahre ist es her, dass der Urheber der Reformation seine 95 Thesen am Hauptportal der Schlosskirche in Wittenberg angeschlagen hat. Zahlreiche Gemälden des Reformators haben wir der Werkstatt von Lucas Cranach dem Älteren zu verdanken, die ab den 1520er Jahren ganze Serien produzierte. Nicht nur gelten sie als Meisterwerke der Porträtkunst dieser Zeit sondern prägen tatsächlich unser Luther-Bild bis in die Gegenwart. Dieser erscheint mal als energischer und unbeugsamer Mönch, als Junker Jörg mit Vollbart oder als Gelehrter mit und ohne Doktorhut. So gestaltete Cranach nicht nur von Beginn an das öffentliche Image Luthers, sondern gab der gesamten Reformation ein Gesicht, das die neue Lehre in ganz Europa bekannt machte. Auch Doppelporträts mit Ehefrau Katharina von Bora gehören zum Repertoire der Cranach’schen Kunst. Den Theologieprofessor und den Maler Cranach verband eine enge Freundschaft.