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Quote of the Century

παντὶ ἀνθρώπῳ μὴ ἔκφαινε σὴν καρδίαν καὶ μὴ ἀναφερέτω σοι χάριν (Sir. 8:19)

non omni homini cor tuum manifestes ne forte inferat tibi gratiam et convicietur tibi.

‎לְכָל־בָּשָׂר אַל תְּגַל לִבֶּ֑ךָ וְאַל תַּדִּיחַ מֵעָלֶיךָ הַטּוֹבָֽה׃

Do not expose your heart to any person, and do not let him return a favor to you.

Öffne dein Herz nicht jedem; es wird dir nicht gedankt werden.

 
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Posted by on 26 Nov 2018 in Bible

 

Ben Sira Making Friends…

A bad wife is a badly fitting ox-yoke, trying to master her is like grasping a scorpion.
A drunken wife will goad anyone to fury, she cannot conceal her own degradation.
A woman’s wantonness shows in her wide-eyed look, her eyelashes leave no doubt.

Keep a headstrong daughter under firm control, or, feeling free, she will take advantage of it.
Keep a strict watch on her shameless eye, do not be surprised if she disgraces you.
Like a thirsty traveller she will open her mouth and drink any water she comes across; she will sit down in front of every tent-peg and open her quiver to any arrow.

The grace of a wife will charm her husband, her understanding will make him the stronger.
A silent wife is a gift from the Lord, no price can be put on a well-trained character.
A modest wife is a boon twice over, a chaste character cannot be over-valued.
Like the sun rising over the mountains of the Lord, such is the beauty of a good wife in a well-run house.  — (Sir. 26:7-16)

Take all your complaints right on over to Ben Sira.

 
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My Current Mood Is…

 
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Still True

When Jesus had finished these parables he left the district; and, coming to his home town, he taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, ‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all?’ And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is despised only in his own country and in his own house’. (Matt. 13:53-57)

 
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If There Were Any Doubt in Your Mind That ‘Evangelical’ No Longer Means Christian…

This will remove it:

Were these people Christians, they would know this:

Then he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink, I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?”  Then he will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”  And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.‘ (Matt. 25:41-46)

Let me say this as clearly as possible: anti-immigrant ‘Evangelicals’ are not Christians.  And they are going to hell.  And that’s what Jesus says.

 
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Quote of the Day

A lot of Americans are angry that migrants rushed the border. They argue they should be treated harshly. I pray these folks never face the kind of terror and hardship that would force a family to flee over 1000 miles. But if they do, I pray borders and hearts lie open to them.  — George Takei

 
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Papist Superstition…

That’s what Zwingli, Luther and Calvin, along with Oecolampadius and Melanchthon would call this:

 
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Tis the Season…

To celebrate Nicholas smacking Arius right in the face.  Amen.

 
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Coming Soon From TVZ: Ulrich Zwinglis Spiritualität- Ein Beispiel reformierter Frömmigkeit

Glory.

Die reformierte Tradition ist spiritueller als ihr Ruf. Das zeigt sich auch im Blick auf den persönlichen Glauben und die Frömmigkeit Ulrich Zwinglis. Sein theologisches Denken und kirchliches Wirken, sein politisches Handeln und Selbstverständnis sind getragen von spiritueller Erfahrung im Umgang mit der Heiligen Schrift wie auch von hingebungsvollem Vertrauen in Gottes Walten.

Samuel Lutz geht Zwinglis Spiritualität nach, indem er den Reformator selbst zu zentralen Punkten seiner Theologie und seines Glaubens zu Wort kommen lässt. Wie können wir Gott erfahren? Wer sind wir als Kirche? Was soll der Staat? Ist Freude möglich in diesem elenden Leben? Der erste Teil des kleinen Buchs ist Zwinglis persönlicher Spiritualität gewidmet, der zweiten Teil deren Ausstrahlung ins kirchliche, politische und alltägliche Leben: Für Zwingli gehören geistliches und gesellschaftliches Leben untrennbar zusammen. Unter dem Gesichtspunkt der Spiritualität erscheinen der grosse Reformator und das reformierte Erbe in einem neuen Licht.

 
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Posted by on 26 Nov 2018 in Books, Zwingli

 

It’s Out

So happy about this volume’s publication.

 
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Posted by on 26 Nov 2018 in Biblical Studies Resources, Book of the Week, Books

 

Great News from the Institute for New Testament Textual Research

Many of our printed Bibles are now online! These include the Complutensian Polyglot, Erasmus, Bengel, Wettstein, Griesbach, Tregelles, Westcott and Hort, Nestle, and others! These are all FREE to download!

You can check them all out here.  I’ve added a link under ‘Useful Sites’= Bibelmuseum der WWU Münster.

 
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Luther’s Right

 
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#ICYMI- Karl Barth Wasn’t Always A Very Careful Thinker

For instance, he completely missed the meaning of Melanchthon’s “hoc est Christum cognoscere beneficia eius cognoscere”.

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The only way Barth could assert what he asserted is if he wasn’t a clear thinker or understanding reader.  But Barth was not always a clear thinker.  Melanchthon very clearly is emphasizing knowing Christ HIMSELF and thus, only in a derivative way, as a consequence, knowing his benefits.

 
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Motivation From Martin

Nobody extends a helping hand to another, nobody seriously considers the other person, but everyone looks out for himself and his own gain, insists on his own way, and lets everything else go hang. If anyone is helped, well and good; but nobody looks after the poor to see how you might be able to help them. – Luther

 
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Straight from the Nazi Playbook

  • Assemble a group of rabid, unthinking, blindly obedient followers
  • Whip said followers into a frenzy in fear of ‘the other’
  • Erect a wall or walls to keep the ‘other’ separated from the ‘real citizens’
  • Desensitize the population to any abuse or mistreatment of the ‘other’
  • Brutalize the ‘other’, including their children and infants along with their elderly and young
  • Gas the ‘other’

Sound familiar?

 
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Posted by on 26 Nov 2018 in Modern Culture