Daily Archives: 9 Mar 2019

Don’t Do It. Don’t Put Your Trust in Politicians

It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes. (Ps. 118:8-9)

Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.  (Ps. 146:3-9)

Signs of the Times

How Can People Be So Vile?

And what is wrong with them?

Maine GOP mayor resigns after calling elderly black people ‘antique farm equipment’.


His Parents Should Have to Pay Every Penny

An unvaccinated 6-year-old boy in Oregon spent 57 days in a hospital, including 47 days in the intensive care unit, and racked up almost $1 million in medical costs after being diagnosed with tetanus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

The boy was Oregon’s first case of tetanus in almost 30 years, according to the CDC, citing the Oregon Health Authority. Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in dirt that can enter the body through breaks in the skin, and vaccines are the best way to prevent it, per the CDC.

Pay up, foolish parents.

The Latest Number of Zwingliana


Reformation als Auftrag: Der Zürcher Drucker Christoph Froschauer d.Ä. (ca. 1490-1564)
Urs B. Leu 1-80
Zürcher Buchholzschnitte zwischen Inkunabelzeit und früher Reformation: Ein Überblick
Lothar Schmitt 81-172
Buchdruck in der Reformationszeit in Basel: Mit besonderer Berücksichtigung von Flugschriften aus den Jahren 1521 und 1522
Christine Christ-von Wedel 173-202
Buchdruck und Reformation in Bern
Sabine Schlüter 203-232
“Veritas evangelica per typographiam”: Zur Genese der in Zürich gedruckten Berner Disputationsakten 1528
Hans Rudolf Lavater-Briner 233-279
Buchdruck und Reformation in Genf (1478-1600): Ein Überblick
Andreas Würgler 281-310
St. Gallen, eine Reformationsstadt ohne Druckerei
Rudolf Gamper 311-316
“Raget von Plant, Bürger zuo Chur, hat das Buoch zu Genff koufft”: Buchhandel, Buchdruck und Reformation in den Drei Bünden
Jan-Andrea Bernhard 317-363
Die Bücherzensur in der Schweiz von der Reformation bis 1600
Christian Scheidegger

Graduation Ceremony 畢業禮暨晚禱崇拜 2019

Very proud of our students and our excellent faculty.

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Congratulations to our 47 students who graduated from degree and certificate programmes!

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Papyri News

From the Egypt Exploration Society

In response to recent queries about results of the review initiated in 2016 to identify unpublished New Testament fragments in its collection of Oxyrhynchus papyri (https://www.ees.ac.uk/news/poxy-lxxxiii-5345), the EES reports as follows:

Some twenty New Testament inedita have been identified, none of them apparently earlier than the late 2nd to early 3rd century AD. They have all been assigned to editors, and will be published in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri series as the editors complete their work over the next few years. There may be more small fragments still unidentified because, like the Mark fragment recently published (LXXXIII 5345), their identity only emerges from much more detailed study than is feasible when cataloguing. We note that Grenfell and Hunt were particularly keen to find New Testament texts, and so sorted out possible cases as they processed their finds in Egypt and back at Oxford, and published many of them.

Some ten patristic texts have also been identified and assigned to editors, and over eighty Septuagint and related texts are currently known to us and will gradually be assigned and published (some in the forthcoming volume LXXXIV). In the volumes of the Oxyrhynchus series we normally aim to publish a variety of texts, including literary fragments and the far more numerous documentary texts which are the primary interest of many of our readers.

Fun if legit.  But given the usual pace of the publication of these things, don’t expect to live to see them.  Perhaps your great grandchildren will.

Today With Zwingli: I’m Not Eating Sausage, But If You Want To, It’s Fine…

sausageOn 9 March, 1522 the printer Froschauer and his assistants had dinner.  What they had blew a hole in Catholic practice and caused a stir in Zurich the repercussions of which would be felt all across Europe.  They had sausage.  They ate meat during Lent and Zwingli, who was there, approved (though he didn’t eat sausages, apparently not being fond of them).

Schaff describes the situation – colorfully –

Zwingli was permitted to labor in Zurich for two years without serious opposition, although he had not a few enemies, both religious and political. The magistracy of Zurich took at first a neutral position, and ordered the priests of the city and country to preach the Scriptures, and to be silent about human inventions (1520). This is the first instance of an episcopal interference of the civil authority in matters of religion. It afterwards became a settled custom in Protestant Switzerland with the full consent of Zwingli. He was appointed canon of the Grossmünster, April 29, 1521, with an additional salary of seventy guilders, after he had given up the papal pension. With this moderate income he was contented for the rest of his life.

During Lent, 1522, Zwingli preached a sermon in which he showed that the prohibition of meat in Lent had no foundation in Scripture. Several of his friends, including his publisher, Froschauer, made practical use of their liberty. This brought on an open rupture. The bishop of Constance sent a strong deputation to Zurich, and urged the observance of the customary fasts. The magistracy prohibited the violation, and threatened to punish the offenders (April 9, 1522).

Zwingli defended himself in a tract on the free use of meats (April 16). It is his first printed book. He essentially takes the position of Paul, that, in things indifferent, Christians have liberty to use or to abstain, and that the Church authorities have no right to forbid this liberty. He appeals to such passages as 1 Cor. 8:8; 10:25; Col. 2:16; 1 Tim. 4:1; Rom. 14:1–3; 15:1, 2.

The bishop of Constance issued a mandate to the civil authorities (May 24), exhorting them to protect the ordinances of the Holy Church. He admonished the canons, without naming Zwingli, to prevent the spread of heretical doctrines. He also sought and obtained the aid of the Swiss Diet, then sitting at Lucerne.

Zwingli was in a dangerous position. He was repeatedly threatened with assassination. But he kept his courage, and felt sure of ultimate victory. He replied in the Archeteles (“the Beginning and the End”), hoping that this first answer would be the last. He protested that he had done no wrong, but endeavored to lead men to God and to his Son Jesus Christ in plain language, such as the common people could understand. He warned the hierarchy of the approaching collapse of the Romish ceremonies, and advised them to follow the example of Julius Caesar, who folded his garments around him that he might fall with dignity. The significance of this book consists in the strong statement of the authority of the Scriptures against the authority of the Church. Erasmus was much displeased with it.

And it all started with a greasy blob of meat scraps held together by intestine…