Daily Archives: 5 Apr 2019

Guess Who’s Going to Hell… That’s Right, Those Who Neglect Strangers and Orphans

“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.” (Matt. 25:41-46)

Let those with ears, hear….

Don’t Get Your Historical Info About Biblical Stuff From the History Channel or BAR…

Get it from a source that’s reliable.  Get it from ASOR.  #ThatIsAll

Nope- Wrong Again. But Still Better than DaVinci

500 Years Ago In Luther’s Life

From our Saxon friends-

Heute vor 500 Jahren, am 5. April 1519:
Luthers „Auslegung deutsch des Vaterunsers für die einfältigen Laien“ erscheint

1518 erschien bereits eine Auslegung des Vaterunsers durch Luther. Sie basierte auf Vorträgen Luthers, die sein Schüler Johannes Agricola mitschrieb und ins Deutsche übertrug. Luther war mit dem Resultat unzufrieden, weshalb er eine eigene Vaterunser-Auslegung in deutscher Sprache erarbeitete. Sie erschien am 5. April 1519 und war ausdrücklich „für die einfältigen Laien“ gedacht, „nicht für die Gelehrten“.

Luther legt die sieben Bitten des Vaterunsers in verständlicher Form aus. In der Hinführung betont er, dass das christliche Gebet im Gegensatz zum heidnischen „wenig Worte und viel Sinn“ habe, es müsse aus „Herzensgrund“ kommen und sei dann am besten, „denn da redet das Herz mehr als der Mund“.

Der Schrift war großer Erfolg beschieden, was sich sowohl an den zahlreichen weiteren Auflagen erkennen lässt als auch an den Übertragungen in weitere Sprachen.

The Bible v. Systematic Theology

The biblical books all contain a theological perspective of their own.  The Bible should best be imagined as a raucous faculty lounge where a bunch of theologians are sitting around arguing their points all at the same time.

Systematic theology, on the other hand, is a lecture hall where the lecturer is blathering on and the audience is sitting in silence and thinking each to himself how much better a job he could do of it if he were up there speaking instead.

I prefer, myself, the theologians of the Bible with their various emphases than the systematizer who is usually dull as dishwater and less inspiring.

Systematic theology is important, and even necessary (if only to keep systematic theologians gainfully employed and off the streets).  It’s just not that interesting.

Amos Speaks Today

“They hate the man who teaches justice at the city gate and detest anyone who declares the truth [and] … although you have built houses of dressed stone, you will not live in them; although you have planted pleasant vineyards, you will not drink wine from them: for I know how many your crimes are and how outrageous your sins, you oppressors of the upright, who hold people to ransom and thrust the poor aside at the gates.” (Amos 5:10-12)

Reminder: Barth and Romans- The Conference at the University of Geneva

The program of the international conference on the Römerbrief of Karl #Barth at the Faculty of theology of @UNIGEnews in #Geneva June 5-7, 2019, is now online!

Conference details here. Via Andreas Dettwiler.

A few month after the Great War, in 1919, a young unknown pastor published a commentary on the epistle to the Romans that would become one of the great theological works of the 20th century. In opposition to the liberal and conservative theology of his time, Karl Barth offered a new reading of the central Pauline text in which God reveals Godself as wholly Other.

A century later, what should we make of this text, rooted as it is in the post-World War I period and its social and theological conflicts? Bringing together experts in the field and young researchers from different continents, the international und multidisciplinary conference organized by the Faculty of Theology of the University of Geneva June 5-7 2019 invites both retrospective and prospective responses to this question.

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WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF

Public lectures

  • Beverly Gaventa (Baylor University, USA)
  • Jean-Luc Marion (Académie française and University of Chicago)

Conference papers

  • Hans-Christoph Askani (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • John Barclay (Durham University, UK)
  • Benoît Bourgine (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
  • Philippe Büttgen (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
  • J. Kameron Carter (Duke Divinity School, USA)
  • Christophe Chalamet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • François Dermange (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Andreas Dettwiler (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Mark W. Elliott (University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
  • Anthony Feneuil (University of Lorraine, France)
  • Michaël Foessel (École polytechnique, France)
  • Pierre Gisel (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Matthias Gockel (University of Basel, CH)
  • Emmanuel Gougaud (Service national pour l’unité des chrétiens, France)
  • Jean Grondin (University of Montréal, Canada)
  • Elio Jaillet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Cambria Kaltwasser (Northwestern College, USA)
  • Declan Kelly (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Pierre Manent (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France)
  • Amy Marga (Luther Seminary, USA)
  • Bruce McCormack (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Andrew J. Peterson (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Shannon Nicole Smythe (Seattle Pacific University, USA)
  • Sarah Stewart-Kroeker (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Michael J. Thate (Princeton University, USA)
  • Günter Thomas (University of Bochum, Germany)
  • Brandon Watson (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Claudia Welz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Matthias Wüthrich (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Matthias Zeindler (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Luke Zerra (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA)
  • Philip Ziegler (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Peter Zocher (University of Basel, Switzerland)

Organizing CommitteeFrançois DermangeAndreas DettwilerElisabeth Parmentier and Sarah Stewart-Kroeker

#ICYMI- Fun Facts From Church History: The End of Jan Matthys

MatthysWhat’s that you say?  You aren’t familiar with the Radical Reformation’s own leading crackpot loon nutbag weirdo?  You should be, because today is the anniversary of his receiving his just desserts.  Or as the fine folk at Refo500 tweeted a few years back-

5. April 1534: Jan Matthys, „Prophet“ und Führer des münsterschen #Täuferreiches, getötet.

He was nuts.  Happy Jan Matthys Day (or as I prefer to call it- Happy Deliverance From Maniacal Murderous Self-Serving Heretic Day.)

#ICYMI- The Portrait of Zwingli Which Once Adorned Gottfried W. Locher’s Study Now Adorns Mine

First posted on 5 April, 2013-

Thanks to the incredible kindness of Prof. Locher’s son, Dr. Uli Locher (McGill University), I have on my study wall the very portrait of Zwingli which hung on the study wall of his father.  And I couldn’t, I just couldn’t be more honored.

So i have to show it off-  here it is fresh out of the mailer-

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And here it is, in its place of honor, on the wall behind my desk, over my right shoulder-

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Many, many thanks to Uli for this kindness.  I feel smarter already (and strangely more accountable).

And yes, it’s still among the most important of my material possessions.

Conference Announcement: Reframing Wisdom Literature

Kings College London is hosting the event (which looks fantastic).

We are delighted to announce the complete programme of the conference ‘Reframing Wisdom Literature. Problematising Literary and Religious Interactions in Ancient Wisdom Texts’.

Please find the programme below. The conference is free to attendand refreshments will be provided but registration on this page is required. Please register by Thursday 23rd May.

Registration options include participation in Thursday and Friday group dinners, and you are more than welcome to join us. Just please keep in mind that dinners will be at an extra cost, and that the availability for Thursday dinner is limited.

You can read more about the conference aims and download the conference booklet and poster on our website.

Looking forward to welcoming you in London,

The organisers, Anna and Sara

Quote of the Day

People always looking for miracles often surrender themselves to laziness. – John Calvin