Daily Archives: 25 Aug 2019

The American Government…

Is a government for the scammers, of the scammers, and by the scammers.

Darkness Hates the Light

And snuffs it out when it can.

A pastor in southwest Mexico was shot and killed after a church service on Sunday amid ongoing targeting of faith leaders by criminal gangs.

According to international watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Pastor Alfrery Líctor Cruz Canseco was sitting in his car outside Fraternidad Cristiana church in the town of Tlalixtac de Cabrera in Oaxaca state when he was shot at point-blank range.

Cruz Canseco died while he was being transported to a local hospital.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and congregation of Pastor Cruz Canseco,” CSW Chief Executive Merwyn Thomas said in a statement.

Pray for the Pastor’s family and church.

American Christianity

hill-of-crosses-in-lithua-001They won’t tell you this in seminary but

– most church people have no more interest in becoming better, more committed, more devoted believers than cows have in being better milk producers.

Mediocrity of commitment is as high as most aim and 90% will never be more than Sunday morning (on occasion) believers.

Brace yourselves.

Because It’s Harder to Smuggle A Snicker’s Into A Theater…

Beware the ‘Church Shoppers’

If someone comes to your Church and asks what you can offer them in terms of ministries and services- tell them the Cross.  If they leave, you don’t need them.  Or want them.  They haven’t come to serve but to be served and in that they are the opposite of Christ.

Was Katie Luther the Driving Force Behind Luther’s Anti-Semitism?

Dear Katie. Yes, on the way, shortly before Eisleben, I became dizzy. That was my fault. Had you been here, however, you would have said that it was the fault of the Jews or their god. For shortly before Eisleben we had to travel through a village in which many Jews are living, [and] perhaps they have attacked me so painfully. At this time over fifty Jews reside here in the city of Eisleben. It is true that when I passed by the village such a cold wind blew from behind into the carriage and on my head through the beret, [that it seemed] as if it intended to turn my brain to ice. This might have helped me somewhat to become dizzy. But thank God now I am well, except for the fact that beautiful women tempt me so much that I neither care nor worry about becoming unchaste.*

Is Luther here hinting that Katie despised Jews ‘and their god’ ( truly remarkable Marcionite-ish phrase) more than he?  Is it worth digging more deeply in Katie Luther’s life to find out?  I would think so.  Here’s why:  Men often are persuaded to viewpoints by their wives (just as wives are by their husbands). I know a man who had fairly common notions of sexuality until he married a woman who had quite ‘open’ views and before long his matched hers in mirror fashion.

Luther here clearly hints that Katie’s attitude towards the Jews was harsher than his own.  He says ‘it was my fault’ and then he says ‘however you would have said that it was the fault of the Jews or their god’.  Did she persuade him to her views?  After all, we are all quite well aware that the ‘Early Luther’ had very decent things to say about the Jews.  So what changed?

Things that make you go hmmmm…..

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*Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 50: Letters III (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 50; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 290–291.

Those Who Know The Least…

The New York Times reports

Those with the least understanding of science oppose it the most and also think they know the most, a study showed.

In related news, those who know the least about the Bible and theology also think they know the most.  Welcome to the wikipedia-ization of knowledge.

It’s Better to be Baptist

Fun Facts From Church History: How Luther Became an Amulet

In the second half of the sixteenth century, in a strange inversion of the devotional traditions so fiercely condemned by evangelicals, portraits of Luther would take on the imputed powers of a amulet, or even perform miracles, such as when a portrait of Luther emerged unscathed from a conflagration that destroyed everything else in the house: the ‘incombustible Luther’.  — Andrew Pettegree

Zwingli In Einsiedeln

This is a fascinating essay.

Es sind nur ein paar Wörter, aber sie sind wertvoll. Wertvoller als so manches dicke Buch. Letzte Woche hat Urs Leu sie entdeckt – und damit eine Leerstelle geschlossen, welche die Schweizer Reformationsforscher lange beunruhigte. In der Bibliothek des Klosters Einsiedeln fand der Zürcher Historiker in einem Kodex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert drei kurze, mit schwarzer Tinte geschriebene Randbemerkungen. Für Leu war sofort klar: Das ist Huldrych Zwinglis Handschrift! Der Duktus der Buchstaben, die charakteristische Form des «d» mit dem lang heruntergezogenen vertikalen Strich – da war jeder Zweifel ausgeschlossen. Und was das bedeutet, war Leu bewusst. Er hatte entdeckt, wonach man bis jetzt vergeblich gesucht hatte: die Spur, die Zwingli bei seinem Aufenthalt in Einsiedeln hinterlassen hatte.

Then discussion about Zwingli’s studies and viewpoints during that period.  And

Zwingli nahm das alles mit wachen Sinnen zur Kenntnis. Und was er davon hielt, zeigt eine Randbemerkung in einem seiner Bücher. An einer Stelle, wo der Autor warnend schreibt, guter Wein und üppiges Essen würden selbst gefestigte Seelen zu sinnlichen Sünden verführen, hält er lakonisch fest: «Das mögen die Benediktiner sich merken.» Man glaubt deutlich zu spüren, dass er weiss, wovon er spricht.

Doch selbstverständlich wusste er auch sehr gut, was er dem Kloster Einsiedeln verdankte. Zum Pater pflegte er ein freundschaftliches Verhältnis, und vor allem: Er las sich durch die Bibliothek. Obwohl er als Priester für ein riesiges Gebiet mit rund 1500 Einwohnern zuständig war und dazu die Pilger geistlich zu betreuen hatte, nützte er jede freie Minute, um zu lesen. Und Zwingli war ein aufmerksamer Leser, dem nichts entging. Das zeigt sich an den Randbemerkungen in seinen eigenen Büchern, die heute in der Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB) aufgearbeitet werden. Bei der Arbeit an Zwinglis Bibliothek stiess Urs Leu, der an der ZB die Abteilung Alte Drucke leitet, auf die Spur, die ihn schliesslich zu seinem Fund führte.

Read it all.