Daily Archives: 6 Oct 2019

Book of the Month

Thanks, Ralph, for the Pastor Appreciation Month gift. It’s the first (and only) one I’ve received.

Evangelical Faith

That One Time You and Your Crew Had the Plague…

And the Priest waved you off, telling you to stay back.  And so was born the ‘hand wave blessing’ which replaced the ‘kiss of peace’ in the Christian Church.

Zwingli and Me

This is worth watching.

Well The Fallible Floundering Founding Fathers Got it Terribly Wrong then, Didn’t They

Via Louise Hitchcock-

I Wish He Were Right

“It’s not just attested in the examples in the sacred texts already mentioned, but also in the histories of every era, that murderers, thieves, corrupt judges, the seditious, and tyrants are drawn by God to punishment in this life” (Philosophiae moralis epitome, CR 16,161). — Melanchthon

I wish he were right. Via Ralph *The Dean* Keen

Drink, But Don’t Drink

Via the twitter.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Martyrdom of William Tyndale

tyndaleOctober 6, after local officials took their seats, Tyndale was brought to the cross in the middle of the town square and given a chance to recant. That refused, he was given a moment to pray. English historian John Foxe said he cried out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!”

Then he was bound to the beam, and both an iron chain and a rope were put around his neck. Gunpowder was added to the brush and logs. At the signal of a local official, the executioner, standing behind Tyndale, quickly tightened the noose, strangling him. Then an official took up a lighted torch and handed it to the executioner, who set the wood ablaze.

One other brief report of that distant scene has come down to us. It is found in a letter from an English agent to Lord Cromwell two months later.  “They speak much,” he wrote, “of the patient sufferance of Master Tyndale at the time of his execution.”*

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*M. Galli and T. Olsen, 131 Christians everyone should know (p. 350).

Luther on the Exclusivity of the Christian Claim

Christ is the only One who descended and then ascended again. And this He did to lead us up with Him.

Yet the world is so blind and stupid that it always seeks and explores other ways. It is gullible and willing to follow where anyone directs and leads it. It will try, and rely on, any method or any work suggested to it. But one thing it cannot do, namely, remain on this one safe way with firm and steadfast faith. And though it hears and is told that Christ is the Way, it adulterates this message and seeks bypaths and other ways. It does not let Him have the exclusive honor; but it usurps part of this for itself, as though it could contribute something and find the way to heaven by itself.

Therefore, even though we adduce these and similar verses, and persuade people to concede that these statements are true, Mr. Smart Aleck comes along; indeed, the devil himself meddles in with his clever reasoning. His purpose is to keep them on the wrong road and to invalidate these beautiful sayings. — Martin Luther

Meanwhile, modern Lutherans like Nadia Bolz-Weber are doing their best to join the Smart Aleck crowd and appease every deviant view.

Plottings and Schemes Against Zwingli

zwingli198When priests and monks had been degraded from their positions (so to speak) and a mandate had been issued against the pensioners as we call them, the enemy turned to plots to try if by any means they might destroy the man. I will be silent about the secret plots that may be known to me, and will tell you about those known to people in general. Some one came to his house after midnight and prayed him to come to a man at the point of death. The deacon replying for the master of the house that he would do whatever was necessary himself (for Zwingli was not to be disturbed during the night because of his daily duties), the visitor objected so strongly that the suspicions of the deacon were aroused that he had some plot on foot.

The deacon therefore, going as if he would tell his master all about it, frustrated the marauder by closing the door and leaving him outside. In the morning the facts were discovered, that he was to have been gagged and carried away secretly in a boat. Shortly after a horse was got ready to be used for the same purpose.

Again we saw a waylayer (it was said he was from Zug) in the city girded with the longest kind of sword openly wandering about without a cloak watching for a favourable opportunity to run across the man and kill him. The man was reported and taken into custody, and disappeared.

And one of my favorites

Two Zurichers under the influence of liquor—I will not mention their names though I know them—threw stones one night against Zwingli’s house and breaking his windows behaved so cruelly, basely, and inhumanly with their shouts and curses and blows that none of the neighbours dared to protest even through the windows. So they kept on till they had used up their stones, their words, and their strength.

The tumult was reported to the mayor in the morning, the gates were shut and armed men searched for the offenders in vain in every nook and cranny of the city until certain prostitutes who knew about their hiding places, not being adepts in concealing, unintentionally betrayed one of them; the other had already escaped.

The fellow was dragged from the wine cask of a certain priest and taken to prison by the enraged crowd. After many trials he was condemned to perpetual imprisonment, and for some weeks he lay in captivity until he was released by request of Bern.

And again

Zwingli sometimes dined away from home with friends or entertainers. Therefore returning he was almost always escorted, without being aware of it, by good citizens, lest evil should befall him on the way. And the Senate in this perilous time placed watchers around his house at night.

And finally, concerning the pension he received from Rome which certain unsavory characters in our day use as a cudgel with which to beat the poor dead man, not satisfied with respecting his work and instead endeavoring only to besmirch the deceased in order to make him a toady of the same Antichrist they serve-

See, I beseech you, what unjust accusations were brought against the man that he should have to be protected in this way! They called him “a pensionary” because not knowing it was wrong he received at one time an annual pension from the Roman pontiff. He himself indeed excused this offence to his Germans thus: “The dealings which I once had with the Pope ceased years ago. I thought then it was allowable to receive a pension from the pontiff to defend his way. But having realised the sin of it, I gave up the whole business. Therefore the deputies (factores), as they are called, accuse me of wrong in the matter, and being angry at my giving up the pension, impute to me what I have done as a sin because they persuade men that by receiving the pontifical pension they serve God.”

And to Berthold Haller and Caspar Megander, he thus writes of the gifts of princes: “I esteem the glory of Christ and if you prefer mine own also more than all the wealth of all the princes, not to mention the moderate munificence of one king. In times past I have learned what gifts meant, so that in old age desire after them is not possible.”

[From the biography of Zwingli by Oswald Myconius]

Signs of the Times

A Child Rapist Receives a Lighter Sentence Than A Kid Who Stole $100 Worth of Shoes

Because the American justice system is not just.

Can you spot the difference between them and thus the reason for the lighter sentence for a child rapist?