Zwinglius Redivivus

September 4, 2015

A Prayer for Refugees

Filed under: Theology — Tags: , — Jim @ 15:24

Gott,

wir können sie kaum noch ertragen,
die täglichen Bilder vom Flüchtlingselend,
von den verzweifelten Familien
und weinenden Kindern.
Die vielen Berichte von Einzelschicksalen
gehen uns nach – manchmal bis in die Träume.
Wir sehnen ein Ende des Schreckens herbei,
und möchten helfen.

Aber in uns wächst auch Furcht,
weil es so viele sind,
die bei uns Schutz suchen,
weil so viel Hass aufbricht in unserer Gesellschaft
und so viel kaltschnäuzige Abwehr
selbst in unseren Kreisen.

Vor dir, Gott, können wir auch nicht verbergen,
dass auch uns Vorurteile umtreiben
und Sorgen um die eigene Zukunft,
wenn wir sie mit den Fremden teilen müssen.

Wir bitten dich:
Nimm dich der Verzweifelten an,
wehre aller Feindseligkeit,
und erfüll uns mit dem Geist der Kraft, der Liebe und der Besonnenheit. — Sylvia Bukowski

Luther’s Small Catechism and the Refugee Crisis

Filed under: Luther, Theology — Tags: — Jim @ 07:02

Of the commandment against murder, Luther, after citing it

Du solt nicht tödten.

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Was ist das? Antwort: ‚Wir sollen Gott fürchten und lieben, das wir unserm Nechsten an seinem leibe keinen schaden noch leidt thun, Sondern im helffen und fördern in allen leibes nöten.‘

This simple exposition is spot on and should be the guiding principle in the world’s treatment of Syria’s refugees.

September 3, 2015

Who’s To Blame?

Filed under: Bullinger, Theology — Tags: — Jim @ 15:13

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September 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

Filed under: Theology — Jim @ 18:30

Ill thoughts are as little thieves, which, creeping in at the window, open the door to greater – Richard Sibbes

The Willow Creek Church (PCA) Situation Explained…

Filed under: Modern Culture, Theology — Tags: — Jim @ 07:12

Who doesn’t love spot on tongue in cheek theological excoriation?

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(Here’s the backstory- http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/august/tullian-tchividjian-files-for-divorce.html)

August 24, 2015

Luthers Meisterwerk – Eine Bibelübersetzung macht Karriere

Filed under: Book Review, Books, Church History, Luther, Theology — Jim @ 15:08

978-3-525-77014-6Die Bibel ist zentral für den Religionsunterricht. Insbesondere die Übersetzung Martin Luthers zeichnet sich bis heute durch eine starke Präsenz in Theologie und deutscher Sprache aus. Umfassendes Material rund um jenes „Meisterwerk“ bietet Ihnen das Themenheft für die Sek I.

Dieses hat vier Ziele: Die Schülerinnen und Schüler lernen den biografischen und zeitgeschichtlichen Kontext von Luther und seiner Übersetzung kennen. Sie erkennen, dass das Übersetzen eine andauernde hermeneutische Aufgabe darstellt. Sie entdecken Sprachschöpfungen Luthers in ihrer Lebenswelt. Sie diskutieren die Reformation als eine Medienrevolution mit all ihren Licht- und Schattenseiten. – Immer mit Bezug zur Wirklichkeit der Jugendlichen!

As the publisher suggests, this volume is ideal for instructing young people in the basics of both bible translation in general and Luther’s translation of the bible in particular.  In four chapters, filled with illustrations and charts and exercises which students can be assigned, this workbook examines core issues of bible translations.

  • EINLEITUNG: LUTHERS MEISTERWERK ALS THEMA IM RELIGIONSUNTERRICHT (SOWIE IM GESCHICHTS- UND DEUTSCHUNTERRICHT)
  • BAUSTEIN 1: SOLUS LUTHERUS? ODER: DIE ENTSTEHUNG DER WITTENBERGER BIBEL
  • BAUSTEIN 2: DIE LUTHERBIBEL IN ALLER MUNDE. ODER: LUTHERS SPRACHSCHÖPFUNGEN UND UNSERE BILDSPRACHE HEUTE
  • BAUSTEIN 3: DIE BIBEL VERSTEHEN. ODER: DARF MAN LUTHERS BIBELÜBERSETZUNG HEUTE ÄNDERN?
  • BAUSTEIN 4: REFORMATION UND MEDIEN. ODER: DIE BEDEUTUNG VON MEDIEN FÜR DAS ZUSAMMENLEBEN VON MENSCHEN

Each chapter (or ‘building block’) includes really exceptional resources, many of them online, where students today love to learn and where they spend a good measure of their time anyway. Students are challenged to think about issues and not simply guided to provide expected responses.

The volume’s core concern is spelled out in the opening lines of the introduction:

Martin Luthers Bibelübersetzung ist ein Meisterwerk deutscher Literatur, das einen biografisch akzentuierten Zugang zu zentralen Themen des Religions-, Geschichts- und Deutschunterrichts eröffnet. Der Beschäftigung mit Luthers Meisterwerk im Religionsunterricht kommt entgegen, dass Leben, Werk und Wirkung des Reformators ohnehin in (fast) allen Klassenstufen und Schulformen von Interesse ist. Dabei eröffnet Luthers Lebensweg bereits in der Grundschule einen altersgemäßen Zugang zu den folgenden Kinderfragen: Warum haben manche Kinder am Reformationstag keine Schule? Warum „muss“ meine Freundin in den katholischen, ich hingegen in den evangelischen Religionsunterricht? Warum hat die evangelische Pfarrerin ein schwarzes, ein katholischer Priester hingegen ein weißes Gewand an?

The contributors then provide students with everything they will need to come to terms with the issues raised in those lines. Interestingly, from a pedagogical point of view, various age groups are told in advance what they are expected to learn from each of the chapters in this graph:

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The volume includes image arrays and students are asked to identify various historical truths connected to those images. It’s, in other words, a quite hands on, visual presentation suited to students of these days. And, delightfully, everything is explained:

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This, then, is not the sort of volume one reads once and is done with. It is the sort of volume one reads, shares, and utilizes over and over again in religious education courses. It is superb and it belongs in the classroom of every person teaching Christian history. Even if Bible isn’t one’s particular field, this volume paves the way for an entirely new method of providing instructional material and many disciplines can, and should, profit from its guidance.

I recommend it.  I hope that it will be translated into a number of languages and students around the world given the opportunity to learn about Luther and his work on the Bible from a resource that is authentically excellent.

Teachers, take note, this is how a textbook should be written.

The Modern Church: An Observation

Filed under: Theology — Jim @ 11:47

The problem with the Church today is that in too many instances it is trying to be everything but the Church.  And that because too few know what the Church is nor do they know what the purpose of the church consists of.

The fact is, the Church doesn’t exist for you, it exists for, in, and because of Christ.  He is its head, not you, not the Pope, not the poor, not the needy, and not the world’s claims.

August 23, 2015

If You Won’t Listen, Neither will God

Filed under: Theology — Jim @ 17:43

‘Yahweh Sabaoth says this. He said, “Apply the law fairly, and show faithful love and compassion towards one another.  Do not oppress the widow and the orphan, the foreigner and the poor, and do not secretly plan evil against one another.”  

But they would not listen; they turned a rebellious shoulder; they stopped their ears rather than hear; they made their hearts adamant rather than listen to the teaching and the words that Yahweh Sabaoth had sent — by his spirit — through the prophets in the past; and consequently the fury of Yahweh Sabaoth overtook them. 

And so, since when he called they would not listen, “I would not listen when they called”, says Yahweh Sabaoth, “but scattered them among all the nations unknown to them. Hence, after they had gone, the country was deserted, and no one came or went. They had turned a land of delights into a desert.” ‘  (Zech. 7:9-14)

Oops… so much for the notion that you can do as you wish and get all the help you want.

August 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

Filed under: Theology — Jim @ 16:33

“It is necessary, before all things, that God, all good and full of pity, makes us know clearly the cursed pit in which we are. He could do it no better than by informing us, by the declaration of His Law, what we ought necessarily to be. Thus, blackness can never be better known than in being placed beside white (Rom. 3:20; 7:13).” ~ Theodore Beza

August 20, 2015

German Catholics Aren’t Very, Well, Catholic

Filed under: Modern Culture, Theology — Jim @ 11:45

A study carried out by a Münster University research group questioned around 12,400 Catholics in 42 different countries. The questions ranged from views on divorce, same-sex marriage and celibacy to whether women should be allowed to become deacons. The results could come as a surprise for some. Over two-thirds – 70 percent – of Catholics surveyed in Germany wanted same-sex marriages to be recognized and blessed by the church.

So I suppose the Church needs to decide whether or not it will harvest its doctrinal perspective from that infallible and inerrant source called ‘public opinion’ or from scripture. And isn’t it funny that most of the time the people who poo poo any sensible doctrine of scriptural inspiration are the first to attribute to the mob the authoritative equivalent…

That is, whilst denying the notion that scripture is inspired and thus authoritative, they embrace the public opinion poll and pretend that it’s guidance is unerring. Strange people are afoot.

Any church that determines it’s attitude towards ethical, moral, or theological issues based on the findings of an opinion poll is a church which has lost its way.

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