Had it, this sort of thing wouldn’t keep happening. What a sick world. What a depraved and evil country.
An Air Force spokesman says Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. The spokesman, Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, said details are sketchy. He said Stone is being treated in a hospital in the Sacramento area. Stone is assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California. Karns said the matter is being handled by local law enforcement officials. Karns had no details on the nature or exact location of the stabbing.
Were the world to end, so would violence. That’s a win in my book. People will never tire of being evil until the end of all things. The cure for violence is the eschaton. The cure for mass shootings is the eschaton. The cure for terrorism is the eschaton. Come, Lord Jesus.
Concordia Publishing House has a neat essay on Bieber’s recent idiocy vis-a-vis attending worship (which he believes is not important for Christians). Bieber’s moronic comments need neither be addressed nor refuted as they are self-defeating all alone. I only note here Concordia’s piece because it reminds me that millennials like Bieber are the enfleshment, the living manifestations of the fact that people without Christ are curved in on themselves. They are, in Luther’s concise phrase, incurvatus in se.
If ever an entire generation proved the truth of Luther’s remark, it is the millennial generation. Never before in human history have so many been so self centered, so curved in on themselves. For them worship in a community of faith and shared adoration of the Father really don’t matter because nothing matters but their felt-needs.
The church, thank God, will outlast them. Persons better and smarter than them have been trying to destroy Christianity from within and from without since the beginning of Christianity. They (the millennials) are a mere gnat-ish speck on the theological landscape.
October 8, 1515: Sixteen year old Katharina von Bora is consecrated as a nun at the Marienthron (St. Mary’s Throne) convent in Nimbschen, near Grimma, Germany. Katie had lived here for the past six years and had lived in convents since the age of five.
Life in the convent was strictly regimented. Rules of silence were observed. Regular hours of prayer were kept for worship. Each nun had specific duties in the convent. Here Katie would have learned basic housekeeping skills and possibly some nursing skills since her aunt Magdalena von Bora ran the convent’s infirmary.
Did Katie make her vows willingly or did she feel coerced? There is no record that she ever answers that question. However, since convent life was really all she knew, it is understandable that taking the vows would have seemed a part of the natural progression of her life. It is also possible that, even if she a strong inclination to not take the vows, there would not have been any where else for her to live. We don’t know when her father died and it seems that she was originally placed in the convent because of the family’s finances as much as the educational opportunities afforded there.
So now, for the next seven and one half years, Katie would be a nun, striving to serve God in everything she did.
This 2011 photo of the remains of the Nimbschen convent are in the public domain
-Rebecca DeGarmeaux for Katie Luther
Karl Barth und Friedrich Schleiermacher zählen zu den wichtigsten evangelischen Theologen der Neuzeit. Beide entwickeln ihre Theologie mit einem besonderen Blick für kirchliche und gesellschaftliche Wirklichkeiten, beide rücken auf neue Weise die Christologie ins Zentrum. Doch ihr Verhältnis ist, trotz einiger Veröffentlichungen in den letzten zwei Dekaden, im deutschsprachigen Bereich immer noch ein relativ unerschlossener Forschungsbereich. Dazu hat nicht zuletzt Barths eigener Widerspruch gegen Schleiermacher beigetragen. Dabei wurde jedoch meistens übersehen, dass Barth ebenfalls immer wieder die bleibende Verbundenheit mit seinem „geliebten Antipoden“ betont hat.
Die Aufsätze des vorliegenden Bandes stammen aus der Feder international anerkannter Experten und unternehmen exemplarische Tiefenbohrungen im Feld klassisch-dogmatischer Themen. Sie beleuchten Barths und Schleiermachers theologisches Denken und entdecken viele überraschende Gemeinsamkeiten, die variiert und vertieft werden. Auf diese Weise entsteht ein lebendiger Dialog, der auch Raum lässt für kritische Rückfragen. Trotz bleibender Unterschiede ist es angemessen, die Ansätze Barths und Schleiermacher als komplementär zu verstehen. Die Neubestimmung ihres Verhältnisses unterstreicht zudem die Notwendigkeit, beide Denker als kritische Gesprächspartner in die oft konfessionell-selbstbezogenen Diskurse des deutschen Protestantismus im 21. Jahrhundert einzubeziehen.
Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion makes two broad arguments. First, the sixteenth century witnessed a fundamental transformation in Christians’, Catholic and Evangelical, conceptualization of the nature of knowledge of Christianity and the media through which that knowledge was articulated and communicated. Christians had shared a sense that knowledge might come through visions, images, liturgy; catechisms taught that knowledge of ‘Christianity’ began with texts printed on a page. Second, codicil catechisms sought not simply to dissolve the material distinction between codex and person, but to teach catechumens to see specific words together as texts. The pages of catechisms were visual—they confound precisely that constructed modern bipolarity, word/image, or, conversely, that modern bipolarity obscures what sixteenth-century catechisms sought to do.
1. The Codex in the Hand
Wandel is a tremendous scholar. Surely this will be worth a look.
Der Erste Petrusbrief nimmt in der Patristik eine führende Stellung unter den so genannten Katholischen Briefen ein. Schon Irenäus und Tertullian zählen ihn zu den offiziellen kirchlichen Schriften. Klemens von Alexandrien und Didymus der Blinde widmen ihm Kommentare. Allerdings ist die Überlieferung in Kommentarform zum Ersten Petrusbrief spärlich, so dass das Gros der patristischen Auslegungen aus verstreuten Rezeptionen in der übrigen antiken christlichen Literatur zusammengetragen werden muss.
Andreas Merkt stellt Vers für Vers diese Rezeptionen in ihren jeweiligen Kontexten dar. Es wird damit erstmals ein umfassender historisch-kritischer Kommentar der Rezeptionen des Ersten Petrusbriefes in der antiken christlichen Literatur geboten.
Looks fun. Take note. More here.
The world was due to be engulfed in the flames of God’s wrath on Wednesday. People told us what they were doing on their last day on Earth and what they were having for their last meal. … Chris McCann, leader of the eBible fellowship and apparent all-round God expert, believed the world will be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7.
McCann is a deceiver. You know it. If you still follow him, you aren’t just simple minded, you’re a fan of being deceived. Worse, however, is that McCann has provided fodder for the anti-Christian factory and for that his followers should be most ashamed, because they are his enablers.
Maybe when another buffoon pretends to know what can’t be known, try not to send him or her money to further their deceptions. Thanks.