Morgendämmerung, oder, Wie man mit dem Hammer theologirt.
Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit id es semper esse puerum.
Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
Homo sum humani nihil a me alienum puto.
Semper idem sed non eodem modo.


Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The word of the Lord endures forever.
1 Peter 1:24-25, quoting Isaiah 40:6,8. Motto of the Lutheran Reformation.

Fayth onely justifieth before God. Robert Barnes, DD The Supplication, fourth essay. London: Daye, 1572.

Lord if Thou straightly mark our iniquity, who is able to abide Thy judgement? Wherefore I trust in no work that I ever did, but only in the death of Jesus Christ. I do not doubt, but through Him to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Robert Barnes, DD, before he was burnt alive for "heresy", 30 July 1540.

What is Luther? The doctrine is not mine, nor have I been crucified for anyone. Martin Luther, Dr. theol. (1522)

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28 June 2008

Issues, Etc. Rides Again!

Check out the new website for Issues, Etc., once again offering just what it says, Christ-centered, Cross-focused Talk Radio! What a great way to kick off Year 479 of the Augsburg Confession!

25 June 2008

The Augsburg Confession, 478 Years On

To-day is the 478th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession.

I could not possibly write a better expostition of what this presentation is about, whether presented in its own time, in our time, or in the future, than Father Hollywood's post on his blog.

Treat yourself and read it!

13 June 2008

Tim Russert, RIP

One of the great voices of journalism suddenly fell silent to-day, 13 June 2008.

Growing up with those who more or less defined broadcast journalism -- Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite -- it's been rather difficult to find that kind of stature among broadcast journalists lately, when the main qualification seems to be either to look real nice or have a smart mouth.

Tim Russert, though, was of such stature. Many find it in the quality of his preparation, the thoroughness of his interviews, and other things, all of which were top-notch.

But I think the real secret was that he, unlike so many of his -- my, our -- generation, knew that that generation did not invent the wheel, let alone the world, but saw and understood that those who came before understood much, had much that had been passed on to them, and had much to pass on to us. And he took his place in that passing on.

I will miss him. But his legacy will live on in those who take their place in the same chain.