My usual routine for Sunday is to wake up about 6 AM and be in Bible class at 9:30 AM. Granted, MANY steps come between those two items on the agenda. They involve other people helping me. Sometimes I feel like an Apollo astronaut who needs the entire mission control staff to help me get into my seat for a trip to church!
Yes, it was necessary to place gratuitous images of Apollo 13 into this blog so I could weep!
I did not follow my usual Sunday launch checklist today. A shooting pain down my right leg started around 11:30 PM last night. It did not get better overnight and I am in pain, I guess it is sciatica. I do not want or like whatever it is.
He had never taken theology very seriously. The great philosophers had interested him most. But in all of Leibnitz’ Theodicée he could not recall a single line that even remotely dealt with such things as this. As a matter of fact, he could eliminate everything he had ever read, with the possible exception of Concordia Pia. In that volume there had indeed been something definite about the anguish of a frightened conscience. But what was it? He regretted that he had studied Concordia Pia so carelessly. He had, of course, always viewed the confessional writings as remnants of medievalism, understandable only against the background of papal darkness.
–Giertz, Bo; Giertz, Bo; Giertz, Bo. Hammer of God (pp. 12-13). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.
Zion’s Facebook “READING RING” is tackling this book, beginning this week. Now… Online reading groups are a new thing for me. I’ve just read because I like it, but it’s kind of fun reading stuff with other people who enjoy reading stuff.
And this book is going to be a kick!
It is a cluster of three novellas, so even folks who don’t like reading will find this to be less painful than a tooth extraction. It deals with Lutheran teachings, but it isn’t preachy. Cocky and self-righteous doctors of theology wind up learning that they know less about faith than simple people who trust what God says.
As you can see from the quote, things have not changed much.
Written by a man who started life as an atheist, no less. I’m going to enjoy this so much!
In my devotions, I have been reading Johan Gerhard’s Sacred Meditations. While it is very Law-heavy, ever so often I find such joyous tidbits that I cannot help but find them… BEAUTIFUL. Here is an example…
Adam fell from God’s grace, and lost, by his unbelief, the Divine image; but we are received into a state of grace, and are formed anew in the Divine image by faith. Through faith Christ becomes ours and dwells in us (Eph. 3:17); but where Christ is there is the grace of God; and where the grace of God is, there is the heritage of life eternal.
Johann Gerhard, Gerhard’s Sacred Meditations, trans. C. W. Heisler (Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1896), 65.