Tuesday, February 28, 2006 AD
Monday, February 27, 2006 AD
It's Either Today or Tomorrow...
Lutheran Tidbit of the Day says:
ON THIS DAY...
...in 1540, Luther published Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ.
Here's some of it - 1 thru 6 and of course 42:
1. This is the catholic faith, that we confess one Lord Jesus Christ, true God and man.
2. From this truth of the double substance and the unity of the person follows the communication of attributes [communicatio idiomatum], as it is called.
3. So that those things which pertain to man are rightly said of God, and, on the other hand, those things which pertain to God are said of man.
4. It is true to say: This man created the world, and this God suffered, died, was buried, etc.
5. But these are not correct in the abstract (as it is said) of human nature [in abstractis humanae naturae].
6. For it cannot be said, Christ is thirsty, a servant, dead; therefore he is thirst, servitude, death.
42. Others on the other hand [who think that] the union [habitudinem] is similar to [the union of] matter to form, speak much more ineptly, if they are strictly judged.
I posted all 64 theses here.
And the Preface in it's entirety (I wanted to reduce it but it so good):
The reason for this disputation is this, that I desired you should be supplied and fortified against the future snares of the devil, for a certain man has put forth a mockery against the Church. I am not so much troubled that an unlearned, unskilled, and altogether ignorant man seeks praise and a name for himself, as that the men of Lower Germany are troubled by his inept, foolish, ignorant, unlearned, and ridiculous mocking. May you preserve this article in its simplicity, that in Christ there is a divine and a human nature, and these two natures in one person, so that they are joined together like no other thing, and yet so that the humanity is not divinity, nor the divinity humanity, because that distinction in no way hinders but rather confirms the union! That article of faith shall remain, that Christ is true God and true man, and thus you shall be safe from all heretics, and even from Schwenkfeld, who says that Christ is [not] a creature, and that others teach falsely, though he does not name those who teach wrongly. This is the malice of the devil: he implicates us as well as the papists, but he names no one. If he were to say such things to me, I would answer: You are lying, [when you imply that] we say that Christ is not the Lord God. For our writings cry out in answer [to your charge]. That wicked man perceives that he cannot survive if he comes into the light, therefore he works secretly among women under secret names [tectis nominibus]. But I am not troubled that he thus seeks to make a name for himself and works secretly, but more by the fact that better theologians are not moved by these frivolous calumnies to say to him: "You, wicked man, are a liar! We do not say that Christ is merely a creature, but that he is God and man in one person. The natures are joined personally in the unity of the person. There are not two sons, not two judges, not two persons, not two Jesuses, but because of the undivided union [unitam coniunctionem] and the unity of the two natures there is a communication of attributes, so that, what is attributed to one nature is attributed to the other as well, because they are one person." If these [articles] are held fast, Arius falls along with all heretics, but Schwenkfeld works secretly like the tooth of the serpent, who bites secretly so that he cannot be accused. Therefore we are now holding this disputation so that you may learn the substance and manner of speaking [res et phrases] of Scripture and the Fathers. It is an incomprehensible thing, such as not even the angels can grasp and comprehend, that two natures should be united in one person. Therefore, so that we may grasp this in some small measure, God has given us patterns of speech [formulas loquendi]: that Christ is God and man in one person, and there are not two persons, but two natures are united in one person, so that what is done by the human nature is said also to be done by the divine nature, and vice versa. Thus the Son of God died and was buried in the dust like everyone else, and the son of Mary ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, etc. We are content with these models [formulis].
Finally, we must observe the manner of speaking [phrases] of the holy Fathers. But if they have sometimes spoken ineptly [incommode], it is to be rightly interpreted, not abused, as the papists do, who, having twisted the words of the Fathers, abuse and allege them in defense of their idolatries, purgatory, and good works, whereas [the Fathers] thought correctly concerning these things, as many of their sayings testify with clearer and more apt expression. St. Augustine indeed teaches much concerning good works in many places and praises both good works and those who perform them. But in his Commentary on the Psalms, he says, "Have mercy on me; that is, 'I shall be troubled, but not troubled greatly, for I have trusted in the Lord.'" Here he pleads none of those good works before God. And again in another place he says, "Woe to man, however praiseworthy he may be, etc." Such is the sinful and sacrilegious man who twists the correct sayings of the Fathers. But we learn to agree with the sayings of the Fathers; or if we cannot agree with them, we forgive them, for no man can be so wise that he does not sometimes stumble and fall, especially in speaking, where it is easy to slip. Schwenkfeld does not see this, and so when he hears the Fathers say that Christ according to his humanity is a creature, at once he seizes on the saying and twists it and abuses it for his own purposes. Even if the Fathers say that Christ according to his humanity is a creature, this could in any event be tolerated; but Schwenkfeld wickedly twists it: "Therefore Christ is simply a creature." Why, wicked man, do you not add that Christ according to his divinity is the Creator? Therefore he was created! But he does not add this, because he says, "I can let my conscience be deluded in this way. Therefore I have omitted it"—that is, I have done wickedly! He employs a fallacy of composition and division. This is the hidden tooth of the serpent and the true sacrifice of the devil among the papists as well. For they too work secretly, twist the words of the Fathers, and omit those things which seem to weaken their own cause, as Schwenkfeld also does. Before the learned he deals deceitfully and seeks glory, but among his own he says: "Oh, what wickedness of the papists, what blasphemies of the Lutherans! They say that Christ is a creature, even though he was not created." This is [sheer] wickedness rather than force or power [of argument]. He should have added, that we say that Christ is a creature according to his humanity, and the creator according to his divinity.
Schwenkfeld is to be refuted thus: Humanity is a creature. Therefore Christ is a man and a creature. And then he says that the redeemer of the human race cannot be a creature, sit at the right hand of the Father, etc., be the seed of Abraham; but the consequence is to be denied.
I listed all the Disputations here.
The 9th (the number nine) Disputation:
Argument: No creature ought to be worshipped [adoranda]. Christ ought to be worshipped. Therefore Christ is not a creature.
Response: Thus Schwenkfeld argues. This is indeed one of his absurdities, and he errs with respect to the communication of attributes. The humanity joined with the divinity is worshipped; the humanity of Christ is worshipped, and not falsely, for it is inseparable from the divinity and the addition of this posessive, "of Christ," answers the objection. Thus Christ speaks in John 14. Philip asks Christ to show him the Father, because with the eyes of the flesh he sees nothing but flesh, and Christ then responds: "Have I been with you so long, etc.? He who sees me, sees the Father." Christ says that [Philip] sees the Father, when he sees [Christ], because he sees the humanity and the divinity united in one person. Therefore he says, "Do you not know, that the Father is in me and I in the Father?" Therefore it is said that he who touches the Son of God, touches the divine nature itself. The old theologians went to astounding lengths [mirabiliter se cruciarunt] in answering this question of whether the humanity is to be worshipped, and they established three ways [species] in which the humanity may be adored: Dulia, when Peter and Paul and all the other saints are adored; hyperdulia, when the Virgin Mary is adored, and here they included the humanity of Christ, and called [this worship] hyperdulia as well; and latria, when Christ is worshipped with regard to his divinity [cum relatione et divinitate]. Christ clearly dissolves [the distinction, for] whoever worships the humanity of Christ here no longer adores a creature (for this is what is meant by the union of natures), but the Creator himself, for the unity is what is fundamental [quia fundamentum est in unitate].
I posted the whole thing at Swedish Coffee. I encourage you to read the whole thing - it's a sweet part of our Lutheran theology-history. I see echos of this in our Confessions as well. I wonder why?
HT: This text was translated from the Latin for Project Wittenberg by Christopher B. Brown and is in the public domain (no copyright).
Well, I must admit I can dance circles.
When you have two younger sisters who are into dancing - you as the big brother learn to dance: the cha-cha, the rumba, swing, the waltz (the viennese waltz kicks my ass) and the tango (my favorite). I also took a dance class with the Mrs. a few years back at the university - cake.
MOF, I would encourage all men (all wers) to learn this lost art. It will swoon your wife or soon-to-be wife.
Sunday, February 26, 2006 AD
Dirty, Dirty Russian...
...Yeah. Remember, this? Thought so. Here's a good book review of Dermo!
And here's your weekly lesson:
kardr = chick, female
kadryozh = a flirt / a tease
lifchick = bra
manda = german dirty word
zhrit' = to get it on
govno = shit
tsitska = titties
idi k chortu = go to hell or go to the devil (my favorite)
Why didn't my gay Russian teacher teach me this dermo?
You Want to Experience True Church Growth, Pastors?
If the shoe fits, wear it.
Friday, February 24, 2006 AD
I Have This Hanging On the Inside of Our Window...
...though this is not my primary position at my lab - they do rely on me heavily for my aircraft experience both civilian and military and my FAA license. I am officially a Non-Destructive Research Associate - that is my primary duty. And though I lack the years of experience in my new career compared to my coworker (undocumented 10 years of experience) and immediate boss (documented 20 years retired Air Force) - I dance circles around them in mathematics and physics (EM (my favorite), optics, thermodynamics (my next fav), ultrasonics and radiography).
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 AD
Whoa! Abortion Ban Passed!
In the Middle Ages, the liturgy was said only by the celebrant and hymns sung only by the choir. The congregation had a very limited roll. Luther changed all this by introducing a congregational hymnbook in 1524, adding strength to his doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.
Courtesy of Lutheran Tidbit of the Day at Old Lutheran.
Now back to the math problems and proofs.
Sunday, February 19, 2006 AD
Influeza B was...
This Sunday morning I am no longer coughing but still am "clammy" (Mrs. Swede's word). I will be working on homework today and hope to return to work tomorow.
UPDATE: My wife has been sick as well - she has an ear infection and may now have the flu. I feel like an ass for not mentioning this sooner.
Your prayers are appreciated.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 AD
For the rest of you smucks: no predictions this year - no time.
Monday, February 13, 2006 AD
Tuesday, February 07, 2006 AD
A Hoax? Interesting...
DAVID BRANCACCIO: We've been talking grand policy. The then director of
the CIA, George Tenent, Vice President Cheney's deputy Libby, told you that the
intelligence that was the basis of going to war was rock solid. Given what you
now know, how does that make you feel?
LAWRENCE WILKERSON: It makes me feel terrible. I've said in other places that it was-- constitutes the lowest point in my professional life. My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life.
I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community and the United Nations Security Council. How do you think that makes me feel? Thirty-one years in the United States Army and I more or less end my career with that kind of a blot on my record? That's not a very comforting
DAVID BRANCACCIO: A hoax? That's quite a word.
LAWRENCE WILKERSON: Well, let's face it, it was. It was not a hoax that the Secretary in any way was complicit in. In fact he did his best-- I watched him work. Two AM in the morning on the DCI and the Deputy DCI, John McLaughlin.
And to try and hone the presentation down to what was, in the DCI's own words, a slam dunk. Firm. Iron clad. We threw many things out. We threw the script that Scooter Libby had given the-- Secretary of State. Forty-eight page script on WMD. We threw that out the first day.
And we turned to the National Intelligence estimate as part of therecommendation of George Tenent and my agreement with. But even that turned out to be, in its substantive parts-- that is stockpiles of chemicals, biologicals and production capability that was hot and so forth, and an active nuclear program. The three most essential parts of that presentation turned out to be absolutely false.
The whole context is here.
Courtesy of Slashdot.
Since I'm All About Aviation...
Question: Were you and your airplane to be transported back to the year 1925, what would be the highest octane rating that you would most likely be able to get your hands on?
Monday, February 06, 2006 AD
You know when I was in the US Air Force and KS Air National Guard they would give us meals-ready-to-eat or MRE's. They had coffee in the packs - not tea. Hmmm...I wonder why?
Sunday, February 05, 2006 AD
Saturday, February 04, 2006 AD
A Chime of Bells...
Chimes a ringing.
Down the lanes of memory.
Heard them calling,
Heard them singing.
In the days that used to be.
But the sweetest, purest,
Bringing Angel faces
Making life divinest,
Are the Old Church
Chimes to me.
Bells sending their sweet and vibrant sounds from a tower... what memories this calls forth! Bells the world over ring for all the changes that come to man from the cradle to the grave. For centuries bells have been the common messenger and reminder to men in all walks of life. Every age and every nation has had its bells.
Church bells was we know them today are the products of the Christian era. They date from the fourth century and it is believed that they were first used to summon worshippers to church. Bells come with Christianity to Great Britain in the seventh century and gifts of bells to churches were a common custom. During the century that followed a great many bells were made for churches in the European countries. The bells increased in size and were given special places in the worship and the life of Christians.
The making of a good bell, as well as the tuning of bells, is an art that is most efficiently pursued in the old world. A high degree of skill is in the tuning of bells is found in England "the land of bells." A peculiarity of bells is that they give off more than one sound when stuck and what we hear is really a combination of five tones. The most assertive of these is the strike note. Subordinate to this, but plainly audible, are the hum-note, an octave below, the nominal, an octave above. Then there is the minor third and the perfect fifth. These five tones at least must be present in a good bell, and must be in perfect accord. The metal used in the casting of bells is a mixture of the best copper and block tin in the proper proportion.
Immanuel ("Evangelical" Swede insert) Lutheran Church through the generosity of one of its members is the possessor of a chime of twelve bells which are mounted in the belfry in the stone House of Worship. The weight of the bells is 6,591 pounds. Together with the steel frame and equipment the combined weight of the chimes and mechanism is 12, 600 pounds.
Beginning with G below middle C on the keyboard the bells are tuned to the following keys: G, A, B, C, C#, D, E, F, F#, G, A, B.
Eleven bells are mounted in two tiers on a sturdy steel frame, the clappers being connected by cables to the keys on the hand clavier in the chimer's room directly beneath the belfry. The hand cleaver is a steel keyboard mounted on a frame. The bells are struck when the chimer manipulates the aluminum keys of the hand clavier. Playing the chimes by hand rather than mechanically opens the way for proper shading and timing as the mood fits the hymn to be played. The large bell weighing 1, 402 pounds is mounted on a separate frame for swinging and has two clappers, the one serving as the lower "G" of the chime, the other for striking the bell on both sides when swinging. These twelve bells give sufficient range for the playing of many hymns and melodies in a number of keys and for change ringing. The maker of these bells are Gillett and Johnson, Ltd. Who have been casting bells at Croydon, England since 1844 and their bells are found in many of the noteworthy towers of the world.
The chime of bells complete with all the mechanism was given to Immanuel (Evangelical) Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kansas, by Mrs A.C. Krietzer upon the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the congregation. The motive of the gift as well as the purpose which these bells are to serve is inscribed on the large bell: "To The Glory of God, October 8th, 1939"
The carillon is played each Sunday morning before and after the church service. At one time there was a tradition of tolling the large bell every Wednesday at 1800, then the carillon was played. It was reported that the neighbors would set their clocks by this event. One neighbor even wrote a poem about the bells, it's possible the poem on the cover of this brochure is the one, but this is speculation.
A new pulling rope with a red, white and blue pulling sally, an exact reproduction of the original, was purchased from Gillett & Johnston for 160.00 pounds in 1993.
The text and the graphics for this brochure are taken from one found at the church which may have been produced for the dedication of the bells in 1939. This brochure is being reproduced on the occasion of Immanuel Evangelical LCMS being one of the host churches involved with the May 21, 2000 annual American Guild of Organist "POPS" for Kids Family Organ Crawl.
It is again being reproduced on the occasion of the Historic South Wichita Christmas Tour, December 17th, 2005.
I share these with you, my friends. Enjoy! I wish you could hear them.
Thursday, February 02, 2006 AD
Did I Say That?
[21:03] DanAtNR: wow that didn’t seem that long
[21:05] Kobra: I think it was a good speech.
[21:05] DanAtNR: did he say the H- word?
[21:06] Kobra: Hamas?
[21:06] DanAtNR: aye
[21:06] Kobra: Yes.
[21:06] DanAtNR: I missed that
[21:06] Kobra: He said that Hamas must “recognize Israel, disarm, and work for peace.”
[21:06] DanAtNR: heh
[21:07] ScariSwede: let them fight their own wars
[21:07] DanAtNR: Unleash Isreal and Win Peace, to quote Limbaugh.
[21:07] ScariSwede: israel can take care of itself w/o american dispensationalism
[21:08] ScariSwede: american dispensationalism is the driving force to support israel not democracy
HT: Rough Dan