Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Friday, June 13, 2003

Here's a quote from Martin Luther's 1524 Treatise, "To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools." Note to Martin: come up with more succint titles.

"And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held; they are the larder in which this food is stored; and, as the gospel itself points out, they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and fragments. If through our neglect we let the languages go (which God forbid!) we shall... lose the gospel...

Experience too has proved this and still gives evidence of it. For as soon as the languages declined to the vanishing point, after the apostolic age, the gospel and faith and Christianity itself declined more and more... On the other hand, now that the languages have been revived, they are bringing with them so bright a light and accomplishing such great things that the whole world stands amazed and has to acknowledge that we have the gospel just as pure and undefiled as the apostles had it, that it has been wholly restored to its original purity, far beyond what it was in the days of St. Jerome and St. Augustine...

Alrighty, I'm back after a lengthy hiatus. I am teaching one less hour per week, but I've added remedial Hebrew (yes just imagine me at Jewish Reform School, scribbling away) and lots more physical training. I have to get my body in shape since I am a big blubbery target for diabetes, having both the genetic and environmental profile. No thanks! So I'm running 3 miles and lifting lots of weights 3 times a week, plus biking and hiking whenever I feel like it. It's working so far.

I am thinking of several ways to employ my new-found Hebrew skills:
1) A history of Assyria through the Bible.
2) Finishing my work on Genesis.
3) Teaching a minor prophet or two.
4) And any other suggestions my bold and visionary congregation might have.

Also, just this past Sunday I have begun to teach a marriage series. The series should take us through the summer at the very least, after which I'm returning to the Life O' Christ. The weeknight study on James should begin in a matter of weeks, as Jude is winding down with just a handful of verses to teach.