I just came across this troubling statement of Martin Luther in one of my readings. I had thought similarly a while back but to see it written troubles me greatly, insomuch as it makes a lot of sense, regrettably: “I am persuaded that if at this time, St Peter, in person, should preach all theContinue reading “Martin Luther on the Catholic Church”
My translton is very far from the originl, yet… let it be posted here. Beauty of Your face, unclear and hazy, I could not decipher in the fog. ‘Oh, my Lord’, I uttered in amazement: Not intending it, to You I spoke. Thus, Your name, like an enormous creature, Out sprang then, and flew intoContinue reading “One of my favourite Russian poems”
14.16 If you love me, you will obey what I command. 15.10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. 15. 12 Love each other as I have loved you. In these three sentences, there can be seen the whole way from our love, imperfect as it is, to His all-embracing andContinue reading “John 14-15. Meditation”
We’re saved from the penalty of sin because of substitution: Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). But we’re saved from the power of sin because of identification: We died with Christ (Gal. 2:20). We must believe what God says is true and reckon ourselves to be dead to sin and alive in Christ (Rom. 6:11–23).
They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born. A group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings,Continue reading “Lead codices to shed light on the early church”
Never fight the wars against sin by yourself. As much as you try, you can’t make it on your own. A good intention to keep away and to resist temptation is not enough. What is needed is for you, and me, and each and all to look up to the Cross and ask Christ toContinue reading “Victory in defeat”
In the film A Knight’s Tale, Joscelin asks Adhemar if “men are killed in the joust”. He replies that accidents do happen. Fair enough! On 22 February 1216 Geoffrey of Mandeville died of a wound he had received “when, as is the custom of the Francs, horsemen attacked each other in turns with lances or poles whileContinue reading “Joust casualties”
Rex iterum refectis copiis armatorum, V idus Octobris (Sunday, 11 October 1215), die Dominica, Roffensem civitatem improvisus occupavit et ingressus castellum obsedit, machinis multimodis obsessos infestans. Erant autem in castello praecipui Willelmus de Albegni, et Reginaldus de Cornhulle, Willelmus de Amesforde, et alii plures nobiles cum plus quam centum militibus et servientibus, ac balistariis stenuisContinue reading “The 1215 siege of Rochester Castle”