Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Reformation Day ~ October 31st



I’m republishing this post from last year, with a few revisions; enjoy!

Reformation Day is not so much a day as it is a movement. Movement away from the catholic church at the time to the bible, the simple law of God.

Many people became dissatisfied with the man-made laws, traditions, rules, sacraments, etc of the catholic church and started to reform Christianity.

Some men wanted reformation IN the catholic church and some just wanted to ‘protest’, break away from the church and begin anew.

Get back to the basics, get back to the bible, show people the Word in their own language {which the catholic church would not allow} no more indulgences for the dead, no more un-scriptural demands laid upon the people of that time.

Then they decided to make up a new  creed called the 5 Solas to stress the reliance on the things of Christ:

Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
Solus Christus – Christ Alone
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone

Which I have on the back of my car:


Q and A about Reformation Day here

A Sunday school lesson here

Protestant Reformation atWiki

William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox

The Reformation Wall in Geneva. From left: William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox

Some other sites to look at:

Well, now I’m sure I did not do the explanation justice, but I wanted to give you some tidbits about the Reformation. see here, here and here, too.

We attend Evangelical Reformed Church and we celebrate Reformation Day.

We will be having dinner, candy, crafts and booths where we talk about events that happened during the reformation period, and a video.

We focus on a certain person of the Reformation. This year is John Calvin.

The kids are able to dress in reformation era costumes, will mostly include monk attire. I have brought a brown bathrobe, huge cross and rope for years now. 🙂

My son will be in the booth discussing the TULIP  ( and the kids get to make a craft.

From here:

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
John Calvin

 All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
John Calvin

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
John Calvin  

Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols.
John Calvin

For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.
John Calvin

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
John Calvin

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us – as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
John Calvin

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.
John Calvin

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
John Calvin

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
John Calvin


Blessings on whatever and however you celebrate today, and in everything glorify God!

Speaking Of…..


One of the characteristic features of Church life in Anglo-Saxon countries, and one from which Lutheranism has almost entirely freed itself, is the organized struggle of the Church against some particular worldly evil.

It is necessary to free oneself from the way of thinking, which sets out from human problems and which asks for solutions on this basis.

Such thinking is unbiblicical. The way of Jesus Christ, and therefore the way of all Christian thinking, leads not from the world to God but from God to the world.

This means that the essence of the Gospel does not lie in the solution of human problems, and that the solution of human problems cannot be the essential task the Church.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

My kingdom is not of this world.



God has ordained the two governments: the spiritual, which by the Holy Spirit under Christ makes Christians and pious people; and the secular, which restrains the unchristian and wicked so that they are obliged to keep the peace outwardly…The laws of worldly government extend no further that to life and property and what is external upon earth.

For over the soul God can and will let no one rule but himself. Therefore, where temporal power presumes to prescribe laws for the soul, it encroaches upon God’s government and only misleads and destroys souls. We desire to make this clear that every one shall grasp it, and that the princes and bishops may see what fools they are when they seek to coerce the people with their laws and commandments into believing one one or another.

~Martin Luther

(taken from Modern Reformation 2008)

Snippets From…. How Would Jesus Vote?


In an article in Modern Reformation Magazine called Church or Political Action Committee by Michael Horton are some snippets:

”The Reformers taught that God is sovereign over both the world and the church, but in different ways. Christ’s twofold reign is exhibitedin this era of redemptive history by his lordship over history through ordinary providence (which is secret to us), and  through the miracle of justification and rebirth by the Spirit through the gospel (which is revealed and proclaimed to the ends of the earth). Christ is Lord over the world and the church, but neither the church nor the world is to lord it over each other. ”

(but do they? yes.)


”Because non- Christians are still wired for law, they can build decent civilizations. And because Christians are simultaneously saint and sinner, there is absolutely no guarantee that a ‘christian nation’ will be any better than a pagan one. In fact, it may well be worse precisely because of false expectations derived from bad theology.”

(think about it, do we really want or need a Christian nation? Do we really think we are a Christian nation?)

There is this two kingdoms doctrine, (see here also)which I didn’t know about and its been criticized as quietism meaning aloof to the problems of the world.

From Wiki

Quietism is a Christian philosophy that swept through France, Italy and Spain during the 17th century, but it had much earlier origins. The mystics known as Quietists insist with more or less emphasis on intellectual stillness and interior passivity as essential conditions of perfection; all have been officially proscribed as heresy in very explicit terms by the Roman Catholic Church.

”The doctrine of the two kingdoms calls us simultaneously to recognize Christ’s lordship over all of life and the distinction between the kingdom of heavenly grace and the kingdom of earthly power. Each is legitimate and Christians belong to both.”


”The Church is not called to seek worldly power and influence, but to insert a strange, confusing, new kind of power into the world’s power grid. The power of the gospel that it wields sets a limit, a ceiling, and an end to the powers that the kingdoms of this world claim for themselves. The state tends to demand ultimate allegiance, final loyalty, and absolute status. “We’re Americans first and whatever else second.” No, says Christ in his kingdom of grace.

His gracious regime is first and everything else- including our national identity- is secondary.

Our ultimate good is Christ’s.”

(hmmmm, how many of us really think like that?)

” So my (Michael Horton’s) problem withthe current state of evangelical political action is not with its concern to make a difference in the world. Rather, it is that the church is giving into the temptation to be something other than the uniquely commissioned and uniquely gifted institution appointed by Christ to deliver the gifts that he is pouring out from heaven as the conquering and ascended King.

The church in its ministry of the Word and sacrament makes a difference in the world, but not in the ways that individual believers shaped by that ministry make in the world through their calling.”

So, we are to make a difference in our world, and Christ, church, hearing the Word and doing what Jesus commissioned us to do is what makes the difference. I like.


”The bible addresses all of life, but it does not address every issue. Therefore, neither should pastors and elders. Christians should feel free to evaluate secular matters in the light of their Christian convictions and on the basis of the knowledge and wisdom  that God gives to believers and unbelievers alike in his common grace.”

(and on that note, believers and unbelievers need to have the facts on what they are evaluating to make informed decisions)

Ok, this got long winded and I didn’t get to put as much as I wanted to, if any of this interests you, I can send you a copy. it’s not up on the website yet. But go check out Modern Reformation Magazine, it’s good stuff.

Thanks for listening. Or reading as the case may be. 🙂

The Home Engineer

Musings on….. The Word ‘Crisis’



A crisis (plural: crises) may occur on a personal or societal level. It may be a traumatic or stressful change in a person’s life, or an unstable and dangerous social situation, in political, social, economic, military affairs, or a large-scale environmental event, especially one involving an impending abrupt change. More loosely, it is a term meaning ‘a testing time’ or ’emergency event’.

From Unabridged (v 1.1) –

1. a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, esp. for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
2. a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
3. a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.
4. Medicine/Medical.

a. the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.
b. the change itself.
5. the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.


6. of, referring to, or for use in dealing with a crisis.


[Origin: 1375-1425; late ME < L < Gk krísis decision, equiv. to kri- var. s. of krnein to decide, separate, judge + -sis -sis]

-Related forms

crisic, adjective

Synonyms 1. See emergency.

American Heritage Dictionary

(krī’sĭs) Pronunciation Key
n. pl. cri·ses (-sēz)
A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.

An unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an impending abrupt or decisive change.
A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.

An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person’s life.

A point in a story or drama when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved.
[Middle English, from Latin, judgment, from Greek krisis, from krīnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

Synonyms: These nouns denote a critical point or state of affairs: a military crisis; government policy at the crossroad; had predicted the health-care exigency; a problem that is coming to a head; negotiations that had reached a crucial juncture; things rapidly coming to a desperate pass.


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Online Etymology Dictionary

c.1425, from Gk. krisis “turning point in a disease” (used as such by Hippocrates and Galen), lit. “judgment,” from krinein “to separate, decide, judge,” from PIE base *krei- “to sieve, discriminate, distinguish” (cf. Gk. krinesthai “to explain;” O.E. hriddel “sieve;” L. cribrum “sieve,” crimen “judgment, crime,” cernere (pp. cretus) “to sift, separate;” O.Ir. criathar, O.Welsh cruitr “sieve;” M.Ir. crich “border, boundary”). Transferred non-medical sense is 1627. A Ger. term for “mid-life crisis” is Torschlusspanik, lit. “shut-door-panic,” fear of being on the wrong side of a closing gate.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

The New Testament Greek Lexicon 

Strong’s Number: 2920

Original Word/Word Origin


perhaps a primitive word
Transliterated Word
Phonetic Spelling


Parts of Speech

Noun Feminine


a separating, sundering, separation

a trial, contest


opinion or decision given concerning anything

esp. concerning justice and injustice, right or wrong
sentence of condemnation, damnatory judgment, condemnation and punishment
the college of judges (a tribunal of seven men in the several cities of Palestine; as distinguished from the Sanhedrin, which had its seat at Jerusalem)

right, justice
Translated Words

KJV (48) – accusation, 2; condemnation, 2; damnation, 3; judgment, 41;

NAS (47) – court, 2; judgment, 38; judgments, 2; justice, 4; sentence, 1;


According to these definitions, are we, as Americans, in a crisis situation?

Have you had any ‘crisis’ situations in your life?

How were they ‘crisis’?

How did you handle it? Was God in the forefront of your ‘crisis’?

If you depended on God during your crisis, was it really a crisis?


Musings on..Everything is Permissible


1 Corinthians 6:12
[ Sexual Immorality ] “Everything is permissible for me”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”-but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:11-13 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 6 (Whole Chapter)
1 Corinthians 10:23
[ The Believer’s Freedom ] “Everything is permissible”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”-but not everything is constructive.
1 Corinthians 10:22-24 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter)

The word permissible is only translated this in the NIV.

New Amer. Standard says:

Lawful means:

1Co 10:23 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 

exesti= it is lawful

Profitable means:


to bear or bring together
to bear together or at the same time
to carry with others
to collect or contribute in order to help
to help, be profitable, be expedient
1Co 6:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.


Mastered means:
exousiazo=to have power or authority, use power

to be master of any one, exercise authority over one
to be master of the body
to have full and entire authority over the body
to hold the body subject to one’s will
to be brought under the power of anyone
*please, If you do not understand these verses, click in the blue links and read the verses in context.


So with that in mind, lets talk.

At the top in brackets is what the verse is in reference to, the first being sexual immorality and the 2nd the believers freedom.

in the first, all things sexual are lawful but not all is profitable or beneficial to the person.

in the 2nd verse, pertaining to the believers freedoms, everything is lawful but not everything is constructive/edify.

To me these verses could be used for all things pertaining to our lives today.

Alcohol, how we spend our worship days, food, sex (within marriage), TV, voting, human rights, friendships, money. For that matter anything we could become addicted to or sin against our Lord with.

Or anything that takes our focus off God.

‘I can drink all i want, there is no law against it’

‘i can eat that Mcdonalds, its my money, my body’

‘i can have that abortion, its legal and its my body’

‘i can watch TV/computer and not spend time with my family, im tired, i worked all day, im gonna relax’

‘its my right to vote for whomever i want to and the other guy running is a jerk’

‘i have a right to say this to you, 1st amendment and all’

‘you have to {fill in any certain sex act} with me X amount of times a week, its your obligation as my wife/husband’

‘i can worship the Lord any way i want to, there is no law saying i can’t shop on sunday, go to a certain church (or not go to church, cuz dang, i like God but hate christians), speak/not speak in tongues, etc (fill in any of your personal pet peeves about church here)


My brain just quit on me, that’s all I got. Comments?

Views from a Bible


In the huge shipment of bibles I now shelter in my basement, i find lots of things tucked inside.

Bookmarks, poems, scripture references, names and dates.

I save the oldest bibles for myself. my latest find is from 1887.

1887! people! Can you even imagine?

In a small bible with this title on it,

New Testament

Protestant version

presented by the army of the united states

I found this in type:

The White House


March 6, 1941

To the Members of the Army:

    As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the united States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.

Very sincerely yours,

[signed] Franklin D Roosevelt


and in another bible,  a newsprinted article, pasted very tightly inside front cover is this:


I wil study the language of gentleness and refuse to use words that bite and tones that crush.

I will practice patience at home lest my testy temper break through unexpectedly and disgrace me.

I will remember that my neighbors have troubles enough to carry without loading mine on them.

I will excuse others faults and failures as often and as fully as I expect other to be lenient with mine.

I wil  cure criticism with commendation, close up against gossip, and build a healthy love by service.

I will be a friend under trying tests and wear everywhere a goodwill face unchilled by aloofness.

I will gloat over gains never, but amass only to enrich others, and so gain a wealthy heart.

I will love boys and girls so that old age will not find me soured and stiff, but fresh and free.

 I will gladden my nature by smiling out loud on every occasion and by outlooking optimistically.

I will pray frequently, think good things, believe in men, and so a full days work without fear or favor.

                                       -Church Visitor