Posted by TJH @ 4:34 pm on March 24th 2007

Book: Spener. Pia Desideria

Philip Jacob Spener wrote this initially as a preface to an edition of some sermons by J. Arndt; it became popular in its own right and subsequently was published by itself (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 10:27 am on March 20th 2007

Jena the town

Jena (pron. YAY nuh) is a quiet little town on the Saale River. The Saale forms the left segment that, with the Elbe, defines the triangle in which the Saxons finally (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 6:36 am on March 17th 2007

Is Independency possible? (HCC #2)

Whenever I meet a Baptist or other Independent in a context where (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 4:41 pm on March 12th 2007

Book: Arndt. True Christianity

Johann Arndt (1555-1621) was a Lutheran minister that was troubled by formalism or dead orthodoxy among the German people. He wrote this book, True Christianity (Wahre Christenthum) to counter this trend, arguing that mere assent to correct doctrines (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 12:29 am on March 3rd 2007

The Holy Catholic Church (HCC #1)

In many traditional discussions of the church, a host of definitional distinctions are brought out right away: the church invisible vs. visible; triumphant vs. militant; representational vs. lay; and so forth. All of these distinctions have their place, and in their place are very important. Here, however, I propose to start with the primary lexical meaning of the Hebrew qahal or Greek ekklesia as “the called,” which, in the biblical context, connotes a people called out of the sinful mass of humanity to be the people of God, to worship him in truth, and be constituted as the corporate body identified with the living and true God. (more…)