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  1. ( |o )====::: says:

    I see what you did there 😉

  2. Michael says:

    GMan…always appreciate the help… 🙂

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    I’ve always had a “soft spot” for Erasmus… then again, I’ve always really liked Melanchthon.

  4. Em says:

    I give to some charities – DAV and a Native American school in So. Dakota and here, but i don’t see Michael’s website as a ” charity. ”
    The problem is that these charities sell their mailing lists and i am inundated in coasters, calendars, mailing address labels, greeting cards, etc. One even sends money…..
    Might make one hesitate. …….
    God keep

  5. Jean says:

    Erasmus was a gifted rhetorician with an expertise in Koine Greek. I understand that Luther used Erasmus’ Greek NT as the basis for his German translation.

    Erasumus was not a gifted theologian, however, and by stepping out of his element and into Luther’s to employ on behalf of Rome his rhetorical skills and meager theological chops, Luther made a complete fool of him in The Bondage of the Will.

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    I obviously disagree, but I imagine your have read much of Erasmus’ scholarly work, especially his translations of and commentaries on numerous Church Fathers…

  7. Jean says:

    I have not Duane. However, in The Bondage of the Will, Luther shows that much of what Erasmus gleaned from the fathers was flawed. To be clear, not that the fathers were flawed, but what Erasmus gleaned from them was flawed.

  8. Linn says:

    I read a few of the articles, shook my head, and then realized I had a headache. The American church is so self-absorbed. We need to unmask ourselves, protect ourselves, fight over how we worship, and even debate whether or not we are still alive. I have a feeling that Jesus would have a lot to tell us, if we would just listen.

  9. Everstudy says:

    Dr. Arnold,

    With respect, that seemed a little snarky…

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good comment Linn.

    Kinda related…I recently tossed an arts ministry book into the Goodwill bin because, after reading a few chapters, it had church-as-a-business model infused all through what I could stomach to read.

    What I like about this blog and the folks here is it seems like most of us are looking for and finding genuine faith. A lot of us are tired of self-absorbed churches that are only seeking internal growth, for one. I could mention a lot more, but many here already have over the years.

    I can’t/won’t even take the time to listen to Jesus because I am too busy looking for idiots online to disagree with or stupid fights to get involved with.

  11. Em says:

    Dan – LOL
    that said, listening to Jesus usually means that we are lustening to spmeone in the Faith that we’ve come to respect
    IMHO, of course
    God keep

  12. Duane Arnold says:


    Perhaps, but there are times…😁

  13. Duane Arnold says:


    ‘In Praise of Folly” is a classic…

  14. Everstudy says:


  15. The New Victor says:

    Matthew 5:42 from The Sermon on the Mount is a tough one.

    My mother used to help people, inviting people to live with us when I was a kid, and later after I left. She also put herself in danger, the last one resulting in a restraining order (worth the paper it’s printed upon) after being assaulted.

    I see a family make the rounds in the Bay Area every year, soliciting funeral expenses for “grandpa.” I see people give money to them. Scam (it obviously is) or not, let the dead bury the dead. It’s required by law for the state or funeral directors to cover cremation at the very least. I know this because my friend from high school is a funeral director.

    I volunteered with a local homeless outreach for a couple of years and it’s true that a certain segment desires their freedom.

    That being said, we were homeless and quasi-homeless when I was 12-17. On our way back to Cali from an aborted attempt to start a new life in Houston, we slept several nights in the car, and one on a SA shelter. My mom begged did food on Bakersfield and for gas money. The food fed us, and that $20 for gas got us home (to a cab over camper with no electricity but it was shelter.

    So I benefited from the grace of strangers.

    With my lambs now, I’m also cognizant of 1 Timothy 5:8. That is, not moving potentially dangerous people in to give them shelter.

  16. Dan from Georgia says:


    That’s true. I need to listen to HIM more and others less. And not worry about the world or worldly wisdom. Not always easy on my part.

  17. Em says:

    Not easy for any of us, Dan
    Hard to tune out the loud, in your face know it alls……
    God keeo

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