Friday, March 04, 2005


I just read a great biography of Martin Luther, because I'm thinking about how if emerging / postmodern / whatever Christianity / culture is a new (the next, Carl) reformation, what can we learn from the last one? So Bainton's bio is a classic (ergo readily available at cheapo used book stores). Among the nicer asides: a description of an early political opponent of Luther's, the duke of Saxony, known as George the Bearded. Bainton notes in passing that in fact all the Saxon nobility were bearded, but that this George apparently felt it his duty to leave it to others to be known as The Wise, the Generous, and The Brave...

I'm compiling a list of rejected titles for Mark's articles. That list would probably be more marketable than any actual articles of mine.

But and yet I'm doing a series for Texas Baptists. If you're the praying sort, pray that I'll figure out how to cram in writing them while doing everything else. Of course, Luther produced something--anything from a pamphlet to a book--every 2 weeks for thirty years. But then, for the first ten of those he was a monk, and for the next twenty he was famous and had scribes and editors and writing teams and so on. Still, energy should be something we well-fed, well-scrubbed Americans should have in spades compared with previous generations. So no excuses, Marko.



Blogger kalhoun said...

Ahhh. The discipline of writing. Martin really had that gift. I love Martin. Maybe you could share some tasty tidbits from Bainton's bio this Saturday?

7:50 PM  
Blogger iMonk said...

imagine what he would have done with a free account on Blogger.

imagine what we could do...

maybe i'm just delirious from not sleeping and dreaming far bigger than i need to right now.

then again...

1:39 AM  
Blogger berry said...

As I was watching Luther the movie last week, I found myself jealous of his time in exile where he spent days upon days translating the bible into German.

A pamphlet every two weeks is pretty impressive. I am enjoying reading some of your thoughts.

11:26 PM  

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