Sunday, September 22, 2013

History 111: The Protestant Reformation

Today, my assignment in Modern World Civilization is regarding the Protestant Reformation. I have to admit, I am quite jazzed. I have a great interest in Martin Luther, his ninety-five theses, and the spread of the Reformation with John Calvin jumping on the bandwagon! Their thoughts and take on theology is where I camp in my own walk. I agree with a lot of what these men said and follow the teachings of those who came after them, Jonathan Edwards and John Piper. Martin Luther paved the way and so for today's post, I am going to share with you my discussion of the specific doctrinal and political issues that led to the Protestant Reformation and how the Catholic church responded. It's a little History 111. Don't fall asleep now!

(Side note: The views of this paper are as recorded by Richard Bulliet, Pamela Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven Hirsch, Lyman Johnson, and David Northrup in their book THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLE: Volume II (c) 2011 being I am not permitted to use any other sources for this particular class.)

Martin Luther did not agree with the way the Catholic church did things. He did not believe one could buy his or her way into heaven, do works to attain a spot, or penance in order to receive forgiveness. His view was more along the lines of serve others out of love for Christ Jesus (truly from the "heart") as opposed to trying to earn the love of Christ Jesus. Further, he did not support the act of having a spiritual father like the Pope. Rather, he contended followers of Christ should be faithful to that which is in the word of God not the authority of a man. The "sale of indulgences" was seemingly the straw that broke the camel's back, setting the wheels of change into motion. Luther responded to the Catholic church with the Protestant Reformation.

This first division of the church was the beginning of terrible wars within the church body and opened the door for many more divisions yet to come. The second to jump on this bandwagon was John Calvin (1509-1564). His views, though similar to those of Luther, differed in that Calvin believed salvation is a gift, from God, of grace. Man does not control whether or not he is saved, rather it was decided before the foundations of the earth...grace by faith alone. Christian marriage was also a focus of Calvinists instead of a dictatorship within the home.

The answer from the Catholic church (1545 - 1563) regarding all of this was to tweak things on their end, as well, and clarify their standing. The Catholic church felt their doctrine was correct and there needed to be correction of Protestant "errors". No to mention there was a desire to solidify the reign of the Pope. The formation of the "Jesuits" by Ignatius of Loyola took place in 1540 created yet another branch of the Christian faith.

A house divided cannot stand against itself and the Christian family was no different. Each crack in the foundation caused more turmoil. This animosity continued until 1648 in western Europe however still causes friction now days, in the United States. Recognition and support of the Reformation flip flopped back and forth with each new monarch pending his views and leniency. King Phillip II of Spain had a no tolerance policy, enforced it heavily, and punishment was severe. Calvinists gained some ground in 1562-1598 and also with the Edict of Nantes however this freedom of religion was then later revoked by Louis XIV in 1598.

Yet more separation from the Catholic faith came during the supremacy of Henry VIII who denounced it and headed up the Church of England. Next, came the Angelican Church and the English Puritans. All of which began with Martin Luther who said enough is enough and stood against the Catholic beliefs. I do believe the Christian faith has the most denominations. Islam has two, as I understand.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Truck. The Dog.

Today, I've got hubs truck with dual exhaust (heck yeah) and dog.  I feel so manly! 😉

Study Partner?

Trying to study, here.  Get off my back, please.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Mouth Shall Speak Wisdom

This week has been a little more mentally draining than the others this past month. I have been distracted from my studies to the point I was not sure I was going to meet my deadlines...and this Friday there were only three, as opposed to the next when I have FIVE!

The kiddos are feeling the burden of not having my attention as often...of not receiving as much of my time. It is now split between them and school work with substitute teaching on the side. I can barely get us to any extra curricular activities. Thursday and yesterday I filled in for one of the teachers at the school my children attend. The Little Chef commented on how nice it was to have me as an instructor again. They miss that. So do I. But, I firmly believe this is better for them at this juncture. My time with them is limited and they have outgrown homeschool. (Some do. Others don't. Mine did.)

My mind has not been focused. It has been off wandering around the dark woods of contemplation. With words echoing and ideas rolling about. In the forest of thought I walk in circles trying to wrap my head around an grasp a embrace a vision. I cannot accept something I do not understand. So it sits there taunting me while I am trying to complete assignments. (Not that it is a huge, life changing thing...there is just something about it I don't get. Maybe I missed something...a piece of the puzzle that will complete the picture.)

Not to mention, I felt exhausted. I slept in this morning then fell asleep again in the afternoon for a quick nap. I took a day of rest. No chores (okay, just light grocery shopping), no school work, no teaching...just parenting (and being a wife). But, tomorrow it is back to work!

I am used to being in God's word everyday. So, when I am not, when I miss a few days or even one here and there, I feel it. I lose focus (and that peace that surpasses all understanding).

Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
both low and high,
rich and poor together!
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?

For he sees that even the wise die;
the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and leave their wealth to others.
(Psalm 49:1-6, 10 ESV)

Sister In Christ

Sister.  I am one.  And, I love all of my sistas.  Sisters In Christ.

Shadow Fun

Nothing like having a little fun while mom and dad put the groceries in the car.

Friday, September 13, 2013

When a Door Slams Closed

I don't like it when a door slams closed in my face!  It vexes me!

This evening, I had three hours alone with one of my kiddos but I had school work to finish.

Not only did I miss out on that one on one time, I was having technical difficulties, my submission did not load and send in time, so I missed the deadline.  AND, as it turns out, I did the wrong assignment!

I missed the boat!  The door closed and there was nothing I could do but pray.  It is in disappointment I wonder, "Am I doing the right thing?"  Most of the time it feels correct.

But, tonight...not so much.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Law School Here I Come

Another day, working toward an "A" in my courses!  Enjoying Peet's Coffee in the process.  Truly I am blessed for the opportunity!  Thank You, Lord!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Groundhog Day"

Switching from working on History to Logic. My brain feels numb. And, it's like I'm in that movie "Groundhog Day". 😴

Friday, September 06, 2013

Blessed be the Lord, Who Daily Bears Us Up

This seems to be a time of change, not just for me but for many others around me as well. New jobs, schedules, homes, territories, etc. I am not alone in my walk in the unknown (though mine is vaguely familiar. The college life like an alternate universe is a little tricky to blend with that of a wife and mother.) Some friends moved a while ago and are quite adjusted to their current situation. With others everything is still fresh and the kinks are still being worked out. And, further still are those who are just now unpacking, the dew still fresh and old life only a whisper away.

Stay at home moms returning to the workforce outside the home, southerners moving North, northerners moving South, homeschoolers experiencing the classroom, life learners returning to higher education. Pretty significant lifestyle changes.

It might be a lot to take in at first. I know for me, the next two years are one change after the next but we have to roll with it...trusting in God every step of the way. The first change for me was returning to school for my Bachelor's Degree.

The second was to stop homeschooling because I feel my kiddos are outgrowing it. It is time for them to learn how to deal with different personality types and peer pressure, focus in a crowded room, not only meet deadlines but to also pay attention to detail and move projects from point "A" to point "B", to take direction from different "bosses", etc. I want them to be prepared for the workplace, not give up, and know how to adjust to variables.

The third is possibly returning to employment...(if I am accepted for the position for which I applied). At first I was concerned there would not be enough time for a full time job on top of caring for my family and a full study load (13 credits/5 courses). But, as I get into the swing of everything, I see it just might long as the work hours do not run too long!

Lastly, our move to Texas will have us reestablishing ourselves, meeting people, forming relationships, getting used to the climate, economics, region, schools, etc. Today, I am tired so all of this seems so overwhelming as I think about it and type it out. However, I love new adventures and look forward to the challenges and rewards.

I pray for God's hedge of protection around each of us, everyday. I ask Him for peace, His grace, and mercy in every we maneuver the mundane, the surprises, the good, the bad, the boring, the exciting, the voluntary, the involuntary...this vapor of a life.

Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
(Psalm 68:19. ESV.)

Back to studying.  Today is a Human Biology test and my History project which has to be submitted on the 23rd of September 2013.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

All Work and No Play

All work and no play makes Brook a dull girl.

"Men's Interest"

This is the "Men's Interest" section of a bookstore.  They have "Playboy" magazines here however I usually cover them with another magazine.  But I watch to see who goes looking for them. :-) Hubs thinks it's funny.


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