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Learning German at the Old Latin School (Wittenberg)

„Ich komme aus der Ukraine“, „Meine Adresse ist….“, „Mir geht es gut, und Ihnen?“ We practice this over and over again, the new sounds and words are difficult to remember. But gradually the phrases become automatized and more and more … Continue reading

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Gottes Wort wirkt Tag und Nacht…

Als Dr. Martin Luther[1] an 19. Oktober 1512 zum Professor an der theologischen Fakultät der Wittenberger Universität „Leucorea“[2] promoviert wird, fängt seine exegetische Arbeit an der Bibel in allem Ernst und wirkmächtig an. Zeitlebens hat er dann das Alte und … Continue reading

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Not just one genius

What a nice welcome back to Wittenberg. The exhibition: “Nicht ein Genius allein” shows Dr. Martin Luther´s September Testament of 1522. It was prepared by the Reformationsgeschichtliche Forschungsbibliothek (Dr. Matthias Meinhardt) and the European Melanchthon-Academy, Bretten. It´s on show in … Continue reading

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Don´t trust in princes… (Psalm 146,3)

My friend asks me, why I quote my granny: “Don´t trust the Russians!” Well, it´s complicated. Trust grows. So does mistrust. The easy reasons are bad experiences with Russians as neighbors and rulers – during wars and after. You know, … Continue reading

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Guidance in our daily life

(Part 1. Guidance in the Pentateuch: Rereading Moses with Luther) “Inspiration, authority, and guidance – how does God lead today?” There are many opinions concerning this topic both within and outside the Christian church. The lectures on the planned conference … Continue reading

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Guidance in the Pentateuch

0. Introduction to “Re-reading Moses with Luther” Jogging in Kullavik – just south of Göteborg – a local encouraged me to press on during my holidays: “The universal principle will guide You.” Well, I didn´t get lost. Not immediately. Not … Continue reading

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O Lord, listen to me. (6th Lenten Service)

The 6th Lenten Service is coming up. We´re following the propers of the local lectionary. The Introit starts us off with the 6th penitential Psalm: From the deep water I cry out to you, O Lord.O Lord, listen to me.Pay attention … Continue reading

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Friedrich Wichmanns Reise quer durch Natal in 1893

Aus “Unter dem Kreuze” – Kirchliches Volksblad aus Niedersachsen herausgegeben von Pastor Ringmann , Celle 1893. Kopiert aus der Gotischen Druckschrift von Friedel Drewes, Friedrich Wichmann’s  Urenkel. Ein Artikel geschrieben von Friedrich Wichmann über seiner Reise zu der Hochzeit seiner Tochter Marie … Continue reading

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Bible study on John 12,20-24

For this coming Sunday Laetare (Rejoice), our lectionary has these short verses from the Holy Gospel of St. John for the sermon text: Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.  So these … Continue reading

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B for “Ballenstedt im Harz”

Well, we´re on to B for now. B for Ballenstedt! This is where Johann Arndt, the author of “Four books of true Christendom” with considerable influence in Russia (!) was born on the 27th of December 1555 – or perhaps … Continue reading

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