Posts tagged "Psalm 51"

My Heart Would Poison You, But God Wants My Poison Heart

My Heart Would Poison You, But God Wants My Poison Heart

Yitzhak Zuckerman

I just came across this quote from Yitzhak Zuckerman, who was a Jewish resistance movement leader in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II:

If you could lick my heart, it would poison you.

Wow! You see, although a hero of the resistance movement, plagued by survivor guilt, he became an uncontrollable alcoholic later in life. So despite rightly being celebrated for his wartime heroism, Zuckerman was in touch with the darkest parts of himself. (This quote, by the way, is originally from the French documentary Shoah, which—full disclosure—I have not seen.)

While allowing Zuckerman’s words to stew in my…

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Genuine Christian Theology is about the Promises in Christ, as opposed to Philosophies of Grace

Genuine Christian Theology is about the Promises in Christ, as opposed to Philosophies of Grace

An excerpt from Oswald Bayer’s Theology the Lutheran Way:

(On Psalm 51)
The words of the psalm compel us to speak of sin and grace. Theology can have no other theme. But even sin and grace can be spoken of philosophically, meaning “metaphysically”, “morally”, or “historically.” The “rule” Luther uses to judge the genuineness of theology is this: “By divine promises and laws, not by human rules, ‘so that you are justified in your words’” (v.4). To speak theologically of sin and grace means to speak of God’s promise (promissio) and of his law (lex), of the accusing and killing law (Gesetz)…

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