30 August 2010

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

God loves to pour it without calculation, equalization, or quantification.  Such bounty is hard to bear for shriveled sinners who won't be given to but insist on taking over and getting control.  Part of controlling is a measuring of quantities that is based on comparison of sizes.  Instead of receiving gifts from Him, I measure what I have as my own.  --Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, p. 252.


Dcn. Muehlenbruch said...

Fr. Weedon,

Are you familiar with the origin of the term "Postil?" It is a contraction of the Latin "post illa verba textus." Most likely an abbreviation of the first two words. I believe that these Postils are what are referred to as the Table Talks.

If my interpretation is incorrect, please correct me.

William Weedon said...

About it's etymology, I'll take your word for it, dear Father Deacon. About its use, though, it refers to collections of sermons for each Sunday and Feast of the church year. Luther has two: his Church Postil and House Postil. The later is latter Luther and more juicy. There are also Postils by Gerhard, by Walther, by Loehe and many others.