Philipp Melanchthon was a German reformer who became a strong advocate and supporter of Martin Luther. When Luther was sequestered for his own safety in Wartburg Castle, Melanchthon became the temporary leader of the Reformation movement. Yet, Melanchthon was much more conciliatory than Luther. Melanchthon tried to keep the Lutherans and the Zwinglians in unity. He also did not fervently denounce the Pope as Luther did, but was willing to recognize the Pope as the leader in the temporal affairs of the church.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.