Luther on God’s Word

luther-w-bible“That the Bible is God’s word and book I prove thus:  All things that have been, and are, in the world, and the manner of their being, are described in the first book of Moses on the creation; even as God made and shaped the world, so does it stand to this day.

Infinite potentates have raged against this book, and sought to destroy and uproot it – king Alexander the Great, the princes of Egypt and of Babylon, the monarchs of Persia, of Greece, and of Rome, the emperors Julius and Augustus – but they nothing prevailed; they are all gone and vanished, while the book remains, and will remain for ever and ever, perfect and entire, as it was declared at the first.

Who has thus helped it; who has thus protected it against such mighty forces?  No one, surely, but God himself, who is the master of all things.  And ’tis no small miracle how God has so long preserved and protected this book; for the devil and the world are sore foes to it.  I believe that the devil has destroyed many good books of the church, as, aforetime, he killed and crushed many holy persons, the memory of whom has now passed away; but the Bible he was fain to leave subsisting.

In like manner have baptism, the sacrament of the altar, of the true body and blood of Christ and, the office of  preaching remained unto us, despite the infinitude of tyrants and heretic persecutors.  God, with singular strength, has upheld these things; let us, then, baptize, administer the sacrament, and preach, fearless of impediment.  Homer, Virgil, and other noble, fine, and profitable writers, have left us books of great antiquity; but they are nought to the Bible.

While the Romish church stood, the Bible was never given to the people in such a shape that they could clearly, understandingly, surely, and easily read it, as they now can in the German translation, which, thank God, we have prepared here at Wittenberg.”

Martin Luther, “The Tabletalk of Martin Luther”

Christina’s SUPER Secret Thick and Hearty Lentil Soup Recipe

lentilsoupfinalSo here’s a soup I’ve been hearing about all winter but have yet to try my hand at.  Lentil soup.  Partially inspired by my friend and co-worker Raeann, who makes this pretty regularly, I decided today was the day.  All I have to say is, “Wow. Why did it take me so long to make this soup?” It’s hearty, healthy, and very nice on the wallet. Not to mention it’s the perfect comfort food for these brutally cold winter days.  No doubt I’ll be making this again, tweaking it some more.  But in the meantime, here’s my first stab at Lentil soup.  Not for nuthin’ but you can kind of understand how Esau lost his mind over a pot of lentils.  They’re very good!

Ingredients:

1 small onion
1 celery stick
1 carrot stick
1 small garlic clove
1 16 oz bag of lentils
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
6 – 8 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
2 tablespoons of olive oil OR 8 tablespoons of vegetable or chicken broth for oil-free soup!
6-8 bay leaves
salt and pepper

Saute chopped onions, celery, carrots, and garlic until tender.

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Add 6 cups of broth, lentils, tomatoes, and bay leaves.  As you can see here, I forgot the tomatoes.  I added them much later.  Doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference.

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Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for about 50 mins or until lentils are tender.

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Add a little parmesan cheese, a nice piece of Italian bread, and come on!  It doesn’t get much better than this. Nice. Easy. Healthy. Cheap.  What more do you want?

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How to Parallel Park Like a Genius in Ten Easy Steps

new york headachesFar be it from me to use this blog as a platform to vent my personal frustrations or complaints, but I just wanna say this: I’m tired of New York. Really tired. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so much to love about this city.  The diversity, the culture, the history, the food.  I mean seriously, where else can you find fresh Trinidadian roti, Korean kim-chee, Greek souvlaki, and Lebanese falafel all on the same block? And let’s face it, New York has the best bagels, and pizza, hands down, anywhere in the world. But the last few years have been hard. It feels like everything is a fight. I don’t mean literally — though, you wouldn’t have to look far if that’s what you wanted. Maybe I’m just getting old, I don’t know.  But things like delays on the subway feel longer. Schlepping groceries up a three-story walk-up lost its charm a long time ago.  Some nights I wonder what it would be like to fall asleep to the sound of crickets, instead of sirens whirling by. And  don’t even get me started on the insane liberal politics that dominate this city.  Oof. Yet, the fact remains: I’m a city girl.  Always have been; probably always will be.

subway stationCurrently the good Providence of God has us spread across three different boros: We live in Brooklyn, go to church in Queens, and work in Manhattan.  These crazy logistics have catapulted me waaaay out of my comfort zone.  Mass transit, as convenient as it is, just won’t cut it. We need a car. Now, even though I largely get around by the subway, I do know how to drive.  My father, who died when I was 19, made sure of that. He took it upon himself to teach his little girl on a stick-shift because he never wanted me to be stuck somewhere for lack of ability to drive a vehicle. He taught me well in his home state of Connecticut.  But Connecticut and NYC driving are two different animals. And parking between two orange cones to pass your driver’s license test is a lot easier than inching your way in and out of a tiny space on a busy street.

parallel_parking_panicIt’s been a steep learning curve for me. The good news is that I’ve made huge progress.  I can now drive to Queens alone almost without any difficulty. Never mind the fact that I went the opposite way on the return last time I drove solo. That was an aberration. As far as the parallel parking, my husband gave me a few teach-in’s, lots of encouragement, and then a healthy dose of tough love that I didn’t appreciate at the time but have since come to thank him for. Our last interaction via text looks like this:

Chris:  I’m here. Can you come down and park the car?

Steve:  Did you look?

Chris:  Not really.

Steve:  Look. 

Chris:  There’s traffic on 3rd.  

Steve:  Look. You’ll be fine. 

Well, guess what?  I am fine. In fact, I am more than fine. I almost have this down pat.  So much so that I’ve put together ten easy steps to help you parallel park like a genius, too!  Here we go:

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  1. Pull up to the front of the car ahead of the space you want. If the cars are not the same size, try to align your bumper with the back of their bumper.
  2. With your foot on the break, turn the wheel ALL THE WAY towards whichever side your spot is on.
  3. Look behind the back of your car and start backing up slowly. But don’t turn the wheel yet.
  4. Keep backing up until the right-front corner of the car behind you is smack in the middle of your rear windshield. 
  5. Stop. With your foot on the break, turn the wheel back to the MIDDLE POSITION.
  6. Ignore all the people you think are looking at you and judging you.  Even if they are, who cares? 
  7. Back-up very slowly.  Stop.  With your foot on the break, turn the wheel ALL THE WAY again.
  8. Keep ignoring all the people you think are looking at you and judging you. 
  9. Now slowly back into your space with the wheel in the ALL THE WAY position.
  10. Stop.  Turn the wheel forward.

And there it is friends!  How to parallel park like a genius in ten easy steps! Everyone likes to joke about women drivers.  Well, we’ll see how long that lasts once they see you master this!

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