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The work grew upon me insensibly. I could not enjoy my ease and leisure in the neglect of an opportunity offered me by Providence of attempting the relief of the miserable. ~John Howard 1777
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神的話語

<span style="font-size:16px;">「我若不是喜愛你的律法,早就在苦難中滅絕了。」<br />
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詩篇119:92</span>
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On Vision

<span style="font-size:16px;">God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way... God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with the veritable reality. Ever since we had the vision God has been at work, getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again we escape from His hand and try to batter ourselves into our own shape.<br />
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The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don&#39;t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.<br />
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<span style="color:black;"><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;">Oswald Chambers, <em>My Utmost for His Highest</em></span></span></span><br />
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2015 秋

<span style="font-size:16px;">蒼蠅跟螞蟻的季節還沒完全結束,風的日子已經來臨。<br />
風的季節尚未結束前,可能雨的日子也來了。<br />
當網路在很久過後好像開始趨於穩定,手機訊號開始常常搞彆扭罷工。<br />
這是仙境。<br />
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好像,十月才初,怎麼,十月已逝?<br />
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做了幾週的研究題目,煞然而止,歎。德文阿德文阿德文... &nbsp;轉向從零開始。只剩六週,還有六週。I think i have just enough time to start all over again. 沒時間去感覺壓力,唯有硬著頭皮press on繼續軋。<br />
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Under construction - bricks and tyres. 異夢。上帝的主權。順服。奇妙的計畫。感恩。棋王。驚嘆。<br />
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週日,是好好呼吸的一天。</span>
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堅信

<span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">「只要白晝黑夜仍聽祢命令</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">我就有信心把生命交託給祢</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">只要春夏秋冬仍然遵守次序</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">我就要堅定相信祢能力到底」</span><br />
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<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">專輯:天韻 - 信心是一種看見(2013)</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">曲名:堅信</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">經文:耶利米書三十三章20-21節</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">作詞:葉薇心</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">作曲:溫克強</span></span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;" />
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Luther On Calling

<span style="font-size:16px;">Luther considers it important that the preacher be called in an orderly way, not only for the sake of order in the church but also for the preacher personally. He tells us this was true for himself in his reforming activity. In the midst of the great tasks, and in view of the difficulty of the responsibility, the temptations, and the struggles which his work brought to him, Luther found strength and comfort in the fact that he had not sought his office but had been called into it, yes, even &ldquo;forced&rdquo; into it, that is, through his doctor&rsquo;s degree in theology. &ldquo;For I would surely in the long run break down and despair under the great and heavy burdens which lay upon me, if I had begun this task by sneaking into the work without being called and commanded to do it.&rdquo; this is true, however, not only of Luther personally but of every preacher. &ldquo;it is not sufficient if a man has the word and the pure doctrine. He must also have the assurance of his call,&rdquo; otherwise &ldquo;God will not prosper his work.&rdquo; How can a man who is not certain of and insecure in his calling stand his ground in those battles and assaults of Satan which the office of the ministry must endure? To force one&rsquo;s self into the office of preaching on one&rsquo;s own authority is disobedience against God and such disobedience &ldquo;makes all one&rsquo;s works evil;&rdquo; such a man works with a bad conscience and he sins against the word to whose proclamation he has forced his way. With all this Luther places the thesis, &ldquo;What does not take place on the basis of a call is sin,&rdquo; as a rule for pastors and preachers on a level with Paul&rsquo;s statement that &ldquo;what does not proceed from faith is sin&rdquo; [Rom 14:23]. &ldquo;This call and command makes pastors and preachers . . . for it is God&rsquo;s will that nothing be done as a result of one&rsquo;s own choice or decision, but everything as a consequence of a command or a call. That is especially true of preaching.&rdquo; (330-1)<br />
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Paul Althaus, <em>The Theology of Martin Luther</em></span><br />
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Luther: Man between God and the Devil

<span style="font-size:16px;">A true theologian is made by life, with its tribulations and struggles, not by philosophizing and speculating. (157)<br />
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原來馬丁路德有這麼多的不願意。<br />
Luther&rsquo;s self-assessment might be taken for the last vestiges of monastic humility, but it was a humility with a hard core: service to the Word &ndash; Luther had not sought it; the post of a professor &ndash; he had not desired it; the mission of an evangelist &ndash; he would have liked to avoid it. as he saw it, he entered the monastery under compulsion, blinded by fear; his doctoral studies had been imposed on him against his will by his Augustinian superiors. Instead of fighting and becoming entangled in feuds, he would have liked to devote himself to study and meditation. Time and again Luther offered to cease his activities if only the Gospel became public property. But again and again he was overwhelmed led where he did not wish to go, by a God who, irrespective of obedience or disobedience, steers the course of history. (210)<br />
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Joy of life is not something that simply exists, it must be worked at. Even in our century, with holidays and relaxation legally established as a human right, the joy of life is an art that cannot be bought. Space and time can be provided, but joy needs practice. (327)<br />
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<strong>Luther: Man between God and the Devil&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br />
Heiko A. Oberman, translated by Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart</span><br />
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Here I Stand

<span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Luther advising a discouraged preacher. </strong><br />
&ldquo;If Peter and Paul were here, they would scold you because you wish right off to be as accomplished as they. Crawling is something, even if one is unable to walk. Do your best. If you cannot preach an hour, then preach half an hour or a quarter of an hour. Do not try to imitate other people. Center on the shortest and simplest points, which are the very heart of the matter, and leave the rest to God. Look solely to his honor and not to applause. Pray that God will give you a mouth and to your audience ears. I can tell you preaching is not a work of man. Although ia ma old [he was forty-eight] and experienced, I am afraid every time I have to preach. You will most certainly find out three things: first, you will have prepared your sermon diligently as you know how, and it will slip thought your fingers like water; secondly, you may abandon your outline and God will give you grace. You will preach your very best. The audience will be pleased, but you won&rsquo;t. and thirdly, when you have been unable in advance to pull anything together, you will preach acceptable both to your hearers and to yourself. So pray to God an leave all the rest to him.&rdquo; (350)<br />
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<strong>Luther teaching on Jonah</strong><br />
&ldquo;The instrument of death is become the agency of life.&rdquo; (357)<br />
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Luther felt that his depressions were necessary. At the same time they were dreadful and by all means and in every way to be avoided and overcome. His whole life was a struggle against them, a fight for faith. This is the point at which he interests us so acutely, for we too are cast down and we too would know how to assuage our despondency. Luther had two methods: the one was a head-on attack, the other an approach by way of indirection. (362) &nbsp;<br />
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Roland Bainton, <em>Here I Stand</em></span>
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on Billy Graham

<span style="font-size:16px;">When wealth is lost, nothings is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, everything is lost.&nbsp; (108, Billy Graham, quoted in Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley, <em>The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham, </em>Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005, 63)&nbsp;<br />
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But on almost all issues he not only insisted that it never hurt to talk but also that it was possible to talk charitably with people with whom he disagreed. He made a point to be spiritually confrontational: where to you stand with God? He made an equal point to be personally compassionate: where do you stand with your neighbor? &nbsp;(203)<br />
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Grant Wacker, <em>American&rsquo;s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation</em></span><br />
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On History

<span style="font-size:16px;">Edward Hallett Carr wittily deflated the assumptions of this objectivist historiography:<br />
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This was the age of innocence, and historians walked in the Garden of Eden, without a scrap of philosophy to cover them, naked and unashamed before the god of history. Since then, we have known Sin and experienced a Fall; and those historians who today pretend to dispense with a philosophy of history are merely trying, vainly and self-consciously, like members of a nudist colony, to recreated the Garden of Eden in their garden suburb. (<em>What Is History? </em>New York, 1962, 21)</span><br />
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Summer 2015 Projects

<span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">暑期雖然沒課,但也沒有「放暑假」的本錢。一個學期</span>11<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">週計算,我的暑期被好多個</span>projects<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">塞滿。</span><br />
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1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prep for Renewal Movement Comp (<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">進行中</span>)<br />
2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prep for Patristic Theology TA (Winter 2016) (<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">進行中</span>)<br />
3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Abstract for dissertation (for Historiography Comp) (<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">已完成</span>)<br />
4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reading lists for oral history &amp; Taiwan-specific ecclesiastical history (for Historiography Comp) (<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">已完成</span>)<br />
5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2<sup>nd</sup> Syllabus (90% done)<br />
6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3<sup>rd</sup> Syllabus (20% done)<br />
7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prep for Directed Reading (Fall 2015) (<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">尚未開始</span>)<br />
8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Journals-searching (<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">說很久了,要開始嗎</span>?)<br />
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<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">沒課的暑期,心態比較輕鬆。但一週</span>400-500<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">頁的</span>reading<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">,再加上</span>10-20<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">小時的工作,餘留的片刻,只允許我去看雲。這是忙裡偷閒。</span><br />
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<span style="font-family:pmingliu,serif;">今天,是暑期第六週的第一天。每一天,我都數算自己的日子。</span></span><br />
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