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Digging Through Martin Luther's Trash and Other Interesting Stuff from Around the Web

Poor Martin Luther gets no privacy, even 500 years after he's come and gone. Archaeologists have been digging around through Luther's trash, his privy, and his basement. It will come as no surprise that they found several beer mugs, and a child's crossbow and marbles. At least, Luther had an indoor pit toilet (in the cellar) with a lid.  I hope they stopped there.  Click here: The Reformer's Rubbish: Archaeologists Unveil Secrets of Luther's Life - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Back in the day when I owned a retail business (a Christian bookstore @ Knott's Berry Farm), we lived in fear of so-called "shopping services." These were companies who employed people who pretended to be paying customers, but all the while were evaluating how friendly, efficient, and thorough your business was.  It never failed.  They always came in when it wasn't busy, I was bored, and engaged in some prank--one of which involved a spray bottle of water and a fake sneeze.  I was caught red-handed. It was a good thing I was the owner and not a mere employee, or else I would have been fired. Well, now they have shopping services for churches.  They show up on Sunday pretending to be visitors, and then they report back to the church about how friendly and clean the church is.  Click here: The Mystery Worshipper -

Surveys tell us that many superstitious Americans believe in ghosts. So what about a "Christian" ghost-hunter? Well, other than the fact a Christian ghost hunter makes about as much sense as a Christian "occultist", that won't stop some people from trying to contact the dead.  Click here: RNS Feature: "Christian ghost hunters seek life on the other side"

There are some people who just have a fit when they learn of an endangered species. Well, here's a species (a giant bird-eating spider) that needs to be extinct--and the sooner the better.  Every last one of these critters needs killin'.  Click here: Giant spider snapped eating bird in backyard near Cairns | Environment |

Reader Comments (13)

There is some great stuff about Luther in this story- fellow Lutherans may be interested. Apparently, brother Martin had a tendency to embellish his stories a bit. We all know the story of his being caught in the thunderstorm and his vowing to St. Anne that he would enter the monastery if he remained alive- well it turns out that Luther might have been fleeing to the monastery to get out of an arranged marriage his father had set up. Whether this story is true or not it sure is funny. I think I like this one is better than the thunderstorm story. She must have been a real beauty. Luther ran for his life. Perhaps this is the real reason that him and Hans did not talk with each other for so many years.

There is a bunch of other interesting findings that may cause some rewriting of the life of Luther. I guess his home environment where he grew up was a bit more wealthy then he led others on to believe. He certainly was a fascinating character.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Yeazel
"Mr. Harrison belongs to a new breed of church consultants aiming to equip pastors with modern marketing practices"

Hmmmpf. Consultants.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter"lee n. field"
Kim, I’m curious…what make ye of ghost-type phenomena? I’ve traced the following general positions that self-described Christians hold:
1. All such phenomena is not real
2. All such phenomena is real but evil in origin
3. All such phenomena is real but can be good or evil in origin
4. All such phenomena is real but neither good nor evil, just a part of super-nature that our senses have trouble detecting

Your two cents?
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBen Keller
I am all for extinction when it comes to those horrid beasties. I vote for no-limit, no-license, year round open season on those things. Except you wouldn't find me anywhere near one with anything lest than a tank.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDorian
Spiders........yuk. We watched a show on some guys out in a jungle somewhere and they had spiders so big that when the camera crew put a microphone up to the spider, it raised its front legs and you could hear it hissssssss. No joke.......AND it also would eat birds!!!
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplw
Oh, one more thing.......the natives would actually eat these spiders (roasted them on an open fire) and these spiders measured a whopping 12 inches across!!!
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplw
The spawn of Shelob need to be destroyed. Destroyed I tell you!
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
what are you lot worried about? I live in Australia,and besides these spiders-they are in the Northern part of the country-,we only have:
7 of the world's deadliest snakes .t
the bad tempered estaurine or salt water crocodile,one of which took a poor chap whilst he was checking his cray fish pots,fortunately they are again in the North,. But snakes are spread quite evenly around the country. Here is the irony. If you kill a snake ,unless it is directly threatening human life,then people can be fined $4000.00 Australian. But a baby in my State Victoria ,can be aborted up to 24 weeks. work that out.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwayne
Ah anyone else amused by the Luther relics being displayed just in time for Reformation day? Oh the irony.

Obviously Frederick should have taken some of that stuff for his collection...
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChar
The mystery worshipper is a liberal episcopalian so that ought to determine something. The few liberal ecusa's ive been too were mystery churches-I didnt hear gospel or repentance? twas a mystery for sure.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Good point- R.C. Sproul just informed us during the interview with Michael Horton that Frederick had close to 2 million years of purgatory out of the place for free relics built up in his inventory. I think he corrected himself and said 1.97 million years. Michael responded with a hmm- I did not know that. I love this blog site.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Yeazel
The Luther stuff was fun to read. How much of it is true -- who know's.

I'll bet that they can find a bunch of crazy stuff on all of us.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd

Glad to hear you pipe up again. Mike has a question about Lutherans baptism beliefs. I referred him to the WELS web site but you might want to talk with him directly- I believe he asked the question at the Issues, etc information post.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Yeazel

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