If you are here for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. Welcome. You are at the right place. I am normally just a card making blogger, but World Vision challenged me to blog about Christmas for 12 days. Each day they give me a 'topic' and I blog about it. So this is a really long post. First, three PTI cards and then my Christmas blog:
So first, here are my papertrey ink cards. The idea was to use Christmas leftovers. I made three cards. First, I had quite a few card making leftovers like scraps of papers, unused sentiments and scrap die cuts so I pieced them all together and made this fun card. It's pretty simple, but I like it.
Third, we had a really fun bag leftover from Gilly Hick and I decided to use just the bag and do a similar button card, all in navy and red. We have a strange/funny Gilly Hicks story. We had went to Hollister to get Jessa a pair of Yoga pants for Christmas and they gave us a coupon for Gilly Hicks for a free bra. Well, Gilly Hicks doesn't sell 'plus size' anything so I knew the coupon would go to waste if we didn't use it for someone else. Not to let a bargain get away we decided to get Jessa a free bra. No, it wasn't part of her gift, that would be WEIRD, but we got her one anyway. Gilly Hicks is the Hollister brand for undies. Eric and I walk into the store and two young women in plaid mini skirts, low cut navy tops greets and say 'welcome to gilly hicks - we have the cutest bra's and the best down undies.' Too funny. We scored our free item and headed out. Their color scheme and bag were quite adorable - don't you think? I couldn't resist making it into a fun card with buttons also. The cream for their logo was perfect for my buttons and sentiment. I used the bottom of the bag for my mat layer.
Now on to the 12 blogs of Christmas post. Today's topic is 'The gift of subversion.' Are you like me? Are you going ?????? This one threw me for a loop. I decided to look up the word subversion to ensure I was understanding correctly what to blog about. I mean subversion - gift - Christmas???? Here is the definition from the on-line dictionary:
|Subversion: the act or an instance of subverting or overthrowing a legally constituted government, institution, etc|
Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.
Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther's teachings are called Lutherans.
His translation of the Bible into the language of the people (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry.
|Now I don't want to start a war between Catholics and Protestants, but even Catholics would probably agree today that 'indulgences' - the purchase of forgiveness from the church for money isn't really a good idea. So even if you don't agree with his other ideas, the fact that he subverted, caused some positive changes. And the fact that many German's came to hear the word of God because of his translations is also a positive that most of us would agree with. The King James verison of the bible in english can also be attributed to the work Luther did in translating. And lastly both Catholics and Protestants sing in church now, and according to the above, Martin Luther's hymn writing brought singing to the church, so we can thank him for that too! So, I do see that Martin Luther's subverting behavior was a gift. It was certainly a gift to me. Why? Because of him, my church 'Faith Community Church' exists - a protestant based church in my area and because my church exists, I know God. Good stuff! I really hope tomorrow's topic is a little easier. Come back again!!!|