Book Notes & Quotes: “Selected Writings of Hans Denck” edited and Translated by Walter Fellmann

If I would have a patron saint, it would be Hans Denck. So much of his life parallels mine. He was a bit of a pragmatic Christian mystic from the early days of the reformation with the bulk of his writings created around the time when the first Anabaptists began baptizing one another in 1525. He is often lumped in with Anabaptist and it’s true he was baptized as an adult, but the thrust of his message was not second baptism but rather more about allowing God to have full control of our life through transformation (or death) of the flesh. He was a very complex man and his writings can be confusing at times. These days he is held up as a Universalist among many of the denominations who adhere to those beliefs. But if one were to read his complete writings they would quickly realize his understanding of the separation of souls from God. That separation due to their choices clearly, not God’s. But on the flip-side Denck has a beautiful and eloquent way of describing God’s infinite love, grace and mercy for all humankind regardless of their past transgressions.

If you haven’t read this book I encourage you to. If you have read it and/or want to discuss the quotes, feel free to comment. Just keep it positive. I will be adding notes & quotes as I continue to read.


All quotes come from “Selected Writings of Hans Denck” edited and Translated by Walter Fellmann by Edward J. Furcha with Ford Lewis Battles. Published in 1/1/1976. The copy I hold is the Pittsburgh Original Texts & Translations Series: Number 1: An Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers: Pickwick Publications. ISBN 13: 978-0-915138-15-9



“If you notice your brother treasures something which he should not, teach him first to know God, then he will treasure Him alone. If he does not do so, loose few words over it. For if you destroy everything he has and he heeds you, he will set another treasure in it’s place which will be like the former or worse. You, however, if you hear your brother say something that is strange to you, do not refute it right away, but listen first to determine whether it is right for you to accept it, too.” -pg 45 Chapter II.4 “The Law of God” from “Selected Writings of Hans Denck”

“Sin is disobedience and unbelief [John 16:9]; It is man seeking himself. Then his righteousness suffers, because a man would rather let it [his righteousness] fall to the ground and be destroyed than suffer any damage himself, if he can help it in any way [Matthew 23:37].

“The penalty thereof is a hardening in unbelief [Romans 9:18] when man has set himself free to do evil [Psalm 1:4ff]: he now hates everything that is good and finds pleasure and delight in everything which is wrong. Yet the godless says: “Why has God created me evil? I can’t help it. I too would be saved like everyone else if He intends to save me, He could well do it [Isaiah 45:22, Romans 9:15f].

“Then he makes a pact with hell [Isaiah 28:15]: when he finds a just person, he will hate such a one all the more ardently the closer he is to God.

“Finally he says that everything pertaining to eternal life and damnation is a lie and fanciful invention; we live on until we die and then it is finished [Wisdom 2:1].” -pg 81 Chapter II.5 “Divine Order” from “Selected Writings of Hans Denck”

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Loneliness

Lord help me understand… loneliness says more about the condition of my SELF then it does my outside world.  It is not caused by others but by my own thoughts and emotions.  Loneliness is not projected on to me from an outside condition or source.  Someone else didn’t cause it.  It’s cause is internal.  My feelings are part of me but they don’t own me.  Even though this one can be very hard to shake, it can be replaced, ignored or felt and let go before acted upon.  Lord save me from myself.

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EVERY hero of the Bible

EVERY hero of the Bible, old and new testament, went through tremendous struggle. Their stories always identify with us. It is through those struggles their faith truly came alive. Just because we live over 2000 years from their lifetime, in a modern age does not mean the principle has changed. If we want God to use us in full capacity, we must go through brokenness in order to produce the faith to move mountains and restore His people. So be glad during the struggle that God cares enough for you to give you your heart’s desire to serve Him and His people.

You are blessed and it is in His blessing that you struggle. It’s a Biblical principal which we are unworthy of, but He calls us anyway.

The struggle always needs to lead us to Jesus in order for the principle to serve it’s purpose.

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Obsession

You overtake me without my permission.
You violate me and I take offense to you.
You have hijacked my mind one too many times.
I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!

You have raped my soul and spirit
You leave me on the floor in my pool of tears
Pants down for the whole world to see
Leaving me as you lie in wait to take me again

We are now at war.
I will outsmart you
I will not let you steal from me
Any longer!

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New Year 2017 (Repost)

Good morning friends and family. This is the start of a new year. Many of us seem to have had a dark and disconnected 2016. Good things are in store for 2017, but we have to do our part. Today resolve to put your faith, hope & love in the right things – the eternal. We must have an eternal perspective or we will wash away in sin and despair. Let the world do it’s thing and we choose to live with God in our hearts, following Him, laying down our life for Him and our brothers and sisters. Choosing what is right, noble and honorable. Turning away from our destructive, unhealthy self-focus. All we need to do is make the decision to do this today. Then tomorrow, make the decision again. Just one day at a time. You deserve a good life, but you have to choose it and move forward in it. Be excellent to one another and yourself!

NOTE: Obviously this was written at the beginning of the year, but the principle works all year round.  Keep it real!

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To Live in the Moment With My Angel

I want to dream with my angel,
But dreams often spoil.
They lead to expectation,
And soon disappoint.

If I live in the past with my angel,
She gets the cup of angst.
That is served from the hurts of my days,
My angel does not deserve that.

I love this moment with my angel,
It is here I enjoy her most.
Her smile, her tears and her embrace,
To live in the moment with her.

My angel deserves only the best,
So I walk with her side by side.
Hand in hand we walk focused.
Experiencing life together,
My angel and I.

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Book Notes & Quotes: G. K. Chesterton “Orthodoxy”

G.K. Chesterton inspired C.S. Lewis. I was first introduced to Chesterton’s work through a friend of mine a number of years ago when I owned a used bookshop. We had a reading club focused on the writings of The Inklings (CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Dorthy L Sayers, etc.). We never really got to Chesterton’s work but my good friend Professor Jerry Bradford of Misericordia University and leader of the book club; who is in my opinion one of the most knowledgeable persons I have meet on literature written by these gifted storytellers, highly suggested further reading of Chesterton’s collections. Now many years later I am finally finding the place to begin to read his works. By Dr. Bradford’s recommendation I will start with this non-fiction piece called “Orthodoxy”. If you haven’t read this book I encourage you to. If you have read it and/or want to discuss the quotes, feel free to comment. Just keep it positive. I will be adding notes & quotes as I continue to read.


All quotes come from C. K. Chesterton’s book “Orthodoxy” first published in 1908. The copy I hold is the published from the 1934 reprint from Great Brittin by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, London and Beccles
A PDF version is available free at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/130 as well as many of his books.


“Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness.” pg 5 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.” pg 7 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.” pg 8 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Their attitude is really this: that the man must stop thinking, if he is to go on living. Their counsel is one of intellectual amputation. If thy head offend thee, cut it off; for it is better, not merely to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a child, but to enter it as an imbecile, rather than with your whole intellect to be cast into hell…” pg 12 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen. Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. But the materialist’s world is quite simple and solid, just as the madman is quite sure he is sane. The materialist is sure that history has been simply and solely a chain of causation, just as the interesting person before mentioned is quite sure that he is simply and solely a chicken. Materialists and madmen never have doubts.” pg 14 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; When you destroy mystery you create morbidity.” pg 17 Chapter II “The Maniac”

“Buddhism is centripetal, but Christianity is centrifugal: it breaks out. For the circle is perfect and infinite in its nature; but it is fixed for ever in its size; it can never be larger or smaller. But the cross, though it has as its heart a collission and a contradiction, can extend its four arms for ever without ever altering its shape. Because it has a paradox in its centre it can grow without changing. The circle returns upon itself and is bound. The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travellers.” pg 18 Chapter II “The Maniac”