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Jonathan Robinson on Educational Preaching

If you have been missing my posting, sorry about that moving house and starting a new pastoral role have rather limited my time for blogging (not to mention the phone company messing up our internet connection), but over at Kiwi-Made Preaching you can see (and comment on!) a provactive and thoughful post by your's truly. Normal service at Xenos may or may not resume shortly. ;-)

brick-a-brack 12/01/11

Think you are being persecuted? (From Alex)

Sufi comics have launched their free ebook of 40 sufi comics, as I mentioned before, this is a good introduction to a different side of IslamAn essay on Gerhard von Rad, OT scholarship, Jesus, and resistance to the Nazis, HT John ByronBruce Winter lectures on the Pastoral Epistles and Hebrews, HT AliSteve Douglas and friends launch a new podcast "Ad Hoc Christianity" with a dicsussion of doubt and faith This guy thinks he is a manly preacher and the rest of us are sissys, but he can't even bring himself to say toilet:  HT Loren Rosson


This is more than a little whimsical, which of course makes it true art.  HT Doug Chaplin


And finally, thanks to Calum for sharing this but not sharing that,

brick-a-brack 06/01/11

Cartoon from ASBO Jesus Doug Chaplin (UK) complains about American imports (namely creationism)Staurt points out a UK report on converts to IslamWhile Jason Hood talks about loving our Muslim neighbours (HT Bird) Michael Horton discusses Jesus and PaulMarc Cortez calls for more pastor theologiansJonathan Fitzgerald calls for more appreciation for the critics of ChristianityJeremy starts a new series on using videos in teaching about the Bible

Egocentric Literalists: Quote of the Day

I often say that what lies at the heart of most lovers of literature is a single impulse: “Let me read a story about someone who is unique and interesting, someone just like me.”   Ego-centrism, to a great extent, is the highest form of literalism.Gene Fant, An Obituary for Allegory, HT Darrell & Marc
There is so much truth in that statement i could unpack it for hours, but i don't have those hours today so you'll have to do it yourself.  The rest of the article is worth a read too, and it is not too long.

Wesley and Child Theology

My friend Peter Benzie has just put his MTh thesis online.  From the abstract,
Through considering the writings of John Wesley, as well as the work of other scholars, this thesis finds that children were evident in his theology. Wesley is shown to have undertaken something akin to child theology when he, for instance, allowed his theology to be informed and changed by the many instances of childhood faith he witnessed. He is shown to be a man who treasured children as a gift from God, who, he believed entrusts parents and teachers with the responsibility of educating them so that they can live lives of true holiness, that is, loving God and their neighbour.Check it out and share it round with anyone you think might be interested.

How the KJV has influenced English

This will almost certainly be the only mention I make of the KJV's 400th birthday this year so make the most of it.

Even when the KJV was written it read a bit funny and faux archaic.  But by and by some of the snappier phrases got picked up, a couple of my favourite that many people have no idea come from the Bible are "apple of my eye" and "skin of my teeth."  The KJV is worth reading, at least once, as literature, but as scripture it was suspect from the start and for most of us now is of definate limited use due to the way the English language has changed over the 4 centuries since.  But anyway some chap is blogging through all the phrases that have made their merry way into English usage and you may want to check him out, after I tip my hat to Richard Walker.

Giles Fraser's excellent Guardian post is also worth a read.  A snippet:

Except, of course, that is precisely what the KJB was: an attempt by the Church of England to control the religious and cu…