Michael Card’s book A Fragile Stone is subtitled The Emotional Life of Simon Peter. Card begins his work by noting how few biographies of Peter he was able to find when he began his work. This is still true, I believe. I have Oscar Cullmann’s as well as this book, but I do not believe I have another book exclusively on Peter. (Of course, I have no doubt that there are many good ones out there.) On the other hand, just think for a moment about books devoted uniquely to Paul and many will come to mind if you are in any way familiar with Christian publishing. To be sure, Protestantism has a strong Pauline bent, but it is a curious thing nonetheless.
My parents came from South Carolina to visit last Friday and we were thrilled to be able to spend a number of great days with them. I’m attaching a picture of my dad and my daughter that I took at Arkansas State University where our daughter, Hannah, will be attending college in the Fall.
Last Sunday in the evening service at Central Baptist Church I interviewed my dad in front of the church about being a father and being a Christian.
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
I was initially a bit disappointed to see that the audio version of Michael Card’s book Scribbling in the Sand on Audible (it’s available many other places too) was a 2.5 hour abridged version of the book. I was wanting the unabridged audiobook. However, I noticed that it was read by Card himself and featured appearances by folks like William Lane and Calvin Miller, so I decided to get it. In short, I’m really glad I got this! It was absolutely fantastic and, as I say in the blog post title, it was a real treat.
13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Patricia Appelbaum has written a well-researched and engagingly-told story about how St. Francis came to be revered among Christians and non-Christians alike in America. When I was talking to my brother Condy about this book he observed, “People really feel the need to have heroes, don’t they?” It is true, with all of the good and the bad that such might entail. Appelbaum’s book tells how Francis came to fill that role to greater and lesser extents in America.
This is an ongoing chapter-by-chapter review that will be periodically updated and moved to the top of the site as new chapter reviews are added.
Chapter 2 (reviewed on May 28, 2016)
Dr. Yarnell’s primary text in chapter 2 is 2 Corinthians 13:14. In keeping with his art metaphor, Yarnell sees 2 Corinthians 13:14 as a Pauline miniature. He does not mean by this, however, that it is of miniature significance. Rather, this verse is a priceless miniature in the grand Trinitarian gallery of scripture and a crucial text for our understanding of the Trinity.
When I was fifteen, my father told me to read Francis Schaeffer. At that time I began to read through his works and can honestly say that it changed me in deep and significant ways. At the same time I was reading C.S. Lewis and, through reading both, I came to see that one might be intellectually fulfilled, culturally engaged, and a follower of Jesus. This was a refreshing and liberating thought for me. While my appreciation for Francis Schaeffer has taken a bit of a hit over the last decade (perhaps I will write about that in a later post), I am still profoundly grateful for the impact his works have had on me and still think that his is a voice that should be considered. To that end, it is always encouraging to come across videos of Dr. Schaeffer that I had not seen or heard before.