What I Read Online – 09/28/2012 (a.m.)

28 Sep
    • I am a firm believer that the call to ministry needs both an internal component (one should desire it) but also an external dimension (one must be judged competent for it). Only the people who have to sit and listen to you can really know if you are meant to be a preacher.
    • Of course, few come to seminary to learn history; most come to do biblical studies or theology or counseling. With that in mind, I strive to make history more than names and dates. I strive to inculcate an attitude to the past and a way of reading history that provides students with critical skills for understanding their own culture and their place within it.
    • Obviously, what is taught in the lecture theater will sooner or later find its way into the pulpit. So, seminaries have a responsibility to make sure that what they teach is orthodox.
    • You need to have some grasp of church history in order to know why the church thinks, speaks, and behaves the way she does
    • You need to have some grasp of church history in order to avoid reinventing the wheel—theological and/ or ecclesiastical—every few years.
    • You need to have some grasp of church history in order to have an appreciation of how God has preserved and sustained the church over the generations.


    • The evangelical world seems obsessed with “engaging culture” even as the average Christian’s knowledge of the basics of the faith diminishes. You can go to heaven without being able to offer a Christian appreciation of film, art, or music; one cannot go to heaven without knowing who Jesus Christ is and what He has done
    • Humor can be very serious as a pedagogical tool. It is not necessarily flippant or trivial. The Bible is full of humor. Church history is full of those who used humor for good. (Athanasius, Martin Luther, John Owen, Charles Spurgeon, and G.K. Chesterton spring to mind as just five of the more obvious examples.) Humor is often predicated on mental switches, on leading the mind one way and then suddenly springing a trap or doing something unexpected. In other words, it can make people think.
    • In King’s original paper, she indicated that the scribal hand on the front and back were the same.  I do not have access to high resolution photos by which I could render an opinion on this.  So, she may well be correct.  However, there is something about the back that, in my mind, is problematic.  When we examine the verso more closely, it seems clear that the spacing between the lines is greater than the spacing on the recto.  Notice the pictures of the recto and verso side by side:

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