Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Best Wedding Reception Discos in the World Ever, part 2

Mr Fairbairn and I don't dance, we converse:
  • ...about the great value of old writers (e.g. Spurgeon says: Why It Is Not Necessary to Adapt the Gospel for Postmoderns)
  • ...rejoicing that calvinism makes you stand in awe of God
  • "calvinism is the gospel" (spurgeon, again)
  • the institutes are surprisingly easy to read
  • to teach isaiah and other big books
  • ...jc ryle's five english reformers, and wishing that the reformers had been able to reform a bit further
  • ...psalm 115 amongst others
  • ...about christian unions
  • ...spiritual gifts and other contraversial things
  • its best to open the bible and think about hard things rather than sweep them under the carpet
...and sit happily in the corner generally bah-humbugging whilst our identically attired wives danced the night away. They were happy, so were we. Many many thanks to Phil & Carolina Rout for their generous hospitality and creating this opportunity at their UK wedding reception last night!


  1. I guess the Institutes would not have had the impact it did if it was impenetrable, and Calvin was always a pastor first. It was the first proper theology book I read and I still think that I have never read anything better.

    Funnily enough I am doing a bit of extra-curricular law reading at the moment of one of the all time classic (and crazily influential) books of law, written in the late-Victorian age. It was based on lectures but I still assumed it would be hard work but it is the easiest-to-read law book I have ever read. I expect that is part of what made it as important as it is, just like Calvin.

    In one of his first published works, his commentary on Romans, his dedication begins with:

    'I Remember that when three years ago we had a friendly converse as to the best mode of expounding Scripture, the plan which especially pleased you, seemed also to me the most entitled to approbation: we both thought that the chief excellency of an expounder consists in lucid brevity. And, indeed, since it is almost his only work to lay open the mind of the writer whom he undertakes to explain, the degree in which he leads away his readers from it, in that degree he goes astray from his purpose, and in a manner wanders from his own boundaries. Hence we expressed a hope, that from the number of those who strive at this day to advance the interest of theology by this kind of labour, some one would be found, who would study plainness, and endeavour to avoid the evil of tiring his readers with prolixity.'

    I think that it is just this that makes me prefer Calvin to the puritans who squeeze every drop from every word.