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Holiday Reading – Protestants The Radicals Who Made The Modern World by Alec Ryrie

Holiday reading is resuming after a hiatus.
Protestants – The Radicals Who Made The Modern World by Alec Ryrie is a sweeping 500 page historical survey that seeks to demonstrate that understanding the modern world is impossible without understanding the Protestant movement.
It also came highly recommended.


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Holiday Reading – Sea Of Dangers

From fiction to biography/memoir to history.
Sea Of Dangers is subtitled Captain Cook And His Rivals. Geoffrey Blainey writes about James Cook and another mariner, Jean de Surville, and how their journeys of discovery nearly intersected.
Looks interesting.


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Eric Liddell – “God Made Him For China”

With Usain Bolt’s inspiring third win in the Olympic 100 meter race, a lot of people (especially Christians) might remember the film Chariots Of Fire and the words attributed to Eric Liddell “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
Albert Mohler writes that these words were a creation of the film’s writer and that Liddell’s actual sentiments were that “God made him for China”.
Liddell would begin and end his life in China, serving the Gospel until his final days.
Sometimes when you find out that a person never said a famous quote attributed to them it’s a bit deflating.
In this case it’s actually better than the original.

Read Mohler’s post here.


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The History Of Pizza

Pizza is a perfect food. I could eat it every day.
I wish I could have studied pizza history.
I bet that Pizza is a subject at university now.
Jalapeno and pineapple… that could be alright.


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How The Ancient Church Used Scripture To Reject Further Revelation (via Michael Kruger)

Michael Kruger examines an episode in early church history as a demonstration of how the church applied its understanding of Scripture in response to those who claimed further revelation.
An excerpt:

…the history of the church (not to mention the Scriptures themselves) demonstrates that such claims of private, direct revelation are highly problematic. Of course, this doesn’t mean that God doesn’t speak to people. The Scripture is packed with examples of this. But, these were typically individuals with a unique calling (e.g., prophet or apostle), or who functioned at unique times in redemptive history (e.g., the early church in Acts).
After the first century was over, and the apostles had died, the church largely rejected the idea that any ol’ person could step forward and claim to have direct revelation from God. This reality is probably best exemplified in the early Christian debate over Montanism.

Read the rest of the post here.


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Denis Shelton’s Story (via David Cook)

David Cook’s latest column for the Presbyterian Church of Australia relates some of “the personal history of Rev Denis Shelton, repeated here as a reminder, encouragement and a warning.”
Denis was a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Australia during the 1960s who ran afoul of the (then) theologically liberal mainstream.
His crime:

After training he was appointed to Warren in Western NSW where he was ordained. He immediately had problems. The local Presbytery insisted that all parishes use only the Joint Board of Christian Education Sunday School material which denied the truth of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ and the bodily resurrection. The material consisted of ethical exhortation without any spiritual power.
Denis refused to use it, using rather the Aboriginal Inland Mission and David C Cook materials. The Presbytery warned him that he could be charged with contumacy if he did not obey the Presbytery’s directive…

Never believe liberalism is tolerant and inclusive.
Read the whole post here.


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The Best Post Leadership Change Interview Ever

One reason now that it’s over I’m not watching the rolling coverage of the leadership change is that nothing will ever measure up to this.
The late Richard Carleton and Bob Hawke.
Giants walked the land in those days.