The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Ministerial magpies

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In the light of recent controversies, I am revisiting this:

The Wanderer

The magpie (at least, the one I have in mind) is a striking European bird of black and white plumage (as Jeeves might say, “The species pica pica of the family corvidae, sir”) – a sort of jazzed up crow, if you will, although I imagine many magpies would be thoroughly offended by the description. An even worse sobriquet attaches to this unfortunate bird: “the thieving magpie,” a reference to its alleged and rather unfortunate habit of flying away with anything shiny that takes its fancy and is not firmly tied down.

It is the sort of heist of which preachers are often accused, a connection all the more unfortunate if you also go in for monochrome livery. But is it a legitimate accusation?

Preachers are easily criticised, and sometimes rightly so, for taking short cuts with preparation. Many years ago a peer sent me a sermon he was…

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 19 August 2016 at 16:27

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  1. Dear Mr. Walker,

    I cannot find an actual email for you, but I hear that your knowledge of books is comprehensive. A pastor friend from India is in the UK briefly in order to research for a thesis concerning Creation as written about by Puritan and Reformed authors. Do you have any suggestions, please?

    Many thanks


    G E

    Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 15:26

    • Greetings, friend. By “Puritan and Reformed” I presume you are talking about more or less seventeenth century sources. If that is the case, my first suggestion would be a review of the material relating to the confessional statements and catechism questions on creation. Bear in mind that treatments of anthropology will also often have plenty on creation as a whole. Outside of that, Hugh Binning has a tranche of stuff in The Common Principles of the Christian Religion. You will also want to look at Boston, both Human Nature in its Fourfold State and his stuff on creation in An Illustration of the Doctrines of the Christian Religion. Thomas Manton has some material on Christ as Creator in volume one of his works. In that respect, sermons on Genesis (e.g. by Calvin, remembering that Warfield has an essay on Calvin’s doctrine of creation) or such passages as John 1 may prove helpful. Richard Muller might be worth a look. If you’re moving outside the Reformers and Puritans, you might be looking at other systematic theologies, sermons or lectures or essays by Jonathan Edwards, James Thornwell, Andrew Fuller. I wonder if Gill deals with it in his Doctrinal and Practical Divinity? As for the moderns, John Murray deals with it in a couple of places in his Works, and then there’s material by Douglas Kelly, Paul Garner, Rich Barcellos, Edgar Andrews. There’s bound to be a ton more modern stuff! Does that give you something to kick on with?

      Jeremy Walker

      Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 21:10

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