Volume 13, Issue 2: Meander
Mareseatoats and Doeseatoats
Jeff Myers has done some good work in a small book entitled Vere Homo. In the book he argues against the position taken in the Banner of Truth booklet called Seeing Jesus? by Peter Barnes. Myers argues against portraits of Christ, but in favor of artistic and illustrative representations of Christ in an historic settting. All to the good.
While he does good work throughout, there are some places where he does not appear to grasp the nature (and depth) of some nonsecond commandment objections to images of Christ.
I am reminded of a horrendous video production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe a few years back. Aslan was played by some sort of vaudeville cloth lion, the impact of which was to make any faithful reader of Narnia, well, furious. When actors ("I have a beard!") agree to play Christ in any setting, the response should not be to begin musing about the second commandment. But I do wish we could bring back public flogging and stocks in the town square for conceited actors.
Myers’ book is available from Biblical Horizons in Niceville, FL.
Iain Murray has written a superb history of evangelicalism (1950—2000) called Evangelicalism Divided. Anyone who wants to look over a clear-headed analysis of how we got into this mess will find it here. Banner of Truth publishes it.
Keith Mathison recommended a band to me, which I recently got up the nerve to experiment with. They are called the Flecktones, and the album I got was The Best of or the Greatest Hits of or something. Anyway, if you want to know what jazz banjo would sound like, this is for you. Very interesting, and some of the cuts are a lot of fun.
Does it bother anyone that world wide web has three syllables while www has nine?
My geographical ignorance was recently flushed out in a history of the blues I was reading. I have been aware of the early "Delta blues" for some time, but had always assumed that the Delta in question was down by New Orleans. Turns out it is a fertile patch of ground between the Mississippi and the Yazoo river. So, now you know.
If you can, try to get a CD entitled Performed in
Heaven—Congregational Psalm Singing from Scotland. It is produced by Christian Focus Publications over in Great Britain. Check it out at singpsalms.com. Good stuff.
Speaking of good stuff out of the UK, you should also try to get Grace and Its Fruits, which is a selection of John Calvin’s writings on the pastoral epistles. Evangelical Press publishes this one.
Another psalm-singing CD worth your time is Psalms of the Trinity Psalter. This is actually one of the best available. For information, you can contact Ron Parrish at the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah at email@example.com.
Let me also recommend a reissue of a book by David Engelsma entitled Reformed Education. Aside from anything the reader might differ with throughout the course of this small book, this reviewer would be greatly pleased if the subtitle alone stuck in people’s minds—The Christian School as Demand of the Covenant.
While you are getting stuff, here is something a little off the beaten path—The Education of Geneva by one pseudonymous Madison Browntrout. Geneva does not refer to the city blessed by one Msr. Calvin, but rather to the author’s daughter—the book consists of "worldview" letters to her. Get it from Morning Star Ventures in Anchorage, Alaska—P.O. Box 110993. The zip is 99511.
And while I am on a roll, let me recommend some music for those who like the music of Judy Rogers for their kids. A woman named Lori Sealy has a good album called Remember Your Creator that fits the bill. Contact her at LoriSealy@aol.com.