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Milton, Shakespeare, and Me

Last Sunday night I had some fun at the expense of all the Shakespeare lovers in my church. I frankly confessed that the reading of him often puts me to sleep (which to Shakespeare lovers is like cussing in front of the parson). Oh, well. . .

In my attempt to culturefy myself this afternoon, I took to reading John Milton (1608 – 1674) while listening to Mozart. (This is the 250th musical season since his birth, you know.) To my everlasting shame, I fell upon John Milton’s tribute to Shakespeare which I here shareth with thee all.

On Shakespeare

What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones
The labor of an age in piled stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid
Under a star-ypointing pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?
Thou in our wonder and astonishment
Hast built thyself a livelong monument.
For whilst to th’ shame of slow-endeavoring art
Thy easy numbers flow, and that each heart
Hath from the leaves of thy unvalued book
Those Delphic lines with deep impression took,
Then thou, our fancy of itself bereaving,
Dost make us marble with too much conceiving;
And so sepulchered in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.

I know that John Milton didn’t mean it this way (he spoke of enchantment), but I do confess to having been made to “marble with too much conceiving” while reading Shakespeare.

(I hope no one leaves the church over this!)

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Global Grace: The MORE, the MERRIER

13 from Morning Star should be arriving in Louisiana today to assist the Scotts’ and the Prices’ continued ministry in Lafayette. Click here to read what they’ll be doing, and to find out what’s new with Global Grace in general.

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Book Review and Interviews

I just want you to know about a book review and a couple of interviews. Nope! Not my book, nor interviews by me or of me. I’m just lucky enough to be acquainted with powerful people in the media, so I got to be on the inside scoop of some of this stuff! Joy McCarnan, Cindy Swanson, Jason Janz, and Bob Roberts. All in one day. Only now am I realizing that I let the whole thing go by me without one signature or group photo to frame and hang in my office. What a waste. Anyway…

Joy did a book review on SharperIron that you ought to check out if you get the time. It’s about racial segregation in the church. I have written a few things about Rosa Parks this week since she died, but I’m too tired to do much in the realm of blogging these days except to go spy out what others are doing (and writing and mingling in the occasional argument on someone else’s site). It’s terrible for blog ratings to be as laissez-faire about blogging as I am. But, there is more to life than the blog.

So, for the two of you that still read this thing, be conscious of the fact that today Cindy Swanson interviewed Jason Janz of SharperIron.org and Bob Roberts of Kids4Truth, both friends of mine. (Jason is here for North Love’s Reformers Unanimous conference. Being the separatist that I am, I didn’t go.) I did sit, however, in on the interviews, enjoying Cindy’s easy-going style of interrogation. You’ll want to make a point of listening to her interviews. Bob Roberts’ interview was particularly impressive. He’s got something good going with his doctrinal alternative to Awana, the King’s Kids, and the Patch the Pirate Club. I’m not sure when Cindy will air the interviews on her show. Maybe somebody will do me the favor of posting the times.
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Global Grace: They’re Here!

Click here to find out what’s new with Global Grace’s hurricane relief efforts.

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Global Grace: Getting to know some new family members

pastor with the kids

Check out Jeremy and Anouk’s blog for some pictures and an update on the ministry in Louisiana: http://www.globalgracemissions.org/blog

Global Grace: Work Team Updates and the Scotts’ Commissioning and Departure

Last night, Morning Star Baptist Church officially commissioned Jeremy and Anouk Scott to fulfill 4 months’ ministry in hurricane-affected areas down South.

You can read about last night’s work team reports and the commissioning service on Global Grace’s what’s new page.

You can view photos from the commissioning and the “we’re downsizing!” reception following, at the Scotts’ weblog.

The Scotts are at 70% of their support, and they got on the road this morning for Louisiana. Please pray for this couple.

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On Naming Your Child (Not “BOB”) and Hermeneutics

Don’t name your child a weird name. But on the other hand, don’t name it something boringly bland. Like Bob. It’s so generic, so overused, so – umm – bob.

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