Here are a few items that have provoked thought within my “Lame World”:

Former Lutheran pastor turned Catholic, Richard John Neuhaus calls for the conversion of England (from Anglican to RCC). WWRS? “What would Ryle say?”

Jon Payne gives an excellent summary of Reformed liturgical worship. This is helpful for those who don’t want to read hundreds of pages from Hughes Old’s Worship: Reformed According to Scripture. There are numerous holes in his logic but nevertheless some very helpful correctives for American Evangelicalism (e.g. The Public Reading of Scripture).

Peter Mead, who has one of the best preaching blogs around, has posted a review of Eugene Lowry’s The Homilectical Plot. Mead is very gracious in his analysis yet rightly points out that narrative preaching often tends to miss the crux of explaining the text. I will be saying more about this in the days to come as this comes in to play for my doctoral dissertation (which I should probably be writing instead of writing blog posts).

Here is an interesting interview of J.R.R. Tolkien on BBC radio way back in 1971. “Ramble on, now it’s time to sing my song!”

In case you missed it. You should probably download the latest 9Marks eJournal which is on Public Prayer. There is some very good and practical wisdom for those involved in public ministry (PDF).

I found Tim Challies post, “Reflections from a First Time Author,” to be insightful and helpful for those of us who are on the front end of writing for public consumption.

If there are any Lost fans out there. Did anyone notice that the new character “Charlotte Staples Lewis” shares two of her names and all of her initials with C. S. Lewis. The writers of Lost enjoy making literary connections as well as philosophical connections (e.g. Locke, Hume) to bring out various dynamics of a character. It will be interesting to see what connections there may be between the two Lewis’s.

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