One of the refreshing parts of Calvin’s approach to Scripture is his existential realism — he has a thorough appreciation of the Pauline doctrine that all are sinners, and so he is not afraid to see the heroes of the Bible as alloyed with sin and weakness alongside their better qualities.
I plead for the renewed reading of The Innocent Curate, as a general portrait of an Episcopal Church in the heyday of its mid-20th-century revival.
A commonplace among clergy is that seminary hardly prepares the pastor for all the difficulties and trials found in the crucible of parish life, but a good seminary education at least furnishes an ability to identify the hardships as they come.
In ‘The God We Worship,’ Nicholas Wolterstorff attempts to develop a theology of the liturgy based on what is implicit in its overall shape as employed by the Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and “high church” Protestants.
Do the historical psalms simply retell stories we read in a more gripping form in the Pentateuch and elsewhere?