How are you finding the Haggai commentary? Finding myself in a building season of life, both at home and at church, it seems strikes me as a particularly appropriate text to be carefully considered once again.
Tom: I am loving my study of both Malachi and Haggai. I've always found the NICOT to be thorough and helpful--though only rarely inspirational or devotional. My plan is to begin teaching through these books after Easter.
Mr. Grant- I know this isn't exactly on topic, but I was wondering if you could tell me the order of the Wendell Berry's novels on the citizens of Port William. I believe I started with the last one and haven't come across the proper order, but would like to read them that way. I know you're a fan of his so I thought I'd ask you. Thanks-
Kathryn: Berry's Port William chronicle includes 8 novels, a play, and at least 25 short stories. The first, Nathan Coulter, was published in 1960. It was followed by A Place on Earth, The Memory of Old Jack, Remembering, A World Lost, Jayber Crow, Hannah Coulter, and Andy Catlett. Berry has written more than fifty other books of essays, poetry, and cultural commentary. It is all extraordinarily rich fare--despite the fact that he remains more than a little theologically heterodox.
I've really enjoyed what I have read of Berry's so far and it looks like there is plenty more where that came from. Thanks for the sequence.
I'd like to know what you think of the McGrath book.I've got it on hold at the library.
Nathan: I'm reading McGrath's book now and it is very erudite and insightful. Amazingly though, the index indicates no mentions of Kuyper, Van Til, or Groen. Machen gets one mention--equal to John Hagee. Willow Creek, on the other hand, gets four mentions and its own little section. Yikes! Methinks a more thorough-going history of the Reformed, ever-reforming world must needs be written still! I'm grateful for McGrath, but he's developing an narrow idea about Protestantism rather than surveying the history of all of Protestantism.
Mr. Grant- Have you ever tallied how many books you read in a year? I am just curious...
Esther: Actually, no. I guess that'd be an interesting exercise. But really, I'm not a very fast reader (on purpose) so the tally might not be as high as some might think.
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