Ryan Smith, from onechristiandad.wordpress.com, mentioned this blog in his "Titus 2:1 award" post (and all this despite the lack of content posted here!). He asked those he nominated to answer some questions. So here they are, along with my answers:
1. If you could have dinner with any historical theologian/preacher, who would it be and why?
There are so many to choose from, and several come to mind immediately from the early church - Augustine and John Chrysostom, two name two. Others come to mind from more recent church history.
But another name that comes to mind is certainly much less familiar, and I'd want to speak to him for entirely different reasons - his name was Lorenzo Dow. Lorenzo Dow was an itinerant evangelist who lived and worked in the United States in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He wrote a book about his travels and experiences that includes a large section on his own peculiar understanding of the gospel message. It makes for fascinating reading, despite the fact that I agree with him on almost nothing theologically, and it's probably one of the oldest, and is definitely one of the most interesting, books I own.
2. What one burning question would you ask?
It would probably turn into a series of questions, and given the rather eccentric and volatile nature of Lorenzo Dow's personality, the discussion would probably end in an argument, followed by me receiving a beating. But I would ask him why he hated "Calvinism" so much!
3. What would you eat?
Good question! To keep it in the context of a hypothetical discussion with an American frontier preacher, some form of buffalo meat would probably have to be on the menu.
4. What was the last Bible verse you read?
Matthew 13:45-46, in connection with a sermon I'm working on, on the "Rich young ruler" - "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
Now I'm to nominate someone else. So I'll nominate Jordan Killam, who has a new blog. His blog is here:
Thanks for the mention, Ryan!