A Great Summer!

Today is my first day back after a few weeks of summer vacation — and it was a good one.  Our family spent a few weeks away in Nova Scotia.  What a quiet, beautiful part of Canada!  Then I spent a weekend in Edmonton for my 20 year class reunion.  That was also an enjoyable time.

Over my vacation, I did some reading.  George Marsden’s epic biography of Jonathan Edwards was remarkable.  I loved it.  I think it’s time to start reading some Edwards.  I also started reading John Updike’s novel Roger’s Version.  Unfortunately, it soon degenerated into pornographic smut and so I didn’t finish it.  Not recommended.  Much better was David Gessner’s Soaring with Fidel.  I enjoy birding and I love reading travelogues and this book deftly combines the two.

I also watched The Geneva Reformer: John Calvin.  I was hoping to be able to use this with one of my catechism classes this coming year.  What a disappointment!  If I were to show this to my catechism students, I would likely turn them off from church history forever.  There are not only concerns about the presentation style, but also the content.  The presenter, Dr. Gary Crampton, used to be a Presbyterian pastor, but turned Baptist some years ago.  Hence, we hear that the London Baptist Confession of 1689 is “a solidly biblical confession.”  I don’t think Calvin would agree.  Anyway, if you’re ever tempted to pick this one up, take my advice and pass on it.  It’s not worth it.

About Wes Bredenhof

Pastor of the Free Reformed Church, Launceston, Tasmania. View all posts by Wes Bredenhof

3 responses to “A Great Summer!

  • Tom Skerritt

    I decided to pick up the Edwards bio again. Glad to hear you’re back in the saddle!

  • John

    Wes, I too have read some John Updike. His early work was often good, though I’ve always found his prose a bit too … hmm … I don’t have a word for it. Fussy, maybe? All of his characters, narrators, etc., speak the same way he writes, and it’s a bit much.

    Recently, I read David Foster Wallace’s essay on Updike in his book Consider the Lobster, and I thought it was spot on. Here’s the earlier version of it, for your enjoyment: http://www.badgerinternet.com/~bobkat/observer1.html

    John Barach

  • John

    I should hasten to add that the essay, while I believe it’s on target, contains some strong language, especially when quoting Updike.

    John Barach

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