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I Hate Rude Behaviour In A Man, Won’t Tolerate It

Speaking of Lonesome Dove, this is one of my favourite scenes from the film:

And this would be another – “to the sunny slopes of long ago”:

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That’ll Be The Day

Carl Trueman often finds himself in the thick of it when it comes to debates in evangelicalism, which of course should come natural to him as a middle-aged, white, Reformed guy. But unfortunately he’s not living up to the standards of MAWR, as displayed at the end of a recent interview he conducted on a very serious topic. Now, before I get into the true nitty-gritty of Trueman’s MAWR failure, it should be said that he made his faux pas fully aware of the ecclesial ramifications of his actions. I believe that he’s broken his confessional standard, and for this I am truly sorry. Whereas I was once a big fan of his writings, I fear that I must cease-and-desist from reading any and all that comes from his pen–I speak as an aspiring MAWR, a catechumen if you will, as I have yet to hit my fourth decade.

So, in what way did “Dr.” Trueman break his confessional vows? In the Solemn League and Covenant, a statement specifically adopted by an as-yet published revision of the Westminster Confession, it says plainly: “I solemnly covenant to league myself with those who rightly uphold the following: to read, watch, and admire Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove novel, and film, and cry when Gus dies; to defend the honour of John Wayne, even when he acted in a real stinker like The Conqueror.” Sadly, Trueman outed himself  as a “hater” (though thankfully he maintained his love for The Searchers), and didn’t list Lonesome Dove in his top-four westerns–while his top four was pretty impressive, I wouldn’t think that even ole Henry would admit to outdoing Bobby Duvall or Tommy Lee Jones. Sure John Wayne’s real name was Marion, but should that effect our exegesis of so many brilliant texts? Why wouldn’t our British friend at least have some sympathies for a man who could stand alongside Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man? It makes me want to spit my tobacky on my poor dog’s head.

And while we’re on the subject of heresy—and modalism ain’t got nothin’ on this—why no Magnificent Seven? Why no Jeremiah Johnson? Not even Rio Bravo? Oh, of course, he doesn’t like John Wayne! Not even for the crooning of Ricky Nelson?!

Finally, what amazes me even more than this—what can you expect from a Presbyterian?—is that there seemed to be a hushed acquiescence on the part of his interviewer, Clint Humfrey—shouldn’t he have lived up to his namesake and blasted the Tuco in his midst?—and the audience. Humfrey has preaching boots for pete’s sake! And here Trueman sits in front of a crowd in Calgary, Alberta, where movies like Open Range were filmed, where business execs wear cowboy hats to lunch, and he gets away with murder. Where is the Steve McQueen or Yul Brenner in their midst who would bury the slain? Is there no justice?

So, if Dr. Trueman wants a show-down on the great evangelical wasteland, and his posse chickens out and runs for the hills, who will he turn to for help? This gunslinger? In the words of a movie great, “That’ll be the day.”

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Book Questions

I usually can’t stand being tagged, but when it comes to books — well, my opinion differs drastically! Darrin put down some good books on his post and tagged me (as well as some others) to display my reading habits. So, here goes! Without wanting to state the obvious, I am excluding the Bible from this list because if I didn’t, it would be my every answer (except, of course, for number 7 – thanks Ben).

1) One book that changed your life:
I’m sure that there are many books that have had a profound influence on me. And although this book isn’t greatly technical, it broke me of a lot of my worldliness. It is Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? by James Montgomery Boice. It especially helped me not to keep myself dumb. Another book that I’ve greatly enjoyed, although maybe not so influential, is Intellectuals by Paul Johnson.

2) One book that you’ve read more than once:
On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It has such a wanderers spirit that I love. Maybe not the most moral book out there, but certainly one that I’ve enjoyed. I hear that an unedited edition is coming out soon!

3) One book you’d want on a deserted island:
The SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, In Any Climate, On Land or at Sea by John Wiseman. A guy’s gotta survive!!!

4) One book that made you laugh:
Fidelity by Douglas Wilson. The opening chapter about biblical satire had me in stitches, and proved a very excellent and biblical point. Sometimes we need to talk plainly to get our point across. Thankfully, plain speech can be funny!

5) One book that made you cry:
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. When ole Gus died, I balled. I usually get pretty choked up when I watch that scene in the movie too.

6) One book that you wish had been written:
A Comprehensive History of Atheism: Readings and Analysis by Greg Bahnsen. I think it would have been the one stop resource for demolishing atheism.

7) One book that you wish had never been written:
Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong. The guy is pompous and arrogant disguised as open minded and caring. The book has destroyed many a person’s faith.

8) One book that you are currently reading:
As with Darrin, I have my bookmark in a few books. I just finished A Serrated Edge by Douglas Wilson (excellent); I too am reading Selected Shorter Writings of J. Gresham Machen by D. G. Hart; I’m reading through the Works of Alexander Carson (slow going and tedious note taking). I’m almost finished Stanley E. Porter and Stephen Bedard’s Unmasking the Pagan Christ. I haven’t touched in about a week or so for one reason or another. I’m also reading various articles in an old Reformed journal called Contra Mundum — interesting stuff. Today I read about how Enlightenment thinking, in particular rationalism, was evident about a hundred years before the actual Enlightenment began. The culprit was an Anglican named Richard Hooker, who subordinated revelation for reason. (That was long!! Whoops).

9) One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Unlike Darrin, I haven’t sat and read through John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. That is something that I very much would like to do. I’ve read numerous portions, but never cover to cover.

So, now it’s time to inflict this on some other bloggers. I would have to say Terry Stauffer, Rogers Meredith, Al Mickle and Crawford Gribben! I don’t tag them to annoy them, I’m actually interested to see their answers!!

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