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Lips that touch liquor

Delightful post from Terry Virgo.

Spurgeon had a wicked sense of humour...

"When I have seen a flamingo gravely stalking along, an owl blinking in the shade, or a stork demurely lost in thought, I have been irresistibly led to remember some of my dignified brethren of the teaching and preaching fraternity, who are so marvellously proper at all times that they are just a shade amusing... I know brethren who, from head to foot, in garb, tone, manner, necktie, and boots are so utterly parsonic that no particle of manhood is visible."
Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students, p. 191

Mark Driscoll often refers to Spurgeon as one of his personal heroes - but most evangelical preachers admire and appreciate Spurgeon. It'd be an almost obligatory shout-out at the preaching oscars - "and thank you to Spurgeon for all that he taught me about preaching" - if there was such an award. But reading Spurgeon's "Lectures to my students" makes me wonder whether it goes deeper than that: Spurgeon's sense of humour reminds me strongly of Driscoll.

Both Spurgeon and Driscoll mock human airs and religious pretension without mocking devotion or sincerity. They both mock self-important religiosity while approving of a humble christianity that permeates all of life.

A Bluffer's Guide To Bible Study

3 top tips on bluffing your way through a bible study:

Rephrase the question

Everyone else will assume that you know the answer - that the answer is so obvious to you that you think someone else should have a chance instead…

A: Who is this passage written to?
B: (Pauses) To put it another way, who is the author addressing in this passage?

Caveat: You do need to actually understand the question - otherwise you’ll look as though you’re trying to take over the bible study.

A: Who is this passage written to?
B: (Pauses) Or, to put it another way, who is writing this passage?

Use long words

Particularly useful when someone tries to get you answer a question you don’t know. Say: “I was considering the X implications.” Where X can be soteriological, eschatological, didactic, ecclesiological, hagiological, epistemological, apocalyptic or any other word that sounds intimidating and that won’t be understood.

A: What is Paul’s response to the captain of the ship?
B: Sorry - I was just pondering the apocalyptic implications of this passage.

Caveat: If your study leader or anyone else in the group understands the word, you will find yourself in hot water.

A: How would you go about teaching this passage?
B: I was just considering the didactic implications…

The “Precious thought” response

You may have missed the question. You may have been asleep. You may have not even read the passage. So you pause, look upwards, smile slightly and say: “It’s a precious thought, isn’t it?”

A: What are the backgrounds of these Corinthian Christians?
B: It’s a precious thought, isn’t it?

Caveat: If the topic in hand is judgement or sin related, you will sound harsh or sinful.

A: Would you agree that one of the major problems faced by young people growing up in today’s culture, not far removed this Corinthian one, is the high degree of sexual immorality?
B: Yes. It’s a precious thought, isn’t it?