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Poy-ems as Christology

Yesterday, The Reverend Barry York gave us some Christology via versification. T. David Gordon in his little book, Why Johnny Can't Preach reminds us of the importance of literature in preparing thoughtful preachers, especially poems (or as my professor from seminary, David Murray, would say, "poy-ems"):

"Whatever else it may be, poetry is not trivial. It may be perverse or twisted, angry or bitter, rebellious or self-centered, heterodox or even blasphemous, but it is not trivial."

Since poetry is not trivial, and since Barry brought us sound Christology yesterday, and since I love thinking about the way that David Murray says "poem," and because it is always appropriate to meditate on Jesus,  I offer you this stanza from Edward Shillito's "Jesus of the Scars" for your Thursday meditation:

**The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; **
**They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne; **
**But to our wounds only God's wounds can speak; **
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

Nathan Eshelman

Nathan Eshelman

Pastor in Orlando, studied at Puritan Reformed Theological & Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminaries. One of the chambermen on the podcast The Jerusalem Chamber. Married to Lydia with 5 children.

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