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The Blog According to John

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:29:38 +0000

Music fans today can hardly imagine how disruptive the saxophone was during the early days of jazz.  Even decades after the sax had taken over the bandstand, many New Orleans purists objected to its baneful presence.  And the instrument had other marks against it.  The sax was not an accepted symphonic instrument — the American […]

Just So

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:17:23 +0000

Angela Thirkell describes how she used to play Cavaliers and Roundheads with her cousins.  She and her cousin Josephine Kipling were the Cavaliers, and the Roundhead was Josephine’s father, whom Thirkell calls “Cousin Ruddy”: Josephine, very fair-haired and blue-eyed, was my bosom friend, and though we both adored her father, the stronger bond of patriotism […]

“The Holy City”

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:44:03 +0000

From the time of Moses and the building of the tabernacle through the time of David and the kings, it was the tabernacle or the later temple that was the holy place. But what is easily overlooked is that after the return from exile, things change. Peter Lau and Gregory Goswell explain: It is plain […]

Mrs. Burne-Jones

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:36:25 +0000

Angela Thirkell talks about how her grandmother — the wife and, later, widow of the painter, Edward Burne-Jones — used to have workingmen into her home to read to them about Pre-Raphaelitism and socialism: “All the snobbishness latent in children came to the fore as we watched the honoured but unhappy workman sitting stiffly on […]

Pre-Raphaelite “Comfort”

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:53:19 +0000

What would it be like to live in a house with furniture designed by, say, William Morris or someone with similar ideals?  Lest anyone read John Ruskin or Morris or the various Pre-Raphaelites and think he’d like to live in such an abode, I offer this from Angela Thirkell, the granddaughter of Edward Burne-Jones: Curtains […]

Heredity … of a Sort

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:22:12 +0000

Angela Thirkell was the granddaughter of the painter Edward Burne-Jones, who was influenced in his early years by Gabriel Rossetti but who later developed his own style and his own ideals of beauty, which he transmitted not only in his art but, surprisingly, also in his progeny.  She talks about the “pure ‘Burne-Jones’ type” of […]

Bells on Sunday

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:01:59 +0000

I suppose every one has a mental picture of the days of the week, some seeing them as a circle, some as an endless line, and others again, for all I know, as cubes and triangles.  Mine is a wavy line proceeding to infinity, dipping to Wednesday which is the colour of old silver dark […]

It Will Be Given You (Matthew 10:19-20)

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:25:39 +0000

It’s amusing to note that in the history of the exegesis and exposition of Matthew 10:19-20 (“When they hand you over, do not be concerned how or what you should speak, for it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak, for it is not you speaking but the Spirit of your […]

Sticky Tape?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:57:10 +0000

From time to time, I have come across the following illustration in connection with an exhortation — usually to young women — to “guard your heart.” Here it is: Your heart is like a sticky piece of tape. The first time you stick it to something, it sticks well. But if you pull it off […]

How Long in Egypt?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:01:02 +0000

Duane Garrett, in his commentary on Exodus, speaks of the new Pharaoh who did not acknowledge Joseph and who oppressed Israel, and says, “There is no indication of how long was the time between the death of Joseph and the ascension of this Pharaoh.” Well, no indication in Exodus 1:8-10 itself. That’s true. But it’s […]