Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Just to remind everyone that today is St David's Day; though I can't remember of what or of where he's the patron saint.  I have vague recollections of Max Boyce and Druids in golden wellies, and a most satisfying and historic victory the last time England played at Cardiff Arms Park.  Perhaps opera buff Del Boy can remind us -- though I'm not sure if Del isn't himself a fraud.  What kind of opera buff has no opinion on which version ofTommy (surely the greatest opera of them all) is the greatest -- Live at Leeds or Live at the Isle of Wight?

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

What can we learn from PCE? Difficult to comment on something which isn't clearly defined but here's a few things:

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Mississippi was great fun.  Getting to meet `Nate-Dog' and `The Gnome' and the various other criminal Welsh-types who gather around Ref21 was a pleasure.  And staying at a hotel where the guy behind the desk looked like Rod Steiger in `In the Heat of the Night' and who spoke in a strange language of which the words `Sears Jeans' was the only one I could understand (don't ask me why or how that phrase came up -- remember Linguistics 101: words get their meaning from how they are used in a sentence).

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

It's official.  The American Psychological Association has found that the sexualisation of girls and young women is harmful.  Yes indeedy -- now we know that the portrayal of women as sex objects is not a good thing.  Incredible, I know, but there you have it.  Check the story at

As for me, I'm wondering if I can get a huge grant from someone to explore the denominational affiliation of the Pope, the current state of health of Chairman Mao, and the personal hygiene habits of those hairy bears who live in the woods.  Anyone offering?

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Well, I too have enjoyed Mississippi. Most interesting was the comparison of ringtones on my cellphone with that of Del.  I have the climax of The Who's `Won't get fooled again,'  Del has `Ride of the Valkyries.'   Now, who do you think suffers from the most serious delusions of grandeur???

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Visiting RTS Jackson today, it was a thrill to be in the home state of the late great Robert Johnson (look him up on Wikipedia, Del); and to be introduced by Dr Thomas to RTS as a `gangly nerd,' Del continuing to labour under the delusion that I operate under pseudonyms on the Ref21 blog.  Rodney, Gareth, Tony and co are real reality, I tell you (to adapt Schaeffer) -- I chatted to them yesterday just before that nice doctor chappy gave me my that interesting medicine before my afternoon nap.
One thing struck me -- a pastor came to speak to me after I had spoke at chapel on the issue of humility (no laughing on the back row, Thomas....).  When you talk to a humble man, he said, you don't walk away thinking `Wow, that guy's a humble man.'  No, you come away thinking `That man seemed really interested in listening to what I had to say.' 

Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

I am reading a book on preaching to `postmoderns’ for review. There is much about it that I’m enjoying, but I find myself once again frustrated by the evangelical generalizations about postmodernism so-called.

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

(Editor’s note: due to complaints we have received, we are introducing a new certification scheme for our blogs, ranging from `G’ for `Godly’ and thus suitable for all to `M’ for those blogs which contain material offensive to the spiritually mature. The following blog is rated `M’ and contains some material which mature readers may find offensive.)

In the absence of Gareth, I've kindly agreed to host this part of Ref21.  Once again, we pose a significant theological question to a leading Reformed cab driver. This week, we ask the question `Is it right to have absurd fictional characters blogging on Ref21?’ and our guest is Dave Dee – no, not the member of sixties flash-in-the-pans, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch, but Driver 45677 with Onehitwonder Cabs, Ealing. Dave, what do you think? Do fictional bloggers trivialize the message of Reformation 21?

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

One of our readers, Peter Whyte, sent in this link to some P T Forsyth material on the web (and what looks like an interesting theology site all round).

Here is the link: 

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

If one sign of a great theologian is his ability to sieze hold of the imagination of his readers witha single line, to disturb them, to fascinate them, to make them think, then Forsyth ranks near the top.  Here's a few to start the week:

`None but the great theologies of redemption are adequate to the great tragedies of the world.'
`An undogmatic Christ is the advertisement of a dying faith.'
`The peace of God is not a glassy calm but a mighty confidence.'
`The seat of revelation is in the Cross, and not in the heart.'
`Look to the Gospel, and it will see to the experience.'

And a particular favourite of mine: `Half gospels have no dignity and no future.  Like the famous mule, they have neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.'