Tom Gilson

New in 2010: The Poached Egg

I’m featuring some selected new Christian blogs from 2010, proceeding in random order with precedence given to ones that were submitted earlier.

If you call your Christian blog The Poached Egg, you’re just asking for the question, “what do you mean by that?” Thankfully the author, Greg West, has the answer posted for us, though he suggests that readers of C.S. Lewis might get the reference without any help. Greg closed 2010 with his top ten quotes from the year. I read numbers 10 and 9…

What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn.

– Madeleine L’Engle

Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.

– Alice Cooper

… and I thought, if there are eight more that are better than this, then they’re going to be terrific.

Number Eight brought to mind a whole lot of agnostics, atheists, and other skeptics I’ve encountered while blogging:

Snarling at other folks is not the best way of showing the superior quality of your own character. He is blind who thinks he sees everything. The observant man recognizes many mysteries into which he can not pretend to see, and he remembers that the world is too wide for the eye of one man. But the modern sophists are sure of everything, especially if it contradicts the Bible.

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

But enough of the quotes, you can enjoy the rest without my help, and they are indeed good ones. They are daily specialties of the blog; you can find plenty more peppered all around the Poached Egg (sorry, I couldn’t resist). If it sounds like that might take a lot of time, it does: Greg says he spends about three hours a day on it. He claims no special expertise, but he has a way of digging up fascinating, valuable material from all over the web, and he does it for the love of the Lord and a heart for truth.

Pre-published on January 4, in advance of shoulder surgery.

Series Navigation (New in 2010):<<< New in 2010: Bible-Science GuyNew In 2010: Noumenal Society of Apologetics >>>

3 thoughts on “New in 2010: The Poached Egg

  1. Ummm… I think the first sentence of the Spurgeon quote all too often applies to me as well.

  2. Tom,

    Thank you very much for posting this. I am very humbled and also thrilled. Like you said, I have no formal education in theology or apologetics, but it is a passion of mine that I have studied (and continiue to study) for several years. TPE was noticed by my pastor and I was asked to lead the first ever apologetics small group study at our church, which is currently in progress. I’ve reposted to TPE from your blog on several occassions and I’m sure I will continue to do so as you are a fine apologist. God bless you, and thank you again!

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