The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

100 Days of Theological Clerihews
Day 1: Saint Augustine of Hippo

It appears I have slacked off posting of late. Life gets busy, and the blog is not high on the priority list. However, I'm going to try to get back into blogging regularly, and in order to do that I've chosen a project that won't take massive amounts of daily time. I'm going to try to spend 100 days writing clerihews about theologians throughout history. "What is a clerihew?" you ask. Click here to find out.

It's only appropriate to start with the man Thomas Aquinas called "The Theologian": Saint Augustine of Hippo. (For the record, I'm not sure if the nomenclature of "The Theologian" means that Augustine was a Time Lord.) Anyway, here goes...
Augustine of Hippo

Aurelius Augustine,
Whom God did predestine,
Wept in despair
Over stealing a pear.