The Canons Of Dork #23 For December 2, 2023


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  • Harrison Perkins
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    Harrison Perkins (PhD, Queen’s University Belfast; MDiv, Westminster Seminary California) is pastor of Oakland Hills Community Church (OPC), a member of the of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, a Senior Research Fellow at the Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards, online faculty in church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, a visiting lecturer in systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, and author of Reformed Covenant Theology: A Systematic Introduction.

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  • Sarah Perkins
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    Sarah Perkins (MSc Business and Management, University of Essex; BA Art, University of Montevallo) is a pastor’s wife, married to Harrison, and artist based out of Michigan. She recently changed from full-time work in education management to being a full-time mom to their son Scott. She is the artist behind Illustrated Theology, also doing all the art for The New Geneva, and enjoys reading, travelling, and remembering and reciting useless trivia.

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  1. The title of this cartoon reminded me of this:

    “A mechanic who worked out of his home had a dog named Mace. Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass on the mechanic’s lawn, so the mechanic had to keep Mace inside. The grass eventually became overgrown. One day the mechanic was working on a car in the backyard and dropped his wrench, losing it in the tall grass. He couldn’t find it for the life of him, so he decided to call it a day.

    That night, Mace escaped from the house and ate all the grass in the backyard. The next morning the mechanic went outside and saw his wrench glinting in the sunlight.

    Realizing what had happened he looked toward the heavens and proclaimed, “A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound, that saved a wrench for me!”

    • Leslie,

      It’s something of an inside joke. Thomas Kidd explains:

      On the other end of the spectrum, some people—including skeptic David Hume—came to hear Whitefield solely for the spectacle of the occasion, without necessarily believing in his revival message. The famed Shakespearean actor David Garrick admired Whitefield’s oratorical skills but apparently did not embrace Whitefield’s gospel. (Garrick reportedly said that Whitefield could “make men weep or tremble by his varied utterances of the word ‘Mesopotamia.’”) The success of the Methodist revivals in Britain and America certainly had roots in many convergent historical factors, including the advent of print advertising, increasing ease of transcontinental communication and travel, and not least the singular booming voice of George Whitefield.

  2. Dr Clark, I honestly thought “Oh Gearge!” was Hywel Jones burlesquing an American accent – I didn’t realise it was just your typo!

  3. I believe Garrick embraced SOMETHING, on the basis of two things I heard or read about him. One is that he regularly attended Toplady’s church.Tthe other is that when a clergyman asked him why he was so ineffective, Garrick told him something like “I proclaim fiction as thsough it were fact, whereas you proclaim fact as though it were fiction.”

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