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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

NOTE:  Starting in July, 2020, Dr. Williams’s poetry blog will  be moving to http://www.thefivepilgrims.com.  Watch for it there!

From Jesus to the oral testimony about Him by His disciples to the faith once delivered to the saints to the written New Testament to the developed doctrine of the church encapsulated in the historic Creeds:  Was that an arbitrary process or an unbroken line of logical, faithful, and inevitable development?  The people who were there while it was happening thought it was the latter.   And so it seems to me.

The Council of Nicaea

ON TO NICAEA 

“ . . . fides quaerens intellectum.” –Anselm of Canterbury

 

From the first day the Gospel was proclaimed,

The passionate intellect was there, demanding,

Not proof—the Empty Tomb provided that—

But reasoned explanation that was aimed

At faith in search of fruitful understanding

For mindful worship, not for idle chat.

 

So the Apostles, sent to meet this need,

Defined with care the doctrine they were handing

To their disciples; they, to those who sat

At their feet.  Faithfully they sowed the Seed,

Watered, weeded, wept through heat and cold

(Scripture was the standard, guaranteed,

By which they worked as on the seasons rolled),

Until it brought forth light a hundred-fold,

A wholesome harvest on which yet we feed.

The climax of this process was the Creed.

Remember: for more poetry like this, order Dr. Williams’s collected poetry, Stars through the Clouds, 2nd edition (Lantern Hollow Press, 2020) at https://smile.amazon.com/dp/173286800X?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860!  And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018), and The Young Christian’s Survival Guide: Common Questions Young Christians Are Asked about God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Answered (Christian Publishing House, 2019)!  Order from the publisher or Amazon.

 

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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

 Do you ever recite the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed in church?  What exactly is taking place when you do?  They are not Scripture, but they are ancient summaries of Scripture made by the early church to protect essential teachings of the Gospel from dilution or corruption by various deviations taking place already in their times.  They connect us with our forebears in the faith and still let us summarize essential doctrine—and more.

The Council of Nicaea

CREDO

The content, the commitment we express

When mind and heart embrace the ancient Creed

Are faith and fealty.  That we confess

Our faith means it is more than just a guess:

Our Lord’s own blood is what has guaranteed

The content, so commitment we express.

Acknowledging the Law that we transgress,

We find forgiveness, know that we are freed

To faith and fealty when we confess.

We walk by faith, not sight; still, nonetheless,

We’ve tasted and we’ve seen, and so we feed.

The content’s the commitment we express.

This ceremonial assent, this “Yes!”

Flows gladly from both mind and heart:  the deed

Is faith and fealty when we confess.

Not just a ritual; it is more, not less:

We stake our very souls, for when we plead

This content, the commitment we express

Is faith and fealty when we confess.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest books: Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of L. R. R. Tolkien (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2018), and The Young Christian’s Survival Guide: Common Questions Young Christians Are Asked about God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Answered (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2019)!  Order from the publisher or Amazon.