There is a superb article on William Tyndale at a John Piper website.
This paragraph really struck me:
I linger here with this difference between Tyndale and Erasmus because I am trying to penetrate to how Tyndale accomplished what he did through translating the New Testament. Explosive reformation is what he accomplished in England. This was not the effect of Erasmus’ highbrow, elitist, layered nuancing of Christ and church tradition. Erasmus and Thomas More may have satirized the monasteries and clerical abuses, but they were always playing games compared to Tyndale. (Semper’s emphasis)
It was the reference to “playing games” that struck a chord. I have been so concerned lately about how poor the preaching is in ALL churches but particularly among Reformed Baptists since I am of that species.
It is sometimes self-indulgent, usually safe, mainly repeating dull nostrums and couched in uninspired lazy language – it is often delivering second hand theology than a first hand experience of the Bible text. Who can blame people for turning to the exciting or novel experiences available elsewhere?
But the thought occurs to me that the dull brown preachers and the bright coloured peacocks have something in common. Maybe it is just a game?