The fellowship of blogging Methodist Ministers just got a little larger. Birding and the Bible is the work of my colleague and friend Chris Pritchard. He’s a keen bird watcher and has just begun a sabbatical, a precious gift that the Methodist Church gives to her ministers. He’s following in the footsteps of evangelical priest and scholar John Stott to work on the fledgling science of ornitheology
“Jesus himself referred to birds in his famous Sermon on the Mount. According to the old English version he said ‘consider the fowls of the air’, but in basic English this is a command to ‘watch birds’. When Martin Luther, the great 16th century reformer, got to this verse in his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, he became quite lyrical. He wrote: ‘Let the little birds be your theologians … We have as many teachers and preachers as there are little birds in the air’. So I’ve sometimes said in rather jocular fashion that I’m developing a new science called ‘orni-theology’, - the theology of birds.”
One of the bits of advice you often read on those sites set up to encourage new bloggers is, “Find your niche.” Looks like Chris has found his. He has an infectious enthusiasm for our feathered friends and it is sure to come out in his blogging. Hop over there and leave him a note.