Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Priest With Dirty Clothes by R.C. Sproul

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

R.C. Sproul once again tackles a great doctrine of the faith and brilliantly offers us a story that simply explains how we are justified through Christ.

As the story begins we are taken to Scotland and introduced to Darby and Campbell. One day after it had rained they begin making mud pies in the yard. Of course they get themselves completely covered in mud and their mother is not too pleased. As they are getting cleaned up, grandpa shows up and decides to share a story with them.

Grandfather tells the story of a priest long ago who was invited to preach before the King. On his way to the castle it is raining and his horse slips and he falls and gets his priestly garments covered with mud. He tries to clean himself up, but his clothes are too muddy. The King has to ask him to come back another day to preach with clean clothes on. Unable to get his priest robe clean the young priest is desperate and hears that the Great Prince is the only one who can help him. He visits the Great Prince who agrees to help him. He must show up to preach at the appointed time at the castle in his dirty clothes and the Great Prince promises to help him. The priest is a little nervous, but he shows up at the castle nonetheless. Of course the King is not pleased to see him still wearing his dirty clothes. As he gets up to preach the Great Prince walks in wearing the old brown robe. He hands the young priest a gift - his own beautiful and clean clothes. The priest puts them on and preaches his sermon before the King.

Positives: A great story that children will enjoy as well as learn from. Sproul does an excellent job of explaining justification in a simple story that captivates and engages children.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: At the beginning of the book Sproul points us to Zechariah 3:1-5 as the scriptural basis for the book.  He encourages you to read and discuss these verses with your child. I would also use 2 Cor. 5:21 as  a great verse to help children with this doctrine as well.

1 comment:

  1. Going to put this blog on my favorites. Great idea. My family will be following it for sure. Had no idea R.C. Sproul wrote books for children.

    Josh L.