My Favorite Canadians and Other Helpful Insights

Our wintry, left-leaning neighbors to the north have graciously given the world a few incredible Christian scholars.

canada-map.jpgI’ve never met a Canadian I didn’t like. I mean that. After befriending a few sandals-with-socks wearing brothers in Christ it seemed appropriate to give Canadians their due on this blog.  Here’s my favorite four Canadian scholars.

4. Stephen Dempster. He wrote Dominion and Dynasty, which is an excellent work on Biblical Theology. In this work he traces the major themes of the Old Testament, most notably in creation to fill the earth (dynasty) and subdue it (dominion). And he’s Canadian.

3. Stephen Wellum

2. Peter Gentry. He hasn’t published much in book form, which is a crying shame. But Dempster’s book relied on some of Gentry’s work. Gentry is rumored to know 17 languages, although he’d never tell you that. By my last count, he knows English, Greek (he is a world-class Greek scholar, even though he’s an OT guy), Hebrew (like I said, he’s an Old Testament guy), German, French, Latin, Canadian :), and Akkadian. I’ve got a running list of languages he references in class, and its growing.

1. D. A. Carson. Let’s face it: you’re dumber than Carson. If I had this sort of brainpower, I’m sure I’d be taking over the world in some sinister plot.

As a bonus, here’s some tips for communicating with Canadians.

1. “eh?” Technically, this is not a question. Many non-Canadians have tried to emulate this speech pattern by simply asking a question and tacking an “eh?” onto the end. Amateurs. The trick to the “eh?” is to tack it onto a statement that is not a question, so as to make it a question. In a sense, it is politely asking for agreement.

Example:

This has been a dry summer, eh?

2. A-boot = “About.”

3. A-gain = “again.”

4. Sore-ree = “sorry.”

 5. Famous Canadians: Avril Lavigne, Pamela Anderson, Shania Twain, Nelly Furtado, Barenaked Ladies, Keanu Reeves, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, Peter North, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Sarah McLachlan, Leonard Cohen, Dan Ackyroyd, James Cameron, John Candy (RIP), Michael J. Fox, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Lorne Michaels, Donald Sutherland, Keifer Sutherland (note the irony), Alan Thicke, and Alex Trebek.

 In case you’re wondering, I’m not Canadian.

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