Let me pause for a moment, because I fear there may be at least one person reading who is unfamiliar with the Oxford, or serial, comma. The Oxford comma is "placed immediately before the coordinating conjunction" (eg, and, or) in a series of three or more items. For example, the following sentence includes an Oxford comma (bolded):
I went to the store to get apples, eggs, and Oreos.Come to think of it, that might actually be my current grocery list. Anyway, this next sentence excludes the Oxford comma:
I went to the store to get apples, eggs and Oreos.In spite of my temporary rebellion against the Oxford comma, over the past few years I've grown to appreciate it again. Lists without it seem unpolished and hurried. After all, consider the confusion that can be caused by not using it:
At the store, I ran into my friend, an Elvis impersonator and a botanist.Wait a minute, my friend is neither an Elvis impersonator nor a botanist! You see, this sentence should read,
At the store, I ran into my friend, an Elvis impersonator, and a botanist.Otherwise, you might think I have some rather strange friends! (For the record, I've never met an Elvis impersonator or a botanist in the any store, which is kind of surprising considering the years I spent in Los Angeles and Chicago.)
Last I checked, there were no spiritual implications to using or not using the Oxford comma; however, I think I've seen it used in the NASB translation. The only logical conclusion, then, is that saved people use the Oxford comma. (Calm down, that was sarcasm.)
Okay, now that you've had your grammar lesson for the day, why not brew a cup of tea, slip on some fuzzy socks, sit back, and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- John MacArthur on the clear light of Scripture.
- Were America's Founding Fathers Christian?
- Look to Christ.
- This is kind of fascinating.
- So is this.
- Well, I suppose if you want to be thrilled to extend your partnership with LifeWay, that's your business. Just don't count on getting book shrines bigger than Beth Moore's.
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable (HT to Elizabeth Prata).
- Please keep your kids away from those screens!
- Hey, this is just like what they're trying to shill to all of us ladies...stickers in our Bible!
- Part 3 of John MacArthur's short series, "The Reality of the Resurrection":