writing things down…


I think I am just going to say goodbye to the whole blogging thing. I don’t have that much to say or the time to say it. I’ll stay active on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dcspinks), and maybe from time to time I’ll post a note that would have been posted here on katagrapho. But for now, I’m done.

Quotes for January

I’m not sure if any of my Facebook friends noticed the quotes I put into the “About Me” section of my profile sidebar. I plan to change those from time to time with quotes that I come across in my reading. It’s sort of a New Year’s resolution of mine—a way for me to keep track of some of the lines that have struck me throughout the year. The following are the ones I posted in January. I began on the 6th, Epiphany, hence the quote from Matthew.

1/27 – Like Christ’s love on the cross, human love is most itself when it is utterly open, unguarded, and vulnerable. -Eugene McCarraher

1/22 – I believe that Christ is the Lord, goddam it. It’s not that I believe in God, but that He believes in me, in us. And I’m willing to bet my life on that. -Will Campbell

1/21 – revelation is the manifest presence of God which can only be had on its own terms, and which cannot be converted into something plain and available for classification. -John Webster

1/18 – A lie cannot live. -MLK, Jr.

1/15 – Prayer is, simply, pledging allegiance. Consequently, prayer is political and a form of resistance and protest.

Prayer specifies your God, your kingdom, your hope, your ethic.

When you pray you choose sides. -Richard Beck

1/14 – Each eucharistic community is not merely a part of a whole, as if Christ could be divided into parts, but a microcosm, a mini-cosmos in which the cosmic Christ is wholly present. -William T. Cavanaugh

1/13 – God is as much present in the mundane and in life’s tragedies as he is in those experiences which are typically seen as the more likely demonstrations of divine activity. -Michael W. Pahl

1/12 – Ensnared by stunted imaginations and unfettered appetites, we still routinely confuse having a plethora of choices with being free. -Barry Harvey

1/11 – Christ Jesus did what he did because that is what it means to be in the form of God. -Michael Gorman

1/7 – The radical gospel is not sixth-grade civics. -Will Campbell

1/6 – When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. -Matthew, the evangelist

Will Willimon on Politics in Biblical Preaching

Yesterday I posted a quote from Will Campbell on Patriotism in my Facebook Notes. What I should have done is posted it here in katagrapho, since whatever I post on this blog shows up in my Facebook Notes. I won’t repeat the Campbell quote. You can follow the previous link to read it.

From now on I will put interesting quotes and excerpts from books I am editing here. That way the handful of blog readers can see them, as well as the handful of Facebook friends.

In addition to Campbell’s Crashing the Idols, I am also working with Will Willimon’s Preaching Master Class, the next volume in the Art for Faith’s Sake Series that we publish in partnership with Fuller‘s Brehm Center. As I was reading the chapter, “How Unbiblical ‘Biblical Preaching’ Can Be,” I came across these bits that resonated with my immersion into Will Campbell’s writing.

Previously, we mainline, liberal Protestants were the ones who were so bent on mixing religion and politics. Now it’s the Religious Right, but it’s essentially the same project. It’s a politicized project that is tough for biblical preachers; once they get infatuated with politics, they don’t stay biblical for long.

Let’s face it, the Bible is downright nasty toward folk in power, particularly if they work for the government…

The New Testament has virtually nothing to say to folk who enjoy a powerful majority, but everything to say to those who are a persecuted minority. I find little scriptural help for how to run a multi-million-dollar political action group, but lots of verses about what to do when you are in jail.

Two further things:

1. There is much in Willimon’s book that these folks could stand to read as they try to do everything “biblically” in the shadow of the Capitol building. (HT: Halden)

2. It should go without saying that this blog, my Facebook content, and most other material I place online are all my personal ruminations, opinions, gripes, etc. It should also go without saying that the thing I spend most of my day doing—i.e., acquiring, editing, proofing books—would have an impact on my ruminations, opinions, gripes, etc. None of it, however, is meant to represent the position of my employer, Wipf and Stock Publishers.

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Daniel Kirk is blogging again!

Storied Theology.

Excellent Richard Hays interview

My Interview w/ Richard B. Hays of Duke University « Hesed we ’emet.

PhD: Don’t Do it!

It is nearly a year old, but the following Chronicle piece should be read by anyone working on or considering a PhD in the Humanities (that would include theology, biblical studies, and the like):

Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go – Advice – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Instead of a PhD consider the dignity and elegance of a hands-on trade.

Christianity’s Best Relics

Read full article: The Family Jewels

Quick rundown:

10. Swaddling Clothes

9. Girdle

8. Nails

7. House

6. Robe

5. Blood

4. Umbilical Cord

3. Teardrop

2. Breast Milk

1. Foreskin

Apocalyptic Accounts of Paul

Given the recent discussions of the apocalyptic perspective of Paul, I found interesting the following sentence by Stephen Fowl in Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision (ed. Douglas Harink), a forthcoming volume in our Theopolitical Visions series that I am currently working on.

These apocalyptic accounts of Paul are a persistent reminder that both scholars and Christians have a tendency to domesticate Paul and his writings, gathering supposed conceptual and religious antecedents to central Pauline terminology so that he appears to be little more than a small tremor on the theological terrain, something you can feel, but which does not bring down buildings (Fowl, “A Very Particular Universalism”).

Ten Awful Truths About Book Publishing

All authors, potential authors, editors, and publishers MUST READ THIS! Seriously, you MUST. I can’t emphasize it enough. It’s just two pages, will probably take you about 5 minutes, and will give you a helpful perspective on publishing, especially those authors of you who expect your books to fly off the shelves.

Ten Awful Truths About Book Publishing by Steve Piersanti 6-09 Update.