The Ambiguous Legacy of St MacGyver

or, “Why White Men Can’t Do Theology” Theological deliberation has for a long time benefited from leadership by White Men*; their privileged cultural position has offered them access to learning, to leisure, to others’ complementary service, to the critical interaction of other privileged scholars. Some of these privileged White Men have put their advantages to…

Delight

You may not have noticed, but I love my daughter very much. I usually make her pancakes on Saturday, but this morning she apologetically asked if I would make French Toast. I allowed that I’d do anything for her, so she volunteered to walk the dog while I cooked, and she fished out our battered…

Perfect Match

Dave points (with surprisingly little comment) to the disheartening convergence of two corporate interests both of which think that the next business model involves control, control, and more control. No one should take what I say as though I were an MBA from Kellogg School (where I had a cup of coffee this week, and…

Headline News

My friend Hope pointed me to this story about the upcoming da Vinci movie (which will begin a new cycle of Adult Forum appearances); I imagine that the advertisers didn’t expect the poster to stay up, that they were only interested in the publicity in the first place. Kevin pointed me to this Fresh Air…

Authenticity and Sincerity

Once upon a time, in the days when they ran the Internet on an engine salvaged from a defunct 1967 VW Beetle, a number of us got into a running brouhaha about “authenticity.” I was an “authenticity skeptic,” reluctant to allow more than ideological content this usage. The topic comes up frequently enough that our…

Creating Passionate Liturgy

When I hear about the importance of the church engaging popular culture more richly, I usually hear the subtext “and ditch all that out-moded, incomprehensible stuff that nobody who likes The Simpsons or listens to rock and roll or spends a lot of time online would ever believe. Sometimes they throw in the canard about…

Survivor

Just a word to say, I finished the paper, it went just fine, I need to burnish it a little bit, but Ill post it here soon. [Sound of his head falling onto the desktop.]

Week End Update

The friendly manager of CVS exchanged my dysfunctional beard trimmer for one that turns out to work just fine, and I am no longer threatening to be mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. Pride In The Name Of Family It’s all pretty much confirmed — Nate will graduate from Eastman School of Music in…

Learning Curve

The first electric beard trimmer that I remember buying came from a store in Northgate Mall in Durham; that one lasted through my doctoral program and my jobs in Florida and New Jersey, about twelve years. I had to buy a new one two or three years ago here in Evanston; that one quit about…

Buy Before Midnight Tonight

Baker Academic’s summer catalog arrived today, with a full-page promotion of Reading Scripture With the Church, the title they’ve given to the published version of last spring’s Winslow Lectures at Seabury. They’ll make great trick-or-treat goodies, when they’re actually printed this fall, so be sure to get enough to go around.