Ekklesioteros

The morning plenary at the Ekklesia Project involves Debra Dean Murphy, Brenna Cussen, Fred Bahnson, and Grace Hackney; they’re talking about “Kingdom Practices.” By this, they refer to the deliberate inhabitation of particular places, in ways congruent with the specificity of the place and of their vocation as Christians. Fred and Grace live at Anathoth…

Live From Ekklesia

Today I’m blogging notes from the annual Ekklesia Project Gathering — or, more precisely, I’m noting some impressions and ideas that I hear from others, or that others’ notions provoke in me. That’s one of the things Ekklesia does so well, to bring us together with people who feed our imaginations. So it’s great to…

Beautiful Theology

David asked, “Could you post a short note describing a connection you see [between Edward Tufte’s information design and Christian theology]?” Well, no. “Short” isn’t in my repertoire on this point. But here’s the beginning of a try: Over the past couple of years, I’ve come to think about hermeneutics in a much more expansive…

Right Turn

I have to pay more attention to scholarly publishing and technology, because it looks as though I’ll be going to the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Top Management Roundtable (evidently, no web address yet) in Philadelphia in early September — so I made it a point to look up this note in Inside Higher Education. I…

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

I was rooting for France during the later stages of the World Cup; it seemed as though Italy had a strong diaspora fan-base, and I’ve been to France (not to Italy), and I’ve been influenced by French philosophers and theologians more than Italian (despite my appreciation for Eco and Vattimo, and various historic monks and…

Beautiful

Sorry, too absorbed to blog. My copy of Beautiful Evidence arrived today. I suppose I’m just weird for seeing profound connections between Tufte’s work on information design and biblical theology — but I do, and I wish I were in a position to teach those connections, to work with students who have recognized the connections,…

Movie Spree

The past four days, our family has watched four movies: A Scanner Darkly, Pirates 2, The Philadelphia Story, and High Society. (To be exact, the boys and I went out Friday night, while Margaret and Pip opted out of Scanner and stayed home to watch Spies Like Us.) The classic movies were part of a…

Bangs Head Against Wall

When you’re just restarting a complicated project, it’ best not to take on the biggest problems right away. The whole business quickly assumes daunting proportions when you view it from the perspective of its knottiest enigmas. So a wiser person than I would have skipped over James 1:17 when resuscitating a project that involves fixing…

Revolution In Self-Presentation

Margaret says that resumés and c.v.’s should have blurbs on them — so that the first page comprises pithy endorsements from the best-known people you can come up with, before a reader gets to the nuts and bolts of your experience, your qualifications, and so on. She’ll be applying for jobs in a little while;…

Radio Frequency Interference

I should have known not to have a second large cup of Peet’s coffee. I usually don’t make my coffee as strong as Peet’s does, and they didn’t have any clean medium-sized cups, so they were serving coffee in their oceanic “large” mugs. Margaret very sweetly wanted to get a refill for me, and I…

The Secret At Last

Chris pointed me to this exciting book, bound to be more theologically profound than the more famous novel — itself a parody of historical investigation — on which this work is based. And when it comes to conspiracies, secrets, symbolophagy, and the ultimate answer, Chris is one of two people I would rely on (Margaret,…