Bag On!

In honor of Margaret’s impending return to the family home from her (congenial) exile in North Carolina, I’m pointing today to a favorite song of our family. The Abe Lincoln Story (watch out for annoying Flash pop-up), Silverlake’s premiere swing punk soul band, performs a song entitled “I Don’t Need a Bag,” protesting the hyperbolic…

Parallel History

While I was at McCormick on Monday, Bob Cathey raised an interesting question related to Margaret’s conversation with me about Bultmann and Barth. “What if,” asked Bob, “the continental philosopher who had so pronounced an influence on New Testament studies had been Wittgenstein, rather than Heidegger?” It’s an interesting speculative exercise, especially since it’s not…

Bragging Right

Billy Bragg gets it right again, posting a video message to MTV that calls on them to amend their outlandish terms of service relative to the planned “MTV Flux” programming. Now, if only Billy provided permalinks to items on his front page.

Top Of The World

ZOMG! My visit to McCormick this year went even better than the previous times! They put up with my customary monologizing; I began by showing them the slides from my SBL presentation of November 2003. They asked good questions, laughed heartily at my folly, and encouraged me to keep working on these ideas. At the…

Yes, Minister!

Frank is now a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church. The service went fine; the offertory was a particularly exquisite rendition of Ralph Vaughn Williams’s setting of “The Call.” I saw a number of former students (both Seabury alums and Princetonians), and the sermon itself (below, in the extended section) was generously…