Beside The Point

This morning I’ve been thinking about the Greek exegesis class I’ll be teaching in the fall, and wondering how to talk to my students about my somewhat out-of-the-ordinary perspective on the work of biblical interpretation (especially pertinent in a Greek class, since a superficial version of my hermeneutics might convey the sense that original-language study…

More Obscure Gospel

I don’t see lyrics to Blind Alfred Reed’s “Walking in the Way With Jesus,” either, so I’ll post them here: Come all you people ’round Listen what I have to say I’ll sing you a song about the heavenly throng Thank God I’m on my way I’ve traveled the paths of sin And many a…

Ponder

Is it just my imagination, or do some music files demand more processor energy than others? It seems as though some selections tie up iTunes (the spinning rainbow pizza, for you Mac users), whereas others unreel smoothly and cooperatively.

Older “Down”

I’ve admired Janis Joplin’s work since the days I had a crush on her in elementary school, and “Down On Me” is one of my favorites. But a year or two ago when I first heard the original recording by Eddie Head and His Family, I said “The old is better.” The lyrics aren’t anywhere…

Steps Four and Five

Margaret received her contract today — or rather, it had arrived several days ago at our Evanston address and hadn’t made its way eastward. She will sign it as soon as she can, but since that‘s already decided, we can now say publicly that she will serve next year as an Instructor in the Department…

Elasmobranchological Vaulting

We’re preparing to return to being a family without broadcast or cable telelvision in a few weeks, but during the days that remain unto us we’ve fallen into an affection for Hugh Laurie’s House. Margaret used to be a fan of Quincy, Medical Examiner (for which I teased her mercilessly), and shows with detection themes…

Weren’t No Kin

A while back I posted the lyrics to Washington Phillips’s “Denomination Blues,” since I was dissatisfied with the extant web resources for that song; this morning I was frustrated that I couldn’t find anyplace on the web that gave the lyrics to the song known variously as “Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt,” “Sad About…

Local Idioms

Surely you’re familiar with the ways that casual remarks catch on as bywords in families and other small social groups; the other day, I had a long talk with PTS former President Tom Gillespie about an occasion when he referred to a combustible riposte that he decided not to make was “insufficiently redemptive” (a phrase…

Step Three-Point-Five

We’re intensely thankful for all the prayers, well-wishes, helpful suggestions, cheers, and all that have greeted our exodus from Seabury and our advent in Durham (and Margaret’s in Mystery City, which we’ll specify as soon as her contract is signed). We keep saying to ourselves, “But it’s only for one year, we have to go…

Step Three

Looks like we’re on a roll — this afternoon Margaret got the phone call that our application for a lease on a Durham house was accepted. We now have mailing addresses in four states: Evanston, Princeton, Durham, and Mystery City. Supply lines are getting longer and harder to maintain, as George Carlin said.   We…

Step Two

Yesterday afternoon, I received my contract in the mail. For the coming academic year, I will serve as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to reconnect with my doctoral alma mater, for Margaret to have a base in Durham while she finishes up her dissertation, for…