Bits And Pieces

The wind bore whispers of a job possibility yesterday. It’s only a faint possibility, but that’s still a lot more possible than the “nothing doing” situation I was facing before. I’ve sent in a c.v., and I’m waiting out the rest.   Friend and former colleague Brian Blount came to Duke today, to give the…

Four Answers

Kate writes out [now taken down — see here] her discomfort with the increasing frequency with which Christians set up and proceed to “enact” seders. I’m with her on this (with certain reservations), though with different emphases and concerns; Christians just setting up and observing a seder feels every bit as creepy to me as…

How I Spent

I took some time this afternoon to photograph and post on the Fountain Pen Network another assortment of pens for sale, and one has already sold. If there were a decent profit in all this, I might make my living next year as an itinerant pen refurbisher and salesman.

Obvious To You, Maybe…

Lectures on YouTube and iTunes are like stageplays on film. Teachers who approach online education solely, even primarily, on models provided by the classroom of the degree-granting institution do not understand the medium, and the energy they divert from a more fitting apprehension of the medium ill serves both their students and their colleagues.

Linkstromateis

Playing History: I don’t see the games I’m looking for [yet], but I’m very glad to see historical simulation games making their presence known online.   Online education — on the right track, absolutely. I’m putting Alex Reid on my list of “people it would be cool to be on a faculty with.”   Ivan…

A Year

It’s been a year (plus two days, I was stalling) since my dad died. It has been a hard year, in various ways; although some of that hardness started before Dad died, the hour that we spent together in a hospital room in Pittsburgh marks a focal point for the early stages of hard. It’s…

Words For Wrestling

As I dauntlessly press my case for a different way to think about interpretation (“different,” that is, from what prevails in the theological academy, though also different from prevailing culture) I keep running into examples of my problem outside the sphere in which I primarily work. The umbrella characterization of my argument can be oversimplified…

How I Spent These Days

News organizations rarely cover the theological conferences I attend, and even my tech conferences usually get only a passing glance from the media (We Magazine excepted).But for good reason, some media outlets have paid attention to the Freedom To Connect conference this year.     This was a good, different year for F2C. The conference…