Understanding “Inspiration” – 02

In the first post in this series I laid out the origins of my search for an alternative understanding of "inspiration" as it pertains to our Holy Scriptures.  And they are holy.  So much so that I must admit to being obsessed by them and the risen Christ to whom they piont. That first post…

Understanding “Inspiration” – 01

Caveat emptor:  This post is experimental, unfinished, incomplete, and contingent.  It is certainly NOT a serious draft of some scholarly article destined for later submittal to a high-impact journal.  In this post, qb is merely airing a set of ideas into a quasi-public forum so that they can be tested.  qb will own what he…

The Legacy of Lament, Part I

An interesting bit of trivia for you fellow Zeppelin lovers. Beit/Beis/Beth Ha-Mikdash, whichever might be more familiar to you, means "house of the holy." Now pluralize that. If you're a fan of "Over the Hills and Far Away" or "Dancing Days," this is your Grammy-winning album. I don't think there's any backward masking (as in,…

A Jubilee Society

Brueggemann got me thinking over lunch today. Is it possible to conceive of a society in which dramatic, decisive acts of forgiveness - think of Jubilee, for example - do NOT invite the cynical mentality of contempt and the destructive habits of entitlement on the part of those forgiven? (Consider e. g. Romans 6:1ff.) Among…

Cremation, Resurrection, and Biology

Some months ago, a friend and I were discussing his pickup, which was still going strong after a bunch of miles.  He had replaced doors, pumps, mufflers, hoods, windows, gaskets, manifolds, etc., throughout the years - even the block, at one piont - and eventually the question came around:  when do we cease speaking of…

Wright and Willard Again

When qb engages in field research to estimate a quantity like, for example, an emission flux of particulate matter from a feedyard's corral surfaces, his confidence in the reliability of the estimates improves when he gets the same range of numbers using multiple independent methods.  That kind of convergence is not sufficient for a claim…

Raging Against It

In the news this morning:  a wonderful, gentle, man with a passion for Jesus and (therefore) the poor has died.  Prematurely, of a blood disease, at 57.  His son is a worthy successor.  I coached his granddaughter for a couple of seasons in soccer, and the whole family is just delightful, down to earth.  They…

The Aroma of Great Exegesis

qb still remembers what it was like that first time he pushed open the doors to Brown Library at ACU and made his way through the remodeling rubble to the Theology section.  It was January 2006, and qb was beginning his seminary career with a one-week inter-term class with the sterile name, "Introduction to Graduate…

Dr. Phil It’s Not

Just happened to note N. T. Wright's sermon from the day of Pentecost, 2009.  One hears within it many, many echoes of his writing, above all his insistence on understanding what the early hearers and readers would have understood, what OT references would have been evoked, from those who heard Jesus and Paul and read…

Experimental Apostasy

Damn the airport bookstores.  Damn them. ----- Salt Lake City's airport is nothing to write home about.  While the rest of the airborne world has busily upgraded its terminals with consumer-friendly offerings and comfortable, airy spaces, Salt Lake City has contented itself with the airport of the 1980s:  narrow concourses, low ceilings, and sparse nutritional…