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The third week of the Karl Barth Blog Conference is underway, and Travis has lined up another set of interesting posts. Here’s the lineup for the week with biographical information on each blogger. And, here’s what’s been posted so far.
- Paul Dafydd Jones, On the Monstrosity of Christ: Karl Barth in Conversation with Slavoj Žižek & John Milbank (with a response by Adam Kotsko)
- Michael Jimenez, Barth and Badiou: A Tale of Two Events (with a response by Geoffrey Holsclaw)
- Adam McHugh argues the need for A Counter-Cultural Quiet in Advent.
In our world, quiet is counter-cultural. I’m not only referring to quiet on the outside, but also quiet on the inside. In fact, it may be easier to shut out the external voices than it is to silence the internal noise. It’s often those inner voices, especially the unacknowledged ones, that compel us to fill our lives with movement and agendas and spending and eating. Our behaviors and hurry are echoes of our inner doubts about our worth. Sadly, in many ways the nature of our holiday celebrations reveal how incompletely we have embraced the actual message of Christmas.
- iMonk reflects on Living in the In-Between.
It can be frustrating living in-between. Any blessing, sustenance, attainment, contentment, or security we latch on to now is imperfect, incomplete, and temporary. That’s not to say we can’t enjoy the crumbs we taste now, it’s just to look at them honestly and identify them for the crumbs they are. And when we or others around us don’t even get to enjoy many crumbs at times, it casts a shadow on the whole enterprise.
- Brian McLaren discusses how to plan a preaching ministry around the “lifespan” of your congregation. HT
- Christianity Today wants to know if we should ban Christmas carols with bad theology.
- Koinonia is giving away a copy of Harry Lee Poe’s The Inklings of Oxford. The NLT blog is offering a chance to win two NLT study Bibles and some money for a ministry you nominate (HT).
- You can now download for free the audio and video from D.A. Carson’s 14-part series on The God Who Is There, an overview of the Bible’s storyline.
- And, Google’s new online bookstore should be opening soon. Whether it will be the Amazon-killer that people have suggested it could be, has yet to be seen.
Google Editions will have a significantly different sales model from most competitors, such as Amazon’s Kindle store or Apple’s iBookStore. Instead of purchasing books through a single online store, Google will let users buy them either from Google or from independent bookstores and then tie them to a Google account, which will enable them to read the books anywhere and on any device they please.
Many thanks to Jonathan for finding this one and passing it along. It’s too cute to pass up. And, I love the look on the little boy’s face when they get to the part where “Jesus popped out.” There’s all kinds of deep theology in here that needs adequate appreciation.
The Biblical Studies Carnival for November is up and running at the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, and it is an impressive piece of work! We should all send a big thank you to Deane Galbraith for a tremendous Carnival. Nicely done!
Make sure you get over there and check it out. This month’s Carnival includes a wealth of links to posts about the recent ETS and SBL conferences, as well as other issues related to biblical studies.
For those who are going to be writing a ThM thesis here is a list of twenty-nine theses released by Durham University to use as a model or for research:
For the last couple of days we’ve been discussing Jacques Derrida and his significance for biblical interpretation and Christian theology. And, I wanted to make sure you were aware of a series of posts that Brian LePort has been doing on the same subject. Make sure you check them out:
- Is Deconstruction Merely Parasitic?
- Derrida “Defining” Deconstruction
- Interpreting Derrida: “There Is No Outside the Text”
And, he’s also posted a short review of James K.A. Smith’s Who’s Afraid of Postmondernsim.