Pop Quiz, Wordsmith.

October 28, 2007

Okay, here’s installment number two. For all of you budding writers and the like, I present thee with a very normal everyday word that need be defined.

Who ever gets closest to the answer in my dictionary, wins. I’m playing too.

The word is: evocative.


Water Water Everywhere

October 24, 2007

So the other day in class a student bought me a bottle of water (very kind). Over the course of the three hours of lecture I drank the entire thing, a full liter. With ten or so minutes left in the class I spun the bottle around by the cap, admiring the marketing marvel that it was (refrigerators for eskimos, that kind of thing). I couldn’t help but wonder how susceptible I, as a consumer, was to the allure of the intoxicating blue-green tint of the bottle and the stylish font of the product name: Dasani. Coke-Cola had given their version of water a more stylish  title to help me purchase it with a greater ease of conscience. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently a student taking the Christology Class that I help teach asked a good question. She was looking for where in the Old Testament the sufferings of the Messiah– a key emphasis of the New Testament authors– were clearly portrayed. I wrote a response that she thought was helpful and I thought it might make a good post. Here you go:


Great question. I remember when I first read Paul’s statement before Agripas, the Roman Emperor, when he insisted that he had preached nothing besides what was in the scriptures: That the messiah must suffer, and that he would be the first to rise from the dead. I sat back in my chair and said out loud, “where does it say that?” Happily, my journey to an answer was not long. (acts 26) Read the rest of this entry »


October 19, 2007

Heretics kill people. But you have to think it through for a minute to really see how. Its far from obvious, so don’t feel bad if you doubt me on this end.


Take, for example, Praxeas. Now, I’ve selected Praxeas because by name alone he could be only one of three possible things: A cyborg overlord of a distant alien machine-race bent on industry and destruction; a devious figure of Roman mythology who carelessly subjected entire armies to the throes of a bloody war when he enticed a mortal’s wife with a magic pear; or a noted Christian heretic who believed and taught others to believe in an uninspired version of the Trinity. For clarity, he’s the last one.


(why yes, I am killer at Balderdash.) Read the rest of this entry »

Pop Quiz, Wordsmith

October 15, 2007

In my efforts to get better grip on language, I sometimes try to make myself properly define a word. I check myself with a dictionary. Yes, I really do this. Its fun.

Today’s word: transcendent.

I thought for a second and came up with this definition: that which defies natural boundaries or limits.

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Cara posted a while ago a great quotation from Francis Bacon. I can’t stop thinking about it, and every day I see more the truth of his words. Lovers of reading and writing will love these words about reading and writing…as is typical.

Giving this another shot

October 14, 2007

Okay, so I took a break from blogging.

Let’s see how long it takes the world to find I’m back.  In the meantime, I’ve got some things I want to write about.