A response to Swaim’s “Stott Bowdlerized” (Eerdword)

In the Internet era, incomplete research and careless retweeting can lead to false accusations and damaging digital gossip. * * * Through the course of my publishing career I have not usually bothered authors for autographs, but as a high-school senior attending the 1976 Urbana convention with my central Virginia youth group, I was eagerContinue reading “A response to Swaim’s “Stott Bowdlerized” (Eerdword)”

A leaf from the journal of a theological publisher

I guess in any line of work one invited to lead will now and then gather the team and ask: what do we imagine we are doing? If you take someone who might really rather be reading the ancients reading the Bible and put him in that position in your publishing company, you might getContinue reading “A leaf from the journal of a theological publisher”

Uncertainty about the Book

(Opening meditation on theological publishing for a company meeting) Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God. In the scroll of the book it is written of me.’”τότε εἶπον· ἰδοὺ ἥκω, ἐν κεφαλίδι βιβλίου γέγραπται περὶ ἐμοῦ, τοῦ ποιῆσαι ὁ θεὸς τὸ θέλημά σου.Hebrews 10:7 I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a scroll of a book was in it.καὶ εἶδον καὶ ἰδοὺ χεὶρ ἐκτεταμένη πρός με, καὶ ἐν αὐτῇ κεφαλὶς βιβλίου·Ezekiel 2:9Continue reading “Uncertainty about the Book”

Jesus comes down the mountain

A sermon delivered to my incarcerated brothers in the Kent County Jail Here is the Gospel passage that I’d like for you to hear with me this morning. Matthew 8:1-4 “And when he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. And look! A man with a nasty skin disease came and was kneelingContinue reading “Jesus comes down the mountain”

High school valedictory address

[Valedictory address at the commencement ceremony at Hopewell (VA) High School, June 14, 1977. I cringe on reading this 44 years later, though the core values expressed haven’t changed much.] Graduation from high school is one important step in the long process of becoming an independent adult. Parents and teachers will never again have theContinue reading “High school valedictory address”