Archive for November, 2008

Does dissonance disturb you?

Posted: 16th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized
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Be sure to check out Greg Willson’s blog for a pair of excellent posts on using jazz to understand Christianity and the freedom of our lives within and outside creedal boundaries: Creeds and Freedom or The Jazz Rhythm Section and the Soloist When We Play Wrong Notes

Yes!

Posted: 12th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Looking at various blogs’ sidebars recently, I was reminded of the Blog Readability Test that many of us took a year ago. Back then, I’d initially scored as a “Genius”, then later as “High School”… Well, I’m pleased to say that He is Sufficient now scores on a Junior High School (that’s grades 6-8, ~12-14 […]

Faith and works: two judgments?

Posted: 10th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Our pastor made an interesting proposition yesterday, one that I’ve been leaning toward for a while now, but was still rather intrigued to hear it voiced from the pulpit. As Christians in the Protestant tradition, we accept that salvation by faith alone is a fundamental tenet and set aside any notion that our works have […]

The “123” book meme

Posted: 9th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

James tagged me with the “123” book meme. He says that I am “supposed to pick up the nearest book, turn to page 123, find the fifth sentence, and post the three sentences after that.” Ironically, the closest book is in a stack that I haven’t given any attention to since I put them down […]

The end of a movement?

Posted: 7th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Cal Thomas, a conservative political columnist and evangelical Christian, has written an excellent article about the future of the “Religious Right” on its upcoming 30th anniversary as a movement (HT: Peter Kirk). Here are some excerpts: Thirty years of trying to use government to stop abortion, preserve opposite-sex marriage, improve television and movie content and […]

The Biblical cadence of Barack Obama

Posted: 5th November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

An incalculable number of commentators have noted Barack Obama’s oratory gifts – his unerring ease behind the microphone and ability to motivate an otherwise complacent mob into a roaring frenzy of support. Where does this skill come from? How does one man speak with the practiced ease of someone born to inspire, while another’s speech […]

Hamlet and Hosea on country matters

Posted: 3rd November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized
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No, this is not a post on politics. For a bawdy examination of a possible pun in Hosea, see N.T. Wrong’s post from over the weekend: Cunny Punning in Hosea 2. This one definitely fits into the “steamy underbelly” category of Biblical literature, which most English translations bowdlerize into sanitized scripture, so use your own […]

Questions of cacophony and cadence in the 21st century

Posted: 3rd November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

Reflecting on my last post, I thought it would be useful to gather some definitions of “cadence” to think about. Especially when thinking about how cadence is related to the specific vocabulary choices of a translation. “The natural sound pattern created by the spoken word.” “A rising and falling of the rhythms of speech in […]

Vocabulary and cadence

Posted: 2nd November 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

I was recently reading a Theology Today article written by Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr. in 1990 regarding the *new* NRSV and REB translations (both had been released in 1989); I thought that the opening paragraphs were worth quoting: For over forty years, the Revised Standard Version has been widely thought of as the best English […]