Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.
Time for another one of these things. To begin, we’ve had some good stuff here lately from the DET contributor corps. Perhaps the most substantial in terms of “weight” (whatever that means, but you get the idea) was Brandy Daniels’s contribution to the reader’s guide series: So, You Want to Read . . . Dietrich Bonhoeffer? This post brought in lots of traffic so if you haven’t seen it yet, go find out what you’re missing. Next is Matt Warren’s Theologians Almanac post for July 14. Finally, we noted that Scott Rice had a book review published. So, well done you three!
- To begin, here is a sermon on Mark 4:26-34 from good friend of the blog Jason Ingalls: God Grows the Kingdom.
- Collin Cornell admonishes his readers to undertake a close reading of the Old Testament, and presents some fruits of his own reading.
- Friend of the blog and KBBC contributor Scott Jackson has a new blog up and running. He put up a number of posts in rapid succession, but I thought that I would highlight this as it endeavors to answer the question, What is "Theology"?.
- Scott also has posted a very entertaining re-rendering of Edger Alan Poe’s “The Raven.” This reimagining is entitled “Beniebuhrmore” and comes to us from Sarah Morice Brubaker (PhD), Assistant Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary. It’s a lot of fun!
- Speigel has a lengthy and fascinating piece on Pope Benedict and the curia. Here is the teaser: “The mood at the Vatican is apocalyptic. Pope Benedict XVI seems tired, and both unable and unwilling to seize the reins amid fierce infighting and scandal. While Vatican insiders jockey for power and speculate on his successor, Joseph Ratzinger has withdrawn to focus on his still-ambiguous legacy.”
- Since I’m talking about Catholics, here is an insightful piece: What Should the Vatican Say to the (Last Generation of) Nuns?.
- One of the more significant things going on in the theo-blogosphere lately (again, in terms of – yes, you guessed it! – “weight”) is a series from Matt Frost entitled “Barth in Meta-Ethical Terms.” Matt reminds us in this six-part series of the sort of serious thinking that can, has, is, and will be done on blogs. I’m not sure if there are any more installments to come, but here’s a little index of what has come so far:
- Barth in Meta-ethical Terms, part I
- Barth in Meta-ethical Terms, part II: Non-naturalist Realism
- Barth in Meta-ethical Terms, part III: Problems with Non-naturalism
- Barth in Meta-ethical Terms, part IV: Anti-realism
- Barth in Meta-ethical Terms, part V: Divine Command Theory
- Barth in Meta-ethical Terms, part VI: Euthyphro
- Cynthia Nielsen updates us all on recent developments in her professional life as well as gives us a peek behind the curtain at some of the projects she has been working on offline.
- Darren Sumner asks the significant question, Does Jesus Have ‘Two Minds?
- I guess Darren was just in the mood to ask question, because there’s also this one: What If Karl Barth Was An American Theologian?
- Jordan Barrett posted a review of Kenneth Oakes’s new book, Reading Karl Barth: A Companion to the Epistle to the Romans over at the blog associated with Wheaton theology grad students.
- Kim Fabricius bestows another set of doodlings upon us, this time entitled Doodlings gay and grave. My favorite? “I can’t make up my mind about the historical Adam. It’s the belly button thing.”
- Ben Myers reflects on 7 years of theology blogging. DET isn’t that far behind…
- The nuns-on-a-bus arrive in Washington DC.
- Finally, I shall leave you will yet another sermon from good friend of the blog Jason Ingalls. This one addresses 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Mark 10:6-9, 13-16, and is entitled God Loves (Marriage). It was delivered on the occasion of his brother’s wedding.