A comment on Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Douglas Campbell, and Pauline Soteriology
Why Twitter? and July 19 to August 10 2012 Tweets

November 2011-July 2012 Tweets

I have been backing up my tweets here for a long time now because Twitter is where I am doing most of my "blogging" these days. But I was disturbed to learn recently that you can only access your last 350 tweets so I am glad I have been doing this. See the most recent tweet below about that.



Twitter pioneer has little faith in its future. Example: You cannot access all your own past tweets or direct messages. http://www.orianmarx.com/2012/07/12/wha …

I reflected on the "marks of the church" in comment #90 at "Marks of the Church: Driscoll’s Proposal" at @scotmcknight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscre …

@mattleeanderson Yes, you argue for a Christianly-limited "patriotism" that is grateful for past good things and calls for improvement. Ok.

I commented on shepherd vs. megachurch ecclesiology at Megachurch Pastors: A Petersonian Perspective @scotmcknight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscre …

Why cannot I see the Direct Messages I sent on Twitter?

I got a kick out of picking 10 Fun Summer Reads: Great, Enjoyable Non-Fiction (Hearts & Minds Books) http://bit.ly/LRnQVf  On sale, too!

By the end of 2 weeks, the 6-hour sleepers were as impaired as those who had been sleep-deprived for 24 hours straight. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/mag …

Today's (long) massively popular "Why Women Still Can’t Have It All" by @SlaughterAM in @TheAtlantic is must reading. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archi …

I commented at the good post by @peteenns "Advice on Whether an Evangelical Should Get a PhD in Biblical Studies" http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenn …

20 April 1962 @Time mag "Last week Barth saw the iconoclastic troupe in a coffeehouse-nightclub called @TheSecondCity." http://www.kerrins.co.uk/articles-gener …

Like Karl Barth 50 years ago, went to @TheSecondCity in Chicago last night. Next week going to @barthconference focusing on his trip to US.

RT @christianaudio Free audiobook of the month "Hearing God" by @DallasAWillard http://christianaudio.com/free/  My wife says this is an excellent book.

Hauerwas: I'm not cynical about fundraising. With confusion re: $, development people are educators if they do it well. http://theologystudio.org/content/interv …

John Howard Yoder on Niebuhr brothers: for Richard H., Christ is not enough; for Reinhold, Love is not enough. DVD 1: http://www.regentbookstore.com/product_detail …

@ahc @jgsphd Hauerwas says Martin is Niebuhrian so doesn't get H but is changing because of H student Bill Cavanaugh. http://theologystudio.org/content/interv …

Four minor league pitchers in 1994. One used steroids, three did not. Quite a story. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/ … (tx Tim Stafford)

Video of Kimlyn Bender's Apr 27 lecture "Barth and Baptists" @truettseminary http://www.podcast.tv/video-episodes … Encourages baptists regarding tradition.

Fascinating review by @jgsphd of David Martin's book The Future of Christianity. It's going on my list. http://stackblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/dav …

Hiring ‪#charisma MT @jonestony: The Mars Hill ‪#Church Job Description http://goo.gl/fb/5KhJa  ~ reminds me of Weber on succession/routinization

Nice little interview with Lauren Winner of @DukeDivinity including books she recommends for writers. http://www.cardus.ca/comment/articl …

Alan Jacobs (@ayjay) reflects, "In order to survive as an academic: During work time, work; during play time, play." http://ayjay.tumblr.com/post/232286731 …

@matthewamoser Stanley Hauerwas says, "Write a draft of the whole thing. You can revise after you see what you have written."

@matthewamoser 80,000-100,000 is the policy but I am only in ch. 3 of 5 so will need to prune a lot eventually.

"The final version should be between 80,000 and 100,000 words, including notes and bibliography." http://divinity.duke.edu/sites/default/ … / 67,450 so far.

@matthewamoser I'm at 67,450 words on the dissertation--almost exactly the same as you . . Hopefully 800 more this afternoon.

Wrote 10 more mins; now can have guilt-free day. "Write" too fancy--like dressage. Intimidating. How about Scrawl,scribble, spew?

RT @AndrewPeterson Thinking about the best book I've read all year: UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand / I too recommend it.

As usual, enjoying what Alan Jacobs @ayjay has highlighted for me to read this morning at: http://ayjay.tumblr.com 

Duke Graduate Program in Religion Ph.D. dissertations available online. 36 of them from 2007-2011. http://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/browse? … H/T @goodacre

A very fine judicious theological review of Christian Smith's Biblicism book by Mark Bowald. http://www.colossianforum.org/2012/05/16/boo … H/T Joseph Mangina

Barth "It is not that theology itself has to preach" but rather to serve as "guard duty over the guards." Theology and Church, pp. 303-304.

Barth: "I cannot help it if this word 'dialectic' . . . immediately becomes a bogy with which one frightens children." http://books.google.com/books?ei=UZi2T …

Barth on Church's "relative" authority. "Under this presupposition, it would be judged better not to burn one another." http://books.google.com/books?ei=UZi2T …

RT @donaldmiller My main advice to young writers: Memorize poetry. As much as you can. It teaches an economy of words. /How bout tweets? :-)

If you're writing, you're a writer. Ignore your narcissism & bad self-esteem. Write a graf, badly, daily: it's creating beads for a necklace

A beautiful commencement address delivered by Stanley Hauerwas this week: "Because It Is True" http://www.ssw.edu/blogs/office-c …

Most counties that voted against amend. have universities: Duke-Durha, UNC-Orang, NC St & Wake For-Wake, Davidson-Meck. http://www.wral.com/news/political …

Alan Jacobs (@ayjay) writes, "I’m right where he is: I cannot justify watching football. Not with what I know now." http://ayjay.tumblr.com/post/222803666 …

RT @Andy_Staples Junior Seau's suicide: I hope football didn't do this but football has lost the benefit of the doubt. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/a …

For some, Barth’s dogmatic ecclesiology that they so admire, leads, Barth thinks, to polity that they find unpalatable. ‪#dissertationpuns

Bishop Will Willimon says guaranteed appointment is problematic but bishops can already partly resist it. http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/video/entr … @ShaneRaynor

RT @bethfelkerjones No more tenure for Methodist pastors http://fb.me/1HYVTD7zj  / Wow. United Methodist Church guaranteed appointment ended.

I wrote a blogpost on Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Douglas Campbell, and Pauline Soteriology: http://www.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/20 …

The enemy of a bad 1st draft--the source of all good writing--is our perfectionism. It's the voice of the oppressor. Flounder as radical act

In Bird x B, I wrote about writing your story as a letter (or e-mail) to your safest person. No critic--just you telling 1 friend 1 story.

One bad messy paragraph--where nothing existed before--is a small miracle. Now one more, & one more. You did it! We'll make it better later.

Stanley Hauerwas, "Because I read, it seems I have something to say—and so I write." http://books.google.com/books?id=CdAui …

Stanley Hauerwas, "I write like I learned to lay brick. You do it because you have to get it done before it rains” (Hannah's Child, 86).

Hauerwas: “Give me thirty minutes here or there, and I could get something done. I am often asked how I have written so much. That is how."

"Finally, my wife would like to thank me for finishing the dissertation." James J. Buckley, Yale dissertation, 1977. http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?did=76 …

(4) We need far more Christian public voices like Ross Douthat. And the good news is I believe they are on their way.

(3) For me, the book was worth the price for pages 240–241 alone—a powerful diagnosis of the consequences of "God Within" spirituality.

(2) The book does not have nearly as many flaws as its progressive critics (Silk, Winters) claim. It is overall judicious and careful.

(1) There is little here that those who have read JD Hunter, Christian Smith, Mark Noll, and Rod Dreher will find terribly surprising/novel.

Okay, having finished Ross Douthat's _Bad Religion,_ my evaluation follows in four tweets.

A number of interesting audio at @TruettSeminary http://www.baylor.edu/truett/index.p … Willimon, Bauckham, Peterson, Hays, Moltmann, Wright, Willard, Sanneh.

@TruettSeminary @theonetruemyles Kimlyn Bender's book Karl Barth's Christological Ecclesiology is the best on the topic: careful & precise.

I commented on Barth's doctrine of election and his comments on universalism at @scotmcknight 's blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscre …

I'm not in conservative Reformed crowd but good post from Carl Trueman: @T4GOnline is magnificently just a conference. http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2012/04/t …

N.T. "Tom" Wright & @james_ka_smith have continued to comment (#: 10, 19, 24, 25) on a blogpost by Jamie on Tom's book. http://the12.squarespace.com/james-ka-smith …

See critique by @jameskasmith of N.T. "Tom" Wright's most recent book and Wright's lengthy comment (#10) in response. http://the12.squarespace.com/james-ka-smith …

Upon @theonetruemyles urging, I have read the first chapter of Barth's Der Romerbrief, and have learnt that God is not a lot of things.

"Instead of practicing my speech, I spend all my time trying to make it better." http://paulgraham.com/speak.html  HT @ayjay

In smaller places, you may end up mixing with more diverse people. How Big Cities Can Lead to Small Thoughts. http://www.instapaper.com/text?u=http:// … HT @ayjay

Good post by @DonaldMiller "Some Thoughts on Self Promotion and Why Arrogant People Think it’s Wrong." http://donmilleris.com/2012/03/29/why …

Hauerwas: "The biggest threat to the ministry is adultery and it is not because pastors have too much energy (i.e. lust). It is loneliness."

Hauerwas to future pastors: I want to give you two things to do. Never marry anyone you don't know. Never bury anyone in a funeral home.

Hauerwas:The great problem in the ministry today is loneliness. One of the great challenges is how to be friends with those you are serving.

Hauerwas: "So the minister retreats home from the church to the family but no spouse can love another spouse that much."

Hauerwas: "You begin to hate the people you're serving because of their unlimited demands on you."

Hauerwas: Ministry today is like being nibbled to death by ducks. Since "you don't work" people think they can ask you to do anything.

Hauerwas on 1 Cor 11:29-30. "I suspect most people in our churches are not dying from eating the Eucharist unworthily but out of boredom."

Lost phone charger& have no battery. Doomed. Forget you ever knew me. Even Jesus rolling His eyes. Maybe NOW I can get a service dog.

Extremely practical guide to graduate school and the PhD toward getting an academic job ‪#highered http://chronicle.com/article/Gradua …

Lines from The Princess Bride that Double as Comments on Freshman Composition Papers. http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/lines … H/T @ayjay

Professor advice on the importance of being in touch with where students are & getting them excited about the subject. http://chronicle.com/article/A-Tech …

Video of my "Confessions of a Converted Lecturer" presentation at Johns Hopkins (with slides -- nice quality) http://ow.ly/90O0P 

@ANNELAMOTT picked up 4500+ followers in two days. (Maybe because she's a terrific writer?)

Richard Hays appointed to full term as dean of Divinity School, President Brodhead and Provost Lange announced Monday. http://bit.ly/ylEjhS 

RT @kevinwatson "Successfully defended my dissertation on the early Methodist band meeting yesterday at SMU. Praise God!" / Congrats!

Christianity Today's Critics' Choice Movie Awards of 2011: Oscar favorites & little-known indie films http://bit.ly/y71uNE 

McCormack on Adolf von Harnack's History of Dogma: It is not that Harnack was right but that Patristics scholars are saying what he said.

McCormack on Hegel: He was hetero-orthodox (e.g. resurrection) but that doesn't make him heretical. He usefully disrupts.

McCormack argues as a Protestant (sola scriptura) he needn't follow Rom. Catholic Lewis Ayres's pro-Nicene theology beyond the creed itself.

McCormack in 2nd Kantzer lecture asserts that God does not die (cease to exist) but experiences death in the human nature of Jesus Christ.

In McCormack's 2nd Kantzer lecture he criticizes divine simplicity and impassibility as unbiblical Greek developments. http://www.henrycenter.org/programs/kantz …

PC(USA) conservatives announce new reformed body: "Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians." http://www.fellowship-pres.org/new-reformed-b … H/T @edstetzer

The Most Redeeming Films of 2011: Why quiet, contemplative movies top the list for @ctentertainment http://bit.ly/ADx8AL 

2011: The Year in Reviews! My top films of last year…and reflections on the movie year that was. http://www.decentfilms.com/articles/2011- … @NCRegister ‪#CathMedia

RT @jonestony @AndyRowell Oh, geez. Tri-theism? Puhleeze. / Tony jumps in to defend his man Moltmann.

McCormack decries social trinitarianism of Moltmann/Volf as tritheistic and says people need to read "Nicaea and Its Legacy" by Lewis Ayres.

McCormack, a Barth scholar from Princeton Seminary, laments the growth of the Evangelical-Catholic agenda in theology. (Kantzer lecture #1).

Nice RT @TheAtlantic: New, old, and dead writers offer their advice for stepping up your literary game http://theatln.tc/Aisrnv  via @brainpicker

As of this week I will be serving as the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership http://tinyurl.com/7mefubl 

@edstetzer @CTmagazine I told @spulliam and @tedolsen about feed problem. They were working on it January 4th and I think they fixed it.

BREAKING NEWS: Magnificat not even a real cat, much less a magnificent cat.

If you fell off, or never got on, the Karl Barth Dogmatics-reading bandwagon, it's time to get back on! Year 2 Plan: http://bit.ly/bWLjnr 

Tim Keller uses one of Stanley Hauerwas's favorite sayings: You Never Marry the Right Person. http://bit.ly/zwsA3u  @RELEVANT H/T: @millinerd

Procrastination is not laziness. It is the act of directing effort toward other activities. Alison Miller, Finish Your Dissertation, p. 44.

My most-used library-access dissertation-writing sites: Chicago Manual of Style Online, Digital Karl Barth Library, ATLA Religion Database.

My most-used free dissertation-writing websites: http://books.google.com , http://thesaurus.com , http://translate.google.com/?hl=en#de|en|

I have a Karl Barth bobble-head on my desk. When I ask him a theological question, he nod-shakes his head dialectically.

I have an "unspoken prayer request." If you could just lift up all the masters level students who don't know when to choose "its" or "it's."

A nice little post by theologian Ben Myers @FaithTheology summarizing Karl Barth's main works in a few phrases: http://bit.ly/vsYgoQ 

Greatest thing I have seen in awhile...You're welcome Taylor University’s Silent Night Tradition Is Amazing http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2011 …

Essay on keys to finishing a dissertation | Inside Higher Ed: http://bit.ly/vG9cVj  via @AddThis

Independent Christian bookstore owner @byronborger reviews new Children's Picture Books https://bit.ly/vzg1kz  and has them for 20% off.

Sam Wells is to be vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields from next year http://shar.es/oI7Z7  We are doing a something of a swap! @dukedivinity

@ayjay RE: Cathy Davidson http://ayjay.tumblr.com/post/136030447 … In the podcast, Davidson says " the world would be filled with a lot more Buddhas" at 4:09.

"The way is slow, And we've so far to go. Keep your eyes on the prize... Hold on." http://youtu.be/BmrTvDoqvMM  @Goannatree @cwdaniels ;-)

I send out this song by @grovesroad that is really about @IJMHQ fighting slavery to my fellow dissertation writers. http://youtu.be/BmrTvDoqvMM 

In §62 of IV/1 of Barth's KD, Kirche (church) occurs the exact same amount of times as Gemeinde (community): 357. In §67 & §72, G. wins.