I have always said that Los Angeles wasn’t the city for me—that doing life in L.A. would be a catastrophic mistake. I was going to get my Ph.D. in French history and run off to a cushy European tenure-track professorship. To live the remainder of my life in L.A. would mean (in the words of Racine’s Le songe d’Athalie),
C’était pendant l’horreur d’une profonde nuit.
“It was during the horror of a profound night,” or so I was reminded some time ago by Badiou at a UCLA lecture after the election. I prefer the weather of the pacific northwest—the sun hates me and I’m not its biggest fan. Traffic is the ballast undergirding une profonde nuit. Yet for all its ugliness, the city has managed to keep me in its limits so far. Rather than pursue a Ph.D. right away, I’ve been persuaded to do what I’ve always wanted to do—work for the church. I have the wonderful privilege of working alongside Rev. Rankin Wilbourne of Pacific Crossroads Church (PCA) as a pastoral intern and research assistant. PCC’s mission, “Lives transformed by God’s power, renewing Los Angeles for Christ,” wasn’t my wheelhouse, in fact quite the opposite until I began to immerse myself in contemporary Pauline scholarship and learning Greek—especially the work of N.T. Wright and E. P. Sanders. The vision of the Essenes, the vision of a graceful and merciful God, and the hope of creational monotheism—all of which seemed to be at odds with traditional Reformed theology—were resolved when I understood that God is an ultimately gracious God who loves his children.
It’s my hope that, in my capacity as a pastoral intern, I will show people (in my own laughably remedial way) the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to meaningfully effect change in our lives for the flourishing of the world and the renewing of our imaginations, all “unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son.”
Something I find myself doing every year or so is giving a facelift to my Internet presence. For example: you won’t find very much interface between my activities on social media and the more “professional” content on my personal website. I think that’s good—considering my tendency (though recently much better-controlled tendency) towards inflammatory rhetoric. In any case, suffice it to say that I’ve added this WordPress blog because, after many years of patience, I’ve found that I simply don’t have enough content to justify paying for a Squarespace account. I’m neither an artist nor a habitant of Portland—but what’s the difference these days?
Here, what I’d like to do is to offer a list of articles that I’ve written on various platforms—relating to theology—to cultivate some continuity in what would otherwise be a somewhat scattered online presence. If you find that these links have ceased to work, it’s probably because I’ve imported these articles into the archives of the site you’re currently browsing. I’ve made this change because—as with all life-stage transitions—an accompanying change in scenery is often called for. With this WordPress blog, I hope to have the freedom to write more often.
For all who have stuck with me and supported me across the tides of my life, I’m eternally grateful.
On Theological Telemetry:
- Forays: Initial Thoughts Towards a New Critique of “Biblical Gender” (I)
- A Pure Sacrifice: Jephthah’s Daughter as a Prefiguration of Christ
- Forays: Chaos & Confusion — ‘True Belief’ and a Misinformed Culture
- Forays: Community and Boredom
- Brief Notes: The Lord’s Supper
- Thoughts on Lust and Purity
- Initial Thoughts on “Two Kingdoms Doctrine” Discourse
- TMZ and the Combs-Alosi Nexus
- The Joy of Summer