One of the great joys of the last year of my life has been forging a wonderful friendship with Philip Clayton. When we were at Columbia Seminary in January, we were invited by Jeff Straka to talk to the robust Atlanta Cohort of the emergence movement. Dan Ra video recorded it, and the Nick & Josh Podcast is releasing it bit-by-bit. Here’s part one: [Read more…]
[2nd UPDATE: They fixed it, but Homebrewed is still #1 (for now…)]
[UPDATE: Nick — of Nick & Josh — posted the wrong audio file, so the podcast I refer to is not yet up. This action demotes Nick & Josh to the second best podcast in all of Christendom, and vaults Homebrewed Christianity back into first place.]
Rick Bennett posted a completely redonkulous fictional dialogue around Oscar time. Well, a couple weeks ago, after a few glasses of wine, some of us at Theology after Google did a dramatic reading of the post, and it’s now been posted at the Nick & Josh Podcast:
Based on the blog post by Rick Bennett entitled “an imagined conversation: Oscar Round-Table with Mark Driscoll, Brian McLaren, Ed Young, Jr, David Dark and the Rev. Smith, pastor of Berean Baptist Church,” Josh grabbed this reading with a group of folk sitting around for dinner and drinks after the last session of Theology After Google (Claremont 2010). Included in this mix are the following:
CTT: Philip Clayton
Mark Driscoll: Ryan Parker
Brian McLaren: Joshua Case
Ed Young Jr: Chad Crawford
David Dark: Tony Jones
Rev. Smith: Bob Cornwall
If there’s a Don Quixote of theology, it may be Philip Clayton, in that he attacks orthodoxies with an evangelical zeal rarely found in liberal and progressive ecclesial circles. Tripp Fuller, Clayton’s erstwhile doctoral student and cornhole zealot, shares the wry, earthy wit of Quixote’s sidekick, Sancho Panza. I first made this allusion in the preface to Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society, the book penned by Clayton and Fuller, and they proved true to these characterizations last week at Theology after Google.
My thanks to them for bringing together this event. In many ways, it felt like an early emergent event, in that the quality and curiosity of all participants — those in front, and those in the audience — was uncommonly high. And also, because of that quality, the participants walked away somewhat disappointed. That’s because this was a demanding group, and because events, by their nature are bound to disappoint. Someone’s constituency is always underrepresented; someone else’s ego not sufficiently stroked; and someone else is convinced they could have given a superior presentation (which surely they could have).
For these reasons, it’s a difficult task to produce an event — more difficult, I’ll say, than producing something more static, like an article or a book (or a blog post!). So, I write to publicly express my gratitude to Don and Sancho for sharpening their lances and throwing a great party last week. Bravo! (And thanks to Dave Huth for taking me up on the challenge of the above illustration!)