Archives For Literature

as-things-stand-2If you’re a frequent visitor to my small corner of the internet world, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot more poetry this year.

There’s a big reason for this. I’m aiming at putting together a book of theologically inspired poetry. The plan is to create a 200-250 page text that also shows some of my own hand drawn art, in my own style.

Although most will be included, not every poem I’ve published on my blog will be added. I’m looking critically at my own work and including only those that fit exactly what I’m looking for.

I’m not sure how this book will look in the end, or if it will be professional enough to be noticed. I don’t even know whether it will sell or if there is even a market for it. So, all in all, it’s a step of faith.  One thing I am very conscious of avoiding is a kitsch and cheesy publication.  My hope is that it will be intelligent, confrontational, vulnerable, hopeful, and interesting.

My philosophical approach will be as it is with my approach to this blog and social media; an attempt to contribute material that not only stands with or pushes against, the countless number of theology blogs, but stands out, in a positive way, from them.

Therefore, I’m envisaging something that has a unique voice and character to it; has a consistent, edgy, Christian theological theme that will be worthy of the reader who reads it and perhaps walks away having encountered Jesus Christ somewhere through it.

Of the list of options I could have chosen for my first serious publication, I believe that this is the right path forward. It will function as my somewhat simple and unique entry into a market already flooded with theological commentary and theological journalism.

Of course, whether I can pull this all together or not, all depends on timing. My first ministry is to my family and consequently, the book will come second to my own study and homeschooling dad role.

Like Karl Barth and his first publication, Epistle to the Romans, I’d like to view the final product, similar to this blog as being a letter to friend, to family; a point of contact with the Christian diaspora in modern Babylon; a gathering point “for comrades; for fellow men and Christians, who possibly out of the same confusion [pain; circumstances; brokenness] I found myself in, were also able to reach out for the Bible; and with them in an invisible community, read this old text.”

Your prayers would be appreciated.


 

Readinglist_Revisited

Summer is in full swing.

Right now it’s 5.29am, dark and the temperature gauge is reading 20 degrees. These past few days in particular have hit us with a ‘scorching band of intense heat’ (heat wave).  Unless we get some rain, a southern wind and some decent cloud coverage, the gauge is bound to climb.

The more relaxed pace this all brings has prompted me to renew my ongoing, and ever-expanding list of books to read. It seems only right to revisit established lists and reform them – not simply because this seems to be a trendy thing for bloggers to post about, but, because January is traditionally Australia’s Holiday month. Thirdly, reform is good practice for Christians, and finally, I couldn’t shake the idea after reading this post[i] on Sis’ blog DelightfulOak a few days back.

Reading list revisited:

Achieved:

Public man Private Woman, Jean Bethke Elshtain 1981

Democracy on Trial, Jean Bethke Elshtain 1995

The Lord of the ring: Uncovering (Count Zinzendorf),  Phil Anderson 2007

Church Dogmatics (Vol.4:4 & Vol 1:1), Karl Barth

Creation, Power and Truth Tom Wright, 2013

A Confession, Leo Tolstoy

Current List:

1. Preaching to a post-everything world, Zack Eswine 2008
2. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking Susan Cain, 2012
3. Subversive Obedience Truth-telling and the Art of Preaching, Walter Brueggemann, 2011
4. Karl Barth: Theologian of Witness, Jospeh L. Mangina
5. Between past and present, Hannah Arendt 1954
6. Augustine and the Limits of Politics, Jean Bethke Elshtain
7. The kindergarden of Eden, Evan Sayet 2012
8. The Children of Men, P.D. James 1992
9.  Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1948
10. Ethics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1955
11. Church Dogmatics, Karl Barth (all of em)
12. Legalizing Misandry, Paul Nathanson & Katherine Young 2006
13. Lord of the Flies, William Goldman 1954
14. Galatians For You: Commentary, Timothy Keller
15. Moravian Texts for 2014
16. Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, Johnson & Larsen 2013
17. Neo-orthodoxy, Swayer 2012
18. Simone Weil and Theology, Stone & Stone[ii]
19. Million Little Ways, Uncover the Art you were made to live, Emily Freeman
20. Beyond Charity, John Perkins
21. Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout, Patrick Moore


[i] ‘First Things First’, Sis @DelightfulOak
[ii] Thanks to Kevin Davis for recently pointing this one out on his blog After Existentialism, Light