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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The best of 2008

Well, the year is drawing to a close: we left Princeton yesterday, and we’re spending the week in snow-white Vancouver before heading back to red-hot Australia. So if you’ll allow me another moment of nostalgia, here are some of my highlights from 2008:


stephs said...

You have excellent taste! I saw The Visitor on Monday and that would be my pick too. Brilliant film.

The fireworks seem to be starting early - happy new year (we're the first nyadiya!)

steph said...

that's just the one steph :-)

Scott Stephens said...

Glad to hear you're on your way home! And, boy, the temperature has been intense over the past few days ... hope it's not too much of a shock for Elise and the kids. Not sure how else to contact you, so pardon my informality: be sure to let me know if you need an extra set of wheels or pair of hands at the airport. The Stephenses would be only too happy to help. We can't wait to catch up with you all.

David Williamson said...

Delighted to hear that Robinson's Home is a worthy successor to Gilead. I'm sure there's the potential for several further stories from this same community.

Richard Beck said...

Couldn't agree more about Stringfellow. I picked up Keeper of the Word after your comments here and I've been simply astounded by what I've read. I haven't yet recovered from my amazement.

Michael F. Bird said...

Oliver Crisp painted KB for you. How charming!

Geoff Smith said...

I'm just glad you found Stringfellow.

Curious Presbyterian said...

Ben, will you make it out to Regent College while you're in Van.?

Christopher said...

Great taste! Love Marilynne Robinson, and the Hedges article reminded me of Lewis' comment in "God in the Dock"

"Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real test. If you can't turn your faith into it, then either you don't understand it or you don't believe it."

-----God in the Dock, p.338

Stephen C. Rose said...

If you like Bill Stringfellow you might also like Will Campbell and others who were around for the Conference on Religion and Race in the early 60s in Chicago. Stringfellow and Campbell raised difficult and confrontational issues and were skewered by the established church folk. Campbell lost his job in the NCC. It was an interesting time. I stayed with WS and his companion Anthony Towne on Block Island in the 70s for a while, enough to appreciate both his extreme frailty at the time and his penchant for circuses. The two men had recently played host to a fugitive Daniel Berrigan. Among those who were instrumental in developing the East Harlem Protestant Parish, Don Benedict died last summer in Vermont and Bill Webber lives in New Jersey and George Todd is still active in New York. Among the inspirational figures of that era, one who is largely lost to us online is Jim Robinson who was the pastor of the Church of the Master in Harlem and who later founded Crossroads Africa. The demise of Christianity and Crisis magazine, also thriving during this era is a tangible indication of how seriously the input of Stringfellow and others was taken by the mainlime churches.

linzc said...

Oh, how wonderful to know another Dr Horrible lover will be joining the CFM community! Are you a Whedon fan more generally?

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