With regard to my comment squelching the John 8:58 thread, I pondered at length before I sent it and was frankly surprised at the support it drew. The next thing I did this morning was to re-read carefully the July 29-30 thread on the need for a "Board of Moderators" for the list, then "penned" a lengthy epistle to David John Marotta offering myself as a very blemished sacrificial lamb to serve as a moderator, provided that a theological liberal who tries to be kind to conservative and reactionary Christians (do smile!) might be trusted to carry out such a function. However, I suggested several other names--including YOURS--of people I thought would serve well in such a role, including Stephen Moore and Stephen Carlson along with you as considerably more conservative individuals who are not really academics (though you are, of course), adding that I also esteem highly such persons as Edgar Krentz, Edward Hobbs, Carlton Winbery, and James Tauber. I had a reply from Marotta that was gr
acious, neither a yea nor a nay, but saying that he wanted to give some thought to organizing the lists and I would hear from him about it later if not necessarily sooner. I thought I ought to let you know that I'd done this.
I gather that you and I are both back from our latest sojourns away from home. I'm not ready for the new semester yet, but it will start whether or not I am. I meet my new advisees Sunday afternoon socially, have advising appointments Monday morning--and then our classes start next Wednesday. Too soon, too soon. But I am getting inured again to midwestern heat, which is just as well, since it will be with us for about one more month before milder Fall weather sets in.