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Personal/Theology Notebook

I'm falling asleep. It's 5am. I've been working for a long time and I can't remember half of what I thought was worth coming online for. Doing lots of narrative criticism. My last bottle of Sierra Mist didn't win an iTunes download, bringing my total down to 9 out of 18. And the iTunes Music Store is missing two tunes I thought critical for the ongoing quest of building my Ultimate 80s Library: there's no copies available of either Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue" or Billy Vera and the Beaters' "At This Moment." I remain lamely unfulfilled.

Had the amusing experience the other night of realizing that part of the reason a 22 year-old ex-student was calling me about boy advice was that she had decided that the guy she was interested in was enough like me to warrant using me to try to figure out the inner workings of this type of male psyche. I have always considered teaching to be a kind of lifetime commitment to my students: I am, however, occasionally taken by surprise at the forms that that takes. And amused.

Tomorrow's ambitious goal will be to outline my entire paper on a narrative-critical re-reading of Jesus' appearance to Thomas in the Gospel of John. I'm gonna build off of my earlier exegesis of the text. I had another project going, arguing that Jesus' attitude to the Temple of Jerusalem in the "Cleansing of the Temple" incident in John showed a pro-Judaism attitude on Jesus' part, thus undercutting some of the arguments of the people who like to talk about Anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John, but it was too much reading. The Von Balthasar reading in consuming far too much of my time. Speaking of which, Amazon has finally shipped my copy of The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church that I needed for my paper. That only took a month.

All right, signing off. I die.
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