Joel and I like to tease each other, poke fun at each other, and generally harass each other. He’s, in sum, a friend. But he’s more than a friend, he’s a mature adult who is capable of remaining a friend even when we actually disagree on a matter beyond the mutual harassment.
In particular, unlike some of my erstwhile friends (in name only, it turns out), Joel is able to accept the fact that we differ on the issue of homosexuality and yet remain mature in his interactions with me on it and on other issues.
What this shows is that Joel is an actual friend, and for that I respect, admire, and love him.
Adults are supposed to be able to be civil to one another and accepting of opposing points of view without acting like school-kids who fancy that one can only be friends with others when there is agreement on every issue. Except even school-kids don’t actually practice that sort of exclusionary pettiness.
Joel and I don’t have to agree on the question of homosexuality to be friends because our friendship isn’t based on narrow self interest. Instead, it is based on common goals (the propagation of accurate biblical scholarship and mutual support in that quest).
I give thanks to God each day for true friends. I’ve been fortunate to have a fairly substantial number. And oddly, none of my friends agree with every viewpoint I hold and I don’t agree with every viewpoint they hold. And, for us, because we’re mature adults, that’s ok.
Ben Sira had it right:
φίλου πιστοῦ οὐκ ἔστιν ἀντάλλαγμα καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν σταθμὸς τῆς καλλονῆς αὐτοῦ (Sir 6:15).
Joel is such a friend.
Joel Watts has sent a copy of his new book on Mimes. Thanks buddy! 😉 (It’s a good book- I read it in draft some time back. But don’t tell Joel I said something complimentary- his world would implode).
Because once you leave Chicago (if you survive the gangbangers) you really will have no ‘regerts’. [Tattooing provided by Joel Watts].
If biblioblogs had movie titles… the titles of the blogs authored by the people below would be-
Joel Watts: The Expendables.
Mark Goodacre: The Godfather.
Near Emmaus: 12 Angry Men.
James McGrath: Fight Club.
Chris Tilling: Forest Gump.
Aren Maier: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Rod Thomas: Psycho.
Mark Stevens: The Shining.
Jim West: The Pianist.
Antonio Lombatti: The Great Escape.
James Crossley: The Untouchables.
Michael Barber: Up.
Robert Cargill: Driving Miss Daisy.
I know, you don’t believe me. But here it is. Look it up for yourself. Calvin wrote the letter which contains these lines on 14 October, 1543-
I understand very well the difficulty in which you are placed if you look to the world, and those considerations which may keep you back. But you will need to come to a settled conclusion, to cast aside everything which shall come in the way to cross you in your purpose. One ought not, it is true, to take such a step at random, that is to say, without foundation, and without knowing why or wherefore. But when you have your conscience assured by a testimony which is better and stronger than all the world could give you, you ought to acquiesce therein out and out, and deem besides, that all the obstacles which interpose to divert or turn you aside, are scandals which Satan lays before you to block up the way. Howbeit, to my thinking, there is no great need to allege many reasons to shew you what to do according to the word of God. I take it for granted, that you are already clear upon that point.
— John Calvin
|Call for Papers Open:||2/8/2012|
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The SBL needs your papers. We’ve got to have something to do when the exhibit hall is closed and the receptions haven’t begun! Get yours in (and it may keep the genuinely awful ones out!!!).
[Via Joel the Watts on twittering]
Unfortunately he’s not been very successful before so maybe he can manage it this time…
An unlucky learner driver has managed to fail his theory test 92 times.
2856 year-old man from LeicesterWest Virginia has spent £$2,852 on theory test fees alone, and until he passes the written exam, cannot take the practical test. The hour-long test includes multiple-choice questions about road rules, plus a hazard-perception test where participants have to spot developing road dangers on a driving video. The information was released by the Driving Standards Agency following a Freedom of Information request.
Pray for Joel today. It may be the day he finally passes his test and then his lovely wife will be free of driving him to ballet practice!
Over at Academia.edu they list the search terms folk have used to land on your profile. Apparently, someone in India is interested in US ladies named Jim…
Sorry to disappoint, Indian person. I think you’re looking for Joel. It’s an easy mistake. Our names do both start with J.
As Joel ‘the vacationing’ Watts informs us (quoting some Aussie paper or other)
Australia is to remove the birth of Jesus as a reference point for dates in school history books. Under the new politically correct curriculum, the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, yesterday condemned the move as an ‘intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history’.
Personally I think BCE and CE make perfect sense and so do BC and AD and I switch back and forth between them like a thirsty sailor goes from pub to pub. Getting so worked up about such designations is a bit childish. Anyway, Joel ‘the hideous swim suit wearing’ Watts cruelly observes
First, Australia was founded as a penal colony, hence Mark Stevens. Second, if you track the history of it, BC and AD were created in the 6th century and made it into English in 1708. So, hardly the stuff of foundations.
Mark isn’t an Aussie, he’s from New Zealand (I think)(or maybe Canada)(it’s all the same, isn’t it?).
If Joel’s not nicer he’s going to be eaten by a shark….