So kuddos to Jennifer Guo for nominating me for the silly meme of the "Liebster Award," which is sort of like chain mail for the biblioblog-sphere. So, I thought I'd break my with my obstructionist tendencies when it comes to chain mail memes and answer the questions that Jennifer has put to me and our fellow bloggers. (Although I must confess, I really haven't done much for blogging as of late).
These are the rules:
So five random facts about me:“The Rules” according to the Wording Well, in order to accept the nomination you must follow these following guidelines:
- Post the award on your blog.
- Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to his/her blog.
- Write 5 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5 bloggers (they should have less than 300 followers).
- Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions.
- I lived three years on the island of Guam as a missionary kid.
- On my first date with the lovely lady who is now my wife, I got her into a car accident--and to make matters worse, I had not yet met her father.
- My first exposure to Star Wars was at about 11 or 12 reading Timothy Zahn's book "Heir to the Empire" --I was hooked on Timothy Zahn and on Star Wars so I later watched the movies.
- I've been roasting my own coffee beans for about a year or so now. A friend bought me a Whirley-Popper stove top popcorn popper and got me into roasting. I don't consider myself a huge coffee snob, but it does make for some good coffee.
- Because I have four daughters, at one point I could name all the My Little Ponies. No, I am not a Brony. Absolutely Not!
Here are my answers to Jennifer's questions:
(1) If you could have any super power what would it be, and who would your arch-nemesis be?
Even though I collected comic books in my high school years and have continued to renew my nerd card since then, this was a hard and serious question, because with great power becomes great responsibility.
So I think I would either choose (1) teleportation with the ability to bend space & time (like Blink of the X-Men who first appeared in the Phalanx Covenant series, not the most recent movie).
Or I would just go with straight up telekenesis powers because they are so versatile you can make force shields, move things, fly etc. Some of the most powerful superheroes, especially in the Marvel Universe, are telekenitics.
My archnemesis would be an super-villian who defeats his enemies by depriving them of sleep until they could go mad. And if he tries to deprive me of my Sunday afternoon nap, I will be an epic showdown.
(2) Middle Earth or Narnia and why?
Middle earth because hobbits, elves, dwarfs, wizards, epic battles. Oh and second breakfasts.
(3) What’s your favorite biblical/theological topic/area?
New Testament Studies. I particularly like the sub-fields of NT Christology, Pauline Studies, and Gospels. My current research is in Hebrews, so I really am loving that too.
(4) Favorite scholars?
I enjoy Larry Hurtado, Richard Bauckham, Herman Ridderbos, Thomas Schreiener, G.K. Beale. Not my most favorites now but George Eldon Ladd and NT Wright were particular interests of mine in my undergrad days.
Older theologians: I enjoy Warfield, Bavinck, Geerhardus Vos, John Calvin, Athanasius.
(5) If you’ve been to SBL, describe a favorite memory. If not, describe what you’d be most excited about if you were going next year.
Haven't been there yet.
So that's it. Sorry but I'm going to pull a Nick Norelli and not nominate anyone mostly because I haven't been following a lot of blogs lately and the twitter friends I'd probably nominate are the ones Jennifer already did.