March 1st, 2018

the Kingdom of God is at hand

It is 9:21 AM Thursday morning here in West Michigan. It just started raining snow outside. It is suppose to be sunny tomorrow and cold. It was nice to have a couple days of warm sunny days. Spring is slowly coming. Carol told me the other day she started tulips coming out of the ground at the hospital.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM. I did not want to get up so early but I was having weird head pounding dreams so I got up. I got up made a fresh pot of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and read 'Paul: A Biography' by N.T. Wright.

I am waiting for Carol's phone call. I am sure she is enjoying her visit with Andy, Beth (our daughter) and their three children. It is always a special time when Noni visits.

I have no plans for the day but to read, pray, meditate and contemplate. I love silence.

Last night made a couple of videos and read my books on the life and theology of the Apostle Paul. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. Now it is another day to seek the Lord while He may be found. One can not seek salvation in Hell.

I also read last night some more of the book, 'The Diaries of Emilio Renzi-Formative Years' by Ricardo Piglia.

I do not know what else to write so I will close to drift.

"[21] From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
[22] Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
[23] But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
[24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
[25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
[26] For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
[27] For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
[28] Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." Matthew 16:21-28
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Rodrigo Fresan's 'The Invented Part'

Six Questions for Will Vanderhyden on Rodrigo Fresán’s The Invented Part


In addition to being one of the great up-and-coming translators of Spanish literature, Will Vanderhyden is also a good friend of mine. Going back to 2015, he had been telling me about an enormous translation of his from a very well-regarded Argentine, an author whose work I’ve wanted to read for some time.

The author is Rodrigo Fresán, and the book is his massive opus The Invented Part. This book (which is actually only part 1 of an even more massive trilogy) has won comparisons to such major American postmodernists as David Foster Wallace, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo.

Although Fresán is a major writer in Spanish, this is only the second of his books to be translated. Fortunately Will will be changing all that, as he is working on even more of Fresán’s novels, to appear in upcoming years.

Will received fellowships from the NEA and Lannan Foundation to work on The Invented Part. He has also translated fiction by Carlos Labbé, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Juan Marsé, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, and Elvio Gandolfo. Will and I conducted this exchange over email.

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March Morning Reads



'Paul: A Biography' by N.T. Wright

'God's Glory In Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology' by James M. Hamilton Jr.

'The Works Of William Perkins' Volume 3 Commentary on Hebrews 11

'Matthew: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators' D. H. Williams translator and editor [The Church's Bible]

'Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew' by Jonathan T. Pennington

"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matthew 4:17
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