Remembering dlw

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : May 23, 2007

My friend (and worthy blogging adversary) David (aka “dlw”) has stopped blogging.  David is a brilliant economist/seminary student and it shows–he consistently (and intellegently) challenges me on this blog–most notably in my series “Church and State.”

Thankfully, I know David in real life.  But for those of you who only know of him through his blog (or through his treatise-like posts ;) on other people’s blogs), a unique blogging voice has gone silent.  Feel free to visit his blog The Anti-Manichaeist and pay your respects.  Rest in peace,

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3 Responses to “Remembering dlw”

  1. dlw on May 23rd, 2007 12:45 pm

    Thanks man.

    I appreciate it. It looks like I’ll be flying out to NNU on the 5th of June and flying back on a red-eye flight on the morning of the 7th…

    I think it’ll be a good match, at least for now. I want something where I can teach and use both my quantitative and qualitative skills and right now it looks like I’ll be focused more on my quantitative skills at NNU. I also do want to teach Christian Political Economy someday, though it might be a number of years before such is offered at Christian universiteis/seminaries. As it is, I still hope that Bethel Sem can switch to having two Social Ethics and two Syst Theology classes, but the admin seems resistant to that and the theology profs aren’t too crazy about prepping for new classes. I’m guessing that Social Ethics classes require more prep-work as the key topics have a higher turn-around than with systematic theology and are more ideologically “hazardous”, alas!

    At any rate, I am really enjoying the book, you recommended to me, “The Great Giveaway” and do hope to join a house church in Idaho.


  2. dlw on May 23rd, 2007 12:53 pm

    I had a long response that got lost.


    It’s looking good for Idaho and I’m hoping to be part of a house church in Nampa there.

    I’m enjoying the Great Giveaway as it is a nice middle-level theoretical ecclesiological book that is well tied to reflexion of practice. I’d emph more the biblical roots of liturgy if I were him and how most of the early Christians were illiterate so liturgy was even more important and shd be held on to.

    I’ll keep you posted.


  3. markvans on May 23rd, 2007 1:01 pm

    Thanks dlw…please do keep me posted.

    The nature and role of the liturgy in the life of the church is perhaps the key area where David Fitch and I disagree. Not a HUGE disagreement, mind you–but a disagreement none-the-less. I haven’t tried to engage him much on it (or really talked much about it in general) because Missio Dei is just in its begining stages of understanding liturgy. We’re moving more in that direction, but without feeling tied to particular practices for their own sake. I don’t want to do something out of some misguided sense of ecumenical solidarity–instead I want us to explore liturgy as a way of acknowledging God’s presence in our community, as a way of shaping us into Christ’s likeness, and in a way that is informed by the Tradition (but not enslaved to it).

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