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Book Meme

John Hobbins has tagged me with a meme that would have probably been easier (and more interesting) had I completed it at work:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

That’s a tricky one. The closest book, whichever it may be, is on my bookshelf with a few dozen other books. Having walked over there with my arm extended at waist level, the first book my hand encountered was God’s Empowering Presence by Gordon Fee. On page 123, we find the following:

But what does Paul intend with this (for us) obscure pneuma language? In the first instance, about his own pneuma being present in their gathering, several considerations have led to the somewhat abstruse translation, “S/spirit,” suggesting that Paul considers himself actually to be present among them by the Spirit when his letter is read in their midst. First, the emphatic “and I for my part,” stands in contrast to “and you are puffed up.”

My wife informs me that, in fact, there is a book even closer: the novel she’s been reading is behind me on her nightstand. But that would mean lifting my chair out of the way and getting it, and I’m not that energetic this morning.

I hereby tag: Singing Owl, Michael Westmoreland-White, Weekend Fisher, Zach Roberts, and a blanket invitation to any of my cohorts at Connected Christianity.


  1. Anne says:

    The closest book happens to be a JavaScript reference book. P.123 reviews some coding examples for frames. For some purposes, the selected sentences aren’t exactly in “English” … Then again, “English” isn’t necessarily the best language of those of us who have been coding for a long time. I’ve suggested to my boss ESL classes for coders …


  2. SingingOwl says:

    Just catching up on blog reading and saw this. Going to play now. 🙂


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