Burk is an associate professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College (Louisville, Kentucky)
If you want to have a deep belly-laugh, go read Eric Metaxas’ interview with National Review Online. The interview is about Metaxas’ new book, which is about his invitation to speak at the national prayer breakfast last year (see video here, For the record I appreciate anyone who can work in a reference to Ruth Buzzi in a speech to the President). Metaxas parries the interviewer’s questions with humor and wit, and it’s a great read. Here’s a just a taste below.
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The e-book version of your book is titled “Jesus Hates Dead Religion.” How can you claim to know what Jesus hates?
ERIC METAXAS: The Bible says that God hates what is evil. According to my sources, Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, which is to say, God. Q.E.D. Have I missed something?
LOPEZ: Why was your talk worth making into a book? Shameless marketing?
METAXAS: I’m sorry you feel the need to tear down the successes of others. Don’t you believe in the free market? Don’t you know that a rising tide lifts all boats and that your being a little dinghy needn’t be a barrier to your own success?
LOPEZ: You are just full of lessons. Now: Why would you want to be funnier than Mother Teresa?
METAXAS: I guess I say that in the book, don’t I? Well, it’s just a personal goal I set for myself. Everybody needs a few easy “wins.” I also have the goal of being less pompous than Al Gore and less hairy than Ed Asner.
Go eat the whole thing here.
First published on the DennyBurk.com website on January 6, 2013. Reprint according to policy.
Metaxas’ book, “No Pressure, Mr. President! the Power of True Belief in a Time of Crisis: The National Prayer Breakfast Speech” is available at the Colson Book Store.