Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Prophetic Word

People don’t generally think about prophecy in the New Testament except in the context of wackadoodle end times exegesis. But if this, James 5:4, ain’t prophecy, then I don’t know what is. Something to keep in mind with regards to our broken economy built on buying imported goods made by exploited workers using money that we didn’t have. Yikes!

Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

A Free David Foster Wallace Reader

I prepared this for a friend a few weeks ago. Today I had occasion to dig it up for someone else. Hence, it seemed worth sharing more broadly. (Why does it seem that the only thing I ever post about any more is David Foster Wallace?)

What hooked me on DFW was his essays. If you aren’t up to reading his enormous novel, then read some essays. Here are six that got me started:

  • Harper’s has a great archive of everything of his they ever published.  I suggest “Tense Present” (my favorite essay of his), “Shipping Out” (which was later renamed as the title essay of “A Supposedly Fun Thing That I’ll Never Do Again”), and “Ticket to the Fair.”
  • This piece on Roger Federer is considered by many to belong on a list of the greatest sportswriting ever. I agree, and I don’t have any real interest in tennis.
  • Another good tennis essay.
  • And, “Consider the Lobster,” the title essay of another essay collection.