Lingamish, on his updated links page, has pigeon-holed this blog as “Un-pigeon-hole-able” and described it, or me, as:
Gentle Wisdom: Occasionally gentle. Somewhat wise. A teddy bear with teeth.
It’s a good thing you’re my friend, David, so these teeth will only rend you in a friendly way.
But this description did get me thinking. Am I being presumptuous to call my blog “Gentle Wisdom”? Indeed I am not always as gentle as I might be, as I have confessed before – although I never intended to be gentle in a soft and cuddly teddy bear sort of way. But I hope I am really gentle more than occasionally.
Anyway, right from when I first changed the blog name to “Gentle Wisdom” the wisdom I intended to present has not been my own wisdom, which is not always even “somewhat wise” and not always gentle, but the God-given “wisdom from above [which] is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy” (James 3:17, NRSV). This is what I aim to live up to. If I fail, please rebuke me, gently, in comments here, or by e-mail to peter AT qaya DOT org.