The End of the Semester...I mean...World

The past week has been a difficult one for blogging as final papers and final exams pour in. It is not necessarily an onerous task, it is just that there is so much. Writing on the Scripture, even in a blog format, requires time and thought and for the next week or so, that will be given over to grading or, as we Canadians say, "marking." If it takes time to write on Scripture, though, it takes much less time to talk about it. As May 21, 2011 approaches, media outlets are beginning to produce stories about the this date and apocalyptic thought more generally. I wrote about this date and apocalyptic thought recently here and here  and Kerry Weber wrote beautifully about May 21 recently here. If you have written a book called The End of the World, though, you will get more requests to talk about the end of the world.

And so, this afternoon, I took a break from marking and talked to the local NBC affiliate Kare 11 on May 21 for the 5:00 pm central time news tonight. Tonight, I will take another break and discuss apocalyptic thought on WCCO Radio 830 at 8:30 pm central time. Watch or listen if you can. Then it's back to end of the semester instead of the end of the world.

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