Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And then kick him, but only a little bit

C. Sharp: How do we understand "do not be too righteous" and "do not be too wicked" in Ecclesiastes 7:16-17?
Student: I don't quite understand. I mean, can I ever be just a little wicked?
C. Sharp: Like take the orphan's bread, but don't push him down?..

Overheard in: Godly Skepticism: Ecclesiastes

...Read the stuff you assign us

TA for History of Western Christianity: Have any of you read troubadour poetry? No? Oh, what do you do with your lives?!

Overheard: Section

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Not Luther!

Lutheran: Who knew Lutherans could be interesting?

The interest alone is enough to snag you a date

Student 1: My grandma told me not to go for more schooling because I'll have more debt and then no one will want to marry me.
Student 2: Are you kidding, that's a turn on in grad school!
Student 1: I use it as a pick-up line at bars.
Student 2: "Hey baby, I've got xx dollars of debt."
Student 1: "Wanna come back to my place and see my loan statements?"

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sorry, YDS.... we didn't want them anyway!

Student (on seeing Overheard at YDS for the first time): I wonder how many people have decided not to come to this school because of this website.

Hard to reach places

Student 1: My problem's not with the manscaping, it's the bunnytail.
Student 2: The what?
Student 1: You know, the tuft of hair behind the balls.

- Common Room

Maybe he's a bottom

C. Sharp: Oh you know, we're just overthrowing the dominant suppressive culture narratives...
Student: I'm gay. I'm in no way dominant.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

But we love you all the same!

Student: You know, being conservative at YDS must be a lot like being gay elsewhere ... like, some conservatives are in the closet, others are 'out'...

Overheard: in the hall


Alum: Adela and John Collins are the Brangelina of biblical studies.


Student: 'Cause that's what I'm into... 13 year old girls who smoke pot.

I bet Baden gives a great Hebrew stump speech

Student: I just went to and read that Joel Baden is campaigning in Raleigh, North Carolina... but Joe Biden makes more sense there.

It is quite lyrical

Jake Erickson: That was definitely written by a straight white male. He appreciated the potency of the sentences and not the queer life of poetry.

Actually, it's broken. Thanks jerk.

Student to other student: Are you frowning or is your face broken?

My lunch date with Blair is tomorrow

Staff 1: (muffled question)
Staff 2: Oh, he's having lunch with Tony Blair.

Overheard: Outside refectory

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's like the Canada Wikipedia page but maybe a bit more relevant

Student 1: Are you reading the whole Alaska Wikipedia page?
Student 2: Yeah!
Student 3: Why are you doing that?
Student 2: Because it's important now!

I bet it's Vespers

Student: I have a liturgy for my homework!

Lutherans are the Midwest's number one crop

Bob Wilson: He comes from a small town in Michigan -- or somewhere out there in Lutheran-land.

Overheard in: History and Methods of Hebrew Bible Interpretation

Monday, October 20, 2008

Super Jew, maybe

Student: I didn't fully realize this before, but Jesus was really Jewish!

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Reverse that... oh wait that was a joke!

Dale Peterson: Oh, it's Joel Yoo and Phil Baden!!

overheard: coffee hour

You conjugate that verb

Student: Smite, smoot, smited, smaught.

Overheard: Hallway

Sunday, October 19, 2008

You are very welcome here... Cough drop?

Div school student: Oh, you're sick, you have every right to wallow!
Sick Div school student: Yeah, I'm ok with self-wallowing--but only in private.
Div school student: You should let the community into that.

Overheard: HGS

And not again for another 2000 years or so

Student: You know, there seldom comes a time when you need a Second Temple student, but I need one now.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I hope no one pees on actual necks

Student 1: Why do Episcopalians feel the constant need to wear their collars?
Student 2: It's their way of peeing to mark their territory...

Overheard: Leaving Marquand after Krista Tippett's lecture

We love you some you too!

Recent alumni: I love me some me!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My sister-wife agrees

Student: You know you're cramming for Old Testament when you're talking about sister-wives.

Overheard: Old Testament study group, the Common room

Friday, October 10, 2008

Just don't use it to prop up your coffee table

Guest Speaker: I'm not a fundamentalist, but I take the bible seriously.

Overheard in: Evangelism

Thursday, October 9, 2008

It could be a whole dissertation topic

Randall Balmer: If you take the words "cute purple dinosaur"... change the u's to v's, assign numbers to all the letters, you get 666. So Barney is the Antichrist.

Overheard: Evangelicalism

No burritos?

(On Origin's exegesis)
Christopher Beeley: God conceals higher meanings from those who won't understand... You don't give refried beans to that baby!

Overheard: Patristics

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

He probably wrote a book about it too

(On John Collins' body language)
Student 1:  Collins sometimes gives a raised eyebrow, but it's not a good thing.
Student 2:  No, it's not good at all.
Student 1:  I mean, it could be that he didn't think of that before...
Student 2:  But he's probably thought of that before.

We need more gourdists

Student: I wonder if Patrick's a classically trained gourdist.

Overheard: On the way to chapel

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Every 7 days or so

Bruce Gordon: If you don't believe history is cyclical, you should because it's Monday again.

Overheard: History of Western Christianity

At least it's not Urban Outfitter's website

Student: When I type "urban" into my url bar, the first two websites I've been to that come up are and about Urban II.

Me too! Sadly...

Student: The first time I experienced grinding was at a church meeting...

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm waiting for the hit comedy movie

One Episcopalian to another: Dude, I have your incense.

Overheard: On the quad

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Why does that person have your pants? Um... never mind.

(leaving voice mail message)
Student: Hey, it's me. GIVE ME MY PANTS BACK. (hangs up)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The patriarchy hurts my feelings

Bruce Gordon: ... Anselm's Cur Deus Homo, or Why God Became Man?. Sorry, Anselm wasn't into inclusive language.

Overheard: History of Western Christianity