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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Mark Traphagen M.A.R. Biblical Studies





By on May 28, 2009

Just moments ago a friend sent me this recording of my name being read from the podium of Westminster Theological Seminary’s commencement for the awarding of my Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies) degree:

“Mark Traphagen, in absentia”

UPDATE: My daughter took the following video of all the M.A.R. graduates receiving their diplomas. My name being called is at 6:30.

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Nice to see Doug Green, Mike Kelly, and David Powlison stand for Elizabeth “Libby” Groves at about 3:00. She is the widow of revered Old Testament professor Al Groves, who passed away while I was at WTS. With Doug and Mike (and Peter Enns and Dan MacCartney), Al was one of the last of a great generation of biblical studies professors at WTS, the likes of whom we probably won’t see again, at least not under the present administration. Karyn and I had the privilege of becoming close friends with Al and Libby.

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  • Mark Audio of my name being read at WTS graduation for MAR degree http://cli.gs/n9sAeV. http://ff.im/-3lCMb
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  • Mark Audio of my name being read at WTS graduation for MAR degree http://cli.gs/n9sAeV. http://ff.im/-3lCMb

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  • Karyn

    Congrats, hon, I'm proud of you.

  • Congrads Mark!!

  • Video of WTS MAR graduates walking (incl. my name “in absentia” at 6:30) http://cli.gs/n9sAeV #fb
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  • Video of WTS MAR graduates walking (incl. my name “in absentia” at 6:30) http://cli.gs/n9sAeV #fb

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  • zach

    good job man

  • Mark Video of WTS MAR graduates walking (incl. my name “in absentia” at 6:30) http://cli.gs/n9sAeV. http://ff.im/-3lVHJ
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  • Mark Video of WTS MAR graduates walking (incl. my name “in absentia” at 6:30) http://cli.gs/n9sAeV. http://ff.im/-3lVHJ

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  • Congrats Mark.

  • @sagethefool has posted a video of the MAR graduates at WTS receiving their diplomas today: http://is.gd/IGZS #fb
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  • @sagethefool has posted a video of the MAR graduates at WTS receiving their diplomas today: http://is.gd/IGZS #fb

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  • JD

    Hmm. Lillback doesn't understand the Latin he's reading. It fits so well.

  • Susan

    Mark, I watched your whole clip! First, way to go, my friend. The long and winding road, indeed! Second, Carl doesn't hide his disdain for certain people very well. Jeepers! How about some neon with that grimace? Third, I'm glad that Libbie was duly recognized by her profs and lifelong friends. Fourth and finally, I wasn't there, and apart from the desire to recognize my remaining few friends who were, didn't miss it.

  • RE: Thanks my friends. It was bittersweet to not be there. On the one hand, it was fitting protest against those on the … http://disq.us/7xo
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  • RE: Thanks my friends. It was bittersweet to not be there. On the one hand, it was fitting protest against those on the … http://disq.us/7xo

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  • Thanks my friends. It was bittersweet to not be there. On the one hand, it was fitting protest against those on the platform who I no longer respect. On the other, there were three things I know I missed:

    1) being able to celebrate with my friends, many of whom were also wounded in the struggles of our time at WTS.

    2) being able to stand for Al Groves. (I've been given to understand that Bill Edgar and Ed Welch stood also [out of range of Hannah's camera], and we all know Dan McCartney would have, but he was in Dallas already. While those profs certainly wanted to honor Libbie (and Alisdair, Al's son whom they also stood for), it was understood that this was primarily for Al and all that he stood for at WTS, all that is now rapidly disappearing.

    3) to have stood in the long line of students who had former WTS prof Stephen Taylor sign their diploma in the lobby after the ceremony. I'm hoping mine arrives in time for our visit to Philly in mid-June. I will have Steve and Pete Enns sign mine.

  • A video of the WTS MAR graduates receiving their diplomas, you can hear my daughter yelling “Yay, Mommy!” http://cli.gs/n9sAeV
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  • A video of the WTS MAR graduates receiving their diplomas, you can hear my daughter yelling “Yay, Mommy!” http://cli.gs/n9sAeV

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  • hk784700

    Congrats, Mark. We should grab some coffee the next time Steve and I drive through R-D on the way to SC.

  • Sorry, I'm racking my brain trying to think who you are. Don't recognize the email address. Email me privately using the “Send me an email message” link in the rightmost column –>

  • hk784700

    Congrats, Mark. We should grab some coffee the next time Steve and I drive through R-D on the way to SC.

  • Sorry, I'm racking my brain trying to think who you are. Don't recognize the email address. Email me privately using the “Send me an email message” link in the rightmost column –>

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