Wednesday's Writing on Writing
Check back here every Wednesday for a few thoughts on the craft. Here are today's:
One of my favorite profs at Moody in 1968 was Dr. Wallace A. Alcorn, under whom I studied the Book of Acts. He proved an articulate and erudite writer, and we have kept in touch over the years.
He emailed me recently, telling me of an article he had seen in The New Yorker (Sept 7) in which Adam Gopnik described the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Michael Ignatieff (“The Return of the Native”), as a public intellectual and largely a writer. He “made his living by selling bits and pieces of his mind and his memory.”
Ignatieff himself admits: “The thing that’s missing in a writer’s life is a sense of being responsible to anybody beyond myself and my family—and tyrannical editors and idiotic reviewers.”
This caused Dr. Alcorn to muse most poignantly: "I feel very much accountable to my Lord, especially as He expressed His wishes in scripture, but also in what I am convinced the Holy Spirit is telling me in specific implementation. I am eternally accountable to my Lord and responsible to represent him and his Word as accurately and clearly as possible. His expectations of my work are, in my response and submission to them, absolutely tyrannical. No king has ever imposed such obligations upon a court scribe. But, then, no king has ever enabled and inspired his scribe as my King."
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