Countdown Day 39

Happy New Year, friends!

Responses, please remember, are not answers: the latter seek to end conversation while the former seek to stimulate more of it. The responses I offer are not intended as a smash in tennis, delivered forcefully with a lot of topspin, in an effort to win the game and create a loser. Rather they are offered as a gentle serve or lob. Their primary goal is to start the interplay, to get things rolling, to invite your reply. (22-23)

From A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith (available February 9, 2010)