We at Christians in Context have recently had the opportunity to interact with a number of reputable Christian scholars whose work we have long admired, including D. A. Carson, N. T. Wright, J. D. G. Dunn, I. Howard Marshall, and R. C. Sproul. Many of these have emailed us with unsolicited favorable commentary on our work. Yet each scholar's email also included a surprising note. For example, take this letter from J. I. Packer:
"Dear Norman, Damian, Jeffrey, and Andrew,
I write in appreciation of your blog. It is firmly evangelical, robustly ecumenical, gently Calvinistic, and cautiously post-tribulational pre-millennial. Though I am typically reticent to write reviews and blurbs, I am glad to commend your glowing irenicism, scholarly acumen, and gracious tone. I would be happy to endorse any further work that you produce.
Despite my substantial enthusiasm for your work, I must say that it is difficult to believe that anyone could take you seriously when your first names are so readily accessible. My own name has appeared as 'J. I.' for so long now that even I have forgotten what those initials once stood for, and the gravitas of my work has increased accordingly. I suggest you work towards the same.
J. I. Packer"
While honored by Dr. Packer's kind words, we were utterly confused by the second paragraph. Only after a few such emails came in did we realize however that Packer must be correct: what separates the work of men such as F. F. Bruce, D. A. Carson, and N. T. Wright? It could only be their abbreviated names.
Having now faced the reality that if we are to gain more scholarly momentum we will need to change our names, we hereby shall be posting using the below-listed appellations:
N. R. E. Jeune III
D. Michael Romano
A. Joshua Faris IV
J. Kenneth Bruce
We ask that you no longer refer to any of us by any other names. Thank you for your compliance.
- N. R. E. Jeune III, D. Michael Romano, A. Joshua Faris IV, and J. Kenneth Bruce
(Just kidding. None of those scholars have emailed us. Just a little nerd humor that needed some embellishing for the joke's sake. We're also not going by any of those names, though if you ask me "N. R. E. Jeune III" does have a nice ring to it...)