“Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” (Mark 14:49)

This is the 365th consecutive Our Daily Fred post. Actually, it’s the 375th daily post, but for some reason ten posts from last March accidently got deleted, and since I was following the automatic tally, I didn’t realize until a few days ago that I’d already accomplished my original mission: 365 daily doses of fermented Biblical commentary. I did it. Congratulations to me.

It hasn’t been all that easy. Though I tried to work ahead, I often found myself hammering at the keyboard well past my bedtime, wearily wondering why I was engaged in this self-imposed, rather questionable enterprise. I had many other responsibilities beyond publishing profane pontifications and had to cram in creations whenever I could find the time between my more virtuous ventures. Before a 10-day trip to Bangladesh, I worked myself silly to be sure I had enough posts to keep the daily dalliance going until I got back. I don’t mind telling you that at about post number five I wasn’t having all that much fun being funny. Tyranny sucks.

I slowly but steadily picked up a good bunch of subscribers. I lost a few too. Some, who innocently signed up for some saintly saccharine, found ODF a bit raw for their tastes. One gentleman who visited ODF wrote to the publisher of a regional Christian newspaper, where my cartoons have been running for 15 years, and asked why the paper would publish somebody who was so clearly not a Christian. The publisher (who secretly subscribes to ODF) and I decided to eliminate the ODF link beneath my cartoons. I’ve caused the man enough grief already; he didn’t need this on his plate too.

I freely admit that ODF has pushed the envelope in some things. Here the sacred tangos with the profane, an uneasy dance that even I can’t alway justify, though I do enjoy the music. I like to think that I know what I’m doing, but I certainly can’t defend myself. It is what it is and the jury’s still out.

After pounding out a full year’s worth of heresy, blasphemy, and general Biblical dysfunction, even a religious genius needs a break. So I’m going to give myself a breather. I deserve it. Besides, you’re not paying for this stuff (yet, anyway) so you can’t complain.

But subscribers take heart! The daily deposit will continue! I’m going to repost installments from the first month or so of ODF. These posts will be NEW to most subscribers and so there won’t be any disruption of service. (I reluctantly admit to a certain sense of—dare I say it?—responsibility to my readers. I’m not a completely self-centered jackass, just mostly.) And when I resume the fresh daily revelations, you probably won’t notice that blip either. You’ll still get enlightened; I’ll get a break. Such a deal.

During my short sabbatical, I hope to start organizing this stuff into bookish form. I also hope to improve this site by creating an index of Scripture passages which will be linked to the related posts. You’ll be able to find brilliant commentary on specific Bible passages. Once I’ve commented on each of the 7959 verses in the Bible, I will probably publish my own multi-volume ODF Bible Commentary to replace the dusty old scholarship we’ve had to live with for far too long. If I expound on one verse each day, I should be able to finish the entire project in just under 21 years. As you already know, it’ll be well worth the wait.

Hats off to ODF readers. You show a religious and artistic sophistication, an interest in profound, if unorthodox discourse, and the sheer gall to risk your salvation for a few laughs. I appreciate that; whether or not God does is another matter entirely. But that’s your problem.

So stay tuned. Enjoy continued daily delivery. Above all, recommend ODF to others! Oh yeah, one more thing. Pray for me. I’m in so much trouble for this.


9 Responses

  1. Congratulations!!!

  2. The best news of today’s ODF: it ain’t over. Thanks for 375 (there’ll be a little somethin’ extra in your envelope for exceeding your own expectations by 10) days of giving our eyebrows an occassional hike, our laugh muscles a regular work-out, and our spiritual bones some much-needed revitalization. What a book it will make!

  3. I’m not a completely self-centered jackass
    Don’t sell youself short, sure you are 🙂

  4. Seriously, congratulations Fred, I have really enjoyed the ride…

  5. I’ll be first in line for an autographed copy when your book tour comes to town.

  6. But, due to the questionable nature of the material, I do now, and will then, prefer to remain anonymous.

  7. Great, more re-runs..actually those can be funny-enlightening!

  8. My biggest confession when it comes to ODF is I can relate to far too much of the content. Great job in sticking with a very difficult goal. Swindoll would be proud (of the production if not the actual text…).

  9. Congrats- the 365 thing is a major accomplishment. It shows dedication, and perhaps just a little bit of obsessive-compulsive behavior. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

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