About Anderson Campbell & The Crooked Mouth
This blog is authored and maintained by Anderson Campbell, although it originally launched in the fall of 2010 under the auspices of Eddie Dean. Throughout the comments in posts that date before May 2011, there are references to “Eddie” as the blog author. They are not incorrect.
It’s a long story, but Eddie Dean is a pseudonym used from October 2010 until July 2011. The name itself is an homage to a figure in Stephen King’s epic series, The Dark Tower. In the books, Eddie Dean is a junkie who is plucked from his world into an alternate universe by fate, under the guise of gunslinger Roland Deschain. In time, Eddie conquers his demons, adjusts to his new environs, and becomes a gunslinger himself.
The blog name, The Crooked Mouth, is taken from the Gaelic meaning of my last name. Campbell comes from caimbeul, which means “crooked mouth.” There are two competing myths for the origin of this surname. One story claims that a long-distant ancestor had some sort of physical trait that cause his mouth to look crooked. The other story says that the clan was known for lying, and spoke with a crooked mouth!
There is much that Eddie and I have in common. Though not a heroin junkie, I have been a junkie of the quick high that comes from bad theology and cheap ministry success. I have my own demons to fight and environs to tackle. What I am becoming remains to be seen, but this space will be a neat place to track that journey.
Presently, I blog from Portland, OR, where I live with my wife and daughters. I work for George Fox Seminary, though the opinions and thoughts expressed on this blog are mine alone. They do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or stances of any employer of mine, past, present, or future. I take full responsibility for the content posted here.
My interest is primarily in reflective practice or practical theology. I believe that theology is not learned so much as it is lived. It can be taught, but it fails to take root outside the soil of ministry. I like to teach on matters of theology, but I expect that my co-learners will be actively involved in the practice of what we discover along the way.
Should you like to have coffee or a beer and talk, please do get in touch.