About

by Loren Kerns CC BY 2.0

by Loren Kerns CC BY 2.0

About Anderson Campbell & The Crooked Mouth

This blog is authored and maintained by Anderson Campbell. Although he’s been blogging in some form since 2004, this particular site launched in the fall of 2010 under the auspices of “Eddie Dean.” Throughout the comments in posts that date between August 2010 and 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 Anderson 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 Anderson have in common. Though not a heroin junkie, Anderson has been a junkie of the quick high that comes from bad theology and cheap ministry success.

Presently, Anderson blogs from Portland, OR, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He works for George Fox University, as Assistant Professor of Christian Studies, though the opinions and thoughts expressed on this blog are his alone. They do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or stances of any employer, past, present, or future. Anderson takes full responsibility for the content posted here. His interest is primarily in reflective practice or practical theology. He believes that theology is not learned so much as it is lived. It can be taught, but often it fails to take root outside the soil of ministry. He likes to teach on matters of theology and formation, but expects that his students and co-learners will be actively involved in the practice of what they discover together along the way. Should you like to have coffee or a beer and talk, please do get in touch!

  • Jared S. Thomas

    Just discovered your blog today. Love it. Very thought provoking and well written.
    JST

    • http://www.thecrookedmouth.com Anderson Campbell

      Jared! So glad you found the blog, though now I can never, ever, ever run for public office. I hope you are well, friend.

  • http://www.welcometomarriedlife.com/ Krista

    Nice to “meet” you! I went to George Fox (twice) and the second time spent considerable time at the Tigard campus. Wish I lived close so I could audit classes of all kinds!

  • http://messytheology.wordpress.com messytheology

    The Campell Castle isn’t that far from where we live. We love to hike the glen and enjoy the panoramic view from the highlands just behind it. If you’re ever over our way, we’ll have to share a pint of local brew and “chew the fat” on applied theology and spiritual formation.

    • http://www.thecrookedmouth.com Anderson Campbell

      That would be lovely. My wife and I have long wanted to visit Scotland. If we are ever able to make that trip, I’d love to take you up on a pint, some conversation, and a walk around the glen.