Tuesday, November 29, 2005

My memo to my readers

This is my official notice that my blogs may be few and far between in the next couple of weeks. There is a mere two weeks remaining in the semester and therefore I have a horrific plethora of tasks to complete. They will be enjoyable but unbelievably time-consuming. Therefore, mainly I will post some of the projects I am working on. Stop in periodically to see if anything catches your fancy. Christmas is in sight!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Books, Books, Books

Okay, I know this is not an academically loaded post, but I thought with my birthday coming up (Nov. 25), and Christmas will no doubt be here soon, that I might post a link to a registry I have created at Christianbook.com. That's right, I have a registry for books. Anyone who wants to increase my library can do so at my registry. I welcome any suggestions for additional books that I should place on my registry. And have I told you lately how much I love you? That's right I do.

(By the way, does anyone know if it's illegal to put that banner on my blog? If it is, please say so.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It's that time of the year...

It's that time of the year where your brain is a pile of mush and cramming anymore information into it is a virtual impossibility. Therefore, I am wasting my time on things like the following. Nonetheless, blogs that actually matter will return soon...I promise.


To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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Graceful? Dignified? Tragic? Sure, I can see that.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Not as cool as I thought it'd be

I originally saw this on Sniper's blog. I thought it was cool until I got the very same answer as he did...now I'm skeptical. Did they make me waste my time?

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic

Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski

I needed this

This is humorous link that I discovered on a friend's blog. It was a nice comedic relief from my current world. Enjoy.

What a great kid.

After I posted the above link I found another gem from another blog. This one is great. I love the look on the guy's face.

Pitch his tents.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Yes, I'm human too

It's saturday night, and I just got back home from spending some time with the fellas. So of course, I have decided to blog.

I don't usually like posting about my "feelings" or emotional type stuff, but I am going to break normalcy and be perfectly honest: I am an emotional mess.

Tonight I watched Fight Club. If you've never seen the movie you won't understand, but I feel as if I need hours upon which to contemplate. If you have seen the movie you probably 1) thought it was terribly "un-Christian"; 2) wanted to fight people; or 3) actually realized the depth and meaning of the film. I would be in category three, although I'm still trying to sort out what the entire film entails. Mix this deeply philosophical film with my current emotions and you have me being in an unbelievably indescribable state of mind.

So what am I feeling? Confused. Life is unusual, as if we go through it wanting, believing, having more, but still we are restless. What does writing this really even mean to me? Or to you? Why do you read this, why do I write it?

It's amazing how I can be so apathetic yet feel so much. I know the two are mutually exclusive. I don't care, it's what describes me best.

Most people don't know I'm going through many personal struggles right now. I have been intentional about not proclaiming this fact but now that I have put it out where all the public can see I've decided to leave it at that and not describe the struggles. Nonetheless, life is...difficult?...I don't think that's really the best word to describe it. Life is...life is like Fight Club. I am Tyler Durden. In many ways that I don't even understand. And I'm not him in many ways. But tonight, Tyler Durden and I share at least unfulfillment. It's true. I am unfulfilled. And I don't mean situationally unfulfilled. I don't mean a sense of "roller-coaster" unfulfillment. I mean...I feel unfulfilled...yet I feel fulfilled. Which is why I don't trust my feelings right now; they make no sense.

I am Tyler Durden. Tonight. Tomorrow, maybe I'll be someone else. Or maybe I'll just want to be.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Communion: Sacrament or Ordinance?

Here is another delicious product of academia. This is a paper I wrote for my Church Rituals class on the sacramental nature of the eucharist. Essentially the paper illustrates the reasons why I believe in the traditional view of the eucharist which holds it as a high sacrament. Again, post any comments, questions, or thoughts you have regarding the paper. And I guarantee you that "personal opinions" will not sway me from 2000 years of orthodox teaching. If you want me to confess the eucharist as an ordinance you'll have to do better than that. :)

Communion: Sacrament or Ordinance?

Exegesis of John 6:67-71

I am posting an exegesis paper that I recently completed. It was a long and arduous process but I am moderately pleased with the final result. Let's hear your thoughts; at what points do you agree or disagree with my conclusions? How does this passage fit into the larger context of John? How does this affect our Johannine theology? Leave comments questions, answers, whatever you feel appropriate.

Exegesis of John 6:67-71

Brief Chat on Atonement

I'm currently reading a book entitled "Recovering the Scandal of the Cross," by Joel Green and Mark Baker. A central thesis of the book is examining the commonly held view of atonement in modern western Christianity; that is of substitutionary nature. In what manner can we speak of the cross in substitutionary terms and has our culture and legal structure influenced our atonement theology burying a more accurate view of the atonement?

The authors argue that in Pauline thought the salvific event is presented largely in terms of reconciliation. This reconciliation, which is brought about by the death and resurrection of Christ, extends not just to reconciling humanity to God but also humanity to one another and the kosmos to God as well. While Paul presents his arguments in various metaphors depending largely upon the audience to which he writes, this emphasis on reconciliation carries with it a clear theme: humanity needs to be reconciled to God but God need not be reconciled to humanity. It is not that God is estranged from humanity but rather we are estranged from God. The death and resurrection thereby bring about this reconciliation.

In Galatians Paul's atonement theology is more focused on the inclusion of all peoples considering the death of Christ. Restoration of relationship to God is not due to biological descendance but rather is achieved by Jesus' death. In this way Paul attacks the idea that the Gentile converts need to conform to the regulations of the Judaizers.

The authors see in Paul a focus on the restoration of relationships. In Israel's Scriptures a formidable medium for restoration was sacrifice. In other words, there is not a sense of the need for the appeasement of God. God is not estranged from us therefore he need not be appeased. This is distinctly foreign from our common elaboration of atonement as Jesus dying to appease the wrath of God.

I have a fair amount of reading left to do in the book but thus far the book has been helpful in articulating just what I believe theologically concerning the atonement. So what do you think? Do you agree with the author's understanding? What questions do you have? How does this affect your atonement paradigm? Why is this important (or why not)?