Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Hallelujah Diet

Though it may be healthy (and that is debtible), it is not biblical:

That evangelical urge is how the Hallelujah Diet has gone from being the kooky idea of a small-time Baptist preacher to the great hope of legions of followers, most of them Christian, looking for a way to heal or prevent disease.Malkmus, who attended Moody Bible Institute in the 1960s, graduated from Elohim Bible College in New York and was ordained by a small Baptist church in that state. He was introduced to the vegan lifestyle in 1976, at age 42. He had just lost his mother to colon cancer, after watching her suffer through chemo and radiation therapy, when a "baseball-sized tumor" showed up under his own rib cage, he says.

Though he never went to an oncologist or had a biopsy, Malkmus thought the tumor was cancerous and sought alternative treatment. A fellow evangelist, Lester Roloff, told him to change his diet and feed his body the way God intended.

Roloff cited Genesis 1:29: "Then God said, `I give you all plants that bear seed everywhere on earth and every tree bearing fruit which yields seed; they shall be yours for food.' "

Malkmus completely changed the way he ate and, over time, he says, the tumor went away. As he met others who claimed a vegan diet had cured their ills as well, he came to believe God had given him a message to spread -- that God initially meant for man to live only on what was provided in the Garden of Eden, and that the addition of meat to man's diet after the great flood had introduced a host of illnesses because the human body has trouble digesting it.
This is what happens when you are selective in your Bible quotes. What does it say about God that He allowed man to eat meat even though it was bad for him? That he would want us to be sick?

He gave Israel a list of clean and unclean meat they were allowed to eat, the priests were allowed to eat meat that was sacrificed to God and God told Peter he was allowed to eat the unclean food that Israel had been forbidden. No where in the Bible is there any hint that meat was a form of judgment against man.

God has given mankind meat to eat and it is wrong to say that the gifts of God are bad. This is twisting the word of God to suit your agenda. No Christian should tell another Christian not to eat meat because there is nothing in the Bible that declares meat to be forbidden. This is placing a burden on them.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Oh no! This means I'll have to clean my house

Well, I guess it's good news for those of us who get our exercise this way (when I actually do it):

The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.

Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.

The women in the Cancer Research UK-funded study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing the washing.

Experts have long known that physical exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer, probably through hormonal and metabolic changes.

But it has been less clear how much and what types of exercise are necessary for this risk reduction.

[...]

Out of all of the activities, only housework significantly reduced the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal women getting the disease.

Housework cut breast cancer risk by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women.

The women were studied over an average of 6.4 years, during which time there were 3,423 cases of breast cancer.
Well, I think that this is even more motivation for me to get in shape.

(via)

BTW, losing weight is the number one New Year's resolution among women. Speaking of New Year's resolutions, here is Jonathan Edward's list and here is Douglas Groothuis' list of 15 "refusals" (via).

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Year Resolutions

So, I've been thinking about posting my New Year resolutions, but I only have three so far:

1. Lose weight -- I want to lose 20 pounds because I recently gained weight and my clothes are too tight.
2. Work on relearning Hebrew -- I am really weak in Hebrew and have to spend some time relearning it so I'm going to continue translating Genesis. Also, I'm a little rusty on Greek and need to work on that as well but I'm taking Acts and Paul so that will help a lot.
3. Cleaning out the toy/computer/junk room so that my husband can use it as a den/TV room/office

I'm sure I should probably say something spiritual like, read the Bible more or pray more or be more like Jesus but that's a given, right? Along those lines, here's a link to Jonathan Edward's list of resolutions.

Is anyone else working on their list? Here's a list of the common top ten resolutions. And if you really need help, you could take this quiz. I put in "lose weight" and I got this list:

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet pig

2) Eat more nuts

3) Travel to Mexico

4) Study artificial intelligence

5) Get in shape with pilates


Relearn Hebrew elicits this:

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet pony

2) Eat less onions

3) Travel to New Zealand

4) Study communism

5) Get in shape with pilates


Updated to add for the Carnival:I decided to add, read some of the books that I have on my "to read" list and to accomplish this goal, I joined the Chunkster Challenge. Hopefully publicly listing the book I intend to read will help motivate me to finish them.

I think that these goals all boil down to discipline, I want the discipline to do the things I don't want to do. I want to lose weight but I don't want to give up chocolate though I'm hopeful that I'll want good health more than I want chocolate. I've been able to do it in the past, hopefully I can do it in the future as well.

I know that some people don't like to make resolutions they won't keep but I like to look at the new year as a fresh start, a time to reflect on what I wanted to accomplish and didn't and a renewed commitment to do so. If I give up and allow myself to face the new year with the expectation that nothing will change, then I take away the hope of never growing in areas that I really need to grow in.

But the most amazing thing is that even my failures lead to growth. I know my pitfalls in dieting, in fact I've become quite the expect in how not to lose weight :-) and now I can help others (like my husband and kids) to avoid those pitfalls. And each time I relearn Greek and Hebrew, it reinforces what I was originally taught. My failures lead to growth.
“Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness” Jean Vanier
Not by learning to live with our failures but learning that it's a struggle, one that I haven't given up on.

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Christmas Story

The story of Christmas begins in the beginning of creation when God created the heavens and the earth and made man and woman in the image of God and gave them dominion over His creation. Man was given one commandment, perfect obedience to God's command, do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but man was unable to be obedient to God and so he lost his status and was driven from God's presence to live outside of fellowship with God, to be barred from returning to Eden and to the presence of God. But God promised that there would be a seed of the woman who would crush the head of the one who lead her astray.

Man continued to live his life outside the presence of God, fathering sons in his likeness. Generation after generation, each generation living outside the presence of God and each generation continuing to fall short of the glory of God and further into corruption and sin to the point that God was sorry He created man. So, God sent judgment in the form of rain and wiped man off from the face of the earth except for a remnant of Noah and his family but soon man was again rebelling against God, attempting to reach heaven on his own terms. God destroyed the attempt and scattered the people.

God chose one man to father a holy nation, a nation that would be a light to all other nations of his holiness and righteousness. A nation through which God would rule all the nations. God called Abraham from his people to walk before God and God promised Abraham land and many descendants and that he would be a blessing to the nations. That which had been lost in Adam, would be regained in Abraham.

After many years God fulfilled his promise of a son for Abraham and Sarah in their old age. God made a covenant with Abraham to be his God and to be the God of his descendants. And God sealed this covenant with a visual representation, circumcision.

God tested Abraham, as he tested Adam in the garden and told him to sacrifice his son to Him. And Abraham proved to be obedient and as he was about to plunge the knife into his only son, the heir of the promise, God stayed his hand. Abraham's obedience illucited a conformation of the promises to Abraham:

Genesis 22: 16 "By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his [4] enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
God promised Abraham's son Isaac that he would be his God the same way that he was the God of Abraham and he promised him numerous descendants and land. And God made the same promise to Isaac's son Jacob. And in Jacob, God begins to fulfill his promise of numerous descendants that he had made to Abraham.

Jacob and his descendants are sent by God into Egypt to begin a period of testing that would last for many generations. He was preparing His people to be His holy nation. In Egypt, God's people were mistreated and enslaved and they cried out and God heard their cries and remembered the promise that he had made to Abraham, to be their God and they His people. So, he called them out of Egypt and brought them to the wilderness to test them as He tested Adam and Abraham and He made a covenant with them, He would be their God and give them the land he had promised Abraham but they would have to be a holy nation, a royal priesthood. They would be expelled from the land if they did not follow his commandments. The people agreed and God gave them the commandments that they would have to live by and then He brought them to the land of promise but they didn't trust that God would give them victory over their enemies. They failed the test. So, in judgment they were forced to wonder in the desert until the rebellious generation died off.

God brought them to the promise land again and this time they went in and defeated their enemies but not completely. Soon they followed after the gods of their enemies and became like the nations they were to drive out. They were no longer a shining light to the nations but the a reflection of their enemies. In judgment, God raised up their enemies and forced them to live under their yoke of oppression until they cried out to God for mercy and then he would raise up a deliverer but after the deliverer died, the people would rebel again and commit evil against God. This cycle went on until Samuel when the people demanded a king like the other nations.

God gave Israel a king but he proved to be inadequate, so God chose another king for Israel, David and he made a covenant with him that his descendants would remain on the throne forever. But David's descendants worshiped other gods and put their trust in alliances with other nations and not in God. They did not lead the people in righteousness and both king and nation were worshiping the gods of the nations and were in rebellion against God, they were not following His commandments as they promised to do in the wilderness, so God drove them out of the land of promise just as he did with Adam and Eve.

In exile, God promised to make a new covenant with Israel, a covenant they could keep because it was not a covenant of circumcision of the flesh but of the heart. God would take out their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh and write His law on their hearts and in their mind and they would be His people and He would be their God forever. And He promised to send them Messiah, someone who would sit on the throne of David and would rule in righteousness and justice, who would break the yoke of oppression of their enemies and set them free to rule the nations.

And so they waited for their Messiah, he would free them from bondage to Babylon and when Babylon fell, he would free them from the hand of the Persians and then the Greeks, and finally the Romans. And as they waited for the Messiah, they began to believe that their adherence to the Torah would lead to the advent of the Messiah. So they strove to follow the law and to keep Torah. They would once again be a holy nation, one that was distinct from the Gentiles.

They waited for many years in expectation that their salvation from the hands of their oppression would come. They waited under the oppression of the Romans and the an insane monarch, Herod. They waited, burdened by the oppression of heavy taxation and almost slave like conditions.

Then out of the blue, in a forsaken corner of the nation a young peasant girl, a virgin is told that she will bear the Messiah, that the one that was to sit on the throne of David was to be in her womb:
Luke 1:31-33 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And her betrothed is told by an angel not to fear taking her for a wife:
Matthew 1:20 "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
The promise that God made to Abraham and David was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. Here was the one that was to sit on the throne of David throughout eternity and who was about to bless the nations. Who would save the nation of Israel from the oppression of their enemies. Zechariah prophesied of it after the birth of his son John:
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
The people were to learn that the Messiah did not come just to save Israel but the world and his rule wasn't limited to Israel but to all of mankind. That he would sit in the throne of David on the right hand of God ruling the nations from heaven. We see this foreshadowed in the announcement of the angels to the shepherds:
Luke 2:8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
And the words of Simeon who was able to hold his Messiah in his hands:
Luke 2:29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
The Messiah has come, God fulfilled his promise to Abraham and David but the people did not understand that His salvation was not just from the oppression of the Romans but the oppression of the one who tricked the woman into eating of the tree forbidden by God. That the real battle would by fought and won over an eternal kingdom not a temporal kingdom.

The Messiah came to do so much more than the people expected, the promises of the Lord were fulfilled abundantly. Thanks be to God for His magnificent gift to the world of a Savior, Christ the Lord.

Merry Christmas to you! I hope that your heart is filled with the knowledge of God's love and His desire to live in peace with you.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Reformed Christmas


After receiving a couple visitors at Reformed Chicks looking for information about how the Reformed view Christmas, I decided to post how I view it.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Shopping in NJ

So, I finally take the Christmas pictures on Thursday. I decided to just have a casual picture of the girls with Santa hats -- something a little different. They have started to complain about sending out their picture as our Christmas card but my family would be upset if we stopped.

Yesterday, we dropped off the picture at the 1 hour photo to get it developed and then we went to lunch and shopping. Isn't it great that you can wait to a few days to Christmas and still be able to get cards developed in under an hour? You gotta love technology, it's the procrastinator's friend.

After lunch, we drive to the bookstore so that Sarah and Samantha can buy stuff with their brand new gift cards that one of their aunts sent them. But as we are turning into the parking lot there is a line of cars on both sides and we can't turn down any of the aisles and there we sat for about an hour. Yes, you read that right an hour -- it was gridlock like I've never seen in my life. I couldn't believe it. And guess what? The gas light came on as I was waiting there.

So, here we are, low on gas, it's raining out and in grid lock. It can't get any worse than that, right? Well, yes it can because I'm inches away from a spot and people would not let me in, even though they saw I wanted to turn into a parking place. Those of you who live in areas were people are actually polite might be surprised by that but it's the norm around here -- everyone is out for themselves and pretty much oblivious to the plight of others.

Finally there was some movement and some of the cars moved up but not the guy who was blocking my way, so I get out of the car and ask him to move up a little so that I can pull into the parking place and he looked started but complied and the guy behind him waited as I pulled in. The girls were so happy, we felt like we had been released from prison. Sarah said she felt like she does when she gets out of school at the end of the day.

We have one umbrella between us and we aren't wearing rain coats but the rain isn't a down pour so life is good. I try to call Doug but the line keeps dropping out, maybe everyone is calling to tell their loved ones they will be late because they are stuck in a stupid traffic jam in the parking lot. So, by the time I get Doug, I'm not a happy camper and he is not solicitous enough for me. I warn him we may be camping out in the store if the traffic doesn't let up.

By the time we finished shopping, the traffic was still backed up so we walked across several parking lots to our next store (and purchased more umbrellas) and then walked even more to pick up the cards. We hit three more stores and then went back to the bookstore for Chai and hot chocolate. By then the traffic was gone and we able drive to Panera's for soup and then home, stopping for gas along the way.

When we get home I'm exhausted and have no desire to clean or address cards. So, now I'm off to prepare for guests and resign myself to the fact that I will be sending our Christmas cards after Christmas. And you know what? I don't even care :-)

And yes, I'm done with my Christmas shopping and thankfully don't have to battle the New Jersey drivers and shoppers today. Doug gets to go food shopping today because I've had it! Let him deal with the parking lot and the shoppers.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

My daughter gave me an early Christmas present

She cleaned the living room by herself (which was a lot of work, it was really messy) and she decided to let me use her computer without interruptions until I get mine back. How great is she? What a great gift!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Charlotte's Web Movie Review

I went to see Charlotte's Web with my daughter's class recently. Actually, it was with most of the elementary school. Imagine being in a theater filled with kids with snacks and drinks, as you would expect it was very noisy. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the movie. It was very good.

There are those who may wonder why anyone would remake Charlotte's Web. How can you improve on the cartoon version? And the book is so memorable, wouldn't that spoil the movie? But I've seen the movie and read the book and it really didn't matter that I knew the story by heart because the makers of the movie did a great job making this their own. Every aspect of the movie was well done. The photography and the sets were great and the scenery was beautiful. Dakota Fanning made a wonderful Fern, she came across as intelligent and determined. The animals were life-like and made you forget that animals can't talk. The producers also did an excellent job casting the animal voices and the actors themselves did a great job since you could forget about the actor and just concentrate on the character. In fact I did not realize that Julia Roberts was Charlotte. She did an excellent job conveying Charlotte's gentleness and intelligence. I cried when she talked of her friendship with Wilbur and when she was so sacrificial in her love for him, helping him even when she knew it would drain her own energy (I kinda cried throughout the movie, and I tried to do it quietly so that Samantha's classmates wouldn't notice -- I didn't want to embarrass her).

This is a wonderful story of friendship and promises, how important it is to keep a promise made to your friend. Wilbur's life depended on the commitment of both Charlotte and Fern to keep their promises to him. What a wonderful message to convey to your kids this Christmas season as we reflect on the promises that God made to both Abraham and David and to the nation of Israel that found their fulfillment in the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.









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A different kind of busy

Life is busy, there is no rest for the weary whether I'm in school or out. I spent the last month of seminary trying to write papers and study for finals and as soon as I was done with my last final, I rushed to buy my girls their Christmas presents, posted on my blogs and caught up with email, and then met my kids and husband for dinner and a movie. The next day, we went to Pa. to visit my extended family (as I mentioned in my last post). On Saturday, after I visited with my dad's family, we went to see my Grandma and then Sarah talked me into going to the mall ("It's a tradition, we do it every year"). After we were done shopping, I caught up on email (on Sarah's laptop-- hey, it's the price you pay for dragging me all over the mall).

On Sunday, after we drove home, more catching up with email and posting. Monday is a blur, I have no idea what I did, I think email and posting and a little cleaning. Plus I picked up the backup of my computer. Then I took the girls Christmas shopping for their friends and Samantha's teacher.

Yesterday, I drove back to Pa. to take my Grandma to see Sight and Sound's "Miracle of Christmas." On Saturday, I'd mentioned seeing "The Nativity Story" and thought she might like to see it. I suggested she ask one of her daughters to take her but she didn't want to impose on them in case they didn't want to see it. Then she mentioned wanting to see the Christmas show at Sight and Sound. For some unknown reason I said, "I'll take you and if I can't get tickets this week, we'll go to whatever they are showing next."

Well, it was of the Lord because we were able to get tickets and she was free (she canceled a lunch date to go, though and it turns out I had to cancel a breakfast date to go -- I'd forgotten all about it). She was very excited about it and I was happy to take her but it meant getting up early, Doug taking the girls to school and picking them up, driving almost 3 hours to pick her up, driving back east to go to Lancaster, then back west again to take her home and then driving back east again for almost 3 hours when I was very tired. It was a twelve hour day.

I plan to write a review sometime today (maybe tonight). I'm busy again today and I have to get some cleaning done, I have guests coming this Saturday and the place is trashed. Prayer would be helpful :-)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Aren't family gatherings fun?

Every year I go to Pa. to visit my extended family. Saturday we visit my father's family and Sunday my mom's. On Saturday, I spent the day explaining to my dispensational premillenial uncle (who is a pastor and will be teaching at a seminary starting in January) why I'm an amillenialist. (What? You don't talk about the eschaton at family gatherings?)

Then my uncles decided that I should have another baby. I told them I was too old for babies and I was just waiting around for grandkids.
"But aren't you 35?"
"35? Yeah, like 11 years ago."
"You're 46? Man, that makes me old."

Then on Sunday I spent the day explaining what a blog is and explaining to another uncle why I'm not a dispensational premillenialist. And I also explained what I planned to do when I graduated from seminary (actually I got this on Saturday and Sunday -- one uncle asked, "What do you plan to do when you grow up?"). I've explained this every year since I started at seminary.

And this was our morning at my aunt's church:
"This is my niece, Michele and her husband, Doug and their daughters, Sarah and Samantha."
"Oh! Are they twins?"
"No, they're four years apart"
"Oh."
This happened three times.

Then my aunt gave us a tour of her church and she showed us the pastor's office. The pastor was in the office and she said, "The office is small but then so are you, so it fits." I said to my daughters later on, "See, this is why Mommy is the way she is."

Sunday, December 17, 2006

So, it's being shipped to Toshiba

I dropped my computer off at CompUSA yesterday and I cried. OK, I'll admit that I'm a little too attached to it but I feel sort of lost without it. So much of my life is on that computer. I can't get on my traffic tracking site because I've forgotten my password and user name. Plus I have to rely on the kindness of Sarah and Doug for a computer and they are pretty good but it limits my time on line.

I didn't mention this before but my Palm Pilot also stopped working a couple weeks ago. I'm being slowly deprived of technology. I have a fear that my cell phone is next. Samantha thinks that God is telling me to read more :-)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bad News!

My computer is rejecting its power supply, so I'm unable to recharge the battery. I think it wants a vacation. So, posting will be light until I get it fixed. Prayer would be appreciated. I love my computer and am a little lost without it.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Finished!!! Woohoo!

I am so glad to be done! I have no idea how I did but I'm glad to be done. Now off to do real work, shop for Christmas presents! I'll try to post something more tonight.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ecce Homo

I was reading Dan McCartney's ECCE HOMO: THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM AS THE RESTORATION OF HUMAN VICEGERENCY in preparation for my Gospels final tomorrow and I discovered I didn't have the last page. So, I checked the Internet to see if it was online and it was (thank you, Lord). I thought I would share. It's an excellent article. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Christianity has become parody

Here is your proof:

Covert or Die? What the heck kinda Christian comes up with this?

Youth Pastors, this is not a good idea

Could we make this stuff up?

Charlotte's Web

Here are some Charlotte's Web trailers. The graphics look stunning. Samantha's class is going to see it and she is really excited. I'll ask her what she thinks and let you know:









Sunday, December 10, 2006

Michael Card's New Album

Michael Card's new album is about lamentations and sorrow:

Lament is a thread that moves through the Bible, especially the Psalms. They're honest, and I think that honesty is a big thing missing in the church today, especially in light of events like Katrina and the tsunami.

I'd been looking at those passages and trying to take them personally. My nephew died, my two nieces died, a friend died, and the lament gave me a voice to articulate those things.

[...]

When you read Job, you see his friends are answer men – they have answers for all his problems. But one of the things you get from Job is that God is not the answer man. He doesn't always answer our questions.

We see Paul lamenting his affliction. If anyone should have had a prosperity-gospel life, it's Paul. But he has this thorn in the flesh and he's ticked. It's almost like Paul had a lesson to learn about grace.

Suffering happens, and we think, "This shouldn't be happening." So we're left with two choices: Either there is no God, or something else is happening that I don't understand. We don't realize that God is more interested in making us holy than in making us happy.

Card is probably one of the most thoughtful musicians out there today. I really enjoy his OT album, he brought a freshness to the stories. He made me realize that at the transfiguration Moses finally entered the promise land. What a wonderful end to his story! It's amazing how God tied all those threads from the OT together and completed them in Christ.

OK, back to the parables, I'm trying to study for my Gospels final tonight but I keep getting distracted. Prayer would be helpful :-)

N.T. Wright article

N.T. Wright was profiled in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday. It's an excellent article. He is a interesting scholar with a lot of insights into the New Testament. He has some problems with his theology and his view of Scriptures but he also has some great insight into understanding the fulfillment of the promises made to Israel through Christ. Christ became the true Israel and fulfilled what they were supposed to be. My OT professor shared with us Wright's interpretation of Romans 2 in light of the promises made to Israel in the new covenant and it really helped me to understand it better (more on that after my final).

I know that some of you might act negatively to his name but if your theology is firmly in place, then you can read a variety of books and not worry about being lead astray. I have been helped to understand the Scriptures more fully by liberals, feminists, conservatives, Roman Catholics, Jews (OT of course :-), etc. I appreciate their insight into what the Bible says but don't have to hold to their conclusions.

Updated:
Note to self, when posting a link to anything related to Wright just put it on the altar and back away so as not to offend the hordes :-)

Those of you who would disagree with my original post might want to look at this from another angle, I know that plenty of people view Wright negatively and maybe I don't want any labels associated with me. I've decided not to be a part of this whole meshugass because I have enough just being a Calvinist.

Updated again: OOPS! Reading comprehension isn't my strongest skill and there was a typo that really threw me off. But I think I'll leave the comment to forestall anyone who actually does take offense.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christian vs. Christ Follower

Here's a Christian spoof of the Mac vs PC commercial:



(via and also)

I do detect a note of anti-intellectualism in this parody. Who needs books, why not just follow Christ? But you have to understand what the Bible says in order to understand God, to fully grasp the message of His word. He gave us teachers to help us and I don't think his gift should be mocked:

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers
Updated to add: I thought about this some more and I write about it here.

Updated again: Boar's Head Tavern has some background on the video and links to the guy who plays Christian and the pastor of the church that produced the videos.

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The final is over and now, onto the final

Seminary is very tiring! As soon as you finish one final examine you have to start studying for the second. Thank they Lord, I have more time to study than I did last year. I only had the weekend. I took a test on Friday and then had another one scheduled for the following Monday and then another on the following Friday (that was the last time I took three classes at once, never again).

So, I took my Old Testament Theology and History final yesterday and it went really well, thank you for your prayers. I don't know how I did but I filled up my blue book, whether it was with gibberish or what he was looking for, who knows? Now, I have to study for my Gospels class. I have to read a very hard book that I put off reading all semester and will be punished for it this week :-(

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Faith and Baseball

Professor Peter Enns loves baseball and likes to use is as an illustration. Here is a recent chapel address on Proverbs 3:5-6 and I Peter 5:7 using baseball to illuminate the text.

2006 Weblog Awards

The 2006 Weblog Awards

Great news over at Reformed Chicks, we made the Best New Blog category! How cools is that? I couldn't believe it that we were a finalist. One of only ten blogs is pretty cool. Go over and check out our new sidebar bling :-) We haven't a chance of winning but I can honestly say that I'm just happy to be nominated. No, really, I mean that.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Have you been watching Heroes?

If you haven't, now is your chance to watch all of the episodes online (except for the first one which they don't have up yet)! It is one of the best shows on TV this year, it continually keeps you guessing and it's exciting, funny and addicting. Since it's comic bookish, there is comic bookish violence, so be forewarned. There are also suggestive scenes in the first and second episodes.

OK, back to getting ready for my final. I'm reading Hamilton's Handbook on the Pentateuch. It's an excellent commentary on the Pentateuch. Though it's considered academic, I've had no problem reading it so it might not be as academic as the publishers are my professor thinks (I figure if I can read it, anybody can :-) You would think since he is covering five books that the treatment would be pretty superficial but it isn't. I've found it pretty helpful. I noticed that he also has one on the history books as well, I think I'll get it.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Here is somthing that isn't evil

Sorry to those who wasted your day yesterday playing video games! Here is something a lot better, IVP New Testament Commentaries are now online. A much more constructive use of your time.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

This is all kinds of evil

Why, oh why did I have to find out about this. Especially when I have to read three books and an article and memorize the first three chapters of Genesis and various other passages in Hebrew by my final on Friday. Pray for me that I persevere because I'm feeling hopeless and lazy!

(via Jonah of course, the king of the time wasters)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Does Chicago Hate the Baby Jesus?

That is the question asked of those attending Christkindlmarket. I've been blogging about this on Reformed Chicks and I thought you guys might be interested in it:



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Related post: What the heck do you think Christmas means?

Monday, November 27, 2006

How many people in America have your name

This is a interesting time waster but it's fun:

There are 299,968,595 people in the United States of America. If everyone in the U.S. lined up single file, the line would stretch around the Earth almost 7 times. That's a lot of people.

The U.S. Census Bureau statistics tell us that there are at least 88,799 different last names and 5,163 different first names in common use in the United States. Some names are more common than others.
HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
5
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I was surprised that my name isn't more common.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Christmas Shopping

One bad thing about being in seminary is that you can't do you Christmas shopping until after finals, which for me this year will be December 15. So, I wasn't one of those people who went to the mall at 5:00 am to shop. I put on the TV this morning to see if they had any reports about early shoppers and of course they did. They had people who slept in line overnight to be able to shop at 5:00 in the morning. One woman said that she planned to spend $6,000. Now, that's just nuts. Who spends that much at Christmas? And why in the world would you line up the night before? They must of had some really great sales. The only sale that I saw that would have been worth it would have been to get a DVD player for $50 but even then I wouldn't sleep in line overnight. A couple years ago I was trying to find a DVD player for my daughters and I didn't want to pay more than $100 but I was having trouble finding them. I went to Wal-Mart in PA and found a bunch of them. PA is where I go when I can't find something in NJ. They don't have problem with inventory the way we do over here (here's a post I wrote about another item I had trouble finding).

I'm generally able to find the things I need to buy the last week before Christmas, though this year I am getting a little nervous because Samantha wants an ipod and Sarah wants this. I might have to go next week (I'm certainly not going today). Even though we have so many malls in NJ (there are four about a 1/2 hour from my house), they will be super crowded today.

BTW, I got some good news about my test schedule. Sometimes you get a test schedule that is really hard, a test on Friday and then one on Monday or Tuesday. Or you can have one on Monday and another on Tuesday or Wednesday or even two on the same day. This year I have the best schedule ever! I have a test on Friday and another one the following Friday. So, I very pleased with the schedule :-)

Well, I'm off to work on my unjust judge paper. Enjoy your shopping day :-)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI hope you all (both of my readers :-) are enjoying your Thanksgiving Day celebrations and have much to be thankful for. I'm thankful I finished my exegetical paper for my OTHT class and that I was able to get to the seminary in time yesterday. I had to get it there by 5:00 pm and I was still writing it in the morning. But I prayed a lot and the Lord kept me going and I finished it with time to spare for traffic. I took my daughters with me since they were off from school, they were lured into going with the promise of a Chick-fil-a milkshake but we didn't eat lunch until 2:30! They were starving!

We went to the bookstore while we were there and I was dismayed to learn that they have rearranged the bookstore by author and not subject. Now, just think about that for a minute, how in the world do you buy a commentary by author? Who knows the name of the author of a commentary? I go to the bookstore and scan the section to see what type of commentaries they have, now that's impossible. One of the side benefits though is that I'm not going to be doing too much impulse buying anymore. Or purchasing more than one book on a particular subject.

After we left the seminary, I had to drive to the Princeton Theological Seminary Library (they let students from other seminaries take out up to five books and they have a huge selection of commentaries) to turn in my commentaries for Genesis and to pick up commentaries for Luke for my Gospels exegetical paper. Yes, that's right, now that I've finished one paper I have to write another by next Thursday and it is actually going to be harder than the one I just finished. I am not looking forward to it. I will be working on it today and the rest of the weekend. My daughters are going to stay with my parents for a couple days, so I should be able to get a lot done (I hope, but I'm having a very hard time concentrating and writing).

I will be posting the papers after my finals. I didn't hate my paper for OTHT so it will make it easier to post, though it has Hebrew in it so you will have to download a font (I'll post a link for it when I post the paper) to read the Hebrew.

And for your viewing pleasure, a blast from the past. I'm old enough to actually remember this episode:


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Monday, November 20, 2006

Update to Studio 60

One of the comments I have been getting in regard to my review is that I didn't clearly state that this was a sketch about censorship and not really about Christ. That the writers were aiming at the censors who were trying to stop them from taking the Lord's name in vain. They can't understand why Christian values were being upheld by censors. Why should the network care about what would offend Christians? Because everyone takes the Lord's name in vain. And they used the Jesus character to show that even Jesus doesn't care about taking his own name in vain, so why are we censoring? And this is what offends a Christian because that isn't true. And that is where I came in. Now, go read the review with this context. You can see that the context doesn't really change my criticism of the show. They don't understand Christ, so I suggest they stick to targets they do understand because comedy is funny when there is truth (like when Harriet was trying to stand up to the executive and not break ties with a Christian group she had been associated with for years, the group canceled her appearance because they thought she wasn't going far enough, now that was funny because you know that something like that would happen -- sad, but with some truth).

Poke fun at Christians all you want, I don't care, in many respects we deserve it. But the point I made at the end of the article holds true, they need to turn around and poke themselves because they deserve it just as much as we do.

But leave Christ out of it because he doesn't deserve it.

Now, if we discuss anything, let's discuss their view of Christ because their view of Christians isn't the point of this review.

And I should make myself clear on one final point, even though this show drives me crazy, it doesn't drive me crazy because it's a mirror. I believe the portrait they point is skewed and doesn't reflect me at all. They drive me crazy because they think they know us but they don't.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Studio 60

I published this over at Reformed Chicks but I thought you guys might be interested in it.

I've been watching Studio 60 and each week it's getting harder to watch. I think Matthew Perry is a great comedic actor but his character's hatred of Christianity is making it hard for me to watch the show. And the fact that the writers know absolutely nothing about Christianity doesn't help. A recent episode demonstrated that. They did a sketch about taking Jesus' name in vain (I'm assuming that you don't live in a box and that you know that the show is a combination West Wing meets Saturday Night Live). And in the sketch, which was truly unfunny and painful to watch, Jesus doesn't care if they take his name or his Father's name in vain because "caring for the weakest among us is my thing." That would be news to anyone who has read the Bible:

Exodus 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Though the Bible is filled with many verses about God's care for the "weakest among us," Jesus came to glorify the Father and to set his people free from sin.:
John 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. 6 "I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
It's not just about you being able to do what you want to do without any regard to sin. And that is the main point of the sketch. The writers thought it would be funny to have a Jesus who doesn't really care about what men do, he loves them and wants them to do their own thing. They have to be able to take his name in vain because they get frustrated, that's just the way they are. They think that God understands our weakness and excuses it but that's not the case. He does understand our weakness and yet still expects us to live up to his standard but in his grace he came to pay the penalty for our weakness, not to excuse it. He takes the penalty freely, without payment, it is a gift. But if you reject that gift, then you will pay the price yourself. That includes taking the Lord's name in vain -- which is part of the Ten Commandments. Pretty clear. If you're going to mock the religion you might want to learn it first. It might make for funnier comedy.

But what is worse (a whole lot worse) is that Jesus says he forgave his Father for the cross. Why in the world would you write something about Jesus when you haven't a clue about the Jesus you are ridiculing. Comedy is funny when it's based in truth, it is so clear that the don't have the slightest clue who Jesus is.

Jesus would never say something like that because God the Father is perfect and has no need to be forgiven. Jesus laid His life down. God didn't force the cross on Him, He picked it up. He made the decision to be obedient to the Father, He did it willingly:
Matthew 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."
Sheesh, people read the Bible, it's pretty clear.

One final note to the producers and writers of this show: do you really think this is edgy? Beating up Christians has been done to death. How about doing something really edgy, how about you beat up sanctimonious writers of liberal shows who beat their viewers over the head with their propaganda. So much so that they lose viewers week after week, now that might be funny.

Politics, Hagar in the Wilderness and the Weblog Awards

The 2006 Weblog Awards

That's what I've been doing :-) But I wanted to let you guys know about the Weblog Awards in case you hadn't heard that they are taking nominations until November 24th. And the best thing of all, you can nominate yourself (I didn't have to, I begged the Reformed Chicks readers to do it for me). They have all kinds of categories (except religion and Christianity) like parenting, conservative, liberal, etc. Go check them out and nominate your favorite blog. I nominated mostly mommy blogs since they don't get the recognition that they deserve.

Now, back to reading about Hagar and how her experience parallels Moses' experience.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Being Five

This one is very funny! My anonymous comments are usually from spammers.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Poor Samantha!

Samantha was going to play video games today when she got home from school and she leaned on the cabinet to look for the games and the TV fell and hit her on the head! Thank the Lord she's OK but she's really upset because she broke the TV.

She keeps wanting me to punish her because she feels bad. She's in shock that I'm not mad at her. I keep telling her that it's not her vault but it doesn't seem to help. I'm just thankful she's OK and didn't get hurt.

We had an old 13-inch that we'll be watching until my husband buys a new one. It seems so small after having a 28-inch screen TV. Lesson of the day: enjoy your toys while you have them, one day they could be taken away :-( and make sure to keep your kids away for the TV cabinet unless you're sure it's sturdy.

Updated: My husband is the man! He was able to fix the TV. Yeah! But now he's bummed because he priced out a flat panel TV and won't be getting one.

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Evidently I'm not plugging the WTS bookstore enough

One of my classmates who works in the bookstore tells me that I don't plug the bookstore enough on my blog, so here it is. Go to the WTS bookstore and buy something! Please! I'll even make some suggestions, The Goldsworthy Trilogy, Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament, Christianity and Liberalism or American's God

Sunday, October 29, 2006

More on Firefox 2.0

One thing that is a huge improvement over the old version is the recovery feature. With the old version of Firefox, if you had a problem with one of the windows, all of the open windows would shut down. You would lose everything you were working on. I've lost many posts this way. Now, with this new version, it will recover all of your windows if you want it to. This has already saved me one post and a lot of research I was doing on multiple posts. Very helpful feature.

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #18 A Fall Feast

The Carnival is up.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Firefox 2.0

I downloaded Firefox 2.0 last night and I'm really happy so far. I found out that it does the most amazing thing. What's the one thing that would be really nice to have when you are leaving a comment on someone's blog or on your own blog? A spell checker!!! Yes, it red lines spelling mistakes when you are in the comment editor and in the post editor. Red lining spelling mistakes is so much better than having to use a spell checker since it's so easy to forget to hit the spell checker before posting. With red lining, you know immediately when you've misspelled the word.

It also is much faster than the old Firefox and when you click on a link, it opens it in a new tab and not a new window. I think they have made it a much better browser.

Download it here.

Updated to add: This is even better than I thought because it's spell checking everything. All input fields - so now I have spelling checking on Gmail chats and when I compose an email and even when I edit my template. What are you waiting for? Go get it!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #17 Mistakes

The Carnival is up at Dreaming What Ifs..., the theme is mistakes. I didn't enter this week's Carnival because it's not a topic that I can relate to, I don't make any interesting or blog worthy mistakes and even if I did, I would never admit to making them, especially not publicly :-)

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I haven't abandoned this blog

Though it would seem that I have. I've been very busy with Greek and Hebrew, my Revelation Bible study and Reformed Chicks Blabbing. I've been doing a lot of political blogging because of all that is going on leading up to the election.

I love my classes and have been really interested in the lecture material so it's been a great semester so far. I've decided not to worry about the grades and just enjoy the classes and be blessed by learning so much about the word of God. This week we got into the theology of the Gospels and in my OT class, Professor Green, just completed an overview of the Pentateuch and started a more indepth look at Genesis. So indepth that we spent some time looking at Genesis 1:1 (in Hebrew) on Tuesday. We examined the question, is Genesis 1:1 a summary statement about creation or a statement about God creating? What's interesting, is that there is no other place in the Genesis account where the earth is said to have been created. I thought it was a summary statement and still do, though I understand why the professor didn't.

I do intend to post the notes for the Revelation Bible study and there is something interesting I learned in my OT class this week that I wanted to share (it's on Romans 2). I will try to get to it tomorrow, if I can finish preparing for my Greek and Hebrew tests that I will be having this week. Yes, I am once again going to be tested for both languages on the same day.

The Revelation study is going well, even though the group is very small. I'm enjoying being forced to study it :-) It is a wonderful book and it is so rich. I highly recommend the Beale commentary, he has been so helpful on the problem verses, like 3:5 where Jesus says that he wouldn't blot out the name of those who overcome. This can be a very difficult verse because if we believe that the Jesus is saying that he would blot out the name of those who weren't conquerors then we have a contradiction with Ephesians chapter 1. More on this when I post my notes for chapter 3 (which should be a couple months at this rate :-)

I received a very nice present from a very thoughtful person (thanks, Moonshadow). It's an introduction to the Old Testament. Reading the Old Testament by Lawrence Boadt. And it's autographed, with a very nice inscription about God blessing me "richly" in my love of the Scriptures. He already has :-) I will let you know what I think, at least about the Pentateuch section which is all I'll probably have time for.

BTW, I highly recommend The Modern Search for the Real Jesus by Robert B. Strimple. It is an excellent survey of the quests (there were three distinct types of quest) for the historical Jesus over the last couple hundred years. It gives you just enough information about each scholar and helps you to understand where they fit in the history and how they were influenced by the scholars who came before them and how they influenced those who came after them.

And while I'm recommending stuff, the new Evanescence CD is excellent. It is just as good as the first and I love every song on it especially "Call Me When You're Sober" (which I sing at the top of my lungs while I'm driving)and "Good Enough" which really demonstrates Lee's vocal range. Excellent songs. Don't listen to those who say it isn't as good as Fallen, it is. It's amazing that she was able to produce such a strong second album especially since she lost two band members. I loved "Fallen" so much that I would play it over and over again without getting sick of it and I'm doing the same with "Open Door."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Midterm is History

Well, I took my midterm yesterday but didn't do too well. I was in a bad mood for a couple hours then decided that I would just have to live with it and study harder for the final. Also, I have to get going on my exegesis paper. One bit of good news, the professor had scheduled a Greek quiz for tomorrow but that was pushed back until next week. So, I get a break this week. The bad news is that I have a Hebrew quiz that day as well.

While studying for my midterm, I read this paper. I was pleased to see that it was online so that you could read it too. It's a paper by Kenneth E. Bailey on oral traditions in the Middle East. He makes the case that if the Bible had been transmitted orally, we could be assured of it's reliability based on the oral tradition found in the Middle East. Bailey was a missionary to the Bedouins.

This story was missing from the online version. It's an example of the flexibility that is evident in oral tradition (it's under the title "Some Flexibility"):

Wafaqa Shanon Tabaqah is reported in Mujammaa Al- Alamthal ( The
Collection of Proverbs) by Al-Maidani . The story goes like this. Chan,
a clever young man was traveling in search of a wife that suits him. In
his journey he would meet an old man and escort him . Shan asks the old
man "do you like to carry me, or do you like me to carry you?" "you
are so ignorant, we are both riding our own horses" the old man
exclaims. Shan is quiet. They reach a field with ripen harvest, "has
this crop been eaten yet" asks Shan. "you are so ignorant. How could
this crop be eaten while it is still in the ground? Shan is quiet. They
continue their trip. They pass by a funeral "is that corpse dead or
alive?"” Shan asks. "You are so ignorant. It is a corpse and you wonder
if it is still alive"” Shan is quiet. When they reached the house of
the old man he would invite Shan over. The old man has a pretty
daughter and he would complain to he from the stupidity of his friend.
Tabaqah, which was the name of the young lady explains to her father
all Shan's questions. He would go back to him and tell him "look I
understand all your questions. In the first one you meant if I would
rather entertain you or you entertain me so the road would be shorter
and our journey less boring. And in your question about the crop you
wondered if the farmr who owns that feild had already arrnged the sail
of his crop and ate from the pre-paid price. And if the dead person had
left children so his/her memory will continue to be alive in them."

Shan, "Impressive though this understanding is not from you, some one
told this."

The old man "yes that is Tabaqah my daughter."

Shan thought that is it. This youg lady is his perfect match and his
future wife and they ended up marrying.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Earthquake hits Hawaii

Not a good time for my in-laws to be on vacation in Hawaii:

A strong earthquake shook Hawaii early Sunday, causing a landslide that blocked a major highway on Hawaii Island and knocking out power across the state, authorities said. Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the entire state.

[...]

The Pacific Tsunami Center reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.6. It was followed by several strong aftershocks, including one measuring a magnitude of 5.8, the Geological Survey said.

Also, please join me in praying that Kailani will get her power restored quickly.

Revelation Chapter 3 Questions

1. (v. 1) Why do you think that the letter to Sardis begins this way? Read the whole passage (vv. 1-6) before you answer.
2. (v. 1) What do you think it means that they have a reputation of being alive but they are dead?
3. (v. 3) What does this passage sound like to you?
4. (v. 4) What do you think it means that they are worthy to walk with Jesus in white?
5. (v. 5) What does Jesus mean by blotting out the name from the book of life? Does this sound like Jesus is implying that those who don’t overcome will have their name blotted from the book of life? How do we read this verse in light of Revelation 13:8, 20:15, 21:27 and Ephesians 1:3-14?
6. (v. 7) Why do you think that the letter to Sardis begins this way? Read the whole passage (vv. 8-13) before you answer. What does it mean that Jesus has the key of David (Isaiah 22)?
7. (v. 8) What does it mean that Jesus has set an open door for the church?
8. (v. 9) Do you think this is in reference to the consummation at the end of time or in reference to their time?
9. (v. 10) What do you think Jesus meant by “the hour of trial that is coming on the whole earth?”
10. (v. 11) What do you think that Jesus meant by “soon?” Especially since we are almost 2,000 years later and still counting.
11. (v. 14) Why do you think that the letter to Sardis begins this way? Read the whole passage (vv. 15-22) before you answer.
12. (vv. 15-17) What do you think Jesus is talking about here? Do you think that Jesus could make the same charge about our church? About you?
13. (v. 18) What does it mean to buy gold, salve, and white garments from Jesus? How do we do that?
14. (v. 20) What door is Jesus standing at?
15. (v. 21) What do you think it means to sit with Christ on His throne?
16 Reread the chapter and your answers, what have you learned about God from this passage and what is expected of you? Do you think you are prepared to meet that expectation?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hey! Time for an update on what's going on in my life

So, I think I did better on this last Hebrew test! Yeah, me! I at least recognized more of the words. So that's always a good sign :-)

I'm preparing for my midterm in Gospels, it will be on the history of the criticism of the Gospels. I was thinking about a way to write something to post here and I think I figured it out. I won't be giving a long detailed explanation of each stage, I think there is more value in looking at the big picture, instead of each individual piece. So much of these views are still with us today and there is a value for us in seeing that they have been discarded and picked back up again, time after time. There is nothing new under the sun. The same problems that caused them to be discarded are still plaguing them today. But we have to be aware of them, to recognize them and to be able to combat them.

In other news, Samantha has been out of school the last couple of days because she had a sore throat. I had to take her to school with me today, so I bought her a new DVD and a milkshake at Chick-fil-a to make it less of a burden. It's hard being a mom and a seminarian, I wouldn't have gone to school today except that the professor was going to summarize the material that we had been going over the last month and talk about what was going to be on the midterm. She was in recovery mode anyway and I kept her home today because she had a low grade fever last night.

BTW, if you haven't had their milkshake, go get one now! They are sooooo good! They are way too big and have whipped cream and a cherry on top. Click on the above link and you can see what I'm talking about. Anyway, I got her a kid's meal and I asked if she could have a milkshake with it, thinking she would get a kid's size cup and they gave her an adult size milkshake which is way to big for adults. She didn't drink it all but I drank all of mine and regret it now.

Doug was away overnight and came back sick, he's sitting here coughing and sneezing and wants to take two different pills because together they covered all his symptoms. I told him not to do it in case there was an overlap of ingredients. He wisely heeded my advice. This is why married men live longer than single men :-)

OK, off to work on my Bible study for tomorrow. After all of the tests next week (a midterm and a Greek quiz), you can look for my Bible study notes. Until then, I'll post the chapter 3 questions. Maybe I'll make a couple multiple choice.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Revelation Chapter 2 Questions

  1. (v. 1) Why do you think that the letter to Ephesus begins with this opening? Read the whole passage (vv. 1-7) before you answer.

  1. (vv. 2-3) How do you think that knowing that Christ knew of their “patient endurance” affected them?

  1. (vv. 4-5) What do you think that Christ meant that they had abandoned their first love? And what do you think that they are no longer doing that they did at first?

  1. (v. 5) What do you think it means that Christ will remove their lampstand? Remember what the lampstand signifies before you answer this question.

  1. (v. 7) Think about Genesis 1-3, what do you think the tree of life signifies?

  1. (v. 8) Why do you think that the letter to Smyrna begins this way? Read the whole passage (vv. 9-11) before you answer.

  1. (v. 9-11) What do you think is meant by the “synagogue of Satan?” What do you learn about Satan’s involvement from this passage?

  1. (v. 11) What is the second death?

  1. (v. 12) Why do you think that the letter to Pergamum begins this way? Read the whole passage (vv. 12-17) before you answer.

  1. (v. 16) What do you think it means that Christ will come and war against them with the sword in his mouth?

  1. (v. 17) What do you think is meant by the “hidden manna” and the “white stone?”

  1. (v. 18) Why do you think that the letter to Thyatira begins with this opening? Read the whole passage (vv. 19-29) before you answer.

  1. (vv. 19-29) What do we learn about the situation in Thyatira in this passage? What do we learn about Christ from this passage?

  1. (v. 26-27) What do you think that it means that those who conquer will rule over the nations with a rod of iron? Who are the nations?

  1. Reread the chapter. How is the vision of Christ in chapter 1 used to encourage the churches in this chapter?

  1. What do you learn from this chapter about your love of God and your service to him? Really think about this before you answer.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Christ was a Philistine?

What? Someone actually came to my blog searching for that phrase. What is that about? Does anyone know? Is there some wacky new theory about Christ? Very strange.

It comes at an interesting time because I'm actually studying Gospel criticism right now. One part of that is the quest for the historic Jesus. Very interesting stuff. I hope to write notes in preparation for my midterm next week. If I do, I'll post them.

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Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #15 Fall Theme

The Carnival is up. As you can see I didn't participate this week. I'm studying for a midterm. Prayer would be nice :-)

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bombed my Greek and Hebrew quizzes

They were hard! My Gospels professor used fragments of sentences so you didn't have much context. Those are the hardest to translate. And it was hard to study for two tests in two different languages (excuses, excuses). I wasn't the only one who struggled, the guy sitting next to me told me that he didn't even turn his test in.

My OTHT professor gave us a verse that I struggled with when preparing for the test. I knew he would but I still had trouble with the verse. I didn't translate it properly.

One bit of good news though, I found out that the professor is going to drop the lowest quiz score. I think that would be this one (I at least hope so).

Another bit of good news, I think I've decided on what passage I'm going to use for my exegetical paper, the unjust judge passage. It should be interesting.

And could you please continue to pray for my cousin's family? Especially his mom, this has hit her hard! My dad told me she could even talk to anyone. The funeral is tomorrow, please pray that she will be able to make it through the service.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Death in the Family

My mother left a message on my machine last night that she had some bad news. When she calls after 10:00 and says something like that, I know someone is sick, in the hospital or has died. I think immediately that it's my grandma because she just celebrated her 89th birthday and is getting a little weaker. But it wasn't Grandma, it was one of my cousins. He died from a blood clot. Just like that, I wasn't expecting it, he wasn't sick. He was a number of years younger than me and has a wife and young daughter. He also had really great parents (wonderful, funny, loving parents) and a wonderful brother and sister who are going to miss him a lot. This is devastating news for the family, since it was so sudden and he died pretty young. I ask for prayers for them, they are going to really need them to get through this awful time.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Less Hebrew than I thought!

I had such good news in my Old Testament class this morning! I thought our quiz was going to be on Genesis 1-3 tomorrow, it turns out that it's on chapter 1 only!! Woohoo! Now, I'm ahead of the curve and have two weeks worth of translations done and less to memorize by tomorrow.

God is so good, I was feeling overwhelmed this morning at having to memorize three chapter is Genesis and two chapters in Matthew and now I only have to memorize one in Genesis and it's the easiest chapter to memorize.

Thanks for your prayers and for the kind comments about my rest on Friday. I did enjoy it and spent most of the weekend working on translating. One good thing about translating the Bible, you can watch TV or listen to the radio while doing it. You can't do that when you have to read theology books :-).

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

ESV buttons

Here are some ESV buttons for your blog. Smart of them to advertise!

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Guess what I didn't do all day?

Drive! How great is that! My husband's car is in the shop and he took mine. I got a ride to my Bible study from one of the women in the study, who doesn't live too far from me. It felt so good not to have to go anywhere after she dropped me off. I took a nap and have been translating Hebrew and listening to the radio. Aaahhh, life is good :-)

I'll post the questions later tonight and if I get a chance, I'll prepare a post of my lecture notes. I really loved this chapter because we see the risen Christ in all His glory and majesty. How wonderful that picture would be to a persecuted church, one that was struggling with not only persecution, but with heresy and a loss of zeal. How encouraging to know that Christ dwells in the midst of the church and knows about its suffering and is sovereign over it all.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Christian Carnival is Up

You can find it here. I finally made it this week with my Revelation introduction. I hope to have the chapter one notes up in time for the next Carnival but I have Greek and Hebrew tests on Tuesday and all my time will be spent on that. Though I am taking the time to make Powerpoint slides for my Bible study but they would have to be rewritten for the blog. I will at least be able to post the study questions tomorrow.

Parents of Teenagers Read This Post

If you have a teenager, you might want to check out the National Vocabulary Championship since there is a $40,000 prize. I have details on Reformed Chicks. I'm forcing Sarah to do it. A $40,000 prize invested now will be a fairly decent amount by the time she is ready for college and she will improve her vocabulary even if she doesn't win. It's really a win-win situation (though winning the bucks would be my preference :-)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Verses for diapers?

What in the world are "verses for diapers?" Someone came here looking for that phrase.

The Snake House and Veggie Tales on NBC

Did you guys see the story about the house and property that was filled with snakes? My mother would have freaked out and I probably would as well even though I'm not as grossed out by them as she is.

I thought it was really funny that they intend to keep the property so that they can try for an extreme makeover:

The Hepworths never moved in, but Lyman Hepworth's brother is still making payments, though the seller offered to refund their money when he found out about the infestation.

Their plan: They sent a videotape of the house, their children and, of course, the snakes to the producers of "Extreme Home Makeover," in hopes the television show would send its decorators in for a filmed renovation.

The video showed snakes slithering on the back porch, climbing up the foundation and a ball of snakes on the side of the home, Jeanine Hepworth said.

The couple will not find out if the show chooses their reptile refuge for a fix-up challenge until next year.
I think even with a makeover I wouldn't chance them coming back again and finding a way into the new house. Yech! It makes your skin crawl just thinking about it.

(Link via Drudge Report)

Also, I thought those of you who like Veggie Tales might be interested in the controversy surrounding the new Saturday morning broadcast on NBC. It seems that some references to God (but not all) have been removed at the request of NBC. Check out the link for details.

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