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?

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