Tuesday, February 27, 2007

James Camerons Evidence

Newsweek did a story on Cameron's evidence and I blogged about it here. I also found an interview of the archaeologist who was in charge of the Talpiot tomb and he had this to say:

The name "Jesus son of Joseph" has been found on three or four ossuaries. These are common names. There were huge headlines in the 1940s surrounding another Jesus ossuary, cited as the first evidence of Christianity. There was another Jesus tomb. Months later it was dismissed. Give me scientific evidence, and I'll grapple with it. But this is manufactured.
I think Christianity will survive this latest attempt to destroy it's most fundamental tenant, that Jesus rose from the dead and sits on the right hand of God, making intercession for his people.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Tomb of "Jesus?"

So, have you heard the big news? They've discovered the tomb of "Jesus" and guess what? Despite the published reports by eyewitness to his resurrection and the fact that the tomb was empty, James Cameron will offer proof that it's the tomb of Jesus, his mother, Mary, Mary Magdalene and Jesus' son, Judah:

The cave in which Jesus Christ was buried has been found in Jerusalem, claim the makers of a new documentary film.

If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history.

The coffins which, according to the filmmakers held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene will be displayed for the first timeon Monday in New York.

Jointly produced by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and Oscar winning director James Cameron, the film tells the exciting and tortuous story of the archeological discovery.

The story starts in 1980 in Jerusalem’s Talpiyot neighborhood, with the discovery of a 2,000 year old cave containing ten coffins. Six of the ten coffins were carved with inscriptions reading the names: Jesua son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Matthew, Jofa (Joseph, identified as Jesus’ brother), Judah son of Jesua (Jesus’ son - the filmmakers claim).

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According to the filmmakers, the film’s claim is based on close work with world-famous scientists, archeologists, statisticians, DNA specialists and antiquities experts.
"If it proves true?" How in the world could it be proved true? There is no way that this can be proved true because there is nothing of Christ that can be tested, DNA or otherwise.

How will this impact Christianity? I'm sure that people will probably use this as yet one more lame excuse not to believe in Christ but those of us who know that Jesus is the Son of God and came to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, will not be swayed by this attempt to destroy Christianity. Greater men than Cameron have tried and have failed to destroy it because Christians believe for a reason. There is a reason for the hope that is within us and that can't be destroyed by a tomb containing the remains of those who bear similar names to those of Jesus and others mentioned in the Bible.

Even the guy involved in the discovery isn't buying this and views it as a publicity stunt:
Excitement over the discovery of Jesus’ burial site is premature, Israeli archeologist Professor Amos Kloner said.

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“The claim that the burial site has been found is not based on any proof, and is only an attempt to sell,” Kloner said.

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“I refute all their claims and efforts to waken a renewed interest in the findings. With all due respect, they are not archeologists,” Kloner said, referring to the filmmakers.

According to him, the names inscribed on the coffins were very common in the Second Temple era, and as such were not sufficient proof that the cave was the burial site of Jesus' family.
I blogged about the commonness of the names at Reformed Chicks and gave some examples from the Bible.

I have no fear of what will be said tomorrow because my faith is built on the word of God:
Matthew 7:24-27 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."
I think P.O.D. says, it best "Is that all you got? Take your best shot!" I'm ready for the "proof," bring it on!


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Why do men hate church?

Rodney from The Journey is discussing why men hate church. Go over there and give him your input.

We don't seem to have this problem in our church. Men volunteer to teach Sunday School, welcome visitors, to usher, to work with the youth, sing in the choir, and to do whatever needs to be done. I think that the reason we don't have this problem is that are under the authority of ruling elders and by a teaching elder, our pastor. This is a male-dominated authority structure and I believe it might make men feel more welcomed.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Movie Review: Bridge to Terabithia

I took my daughters to see Bridge to Terabithia and I was really surprised at how much I loved the movie and how much my 14-year old, Sarah, hated it. In fact, she said it was the worst movie she had ever seen (she ranked it with Tron). I think the problem was that when we saw the trailer, we expected a fantasy. As you can see from this trailer:



But what we got was reality. Neither of my daughters had read the book or had even heard of it. We only had the clip to guide us in what we were about to see and I think that the marketers aren't marketing this movie properly because the movie is more than what is presented in the trailer. It's more than a fantasy, it's a story about how valuable imagination is in the life of a child and how friendship can overcome many obstacles in our lives. The strength of this movie doesn't lie in fantasy but in reality. And even though the fantasy is wonderful and visually appealing, the movie is more interesting when it deals with the lives of the main characters.

It's the story of Jess, a middle-schooler, the only son in a household of girls. His parents are struggling to make ends meet, so there is much tension in the house over money. His father is distant to him and seems to save all his affection for Jess' younger sister. You really feel bad for the kid seeing how he yearns for affection but doesn't receive it.

Until he meets the new girl in school, Leslie, who turns out to be his neighbor. She immediately befriends him and they are a perfect match. She is a writer, who has the ability and imagination to use descriptive language to describe scenes that only exist in her head and he is an artist, able to draw what he can only imagine. Together they create a world in which all the cares of middle school and their home lives vanish and they can be conquerors in their fantasy life while they are being conquered in real life.

What made this movie so good was how their fantasy world enable them to gain the confidence to handle the bullies and their home situations. To use their imagine to come up with creative ways to cope with life's problems.

I think the movie has a great lesson for kids about the importance of imagination and friendship and helps kids to understand that those who are mean may have the same struggles they do.

What I loved the most about this movie was that wasn't a typical kid's movie. It's not plastic or sappy. It's not pat, with a standard ending. It was totally unexpected and I never knew what was going to happen next. I highly recommend it but warn your kids, it's not just about fantasy, it's about reality.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Christian Blogosphere Blogroll

OK, it's not like I don't have anything else to do with my time but since the Christian Bloggers aren't accepting any new members, I figured I would start a blogroll for Christians. I want to promote Christian blogs the way I'm promoting women blogs.

Go here to find out more information about the requirements for joining the blogroll.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Carnival is up

A little late in letting you know, I know! Go check out all the Carnival entries about love (a lot of the women blogged about their love for their husband -- how they met him or their wedding day). It might put you in a romantic mood :-)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Blogging


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I love blogging because I can blog about things that make me nuts. Instead of yelling at my TV or radio, I can blog about it. It keeps my blood pressure under control and I don't have to worry about the veins in my neck.


9
I love being able to share stuff with others that I find on the Internet. If I didn't have a blog, I wouldn't be able to share the cool sites like this one with anyone else. It's how I can justify all the time I spend surfing the web (hehe).


8
I like the public accountability for my goals. I joined the Chunkster Challenge so that the thought of public humiliation would ensure that I would read the books that I told everyone I would read.


7
I like being part of a community. We are bloggers, we share something in common. There is something about us that makes us want to share our triumphs, struggles, joys, cares, and dirty laundry with the rest of the world.


6
I like to have a place where I can brag about my kids. Samantha got straight A's on her last report card, this is the first time she has ever done that! Sarah would have made the honor role except she is struggling with geometry.


5
I love the creative aspect of blogging. I love to figure out how to find unusual images for the title graphic for both this blog and my Reformed Chicks blog. It takes effort to find images that work with the dimensions that I have to work with.


4
I love figuring out the technical aspects of blogging, whether it's how to create a tag cloud, creating RSS feeds headlines for my blog, trackbacks, or favicons. It's fun to search the Internet to find out how other people did it. That's the great thing about the Internet, everyone shares how they do neat stuff.


3
I love sharing the word of God with my readers and I love being able to have a place where I can share what I'm learning in seminary (whenever I can find the time to write about it).


2
I love having readers. I love that people come to this blog from all over the world and I hope that in some way I've shared the love of Christ with them. 1 Corinthians 13 sums up the importance of love in blogging:
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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And the #1 reason I love blogging is that I can post cheesy 70's theme song music that I think fits our theme :-) Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I started class this week

I'm taking Acts and Paul with Professor Gaffin, who is a wonderful professor. Since I'm currently brain dead, I was fearful that I wouldn't be able to keep my mind focused enough to understand what was being said. But my fears were groundless and in fact the opposite happened, a lot of what he said triggered memories and I realized that I knew something about the Bible :-)

This was the first time I was able to check my finals and I was disappointed to learn that I kind of bombed them. Bummer! I did get a B on my Gospels' paper which was OK, I didn't expect anything great. I have to start working on these papers earlier since I would do such a better job if I could think about the passage and the research longer. The work piles up though and it's hard to research when you are studying for Greek and Hebrew quizzes. I was looking forward to doing a better job this semester but we don't have to do an exegetical paper. There will be three tests and a digest. That's it. One of the tests will be a Greek test. All of Galatians and two passages from Acts. It seems like a lot but it could be worse. I'm just happy that I won't have weekly tests.

Here are the books that I will be reading parts of this semester:

Biblical Theology by G. Vos
Theology of the New Testament by R. Bultmann
The Message of Acts by D. E. Johnson
Perspectives on Pentecost by R. B. Gaiffin, Jr.
The Holy Spirit by S. B. Ferguson
New Testament History by F. F. Bruce
New Testament Introduction by D. Guthrie
The New Testament: An Introduction to Its History and Literature by J. G. Machen
The Pauline Eschatology by G. Vos
When the Time Had Fully Come by H. Ridderbos
Paul: An Outline of His Theology by H. Ridderbos
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters by S. J. Hafemann

We only have to read parts of the books but added together it will be a lot. We only have to digest one of the books, Bruce's "New Testament History," chapters 16-30. I will post it to the blog when I finish it (yes, I will).

I was sadden by the death of Professor Groves on Monday. He was such a wonderful Christian, so warm, gentle and caring. When I took Hebrew we used his study guide as a supplement to the grammar book we were using and it showed such a sense of humor that I was looking forward to taking a class with him. Unfortunately, I never got the chance. You can get a sense of the man from the memories of the commenters here.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

B+ on my OTHT paper

I was pleased by this grade because I had been getting a string of B- up to this point (well, two anyway) so a least it wasn't as bad. I had expected a worse grade but the professor was generous. He said it was solid exegesis with some insights. I will be editing the paper to put on the website. I want to incorporate his suggestions into it, so that it's a better paper. I'm also going to take out the Hebrew.

In other news, Al Groves and Alister Begg are in need of prayer. It looks like Professor Groves will not make it much longer, he is under hospice care. Please go read the post by his wife, Libbie.

And Alister Begg has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and it looks like it's treatable. Pray for a quick recovery for him.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

BTW, thank you to whoever nominated me...

I've been incredibly ungracious about the nomination for the blog award and should have said thank you earlier. I appreciate that someone thinks this blog is thought-provoking. I can't think that I've provoked much thought lately but I'm grateful that someone thought I did :-)

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Thought-provoking? I can't even think!

So, I can't decide if I'm anti-award and will just write fluff today and the rest of the week or just be my normal thought-provoking self (hehe)? I have no hope of winning, so I guess it really doesn't matter.

I think it's the height of irony that I should be nominated in this category when just recently I realized that I don't have anything of value to contribute, that I've lost my ability to think, let alone write. For the last eleven years I have been writing Bibles studies and have had women tell me that they have learned a lot and that they still take out my written material and look at them years later. But I haven't been producing anything of value lately. Nothing that helps, nothing that I can write from the wonderful experiences that I'm having through my study of the word of God. Usually when I write studies, I live what I write but not this time. I feel like I don't know anything about God's word. I tried to write something two weeks ago for the Blogging Chicks Carnival and couldn't think of a thing to write about and when I finally started writing something, I decided, why bother? And then deleted it. I couldn't relate enough to the material to write about it.

Even though I'm writing a Revelation Bible study and have learned a lot from it, I feel disconnected from the material, it hasn't touched my life the way that God's word normally does. I fear it's becoming an academic exercise. Don't get me wrong, I'm not distant from God, I still experience His love and care and my prayer life is not bad but I've lost something that I had and I want it back.

One of the problems I know that I'm having with writing for this blog is that I'm afraid of the permanence, it has had a debilitating effect on me. If I write something, it's here for all the world to see (well, in potentiality anyway, at least through Google), so I better get it right. I know that since I want to publish, I'm going to have to get over this fear :-) but I haven't been able to push past it enough to just write. It's easier to just write fluff. And it doesn't help to know that half the traffic for this blog is for my Samson study. I get a number of hits a day on it (I also get a hit a day on steel-cut oats, go figure). I started writing that study in April and I've been getting daily hits ever since. It kind of freaks me out.

Seminary hasn't been as helpful as I thought it would. It's made me even more hesitant to write because my confidence has been shaken. I realize I don't know anything about the Bible and that I have a lot to learn. That's not a good place for someone who is suppose to be teaching the Bible to be. Seminary has taught me to look at the Bible in a number of different ways that I find overwhelming to communicate to others. I want to bring out the depth of the passage I'm writing about, bringing in the knowledge that I've gained from seminary but it's hard. I feel I'm inadequate to the task.

I understand that God equips those He calls to serve Him, believe me I know from experience. Every Friday morning I go to church not knowing what I'm going to say and then all of a sudden I do. I don't plan it, it just happens (though, I do research the passage before I teach it but sometimes I have no idea how it all fits together, what is the point of the passage). But it's different lately on this blog. I can't seem to get deeper than the surface.

So, after years and years of not being able to turn off my thoughts (especially when I'm turning to go to sleep), they seem to have stopped all on their own. How do I jump start them again? I guess I'll have to think of a way :-)

Psalm 143:5-8 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Oh No! Not Another Nomination!!!

Well, I didn't even know about this award and I'm really shocked that anyone would nominate this blog for an award but there you go, it's been nominated for the "Most Thought-Provoking" blog. There are about what looks like 50 other blogs nominated and the five top vote getters will move on to the next round. If you think this blog is "thought-provoking" then you can vote for it here. You can only vote once.

I don't have a chance of winning but a vote would be nice :-)

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