Sunday, December 30, 2007
Today is a very special day. It marks ten years of togetherness and companionship. Ten years ago, on New Year's Eve Eve Pascal and I became companions. By Pascal I am not referring to the philosopher/scientist/theologian. By Pascal I am referring to my furry feline friend.
It has been a great ten years. I truly believe that God brought us together. A friend of mine was going to buy a cat, and I went with her. As she was looking at these kittens, Pascal walked up to me and meowed at me. My friend bought her and another cat. She let me name her cats, and I chose the names Pascal and Soren (yes, the obvious). It probably isn't a good sign when you let someone else name your pets. A couple of weeks later I called her and told her I was going to get a cat, and she asked me if I wanted Pascal. I jumped all over that. That was New Year's Eve Eve ten years ago.
It's been great. As a kitten she had the biggest ears (proof is in the pictures above), but she grew into them quite nicely. She still plays with pieces of the long furry toy she is chewing on in the second picture above. At night she jumps into bed with me and places her head on my hand for a few minutes before we go to sleep. In the morning, she places her head on my hand and we bond a few minutes before getting out of bed. She does not like it when other things preoccupy my attention. She should get it all. When taking Hebrew, I recall a day when she sprawled out across my texts while I was studying. It was a welcome distraction. When I was writing my thesis project she would sit at my feet while I was working at the computer, often keeping my feet warm.
I thank God that he brought me such a wonderful little buddy. She truly is a wonderful little gift from God.
The picture below is the anniversary present I bought her. Whew! I'm glad she liked it.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
What's your theological worldview?
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You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Would someone please get these things off of me? Sigh.
And a quote from Blaise Pascal:
“Wretchedness induces despair.
Pride induces presumption.
The Incarnation shows man the
greatness of his wretchedness through the
greatness of the remedy required.”
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Yvette--the one out of sync with the cat and the lizard.
Yes, not only are they smarter, they are better dancers.
Merry Christmas Y'all!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Inside was Nancey Murphy's Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism. This has moved to the top of the list. How could it not when the first two paragraphs of the introduction say this:
American Protestant Christianity is often described as a two party system. The division between "liberals" and conservatives (including both fundamentalists and evangelicals) is a deep one, often marked by acrimony and stereotypes. I leave it to the sociologists and historians to account for the acrimony. My goal here is to help clarify the difference between the intellectual positions of these two groups and to advance the thesis that the philosophy of the modern period is largely responsible of the bifurcation of Protestant Christan thought.If that doesn't sound exciting to you, I don't know what does.
A second thesis of the book is that the modern philosophical positions that drove this division have all been called into question. So it is time to ask how theology ought to be done in a postmodern era and to envision a rapprochement between theologians of the left and right.
Nancey Murphy is Associate Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Woo hooo...let the festivities begin.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
CD Player -- oooh...I don't really use a CD player, so I'll go with what I was listening to last on my IPod. Luke Timothy Johnson's Lectures on "Early Christianity."
My DVD player holds five DVDs: a disc from "Eureka" season 1, "End of the Spear," "Amazing Grace," "The Siege," and "Deck the Halls"
To Read List
Nancey Murphy's Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism and Stanley Grenz's Renewing the Center
To See List
"I am Legend", "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Walk Hard" and "AVPR"
Mind--it's 10:27 and I have to stop writing this post so I can watch Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report"
I tag Jeremy, MLM, and St. Brian.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Personality page has these quotes on the INTJ:
"...observer, values solitude, perfectionist, detached, private... does not talk about feelings, hard to impress, analytical, likes esoteric things..."
"To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how."
"At work, INTJs use their conceptual strengths to analyze situations and then develop models to understand and anticipate through relentlessly to reach their goals. They will continue on with their plans, even in the face of adversity and data that might suggest to other more practical types that their goals are no longer feasible. By nature, INTJs are independent individualists."
"INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. When they are in leadership roles, they are quite effective, because they are able to objectively see the reality of a situation, and are adaptable enough to change things which aren't working well. They are the supreme strategists - always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against their current strategy, to plan for every conceivable contingency. "
This stuff is fun.
Today's included another gem on community:
"Too many people come into community to find something, to belong to a dynamic group, to find a life which approaches the ideal. If we come into community without knowing that the reason we come is to discover the mystery of forgiveness, we will soon be disappointed." - Jean Vanier Community and GrowthSome times we enter into community knowing it will help us grow. Often times we enter into community without the foresight that this growth often comes through the trials we encounter when we are in relationship with other believers. Forgiving a brother or a sister is often much more difficult than extending forgiveness to those outside the community of faith. "After all," we reason, "they're a Christian. They should know better."
I'm not exactly sure what Vanier meant by "mystery of forgiveness." Is it the mystery on why God would send His Son so we can have forgiveness? Is it the mystery that we are called to extend the forgiveness we have received to those who wrong us? Is it the amazing mystery of the power and freedom that comes from forgiving? I'm not sure, but I expect a little bit of all of that and more.
One final thought from Scripture: "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Update 9:30 p.m.: This must be the theme of the day. I went to church this evening, and our pastor was talking about making our relationships right with the people with whom we have a problem. Then on my drive home, John Tesh was talking about how holding grudges weakens your immune system. Well, I ain't the brightest crayon in the box, but this theme was even obvious to me.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Dr. Brown does a great job of holding to scriptural truth AND being loving. The hosts described him as "tolerant" and a "nice guy." I am thankful for ministers who speak the truth in love and don't resort to gay bashing.
Friday, December 14, 2007
1. I love my cat, Pascal. And my lizard, Petey.
2. I am an INTJ.
3. My only talent is video production.
4. I have trouble sleeping. I can only fall asleep watching TV so I'll get distracted. If I read before going to bed, I usually can't fall asleep.
5. I am sort of OCD and a germaphobe. When I leave the house I check the front door lock ten times (1...2....3....4....5 and I'll do this twice). I go through the same kitchen routine every night to make sure the gas stove is off and count all the electrical items to make sure they are off. I also have to turn on the outside lights, and look outside to make sure no one is there, and tug on the doors of the front and back of the house to make sure they are locked. I have to wash my hands before I eat. Friends will ask me if I washed my hands at a restaurant just to make me think about it knowing that as soon as I think about it I will have to get up and go wash them.
6. I love Star Trek, and I wish I were a Vulcan. When I was a kid and I would fall down and scrape my knee I would look to see if the blood was green.
7. I could listen to Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffet all day long.
I tag mlm.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
We live today in a world of growing isolation, frantic activity, and desperate violence, where paradoxically, we find ourselves longing for both solitude and companionship, intimacy and community. Some of us may look back to times when life seemed to make sense and relationships were more certain. Whether or not such times ever existed, we nevertheless long today for relationships that acknowledge who we are and who we want to be. We want someone to hear us, to hear our hearts beating, to hear our deepest longings—even longings of which we dare not speak.- Sondra Higgins Matthaei
There's something to think about.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Yvette--the one out of sync with the cat and the lizard. Yes, not only are they smarter, they are better dancers.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Here is one of the reasons. My mother died the day after Thanksgiving about ten years ago. The miracle we wanted didn't come. At least not the way we were praying. Her birthday was December 14th. A very good friend of mine died December 16 two years ago, and he was very young. He was like a brother to me. So Christmas is depressing.
While my mother was in the hospital dying I learned everything I know about comforting others through Dr. Villarreal. Dr. V, as he is called, was a counselor from our church. He was with us almost every night. He did not offer clichés. Sometimes he prayed. Sometimes he didn't. All the time he sat. He sat with us quietly. He waited. He waited without offering pat answers.
I'm thankful for Dr. V. When people offered answers or said, "She's in a better place," I wanted to smack 'em. That's the truth. You can tell me I'm a bad Christian. That's OK...I'm not sure I ever claimed to be a good one. Dr. V. was there with us.
So here is everything I know about caring for people in the hospital or maybe while they are grieving, and I learned it from Dr. V.:
- Don't offer pat answers.
- Learn how to be silent.
- Sit and wait.
- Be sensitive to others and the Holy Spirit.
- Sit and wait.
- Learn how to be silent.
- Pray. Silently and maybe not silently.
- Sit and wait.
Grace and peace this holiday season.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
1. One book that changed your life:
- The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
- Revolution, The Call to Holy War by Michael L. Brown
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
- Pascal's Pensees
- I am America (and so can you) by Stephen Colbert
hmmm...cry...I don't know. But Resurrection and the Son of God by N. T. Wright made me kind of misty. So did parts of Pauline Christology by Gordon Fee.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
- I wish Pascal lived long enough to finish what we have as The Pensees.
- Books promoting "prosperity theology"
8. One book you’re currently reading:
- God at War by Gregory A. Boyd
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
- Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson
- Quoting BryanL: I don't even know 5 people! Anyone who stumbles across this blog and has not done the meme I tag you.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Really, Really, Really, Really Want to Read:
20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age by
Really, Really Want:
A Future for Truth: Evangelical Theology in a Postmodern World by Henry H., III Knight
The Drama Of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach To Christian Theology by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion
by Kenneth J. Collins
Tracking the Maze: Finding Our Way Through Modern Technology from an Evangelical Perspective by Clark Pinnock
The Post-Evangelical by Dave Tomlinson
The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose by John R. Franke
Evangelicalism in Modern
The Mosaic of Christian Beliefs: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity by Roger E. Olson
Most Moved Mover: A Theology of Gods Openness (The Didsbury Lectures) by Clark H. Pinnock
GOD AND THE GOOD by
Monday, December 3, 2007
Opening a new front in their assault on abortion, activists in half a dozen states are preparing ballot referendums that would grant "personhood" and constitutional rights to embryos from the moment of conception...This is probably a story to keep up with.
If the embryo is declared a person under a state's constitution, the reasoning goes, the termination of its existence must be considered murder.