Month: August 2014

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Proposal: Center of New Testament Theology

I propose that at the center of New Testament Theology, descriptively, lies the gospel about Jesus. This means that though the gospel message is expressed differently among the NT authors or even is not mentioned by name in some books, it is the controlling narrative or central notion of all of the books in the …

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Great-Grandfather

Last night we held my great-grandfather’s memorial service. Here’s his obituary. He made it to 101. I got to officiate the service, though his Catholic funeral will be held this morning. We had time for members of the family and community to express their fond memories, but I asked especially for stories of Grandfather’s service …

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New blogspot post from my wife.

http://avery-reflectivejourney.blogspot.com/2014/08/re-thinking-ordinary.html Here’s my favorite bit: I’ve had to re-think how I view the Christian life and one thing I’ve had to admit to myself is that my desire to do big things and have an impact was driven in large part by the desire to feel significant. And the motivation to feel important and significant …

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Always Have Something to Say: On Keeping a Digital Copia

Have you ever said aloud, “Oh, I wish I could remember that special quote!” Or perhaps instead, “Who made that three point argument?” Or perhaps, “What was the last line of that poem I otherwise memorized?” Well, if that’s you, then this post is on me. Or this post is for you. Copia is not …

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Jesus and the Gospels

Jim West, in a post I cannot find, says that the two presuppositions for understanding the gospels aright are: Jesus was God in the Flesh Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi. I’ve been reflecting upon these. Whatever you think of Jim West (I think he’s from outer space, some think he is as timeless as the …

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This Week

This week I restart college in a very official way. Yesterday I got off of work at 4, took a brief break, then went to Calculus 3 until 9pm. Today I learn, or rather re-learn because what I know is dated, computer programming. Then I take fundamentals of engineering, followed by Physics. Working as a …

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Religion and “All Those Wars!”

Atheist logic Sam de Britto posted a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald about God and war. He’s one of those brilliant brights who intentionally mischaracterizes what most believers in God claim their God-belief constitutes. So he calls God a sky-wizard and gives up his effort to prove a point by saying, “Build your churches, …

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Hypocrisy: A working definition

What a hypocrite is not We use the word hypocrite a lot. But what does it mean? John Piper (the ideas guy behind Desiring God) connects the heart in Scripture with the sentiments. When he does this, his apparent background in romantic thought and in “authenticity thinking” comes through. Another author, like Piper, essentially equates hypocrisy with …

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Teaching the Gospels

I am teaching a class on the gospels. My first tendency is to think: the content of each book, it’s relationship to the Old Testament, and then a synthesis of all four seems best. It will keep things interesting as we focus on Jesus and we can compare intertexts with the rest of the New …

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The Devil and Pierre Gernet

I just read the short story The Devil and Pierre Gernet by David Bentley Hart. I’m not sure that a short story has ever left me wanting to sit and talk to its author the way this one has. I’ll post a review soon. Initial thoughts: The book seems pretentious due to the vocabulary, but …