Just a few things I’ve enjoyed reading lately:

1) Theology for Beginners: Election over at Faith and Theology (yes I’ll offend Ben Myers and call his blog a biblioblog). This is the best one in ther series so far, I think.

2)  Chris Tilling examines Christian Zionism (parts one and two). This should be a good series. I’m relatively new to reading Chris Tilling’s blog regularly, but I’m enjoying what I’ve read. It’s just too bad I don’t know German.

3) Stephen Peltz has a tantalizing series on annihilationism (parts 1, 2a, 2b, and 3). Check it out.

4) And finally, Byron has a really cool picture here. Oh yeah, and the post is interesting too.

Happy surfing!

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Ernesto…and Kyle?

August 30, 2006

Well, I spent the night at my mom’s house. The hurricane was mostly a dud, but I was one of the few who lost power. Thankfully we invested in a very nice generator earlier this year, so I still have power.

So I’ve been spending my time playing the piano and talking to Kyle about all sorts of things like inerrancy, ancient israel’s religion and theology, messianic proof-texts and the like.

School will resume tomorrow (yay) and that’ll be that for this bit of the storm season. I just hope others don’t foolishly presume that just because we got so lucky on Ernesto that any other storm won’t totally screw us up. It would be a tragedy to see people unprepared for the next one, ’cause it’s very likely that we’ll get more.

Hurricane: Feels like Home

August 28, 2006

Yeah, so storm season has begun. I’m out of school for tomorrow. If I’m not on for a few days, assume that my electricity is gone and I’m pining for it and realizing what a slave I am to modern commodities.

It is in dying…

August 28, 2006

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is darkness, light

Where there is sadness, joy

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console

To be understood, as to understand

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.

It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.

– St. Francis of Assisi

I must say Mike inspired this.

The Great Escape

August 27, 2006

“God takes account of how we live for Him in the here and now. Today counts forever. If the early Christians had only been concerned about heaven, then there would have been little need for Rome to deal with Christians like Paul. But the early church believed in God and history, heaven and earth, this age and the age to come. This is why Paul and his followers were considered a threat. If he had only been “other worldly” where the only legitimate sphere of Christian activity was heaven, then Rome would have dismissed him and others like him as religious mystics. But the gospel Paul preached forced men and women to choose sides, and the choice of sides had an effect on the world in which they lived.”

Another excellent article by Gary DeMar  on how Christians cannot espouse an escapist eschatology and call it biblical.

A Reading Proposal

August 26, 2006

Because I am taking AP Literature this year, I have decided to adjust my reading plans a bit. Here’s my idea: read one book on the AP list, one book I want. Seems simple enough, and I hope it gives me what I need to excel on the AP Exam at the end of the year, and also not to get out of touch with what’s going on with the author’s I like in biblical studies. I hope to read Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses when it’s released, and also The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of the Synoptics (don’t remember the author’s full name for that one).

So, back to my Text of the New Testament. Then afterwards Don Juan and Tartuffe by Moliere, though the latter may overcome the former if the test is next week or something.

And as I get back to reading books about God and the bible, I will maybe have posts with more substance coming these days. Maybe.

Where’s this Rob guy?

August 23, 2006

Yeah, I know. You probably all think I’ve been raptured or something (and if I have, that’s trouble for you all!), but I’m still here. I’m just bogged down by studies, after-school activities, late arrivals and home and sleep. I really need to finish reading Gulliver’s Travels.

I’m having a music overload right now, and I’m loving it. Band, choir and muisc theory everyday, and piano lessons on Tuesdays by some Canadian guy. 😉
Hope you are all blessed!