The more I “Theo-blog,” the less I realize I know. That’s okay . . . 😉
One of my blogging “pet-peeves,” is when folks (the owner of any particular blog) post articles at their site; and then don’t respond to comments, made by whoever. If you’re going to take the time to post a post, then make space (in your time) to respond; at least acknowledge that you saw someone’s comment (since they took “their time” to comment). I realize some blogs have alot of traffic, and responding to every comment becomes prohibitive; but when the blog owner selectively responds, it gives the appearance that the comments not responded to or acknowledged are not important (and maybe they’re not, but so what).
Just some thoughts on blogging . . .
Remember context determines meaning, so even though they don’t say the LORD’s name, you’re supposed to know that that’s who they are singing to and about. Throughout the song you’ll notice some references to some biblical language, the key word is: “banner.” 😉 Do you know where in scripture that comes from?
It’s a good thing I don’t post for comments 😉 . . .
We are going on vacation, “back home to Southern California,” so I won’t be blogging until we get back — this will be my last post until we return in a couple of weeks. But I am not going empty-handed, I just picked up a couple of books that I am looking forward to consuming; we’ll see how that goes, I think we’re going to be pretty busy for the most part. The first book is Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice by Daniel J. Treier. Here’s what Joel B. Green (Fuller Seminary) says of the book:
Many voices today clamor for the recovery of theological interpretation, from many corners and for diverse reasons. For those concerned with the significance of the church for reading Scripture, and the significance of Scripture for the church, this is a renaissance most welcome. So many different voices though, can leave us confused —- not only on the finer points of the discussion, but even about its most basic question. What is theological interpretation? We need a map, and this is precisely what Daniel Treier has provided a map that will be as useful to those already engaged in the conversation as it is crucial for those trying to gain their first bearings.
And then the second book is: Trinitarian Soundings: In Systematic Theology edited by Paul Louis Metzger (a former prof of mine from seminary). This book is a compilation whose authors include: Demetrios Bathrellos, Paul Blackham, R. N. Frost (another prof of mine from seminary), Stanley Grenz, Colin Gunton, Stephen Holmes, James Houston, Robert Jenson, Kelly Kapic, Bruce McCormack, Paul Metzger, Paul Molnar, George Pfleiderer, Murray Rae, Esther Reed, Peter Robinson, Miroslav Volf. Here is what John Webster says of this book:
This stimulating collection of papers on the ramifications of what Colin Gunton regarded as the doctrine of all doctrines—the doctrine of the Trinity—demonstrates how widely his influence extended, both through his writing and through personal friendship, for English theology in the last twenty years would not have been what it is without his presence. Fresh and vivid theological work of this kind is the most fitting testimony to a theologian of the first rank.
I can’t wait to dive in, and maybe if I have a chance when I get back from vacation, I might provide some reflections from my reading. You guys take it easy, and I’ll see you real soon 🙂 !
Where should we go to church? An honest question. Believe it or not, doctrine is actually an important piece for determining this question; for both my wife and myself. You see the problem is, is that I have an affinity for ‘Reformed’ themes; but themes framed via Karl Barth and T. F. Torrance’s take on them. We are tired of the ‘typical’ Evangelical church (the ones that ask the question — in sermon prep. — how will this apply to the audience) approach — you know, the kind that is shaped by Pelagian questions. So this creates a dilemma; either we look into a more ‘Reformed’ style of church (i.e. Presbyterian, etc.), or we just stay on at our ‘Pelagian’ church (but this is actually becoming rather unhealthy for us — we’ve been doing this for years).
So you see, I am ‘Reformed’, but just not a 5-point Calvinist. I appreciate ‘Reformed’ themes and intentions, just not the classical framing. In light of this, are there any kinds of churchs (denominations), that you all know of, that might be a better fit for us (I’ve been in the ‘Church’ my whole life — I come from the ‘Baptisitic’ tradition)?
I just wanted to ask you all to pray for a pastor, David Wayne, also known as the JollyBlogger; I used to visit his blog, years ago now, and I just did again. The thing that changed from my visits in the past, and the one I just had, is that David has cancer — and is in the process of chemo-therapy. Apparently the treatments have been positive, here is his most recent UPDATE.
Anyway, I just wanted to bring his situation to your attention, and ask that you all would join me in praying for his health — in every way (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual). Also I would imagine that this is taxing upon his family (his immediate and church), so we should keep them in prayer too. I know that prayer is powerful, so let your voice be heard today, as you enter into the thone room of grace, boldly as you/we should!
Just a reflection. What is it about blogging that is so appealing for so many of us? Is it the ability to create something of our own, using both words and pictures? Or maybe it just serves as a place to “belch” out our random thoughts, or even not so random thoughts. I think, for me, primarily, it serves as a venue for meeting new and different people; people from different traditions than my own, people with different understandings of the Christian faith. It serves as a place for me to present my ideas (mostly in written form), sometimes receive feedback, and sometimes reorientate my ideas in light of the feedback — so goes the communication loop. Often the blog just serves as an “outlet” for me, I went to bible college and seminary for years, continue to read and study; and I work at Toyota 😉 .
All told, now, I have been blogging for about 4 years; which I can hardly believe! I think I’ve gone through approximately 6 different urls, a few different blog names (Affective Theology, Devoted Life, Theologia Crucis, Loci Communes, Listening to the Past, etc.), and a million different templates 😉 (and I am going to keep this current one, I promise 🙂 ). Blogging has been a mostly good experience, I have been exposed to many books (that I’ve now read) that I wouldn’t have been otherwise; and beyond that met many different people, that without blogging I wouldn’t have run into — until heaven 😉 . After all this time blogging, and “debating,” I often grow tired of it. But I’ve tried to stop in the past (count my blog titles to see how many times I have tried to stop 😉 ), and I just cannot seem to get away from it.
Anyway, I say all this, well, because I can, it’s “my” blog after all 🙂 . But beyond that, I just wanted to say I appreciate any and all of you that I have had the pleasure of interacting with (well most of you 😉 ); it has been fun and challenging for me. And since you’ve read this far, do any of you have any ideas or issues that you would like me to blog about. At the moment I feel I need a little direction, as far as topics, any ideas . . . let me know. And if you just want to share your own reasons for blogging (even if you don’t have a blog of your own), go ahead!
P. S. Another reason I must like blogging, judging by this post, is that I enjoy using emoticons 🙂 !
We want to see the unseen . . . there is a lot of stuff that remains, unseen! ~Shaquille Oneil
Context, Shaquille Oneil commenting on the possibility for future slam dunks (an interview on TNT, NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Theater). I thought this was rather profound, albeit it in a pretexted kind of way.
All I want to say to Shaq is . . . We have! His name is Jesus (Jn 1:18 ).
Well, I went to work today, as usual, and found out that I am going to be one of the many casualties of this economic meltdown 😦 . I work for a major Japanese auto company (on the corporate side); and we are a “port” facility. We process cars as they arrive from Japan, and send them out all over the country. This has been a great job (almost there for 3 years now), I have made some good friends, and have been involved in a daily bible study with a couple of other Christian brothers — I am going to miss that (not to mention the paycheck and benefits). This really has come as a shocker, I knew it would eventually happen; but not today! I still have about a month left, so that was nice that they have given us some time to prepare; but I am going to start functioning as if it has already happened.
My training has been in theology and bible (BA and MA in both disciplines), my experience has been in teaching (college level) and evangelistic ministry. If any of you out there have a need at your church, or Christian school (whether that be high school or college); please let me know, I really would like to put some of my skills, in these areas, to good use (for the edification of the body). I am open to other positions beyond the ones I just highlighted, so if you think I might make a good fit somewhere, let me know!
We live in the Northwest, so that would probably be the most ideal, as far as location; but anything on the West Coast would certainly work! We are open to where the LORD leads, so if that is beyond our comfort zone (the West Coast), then we will go (as the doors open 🙂 ).
If you don’t know of any work, then your prayers would be most appreciated! If you are in a similar situation, relative to employment, let me know; and we can pray together.
P. S. I can send my resume upon request.