So we made the move and are the Greenville, NC area. We’re also internet-less for a time due to canceling in one place and setting up internet at the new place. It’s a nice reprieve but I do miss reading the blogs and following along. Again, I will be a resident chaplain at the Vidant Medical Center over the next year, so that begins Aug 25. It will be for sure a challenging time and prayers will be appreciated.
Also so a few thoughts on moving
1) I am not a fan. :-).
2) it’s expensive.
3) it’s hard work.
4) it’s hard on the kids.
5) it’s hard on us too.
6)Did I mention I am not a fan?
While ultimately we go and do what the Lord says to do and go, it ‘s also our heartfelt prayer that the. Lord will lead us to that PLACE where moving will be a thing of huge past if. You understand what I mean. :-).
Well, its a been a challenging year to say the least (we were here in Columbia, NC, yes, you read that right, NC and not SC :-) to serve as associate pastors with Debbie being the church’s daycare director – i never found work) – but the time has come for us to move on to other things because, well I did end up finding work – I will be in the Resident Chaplain program at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Its only about an hour and a half from here so not too far but yes still yet again moving – it is the cry of our hearts that God will help us find a place to be such that we don’t have to move again for a long long time – not sure yet where that is. BUT I am really looking forward to the residency knowing full well I will be challenged and stretched in more ways than one – and will get paid. lol ;-) We’ll spend a couple weeks of July with our families in AZ visiting (it won’t be nearly enough time) then will be back to get going. Blessings,
Graham Cole reflects on the life of the great Leon Morris (as posted on Mike Bird’s blog):
Leon knew how to preach the cross too. I recall meeting folk in Melbourne who had been brought to Christ through a sermon on the cross preached by Leon. One personal experience of his ministry stands out for me. I refer to it at least once a semester in my classes. Leon came to the chapel at Ridley to preach. He was frail but in good voice. He preached on the cross. No surprise there. The chapel was in the round and quite an intimate space. He paused then surveyed the gathered crowd of faculty and students. Next very slowly, very deliberately he pointed to his right and said quietly, ‘You have been died for’, to the middle ‘You have been died for’ and to the left ‘You have been died for.’ It was electric. I knew that to use Pauline language that I had been bought with a price. The cross and what Christ achieved there as the propitiation for our sins – take that C. H. Dodd – was for Leon no mere theological construct but the life transforming truth from God. My book on the atonement has four lines of reference to his works in the index. Anyone who writes on the cross of Christ and neglects the scholarship of this humble Christian man is foolish in my opinion.
Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/06/graham-cole-reflects-on-leon-morris/#ixzz34Y5E83Ui
I can only imagine what it must have been like to be in that room…
on a side note, I must admit I really like his work in the NICNT set on John. really like it..
Listen to this really great 7 minute video with Frank Macchia as he explains the answer to the question:
here are some good thoughtful articles and blog posts I’ve come across recently and wanted to share with y’all:
Janice Shaw Crouse on America’s appalling ignorance of Christianity.
“•Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any.
•Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life’s basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels, and most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible.
Kristof expands the litany of ignorance: “Only one-third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and 10 percent think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.”
Anthony Bradley writes on “The New Legalism” (the call to be a “radical,””missional” Christian): http://t.co/uXOXxfyImI
“Being a ‘radical,’ ‘missional’ Christian is slowly becoming the ‘new legalism.’ We need more ordinary God and people lovers (Matt 22:36-40).”
Fred Sanders offers an analysis of Oneness Pentecostalism.
It is a disturbing fact that the most vigorous form of anti-trinitarianism currently on the market is to be found within the sphere of conservative evangelicalism….
Christena Cleveland on the problem of Urban Church P̶l̶a̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ Plantations…
They come in like Wal-mart – with all their fancy buildings and fancy programs. And one by one, the members of my church come to me and say, ‘We love you, pastor, but they have a great kids program, so we’re going to start attending that church.’ — an African-American urban pastor
Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes http://t.co/bszI81QvEE
Are you one of those old-school types who insists that kids learn better when they leave the laptops at home and take lecture notes in longhand? If so, you’re right. There’s new evidence to prove it, and it’s unsettling because so many students aren’t really taught longhand anymore.
via Justin Taylor’s blog:
Mike Reeves, author of Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith, delivers a short and delightful talk on the necessary relationship between the gospel and the Trinity:
FWIW: I think he’s absolutely right.
well I think so… so do John Byron and Reed Carlson.
here is a portion from Reed’s blog post on it all where he responds to various objections such as:
OK, but isn’t there an abundance of Bible translations, software, and other tools for that sort of thing?
Yes, and that’s part of the problem. Particularly in English, Bible tools and translations are overwhelming. The Internet has galvanized the proliferation of Bible “experts”—both qualified and unqualified—and it is easier than ever for anyone to access Bible study materials online. Thus, one of the most valuable skills a seminarian can learn in a biblical language course is the ability to recognize and use these materials. How does one distinguish profitable Bible commentary from what is not useful? What are the benefits and limitations of software that does the parsing and dictionary work for you? How do popular Bible translations differ and why does that matter theologically?
Too often biblical language courses succeed only in making students timid when they talk about the Bible. This is in part the fault of instructors who intimidate their students by showcasing the sheer volume of material a first-year seminarian could never hope to learn. Instead, we should be releasing students to make responsible use of the plethora of tools that are available. If they don’t learn these skills when they’re in seminary, when else will they have the chance?
Have a read! Blessings!