Wednesday, November 30, 2005
How do ‘we’ decide what truth is? We are so quick to argue about what we know, what we believe, we claim to understand scriptures and very often many of us, have a different out take on the passages. In fact it is easy to make scripture say just about anything we want. So what is the foundation? To claim personal enlightenment on certain passages is hardly enlightening, but it occurs all the time. So who is right? I will give an example: Most of Christians will quickly agree that the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is real, that God was able to become fully man while still being fully God, then die on our behalf and three days later come to life so that we could have life. Yet the same Christians can easily limit God’s power of what he can and can’t do, in terms of creation, flood, man being swallowed and spit out by a great fish…ect. So who is right? Is scripture authoritative, did the writers mean this as literal stories or only as teachings to motivate us? And if God is able to do such great miracles, why do we limit him on some and not others? I don’t proclaim to have it all figured out (thus the questions) but it does seem to me valid to trust the witness that has been set for us by the early church by the community of hermeneutics. Whether interpreting the oral data, written scriptures, liturgy and commentaries. It would seem that faith must accompany logic. The two are not held one above the other but complimenting each other. Any thoughts?
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Well there has been much talk about the emergent church. Passport (Briercrest College journal) has an article on this topic that I think is worth reading, its very brief.
What do you think?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Piecing some of my readings lately together seems disjointing which of course it is…but few of the readings I have been doing lately have led me to this thought of desperateness of the world, the poor, the sick and the influential positions in the church, and how do they all relate. I guess the connection is not that hard to see for most so its not brain surgery. But few quotes to explain my thinking lately: “Christianity is not for people who think religion is a pleasant distraction, a nice alternative, or a positive influence. Messy Spirituality is a good term for the place where desperation meets Jesus.” (Yaconelli) The second quote that keeps bouncing in my mind is a quote from an unlikely source for me to listen to and that is from Rick Warren: “The purpose of influence is to speak for those that have no influence.” These are powerful quotes. First desperation meets Jesus because he is ultimately the one and true peace giver. And the second is that any influence that we have has been given to us to speak for those that can’t: poor, sick, dying, ignored, shunned…the list can go for ever. I don’t mean speak for them as if they are not capable but I mean and I think Rick does also in a sense of justice, mercy and our given purpose to help! To love those that are rejected those that are desperate, those that lost all hope, to love them, not out of pity but out of genuine care. Because it is through this love that the desperate can meet Jesus… “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matt 25:45)
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Blogging has seem to have some problems for me. At first it is liberating to put your thoughts out there and allow a dialogue to begin. But I often find myself not presenting my view or hypothesis very well at all. I use my ultra excuse, that english is my third language and I mean this not that...I just find that often I am not able to write what I think, well or is it good. Which is completely different from my wife who is an amazing writer and presents her thoughts with clarity and wisdom...(which is why I am suprised that she is not blogging for a time)...I guess its just a reminder to me not to assume much from written posts. So that leaves this little work of art to your imagination...and your assumptions? lol.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
You fit in with:
Your ideals mostly resemble those of the Taoist faith. Spirituality is the most important thing in your life. You strive to live by all of your ideals, and live a very intellectually focused life.
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