Sunday, December 12, 2010

New Look

So I decided to change up the look of the blog. It was looking bland. I know I am just using a template and there are probably thousands or hundreds of thousands of blogs that look just like this one, but it's sharp.

Also, I just graduated. It is a crazy feeling to have the "new look" of a college graduate. Life is about to change a whole lot and I couldn't be more excited. For one of the first times in my life I feel like God's plan is falling into place outside of my own decisions.

In the past when faced with several possibilities which would be major life changers and when I was seeking God's direction it seemed that God was strangely silent. So, in the past I would always make this deal with God; if nothing stops me from the choice which I think best suits me then I will see that as God's will. Now things are happening which Lauren and I put into motion, but other people were responsible for keeping the ball rolling, some doors closed and others were opened for us. It is a neat feeling. There were even things which we did not set into motion which have come to us as wonderful blessings.

I am really excited to see what this next leg of life has in store. I think it is going to be good. Already I see things which will be so much fun and I already see things which are going to be a great challenge.

One more note, I was able to preach a sermon at the Wednesday night service at BFC. I uploaded the video. So if anyone wants to watch it, they can do so right here

Friday, September 3, 2010

Crazy Huh?

This is just a quick little thing I wrote about an essay I read for my preaching class.

The Bible is incomprehensible. The way a person is taught to live and understand and be in the world is counter to the way of life in the Bible. One is told that in order to gain one’s life they must lose it, that they are to love their enemies, that the meek shall inherit the Earth, that a Jewish Rabbi who was crucified by the Romans is actually the King of kings, that his Kingdom is here already but is still not yet and hundreds of other things that are totally preposterous when taken out and examined. Yet Karl Barth in his essay Biblical Questions, Insights, and Vistas might say that though it is crazy when read from this or that perspective or with this or that lense, that when it is read as the Word of God which is most perfectly lived out in the person of Jesus Christ it is truest truth.
Barth does a great job of making it clear that when we go into the Bible with a certain aim in mind with a specific perspective, historical or scientific or whatever it might be, that when we search its pages we come up lacking we grasp at something which is not there and was never meant to be there.
I guess my one critique about this essay though might be that in reading it, I felt as though Barth was just using rhetorical devices. It seemed like reading something a politician had said about something which they did not want to give an answer to. Barth said everything and nothing all in one essay.
Who could blame him though? We seek to know, with finite minds, an infinite God. Our surest asset in this quest is the Holy Scriptures which we must read with Jesus Christ as our guiding standard, whom we see lived out in Scripture. All this is utterly circular in logic. But when all that is, comes from the One who has always been, always is, and always will be, what other way can there be? Crazy huh?

What do you think?

to life

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gone in 60 Seconds: in 60 Seconds

Hey, I made a movie. If you want to watch it you can do so here.

hope you like it.

to life


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

no naps in my pocket, just Lent.

Well it has been a year now and there are only 2 posts in between this post and my last Lenten post. I guess I am not much of a blogger. Well, here comes Lent again and I have some ideas about what I should fast.

I take way too many naps. I have no idea why I am so tired all the time. i get about 7 hours of sleep normally. I know I should get 8, but the 1 hour difference should not make me want to take 3 hour naps in the middle of the afternoon. So, I decided I am going to fast naps and try to make it to bed by midnight every night unless there is homework due the next day which I haven't finished. This is going to be a tough one for me, but in light of recent lectures in my classes I want to spend less time napping and more time living my life.

Next I think I am going to give up soda. I know that is the lame typical thing to give up, but I am doing it to hopefully boost my energy in the long run; not just to give up something which I like.

anyway that is how I feel right now.

here's to life.