Thursday, September 25, 2008

Life Update in Miniature

The weather is simply gorgeous today.

I now have internet at my job.

This CD has been getting fairly heavy rotation lately.

Also, last night I got engaged.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Glimpse into the Heavenlies

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You have to sing the Nicene Creed.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Oil!

During adolescence, as children mature, (per)spiration dramatically increases. A bodily annointing takes place. That is, an outpouring of oil flows all over the body. (Our bodies runneth over.) This annointing, this "baptism" if you will, marks the entrance into adulthood, into wisdom, into wise appropriations of our priestly and prophetic callings.

Sweat, as we all know, is the product of labor, of work. It is the visible glorification of the body with the dew of dominion.

And yet... and yet despite the beauty of this analogical relationship between the life of one adam with the history of all humanity, we share as well in futility. The end of our lives is not much different than the end of Adam's. The oil of our skin, which preserves the beauty of youth, eventually dries up. As the oils fade and our skin cells die and our visage fades in glory, so do we begin to wrinkle and dry up, apostasizing finally into the dust from which we came.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Keep On Reading and Do Not Understand

Yes! Yes! Yes!
It should first be noted that when we say things like, "The Word of God is clear" or "Scripture is clear" or "The doctrines of Holy Scripture are clear," we are not speaking in plain and simple terms. When we say that Scripture is "clear" we are employing a fairly deeply ingrained metaphor from within the English language. This metaphor is so deep that it seems to sometimes slip nto the realm of plain or literal speech. However, in the same way that saying "Things are looking up" is a metaphorical statement, so to is "The Word of God is clear." In a technical sense, the Bible is not clear and neither is the teaching of Scripture. "Clear" is more of a scientific term we use to describe how much light can pass through an object. [source]

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Existentialism


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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Church People

Sure, sure. The Church is the people, not the building. And Christ is in heaven, not in bread and wine. But it is only through the bread and wine of Holy Communion that we are a holy communion. Likewise, it is only through a building that we gather together as the building of God.

Lord's Supper on the Lord's Day

According to Deuteronomy xxxi, 10-11, the reading of the Law occurs during the Feast of Booths.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

RE: The New Gig

I actually need a tie rack. Simply amazing.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Besar

What, then, can we say of the kiss? Setting aside the fact that we are commanded no less than five times to kiss each other (Romans xvi, 16; I Corinthians, xvi, 20; II Corinthians xiii, 12; I Thessalonians v, 26; I Peter v, 14), there is doubtless much that needs to be written on the subject of kissing.

If I were to embark on such a literary quest, I would begin by considering the Pentecostal realities embodied in the act, paying special heed to the use of lips, tongue, mouth, and cheek, and the various theological connotations these things stir up (such as confessions of faith and confessions of sin). I would note the obvious contrast between Babel and Pentecost. I would highlight the curious redundance of the phrase "speaking in tongues" (since all speech involves tongues and langues). (And I won't even mention the fact that its Pentecostal robustness means that the kiss, too, is something that only the believer can know and do in the fullest sense of the thing.)

But not today.