Thursday, August 08, 2002

Hey, check out my little blog's family tree...
This is way cool. We found fossils on the Biola campus. At first, they thought it was a whale, but now the best guess is mastadon or some sort of Ice Age mammal. Check out the pix. Can't wait to see how big this thing is.

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

I finished reading a ThM thesis (on Paul's theology of music in worship) this morning, and a question came up. If corporate worship is indeed (as the author concludes after a good exegesis) as much for building up fellow believers as it is for bringing praise to Jesus, how are we as leaders to foster that "building up"--especially in entertain-me-America? Even the design of our 'worship centers' plays to the entertainment mentality--a bunch of seats pointed to the people doing all the work. Now, I realize that it is highly unlikely that my local church (or any other) will go out and drastically redesign the sanctuary, but, barring complete overhaul of the physical plant, what can we do? How do we maintain the balance between order and spontaneity? How do we allow members to participate with one another and still maintain correct theology? Any ideas?

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

This morning as I was walking to the train station, I realized that my mind is already transitioning to school--bummer! Well, maybe I'll read a little Shel Silverstein tomorrow and try to shake out of it. On the other hand, text books go on sale next Monday, so it's not really that far away.

One another note, I did a theology of the New Testament "one anothers" at lunch today. Sometimes truth really bites. Here's the big chunks: accept one another, build one another up, care for one another, greet one another with a holy kiss (gotta see that one at TFB), practice humility towards one another, love one another, be at peace with one another, and serve one another. Makes me wonder what church committee meetings would be like if we really did this. Something to ponder...
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Monday, August 05, 2002

I did Elmer Town's spiritual gift survey today. I am a teacher-prophet-shepherd. Hmmm. That sounds kinda familiar :-)