Thursday, August 28, 2003

Not really in a blogging mood today, but, being somewhat of an addict, I feel compelled. Random ramblings.

I'm off to College Briefing at Forest Home this Labor Day weekend.
The coffee cart is back at Biola--yippee!!!
I'm hot despite the fans.
I totally zoned and forgot to go to some training this afternoon--good thing it's free, or I'd be busted.
I'm not ready for school.
My lava lamp is cool.
I have no idea what I'm having for dinner.
The WNBA playoffs start today.
I'm hot--as in temperature.

Random question: Anybody out there successfully and guiltlessly quit "quiet times"?

Anyhow, hopefully I'll have nifty spiritual stuff to share on Tuesday. Who knows.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

So, this is the end of Biola University Fall registration. I have ascended from the depths of Metzger back to the upper reaches of the third floor--whoopy doo. At the very least, I am glad to be back by my fans--the kind that blow air, not the cheering ones.

Monday, August 25, 2003

One of the greatest temptations in seminary is focusing so much on the details of scripture that you miss the point. Genesis 6:1-8 is a prime example. Articles and books are written about the identity of the "sons of God" and the "Nephilim", but very little ink is spilled on the point of the passage. The point is not the identity of the Nephilim and whether or not they are the same as in Numbers. The point is not whether the "sons of God" are demons or Sethites. The point is that humanity's intention was evil all the time and God wasn't going to take it any more, and that, in the midst of all this wickedness, Noah found favor. The point is that despite the evil that can be in culture, it is possible to find favor with God.

So what's my point? I need to empower the students to confront me when I spend so much effort on the detail that I miss the point.

What's the point of the passage? A few questions come to mind: What are the intentions of my heart? How much am I being influenced by culture? Where? Where am I standing firm against the evils in the culture? Where am I celebrating the good in the culture? Does God find favor with me?

Sunday, August 24, 2003

I got my ministry mindset adjusted by the students at lunch today. They spoke their mind. I listened. Now let's see how to do this thing...