Warp and Woof (1.25.2013)

The 25th’s version on the 26th. A day late but there was lots of good stuff out there this week.

The Insanity of God – A book of stories about living the Christian in persecution. Several times it made me cry and several times it left me speechless as I had to examine my own life. One quote for good measure,

“Persecution stops immediately where there is no faith and where there is no witness.”

 

Empowered Non-Staff Church Leadership – Ed Stetzer is working through 5 things he has learned from international church planting. The whole series has been informative, but I really appreciated this one (maybe because I am a lay person?). Can find the others by clinking the link.

 

God Without A Face – Ben Blackwell finished a four part review of  God Without a Face?: On the Personal Individuation of the Holy Spirit by Najeed Awad. Worth the read – Pt. 1, 2, 3, 4.

 

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – The Wabash Center Blog just started a series on the first year of teaching. The first one teaching in a “strange” place is good and a series worth following.

 

The Method Chapter – From Patter (hint: just about everything on this site is gold!), comes a way to think about the method chapter. This chapter has been the biggest hurdle of PhD thus far. It is just so foreign to anything else I’ve ever written, so I take all the advice I can get.

 

The Evangelical Mind – Peter Enns says the biggest scandal of the evangelical mind is that we can’t use it. I disagree with him, but a good read none the less.

 

Body Language in Romans – Tim Gombis has started a series on body in Romans. Will be following this, “Body language pops up throughout the letter, and in some very interesting places.  One could even argue that at the subtextual level, Paul narrates the journey of the human body from corruption to transformation.”

 

 

 

Warp and Woof (10.5.2012)

A post from Monday on Conceptual Metaphor and biblical interpretation received a lot of attention so thought I would start by pointing out several articles, sites that you can visit to find more information:

The Analogical Mind Perspectives fromCognitive Science 2001

Cognitive Linguistics Research and Resources – International Cognitive Linguistics Association

The Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences – University of Oregon

The Limits of Realism – Nancey Murphy

 

The Science of Procrastination – Maybe we will find time to watch this later!

 

Want you message to Stick? Tell a story – Marketers have known this for a long time…We forget facts but we remember stories! I know, I grade tests of college students. How can this change the way we preach?

 

Literature Review – I am in the process of wrapping up the initial review for my dissertation. These two articles by Explorations of Style and Pat Thomson really helped me get my mind around what it should be and how to do it? These two websites are great resources for researchers (just don’t tell anybody else!).

 

It has been a crazy week around our house, as I knew it would be. I have been preparing a lesson from Hebrews for quite a while on sabbath – What it means? What is it for? How do we do it? This past Wednesday was the night to teach it so I knew it was going to be a crazy week.

God always seems to work that way, as I prepare to teach a  lesson I have to be prepared to learn the lesson myself. It is one the reasons all teachers need breaks, it is not just the study prep but the life prep! I think this week I will teach on feeding the 5000, maybe God will teach me to cook!

For whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.  Hebrews 3:10