Tag Archives: theology


I’ve been reading Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, by Samuel Wells, in my theology class. So far (I’m only on chapter 3), I love it. The basic point of the book is that we are called to live a life, rooted in the community of the church, in which God cultivates us in certain virtues. Our life and interaction in/with the world should be as a people shaped by these God-cultivated characteristics (basically a Christian virtue ethic). Continue reading


constructing reality

My son is constantly pointing things out to me: “Airplane!” “Bus!” “Flower!” “Dog!” These are things that I often don’t notice. There are lots of reasons I don’t notice them… I’ve seen it before. I don’t need it now. It’s not important to me.

This is the world I live in, the reality construct around myself. Things are only there if they are of use to me. Those are the concrete things. The real things. Continue reading


Ok, I admit it.

I have cheated on Lent. This is particularly embarrassing following my previous Lenten post. I have cheated in two ways. Once was completely accidental… initially. The second was completely willful. Continue reading

what does it mean?

I began the blog last quarter as a project for my Practicum. In my Practicum, I had to show some sort of articulation of the content of my classes in the wider world. So I started the blog, which was a lot of fun. However, this quarter I decided to do something different. Because of the time involved in my new project, my blog posts have slowed down considerably. I’m still keeping the blog, but I have to admit it’s low on my list of priorities.

Ok , that’s the back story to my current project. I have been working on creating a series of songs based on the concept of hypostatic union, i.e. the union of God and man in Jesus Christ. I was able to complete four, though I have odds and ends of a few more that may be developed at some time. Continue reading

i am not

I live in a bubble. At this point in my life, I am going to school and church and that is about it. The only people, outside my family, that I really interact with are other seminarians, my professors, and other Christians at Bible Study or Church. It’s weird but that is the season of my life. This is partly due to moving (2,700 miles makes it a little difficult to hang out), partly family obligations (a wife and child [almost able to add the -ren] that actually expect me to spend “my” valuable “free” time with them!), and partly the rigors of my program (for the first year- the second and third year you are expected to get out and serve!). So right now, I am struggling to find a way to live out my faith in my new community.

Despite the filling of my head with all sorts of great “knowledge” about my faith, I recently had two opportunities that demonstrate how much growing that needs to occur in the “living” of my faith.  I’ll relate one story here; the other will probably get its own post in a day or two. Continue reading

elders and slaves

Well, Thanksgiving sucked the life out of me. Sorry, I didn’t get my group translation up earlier. I am swamped between now and December 7th with finals, so don’t expect too much blog activity. I’m still planning some big changes in format, but that probably won’t happen until Christmas break.

Here is my groups translation of 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2. There are some weird juxtapositions in there but I think the key point is this: Make sure that behavior and actions (sins) of the congregation do not interfere with the church’s public witness. Continue reading

theological writing

Earlier this week, I attended a special writing and study skills class for graduate theology students. After the session, I thought I was going to write about all that I learned, but by the time I got around to it, my friend, Keith, beat me to the punch. I’d like to echo his sentiments and add that he is much better at point 3 than I am.

After reading over having a proper mindset again, it becomes pretty obvious how important this is when ever you are communicating anything about God. So for your (or should I say our) benefit: Continue reading