Archive for January, 2007

God-centered Epistemology

Well, I’m pretty stoked right now about a meeting I had on Monday. The church offered me an opportunity to preach my second sermon on Sunday the 11th, week after next. The passage is 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5. It’s a passage I’ve thought about for a while now, long before I knew I would preach it; even before I knew the church was going to work through the book of First Corinthians.

Partly, this was because of one of my classes last semester. I took Feminist Theory and Practice. A large part of the class was dedicated to questions of knowledge and epistemology, the philosophy of knowledge. I think the first chapter of 1 Corinthians lays out Paul’s epistemology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Darwin & Racism

Small Races & SkullsWow! Things have been busy. School just started this week and it’s been crazy. Haven’t had much time for blogging. During one of my classes this week we watched a PBS video called “Race: the power of an Illusion.” It traces the way race as a concept has been strategically deployed throughout the history of the US in order to serve specific political, economic and social interests. One of the more interesting facets of this treatment of race was the discussion of the ways race has been handled by the scientific community. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kenosis Part 1, the Classical View

Kenosis Part 2, Reymond’s View >>

This is an image of Dr. Robert Reymond.I read an interesting analysis of Phillipians 2:6-11 recently in Dr. Robert Reymond’s systematic theology, A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. This part of Phillipians is the famous passage where Paul tells us that Christ humbled Himself to the point of death in obedience to the Father. In verse 7 Paul says that Christ made Himself nothing, or emptied Himself. Kenosis is the Greek word Paul used to describe this emptying. In this three part series we’ll look at what Dr. Reymond calls the classical view of what this passage describes, Dr. Reymond’s own slightly unusual view, and then an alternative to the two that seems to me to capture the best of both. Read the rest of this entry »


Because of their unbelief…

I’m reading through the four accounts of the Gospel to learn how Jesus spoke His message. It isn’t always intuitive at all. One of the things we Christians strive for is to present the Gospel clearly. This didn’t seem to be a priority for Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

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God’s will, would He be doing anything else?

I’ve done my share of agonizing over what God’s will is for my life. I suppose it’s not an uncommon thing. Sometimes it’s even necessary. I had a cool thought the other day about how to discern what it is God wants us to do with our lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s alive

Screenshot of the blog's first day of life.The blog is alive. Installed WordPress last night and did the css design tonight. Here’s a screenshot of the blog’s first design. The design is based on the default “kubrick” wordpress template. Pretty much all that remains of it though, is the two columns. Read the rest of this entry »

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