Archive for May, 2007

Seems pretty sunny in Scotia today…

So, I’ve been studying Greek. I was looking at verse 5 of John 1. The word σκοτια (skotia) appears in that verse and means ‘darkness.’ This really explains a lot about Pacific Lumber’s company town down in Southern Humboldt. :p

Hopefully there aren’t any Scotia locals in the audience today. But, seriously, I wonder where Scotia got it’s name. I think the Romans called the territories of Ireland and Scotland ‘Scotia.’ Maybe that’s where it came from?

Anyhow, it was a pretty amazing verse. It says the Life was the Light of men and in the darkness it is shining, but the darkness has not laid hold of it. The other interesting word is κατελαβεν (katelaben). This is to grasp or cling or lay hold. It’s interesting because it is the word at play in the famous kenosis passage in Philippians 2 that I’ve been writing about in other posts.

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Jesus Didn’t Quit His Day Job

I was recently blown away by Hebrews 1.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

There are a ton of amazing things in that passage. Two in particular jumped out. It said Jesus upholds the universe Read the rest of this entry »

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35 Reasons Not to Sin

I read this the other day and it blessed me.

35 Reasons Not To Sin

1. Because a little sin leads to more sin.
2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God.
3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.
4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.
5. Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.
6. Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do What to Santa Claus?

Ok, I’m a little embarrassed to put this up here, but it’s just golden. A buddy of mine dug this up from who knows where. Someone we went to high school with must have had it laying around and someone digitized it.

Me and a couple buddies were in an aquatics class during my Junior year. We thought it would be a pretty easy A because we were swimmers and polo players. We lived in the water already. How hard could it be? We were right, except for one unit of the class, synchronized swimming. How could we maintain our adolescent sense of masculinity and compose a synchronized swimming routine? Here’s the result.

I think we took at least one of the shirts out of the lost & found in the locker rooms. If I remember we composed the whole routine the night before and it was nothing but each of the required movements one after the other. We added in a Hungarian drill from polo and then we did a throw to show off the treading water skills. The fellas threw me completely out of the water without touching bottom. The camerawork really falters at that point, but it was a pretty sweet little maneuver. Click on the image to see the full video.

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Mom Passed the Texas Bar Exam!

WOW! I’m pretty excited for my mom. She just got the list of candidates who passed the Texas state bar exam. She passed! It was a gruelling process of studying and she put a lot of time into it. She’s incredibly bright. I didn’t really have any doubt.

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Must God Obey the Ten Commandments?

And, how many commandments are there anyhow?

Check out this chart on how many commandments there are according to whom. Apparently everyone agrees there are ten, but they have a hard time agreeing which is which. Jews, Catholics and Lutherans combine the ones about making idols and having other Gods. To make ten the Catholics and Lutherans divide the commandment about coveting your neighbor’s house and wife into two commandments. No, I didn’t just make that up. Jews make ten by counting ‘I am the Lord your God’ at the beginning as a commandment. I thought that was pretty interesting. Protestants count the one about idoos and the one about no other gods as two. As a result, the one about coveting houses and wives need not be split and the statement that God is God at the beginning need not be construed as a commandment.

Anyhow, to the point at hand: is God required to obey the ten commandments? I say no. Read the rest of this entry »

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