Archive for October, 2013

Forever empty

October 24, 2013

Louis C.K. is forever empty. It’s an interesting bit that talks about loneliness and sadness and how we use technology to “overcome” them, but in ways that actually lessen our ability to feel happiness and joy.

And the emptiness he expresses (we are forever empty) lacks hope. That produces some sadness.

The other insight that intrigued me was that personal insults (because kids are mean they all do it, he says) are somewhat self-correcting because we see the result. Online insults, we only get the rush of the insult since we don’t really see the impact. Humor (especially the kind that edges toward mean) only works in trusting relationships. And as we relate impersonally, we may lose some of the ability to discern when it’s appropriate.

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Scalia

October 24, 2013

An interview with Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. For people like me interested in the theory of originalism, worth a read. And for many others interested in this person of note.

Dominionism?

October 24, 2013

Some questions about ways in which dominionism might be influencing politics. Especially interesting is some discussion of how the New Apostolic Reformation is involved. Worth a read.

Filioque

October 24, 2013

An Eastern perspective on the filioque.

Food

October 23, 2013

Some thoughts on food. Here’s a snippet.

When we bring imagination to food, we allow it to enhance community, conviviality, pleasure, beauty, spirituality–and no doubt lots of other good things.

The future of the M.Div.

October 23, 2013

Some discussion on the future of the M.Div.

Divine Simplicity

October 23, 2013

A lengthy essay on divine simplicity. Pretty dense but worth a read if one were interested in the topic.

Wise Words for Teachers

October 22, 2013

In a post on the Desert Mothers, there are several quotations from Amma Theodora. Here’s one for teachers:

The same Amma said that a teacher ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vainglory, and pride.  A teacher should not be fooled by flattery, nor be blinded by gifts, conquered by the stomach, nor dominated by anger.  A teacher should be patient, gentle and humble as far as possible; successfully tested and without partisanship, full of concern, and a lover of souls.

Why the church needs the seminary

October 22, 2013

Kevin DeYoung suggests that the need for seminary is not over. He gives several specific reasons and concludes with this:

None of this is to suggest a seminary education is all you need to be a good pastor. In fact, I think seminaries often try to do too much and are expected to do too much. Many aspects of ministry cannot be learned in the classroom. That’s why we need more rigorous internship programs and why the church needs to take more responsibility to evaluate, support, and prepare men for ministry. All I’m saying is that in most cases I believe it is a mistake with long-term ramifications for aspiring pastors to voluntarily forgo the seminary education they could have had with a good dose of discipline, creativity, sacrifice, prayer, and hard work.

Advice for students

October 22, 2013

Some humorous advice for students writing papers.