Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Character?

I've been speaking through Hebrews lately, and while studying it, there's one passage that really stood out to me. Hebrews 1:3, "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and upholds the universe by the word of his power."

There's a few words that stand out here from the original text, that is: (1) radiance (ἀπαύγασμα, apaygasma)and (2) imprint (χαρακτήρ, charakter). I think it's really interesting that these two words only occur this one time in the Greek NT, and especially the 2nd word, that is used sometimes with an idea of "engraving" or "imprinting" something, and in this case, it's of Christ's exact representation of God's being. That Jesus Christ is not half a step below in the Godhead, but he is himself God!


What do you guys think?

Monday, April 20, 2009

What does this mean to you?

One of the first things that they teach us at school regarding hermeneutics (principles of interpretation) is that by focusing on the question, "What does this passage mean to me?", we often miss the real meaning behind a biblical passage. At Georgetown University, Pres. Obama recently gave a speech titled, "Remarks by the President on the Economy," and in it he states:

Now, there's a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells the story of two men. The first built his house on a pile of sand, and it was soon destroyed when a storm hit. But the second is known as the wise man, for when "the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock." It was founded upon a rock. We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity -- a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest; where we consume less at home and send more exports abroad.

The section he's referring to comes from Matthew 7:24-27 which actually begins with Jesus' clear statement, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a a wise man who built his house on the rock."

It seems to me that the exhortation to build a house on the rock is not really about shrewd financial management, but rather, hearing and doing the word of God. What does this passage mean to you?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bart Interrupted.



Dr. Bart Erhman just recently wrote this book titled Jesus Interrupted with a sly subtitle "Revealing the hidden contradictions in the Bible (and why we don't know about them)." It's catching a lot of attention and having received a Ph.D from Princeton and teaching as a chair of religious studies @ UNC-Chapel Hill, he, no doubt, comes with strong credentials.

Even Colbert has some words to say! So funny:

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Camellia sinensis

I really don't like coffee, but I really like tea. You know what I especially love? Sweet tea and ice tea. My 2 favorites:





These two, plus sweet tea at Chick-Fil-A are the best! So good that I made some sweet tea at home. Tastes pretty good if I may say so myself.
C.S. Lewis said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

So, why not pick up a book from one of my "Read Me" widgets below and drink some tea while you're at it?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Are you stressed?

It seems to me that these days we spend much of our time surfing the web, watching something on youtube, downloading some other things from the 'net... all the while putting strain on our eyes/bodies, all the while not learning very much along the way. Can I give you one piece of advice? READ!

According to the Telegraph from the U.K., for reducing stress, reading worked better than listening to music (which reduced stress by 61%), drinking a cup of tea (54%), and even taking a walk (42%). Reading was found to reduce stress by a whopping 68%! Amazing.

So what are you waiting for? Buy some books and go relieve your stress!