thanks to my family members not knowing how to use their computers, i've been unable to stay connected over the holidays. i'm now at my sister's house where they have DSL and i can finally get online. i've virtually missed a great conversation on tony's blog about the Trinity because of it. but it's the holidays, i'm on vacation, and its going to take a lot to get me down. its been a great time with my family both my side and marie's. its been fun. i'll be ready to get back to KC though, i miss you all out there. to those that requested snow, i've got bad news. all the good snow has pretty much melted and all that is left is the dirty snow that is a result of the car exhaust and dirt and pooh. i'm not bringing that stuff back. sorry.

cassono's pizza is on the way and Any Given Sunday is on. not a great movie, but i love Al Pacino. peace.


heading home

well, tis the season for traveling to michigan and ohio for a few days. i'm excited on many levels and not on others. sounds like we're heading into bad weather and we will have two cats traveling with us. not fun. the other thing i don't like is that my wife insists on driving. i'd prefer racking up points and flying, but i'm not the one in charge. i'm afraid my books won't be arriving in at the church before we leave, so i think i may have to redirect them up to michigan. not quite sure what to do there. well i'm in charge of all the last minute things that need to be done, and i probably won't post until after christmas. so everyone have a merry christmas, happy hanukkah, happy kwanzaa, and if you're an atheist try to enjoy the next few days as much as you humanly can. peace.




I am very thankful at this point that my semester is over. I learned that I cannot do full-time work/ministry and go to seminary full-time. I don't know if it is my lack of organization, or brain power, or what it was, but it was a struggle. I got an A and a B so it wasn't all that bad, but I did mediocre work, which I don't like doing. I really wasn't all that into it either, which didn't help much. Most of the people there annoyed me to no end and the overall atmosphere was pretty old school. There isn't much room for conversation about things related to emergent, postmodernity, sports, technology, or life in general. It's all about meetings with bishops and district superindents, having charge conferences, being appointed somewhere. It was all rather annoying to me. There are a couple people though that were a breath of fresh air like Mark, Chang, Sarah, Adam, Joel, and Laura.

hmmm...other news since my last post which was forever ago. i got my "other" ear pierced a week ago. now i have both lobes pierced and will probably move onto tattoos next. my wife and exchanged christmas presents already! yeah we're both little kids. she got perfume, workout pants, slipper socks, and an assortment of white chocolate hot drink mixes. i got an ohio state sweatshirt, a button-down shirt which rocks, a beard trimmer (yes i have a short stubble, movie star thing goin now), and flannel pants. my buddy josh also got me Tony Hawk's Underground for my game system. that game kicks ass. we leave thursday for michigan, apparently there's a lot of snow there. then we head to ohio after a few days in michigan and then back home. a nice 10 day, holiday/vacation with our families. should be interesting.

waiting to get Generous Orthodoxy and Practicing Passion in the mail before we leave for some good reading while i'm away. peace.


salvation 3

continuing on in lukes gospel, kind of, the book of Acts is a sequel to luke and continues his pastoral and theological look at history and salvation in particular. this may be a new view for you because most churches teach that Acts is a historical reference work about the start of the church. while Acts certainly contains that, it is more of a theological work. so what we need to come to the book of Acts with is not, what is the church? but instead what is the function of the church? this is a radically different way of looking at the book of Acts and the church. in Acts 1:1, luke tells theophilus (which is interesting in and of itself) that he is continuing to tell the story of "what Jesus began to do (RSV)" this translation picks up the greek imperfect much better than other translations. what he is saying is, jesus began the work of salvation and the story of acts will continue the work of salvation. what luke is doing here is that he is tying the church and salvation together. this brings to light i think it was Hans Kung that said there is no salvation outside of the church. so these are my two biggest questions. what is jesus' role in salvation? and what is the role of the church in salvation? and how will those two work together? part of it i think is that the church (body of christ) continues the work that jesus began (i.e. healing the sick, raising the dead, exorcising demons, challenging imperialism, proclaiming good news, etc). salvation seems to be much more about living in a certain way in the present, than believing certain propositions that get us into heaven in the future. any thoughts?


salvation 2

in an earlier post i asked a lot of questions about salvation. this morning in class warren carter was commenting on luke's view of salvation and so i'm going jot down those insights. first off, the greek word for salvation is used only 1 time in matthew, mark, and john with john being the 1. however luke uses it 10 times in his two books. and the word for savior is also lopsided by a 4:1 margin to luke. so any conversation about salvation it seems must include our friend luke, who by the way is not a doctor/physician like everyone seems to think. for luke, salvation seems to have two key attributes. looking at the zacchaeus story jesus claims that zacchaeus has received salvation and not only that, he gets it today. for paul salvation is often a future event. but for luke it happens today. the other really interesting thing is that jesus (not yet crucified and raised) declares that someone is saved. how was it that zacchaeus is saved? all we know is that zacchaeus says he'll sell half of his possessions and give the profit to the poor and he'll repay those he's defrauded 4x what he took from them. considering he was a tax collecter, this would have been a significant amount, if not everything that was left in his bank account. for luke salvation seems to be tied very much to making things right. reconciliation. it seems to have something to do with living rightly/justly.

so the question that i still have is, what is jesus role in salvation? luke 4 gives us some great insights. this is when jesus starts his ministry and after he passes the test in the desert he goes to jerusalem and reads from the isaiah scroll and claims, isaiah's words are fulfilled that day. this verse he reads is about a societal revolution and it is jesus who ultimately brings that revolution to the world. it is he that will proclaim it through word and deed. it may be that we've weighed too heavily on the atonement theories in salvation, when actually those two may be more separate than many of us are willing to accept. i think the death and resurrection still play an important role in salvation, but i'm not quite sure what i think that is just yet. any thoughts?