the green fields beyond


Location: Charles City, Virginia, United States

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The next step...

Apparently I passed the online test: I've been invited to try out for Jeopardy! at the Philadelphia audition on May 24th. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but still...this could be the chance to FINALLY use all of my useless trivia (oh, and finish paying off our student loans, too).
I'll keep you posted.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

the great Reversal...

Mel and I will be at our home church in Virginia this Easter weekend. Here's a hymn we first heard at that church...lyrics by Fred Green, to a Vaughan Williams arrangement of a Thomas Tallis tune. It gets me every time: the great Victory, won by losing.

To mock your reign, O dearest Lord,they made a crown of thorns;
set you with taunts along that road from which no one returns.
They could not know as we do now, that glorious is your crown;
that thorns would flower upon your brow, your sorrows heal our own.

In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord,they snatched a purple cloak,
your passion turned, for all they cared,into a soldier's joke.
They could not know, as we do now, that though we merit blame
you will your robe of mercy throw around our naked shame.

A sceptered reed, O patient Lord, they thrust into your hand,
and acted out their grim charade to its appointed end.
They could not know, as we do now, though empires rise and fall,
your Kingdom shall not cease to grow till love embraces all.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Answers, 100% jargon-free!

Seminary education is a dangerous thing. On the one hand, it makes you a "go-to person" among your friends and family, when theological or biblical questions arise. This is a privilege, if a somewhat humbling one. BUT on the other hand, it gives you so much information that your answers to people's questions turn into lectures. This tendency is not only annoying, but also unhelpful, since most of the voluminous data you spew forth is not relevant to the questioners' actual quests.
So i'm pleased to report that some of my classmates at Westminster have launched a site designed to answer real questions about the Bible and Christianity, all in non-technical, non-jargony language...
Are there errors and inaccuracies in the text of the Bible?
What does it mean to "believe in Jesus"?
Why does the Old Testament God seem, to put it nicely, to be suffering from genocidal mood-swings? Is he the same as the New Testament God?
To read thoughtful responses to these and other questions, or to send in your own, check out The Greenhouse.

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