3 Reasons for Blogging Meme

Nick tagged me with the latest meme.  Here are the rules:

Rule 1) List three reasons for your blogging.
Rule 2) List these rules.
Rule 3) Tag three others with the thread.

  1. Looking for further dialog on mostly theological/biblical subjects, and some other misc topics.  Just don’t have enough friends that are interested.  This provides me with an opportunity to dialog with others that have similar interest, and often there are even some well educated scholars that contribute.  That is very welcoming, since I don’t personally have any bible scholar friends.  However, I don’t blog to create debate, I think that there are plenty of blogs for that, so even though I may blog on something that could cause debate, I try to keep it an open forum, and keep the dialog respectful.  At times it does happen, but even then I make sure that it does not get heated or personal.
  2. I would like to see some of the dialog translate to action, or even our lives being transformed by God.  I hope that this is not just a purely academic exercise.  At times it seems that they all end up that way.  You can’t even say “I know God”, without causing an academic mental breakdown. 😉  although I did seek out the scholars so that’s what I get.
  3. To learn, and make some friends.  I have learned a great deal since I started blogging, and have made some new friends as well.  Some I hope to meet face to face someday.

 I’ll tag ElShaddia, Kevin, & Sam

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Excellent set of blogs on the Trinity

These are not just causal blogs on the Trinity, but well thought out written articles.

Topics include:

  1. A Trinitarian Wedding Meditation By Jeffrey Meyers
  2. Making Room By Peter J. Leithart
  3. The Trinity and the Nations: Insight from Galatians By Michael Halcomb
  4. Augustine Among The Social Trinitarians By W. Travis McMaken
  5. Trinitarian Spirituality: Relationships, not Roles By Darrell Pursiful
  6. Trinity in Jewish Terms? By Anne Kim
  7. The Trinitarian Grammar of Worship By Doug Chaplin
  8. Sent from the Father: A Case for Pre-Temporal Obedience By Nick Norelli
  9. God’s Being Is in Coming: Eberhard Jüngel’s Doctrine of the Trinity By David W. Congdon

 So check it out at: Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Six Degrees of Seperation

According to Wikipedia:

 Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person he or she knows and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is an average of six “steps” away from each person on Earth. Several studies, such as Milgram’s small world experiment, have been conducted to empirically measure this connectedness. While the exact number of links between people differs depending on the population measured, it is generally found to be relatively small. Hence, six degree of separation is somewhat synonymous with the idea of the “small world” phenomenon.

Who do you know that is famous, well known, or interesting?

I’ll share first.  Since I do photography, and I worked in the Animation industry for over 6 years I have met a lot of interesting people.  Also I grew up in a poor neighborhood, which also gave me a set of interesting people that I grew up with.

I know someone very well, that knows someone, who knows President Bill Clinton, Steven Spielberg, and host of other actors an politicians.

6 years in Animation (Hollywood, Ca) trust me you will meet a lot of people.  I met (don’t know) Sally Fields, Nick Nolte, Steven Jobs, Michale Eisner, Elton John just to name a few.  I also know various Animation directors, and got to know skilled artist such as Steven Buckley, and sculptor Gary Staab.  I loved Gary’s work the most.  It was something you can stare at, and think that it was alive.  Unlike computer 3D models, sculptures just come alive.

I know on a first name basis the Head of Elim Pentecostal Fellowship in the UK – John Glass

I know someone very well that knows Jack Hayford

I met Dr. John  Holland (Ex President of FourSquare Church), we had a few one on one dialogs, and some email correspondence.  Plus I do know someone that knew him very well, that is how we meet.

I also know someone who is in prison and is a top head of a certain mafia.  I told you I grew up in a poor neighborhood.  And now you know me, it is a small world after all 😉

So who do you know?

Open Theism Summary

First off I want to thank Brad, but especially Sam & Jonathan for engaging me on the subject with grace and humility. What started off as a simple question asked by me from a young member in my church has led to countless hours of reading, blogging, thinking, and praying.

I had studied this subject over 10 years ago, although Open Theism was not as popular as it is today so I never really tackled that subject as much as I have recently. The interesting thing is that I have concluded, what I had concluded 10 years ago. No body really seems to know. We have philosophical arguments, and arrive at theological conclusions, but in the end no body really knows how it works. My conclusion is that God has divine providence over his creation, has divine foreknowledge, and man has free will. How these work together is a mystery, and will be debated for many, many years. I understand that for the Academic world, and those seeking for logical answers this is not sufficient, but for me on a personal level it is.

I have personally chosen to approach this matter with the utmost humility, understanding that I am a finite creature trying to comprehend an infinite divine being. By no means am I done with the subject matter, as I have just come back from the book store with two more books to read. In all fairness to the Open Theist camp, I have purchased the 2nd edition of John Sanders book “The God Who Risks” 350+ pages worth, and “How Much Does God Foreknow?” by Steven C. Roy in defense of Traditional Theism.

At times like this I wish I was wired more artistically, than logically and would be fine with just expressing the wonders of God, rather than trying to understand them. I just feel like Job, and just want to express myself like singer/writer Matt Redman.

1 Then Job replied to the LORD:

2 I know that You can do anything
and no plan of Yours can be thwarted.

3 [You asked,] “Who is this who conceals [My] counsel with ignorance?”
Surely I spoke about things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42 – CSB

Blessed Be Your Name

by Matt Redman
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Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord...