Category Archives: Life

New Knowledge: An Alienating Force

[[This message has been approved by the family matriarch: ἀγαπῶ σε]] My wife loves storytelling. For those of you who know her, you know that she has a flair for the dramatic. Hyperbole, she knows well. Brevity, she does not. … Continue reading

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My Undergraduate Degree

I just found this link over at Dr. Black’s Blog. While Dr. Black’s alma mater takes pride of place as the best place to go for an undergraduate Bible degree, Moody Bible Institute takes a respectable second. The first paragraph … Continue reading

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The Mother-in-Law–Jeremiah 29:11 Refrigerator Magnet–Diet Principle

I have been reading Jonathan Pennington’s Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction. In chapter 7, Pennington addresses matters pertaining to “Intent,” “Meaning,” and “Posture.” At the conclusion of the chapter he talks about “The Mother-in-Law–Jeremiah 29:11 Refrigerator Magnet–Diet … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Today’s quote comes from the book The Trellis and the Vine.  The growth of the gospel happens in the lives of people, not in the structures of my church. Or to put it in terms of our opening metaphor, the growth … Continue reading

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A Home-Cooked Meal

After some hard work with Thomas Hudgins and Dave Black up at the seminary, I came home to a wonderful surprise. Mary Beth had a good morning. She woke up, cleaned, did laundry, and made Spaghetti Sauce from scratch. It … Continue reading

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Old Fashion Shaving Kit

Over the past couple days Mary Beth has been giving me Christmas presents. She often selects an individual to do 12 days of Christmas for, and this year it was me. Today marked the last in a series of gifts … Continue reading

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Pennington on Publishing Houses

I just came across this wonderful quote in Jonathan Pennington’s work Reading the Gospels Wisely: In the massive onslaught of books that pour forth from the publishing houses every year like orces from the gates of Mordor, only a few will … Continue reading

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New Office

I know that it looks the same as before, but it has changed locations. My office is now upstairs in the loft. I have spent the last two days cleaning, boxing up books that I am unlikely to use, cataloging … Continue reading

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End of the Semester

The time has finally come. The semester has ended. The last paper had been written. The last final has been submitted. I’m not sure how I feel right now. Was it the year I took off from school that made … Continue reading

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Today I went up to the library in order to read Willis Shotwell’s dissertation The Exegesis of Justin Martyr. I finished reading all 150 pages on microfiche. Take away? Justin was influenced by both Hellenism and Palestinian Judaism. This means that … Continue reading

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