Monday, December 28, 2009

I just finished another graduate school application. It's for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. It seems like a really good school and listen to the program I'm trying to get into ready, Master of Divinity with a focus on Research. I'm so excited by the possibility of getting in. I got rejected from Princeton so the focus has moved towards Westminster and Trinity. Both are really good schools, and on completely opposite sides of the theological center. EIther way I'm excited. The big deal at this point is getting Marie a job right now because right now we are waiting for an acceptance letter.

On a lighter note I just finished reading a book by Mark Driscoll called, "Confessions of a Reformission Rev.". It was an authentic and transparent view on the growth of Mars Hill Church as well as Mark's development as a person, leader and pastor. It was alot of fun to see (at least from a reader's perspective) how a church grows. Its been pretty depressing watching my current churches existence. There hasn't been much growth in the past few years, if anything we've been gutted, skinned and are currently tanning. But the people who do remain are great people. I'm left with this frustration of being involved in classes focused on Church Growth and reading on the subject really disheartens me. I've often wondered as to why my current church won't grow. Is it the leadership style, is it the people, is it the vision or the lack there of, is there a genuine burden for the lost, does there need to be a pruning, does it simply have to close.

I believe in the people working there and their mission but there seems to be no evident fruit in their toils. Granted a new family has joined but I am constantly left feeling like a youngster wishing to play baseball with their dad who is too busy to play with them. I am left tired, frustrated as if I am boxing in a tank of water.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An interesting article on Scripture

"Defend the Bible? Would you defend a lion? Loose him; and let him go!”

When he spoke of Scripture, Charles Haddon Spurgeon consistently returned to two closely related themes. First, the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. Second, this inspired Word bears testimony to the Word of God incarnate, Jesus Christ.

Authority and Inspiration

The authority and inspiration of Scripture was especially important to Spurgeon throughout his life. As Lewis Drummond concludes, “Spurgeon realized the ultimate question in all theology has to be the question of authority. Where does one find the source of reliable truth concerning the Christian faith?” (Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers). The answer to this question for Spurgeon was clearly and unequivocally Scripture.

Reflecting on Psalm 119, Spurgeon comments: “What is truth? The holy Scriptures are the only answer to that question. Note, that they are not only true, but the truth itself. We may not say of them that they contain the truth, but that they are the truth: ‘thy law is the truth.’ There is nothing false about the law or preceptory part of Scripture. Those who are obedient thereto shall find that they are walking in a way consistent with fact, while those who act contrary thereto are walking in a vain show.” (Treasury of David: Spurgeon’s Classic Work on the Psalms)

Full and Complete Authority

In fact, for Spurgeon, recognition of the full and complete authority of the Bible was essential to theological dialogue. Without this, there is no room for further discussion: “We can be tolerant of divergent opinions, so long as we perceive an honest intent to follow the Statute-book. But if it comes to this, that the Book itself is of small authority to you, then we have no need of further parley: we are in different camps, and the sooner we recognize this, the better for all parties concerned. If we are to have a church of God at all in the land, Scripture must be regarded as holy, and to be had in reverence.” (A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children)

A Sword in the Hand of the Holy Spirit

For Spurgeon, the authority of the Bible was based on its inspiration. Therefore, this inspired and authoritative book is the Holy Spirit’s tool for accomplishing his work in the believer: “When work is done nowadays, it is, as a rule, badly done. Work done by contract is usually scamped in some part or another; but when a man does a work for himself he is likely to do it thoroughly, and produce an article which he can depend upon. The Holy Ghost has made this Book himself: every portion of it bears his initial and impress; and thus he has a sword worthy of his own hand, a true Jerusalem blade of heavenly fabric. He delights to use a weapon so divinely made, and he does use it right gloriously.” (The Sword of the Spirit)

Unleash the Lion

At the end of the day, Spurgeon was adamant about the authority of the Bible because without it, there is no sure foundation for the church and the gospel. Ultimately, the message of the Bible is Jesus Christ:

    “Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega of the Bible. He is the constant theme of its sacred pages; from first to last they testify of him… The Scriptures are the swaddling bands of the holy child Jesus; unroll them and you find your Saviour. The quintessence of the word of God is Christ” (Morning and Evening).

Throughout his ministry, Spurgeon willingly entered controversy only because of his uncompromising commitment to the authority of the Scripture. However, Spurgeon’s aim in such controversy was not a meticulous defense of the Bible’s inspiration and authority. Instead, his aim was simply to “unleash the lion.”

For a more in-depth treatment of what the theological giants in the Christian tradition have taught about Scripture, check out Christian Theologies of Scripture. You can also read the introduction online."

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Life in a not so Technicolor Glass

I just finished chatting with a random individual about life for a bit (this is what I do periodically), and we were discussing jobs. I myself will be losing my job in literally a few hours (which for the record does suck) and this gentleman is assuming his fate is the same. My job loss is a bit more of an "oh know not another retail store" so its not as dramatic as this gentleman's fate. Granted, losing my mediocre retail job sucks tremendously because my flow of income has just been dammed (literally if we're staying with the figurative metaphors) however this gentleman has spent his life at his profession.

He is/was a pharmecutical person of some sort, he mentioned his plant being shut down so I'm going to make a guessumption that he was either a chemist or a pharmecutical engineer of sorts. But as we continued our conversation it went like this,

"So why is your plant closing" Said I
"Its cheaper to make them abroad" Said Pharmecutical Chemgineer
"What about the quality factor, will it be the same" Said I
"It doesn't matter... it'll never be the same again" Said PCneer
"Why" Said Angelo Orlando Valle Alonso 1
"The world just keeps changing, it'll never be the same" said he

The world never being the same again.

Is this bad? I haven't figured out yet. But this economic dilemna continues to become more and more real to me especially in my unusual blogging locale.

I'm curious to see what the rest of the day holds. I'll be back soon to ramble.

Friday, July 10, 2009


I'm going through "Blue Like Jazz" and its challenging my perspective completely. The need to be a certain denomination is fading, the need to fear failure is changing, the need for a plan is fading.

Its quite liberating. Thank You Donald Miller.