Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM
Friday, April 05, 2013 at 9:20 AM
As a side note, I'm not trained or anything, just a dabbler. I like learning and reading and learning. I did ask my sister (who is a 1st year CPA) for some feedback, but that doesn't mean every fact is accurate.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM
Teaching is intellectual hospitality. It is welcoming the students into the home of the teacher and sharing one's joys, models, delights, and hopes with them. To separate the subject from the teacher is to separate the home from the inhabitant. Interesting, but valueless. But if we are welcomed into the home, where the owner shares his life with you, now that changes the whole experience. To teach others is to welcome them into one's life.
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM
at 3:03 PM
So, the plan is to start posting again, and perhaps eventually to migrate to wordpress (because I want to learn how to work with that a little more).
So here's the newest theme of the blog: No black boxes. What does it mean? I'm not sure where I got the idea, but I always have associated "black boxes" with unknowns. "This works, but I don't know why." But one of the biggest things I've learned/been reminded of is that a rational God has created the universe and populated it with people who are made in his image, who are rational themselves. That means that what I see as a mysterious unknown (ie a black box), really is understandable, provided that I put in some work to do some thinking about it.
This isn't to say that it's possible to completely understand everything (to "comprehend it"), but just that it is possible to understand it - to get a better picture of what actually is going on.
So that's the goal, and along the way I'll post different things I've learned here and there. We'll see how everything goes.
Friday, August 03, 2012 at 4:26 PM
In 1 Timothy 5:9-16, Paul gives instructions for enrolling widows (presumably to financially support them because they have no where else to turn but God). What jumped out to me about this passage is Paul's commands to younger widows. he doesn't tell them to go to all night prayer meetings (like the older widows are involved in (5:5), but he says, they are to "marry, bear children, manage their household." (5:14).
Notice the contrast - seeking God for younger widows does not look like v.5 - "continues in supplications and prayers night and day", but instead it is very simple and earthy, it is "marry, bear children, manage their households." This is a good reminder that God doesn't care only about the deep passionate on-fire worship that prays all night, but he cares about the simple obedience in the "day to day" activities. God calls us to honor him through loving our children, caring for our relatives, serving our neighbors. Yes, we can go to an all night prayer meeting, but all-night prayer meetings don't determine whether or not you are spiritual. Daily life does! Do I grumble, complain, gossip? Or do I serve joyfully, have contentment, love others?
May Christ give us the strength to love him through the mundane.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM
I also (in the continuing attempt to fiddle with this screencast thing) recorded a video!
An interesting observation that I felt like reproducing here:
Q: What does it mean to "work out your salvation"?
A: This is a tricky one, especially in light of God's sovereignty highlighted in v.13, as well as earlier in Phil. 1:6. I think the answer is that Paul is recalling back what he wrote in Philippians 1:27-28
27 Only let your manner of life be worthy  of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
In that passage, their unity in the Gospel and fearless Christ-like living is a sign of their salvation. In the same way for this passage, continue to work out this salvation through living a manner worthy of the Gospel.
Another tie is the remark "whther I come and see you or am absent," which seems to parallel, "not only in my presence, but much more in my absence"