Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Further, the theologian's research also leads him to argue that the widely held assumption that "prisoners were routinely nailed to crosses" is not accurate, as use of the cross as an execution device was the exception not the rule (impaling was the standard practice).
While I have no opinion one way or the other at this point (since I am not trained in Greek and will try to find thoughtful rebuttals), it must be said that the theologian is no skeptic and has no agenda. Rather he considers himself quite the conservative and still believes "the man who walked this earth was the Son of God, and that he will return to judge the living and the dead."
Posted by Joel Riley at 12:04 PM
Monday, June 28, 2010
But anyways, for today's link posted above you get an excellent blog about God making certain things about Himself and his creation unknowable to humankind. One quote,
"In my twenties, I thought I understood God. I read a book or two and then believed my limited knowledge of God was all-encompassing. I defended my understanding of God with passion and even anger. I’d associated my identity with my answers and defended them as though they were part of my redemption, part of the portfolio I’d eventually show God that might impress Him so He’d let me into heaven. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to believe I don’t know everything about God. And not only that, I’ve had to admit and confess my desire to know everything about God was really about control. God does not give us comprehensive knowledge about all things."
Posted by Joel Riley at 8:25 AM
Thursday, June 24, 2010
After a night of making new friends (he's already drawn to teenage girls, help us all!)
Enough with people I'm gonna crash now.
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Posted by jamintut at 2:36 PM
It's confessions time. I slept in a bit this morning which is why I'm here(hotel) instead of there(GMC 2010). However we are leaving soon and looking forward to catching what we can of the morning sessions. Bro. Tim Gill is speaking at Worship and The Word this morning and we will be there in time for that. Sorry I missed Bro. Vasquez this morning.
I am blaming our friends KY District Youth President Jeff Wilson and his wife Amanda for us sleeping in. They invited us out to eat last night and us along with the Wade's (my in-laws) and Bro. Buddy Puckett from Lexington closed down O'Charley's last night. They were literally pulling booths out from the wall and cleaning when we left. One of the best things about GMC 2010 has just been the fellowship. My wife and I are new to the ALJC and this has been awesome for us.
Posted by jamintut at 6:17 AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
"Hope Remains" was the theme of Wednesday night at GMC 2010. General Superintendent Rev. Robert Martin challenged the nearly full house to preach hope to all.
He took us on a journey through Acts chapter 27 ending where the Apostle Paul stands and tells those who had just lost hope on the ship that His God had told him that none would perish. It was an inspiring time that ended with the alters full.
service tonight being led by Chad Erikson. They did a song my wife found a couple of months back on Youtube and it's on our list of things to learn, so she was excited when we arrived and heard them practicing "Shout Joyfully".
Posted by jamintut at 9:52 PM
Former ALJC General Superintendent Steve Wilson and his wife Pat shared from their hearts, speaking about hope during times of crisis. For those who don't know they lost a son 11 years ago. They shared great wisdom and insight for not only dealing with it personally, but how to help others who may be facing a crisis. The CD of this one is worth having for any Pastor/Leader to own.
Posted by jamintut at 12:46 PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Posted by jamintut at 9:04 PM
But none of that matters when you consider the fascinating and kind of earth shattering overall message of series:
"If you don't know, you don't know that you don't know."
"If you are incompetent, you don't know that you are incompetent."
or as Rumsfeld said,
".....there are unknown unknowns. We don't know that we don't know." (it took me rereading that five times to grasp it)...
So in short, the smarter and more knowledgeable one becomes, they actually become more aware of their own shortcomings, and acknowledgement of parts of knowledge one does not know. But the more ignorant someone is in life, the more inability to admit error and admittance of lack of knowledge......
Posted by Joel Riley at 11:41 AM
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ GMC 2010 here we come....well almost. General Ministry Conference 2010 is in Lexington, KY this year and being a recent addition to Kentucky and to the ALJC it just made sense to go. My name is Jamin Tuttle and I've done a few things on 90&9, however, blogging is something I've never done....ever. My Sarah and I (plus Lauryn 9 and Landon 3) will be sharing some observations, service notes, and pics from GMC 2010 this year. It all starts tomorrow. We'll be there setting up a booth for the KY District Missions America dept. Now to prepare for a week of awesome preaching, teaching and worship, I'm going to work a 12 hour night shift, inspecting beautiful rolls of stainless steel.
Posted by jamintut at 3:04 PM
Sunday, June 20, 2010
-Marilynne Robinson, Absence of Mind (p. 29)
While she focuses on the New Atheists and their ilk, this is also true concerning the stock market in the 1990s ("The rules are different!") and the housing bubble ("It's not a bubble--it's been going on for 8 years!") & even politics (pick a candidate from almost any major election, and someone is the person who will "transform Washington."). Somehow, all this touting hasn't changed the rules of financial gravity or human behavior.
It's almost like Western society is proudly ahistorical until we can create a historical moment (as if transforming Washington was as simple as electing a non-white President, as if starting democracy in the Middle East was as simple as invading Iraq), thus validating our own importance to ourselves. Historical context is always ignored for the tyranny of the now.
Surprised By Church History
The church is not immune to contemporary blind spots--I learned this morning that the first Pentecostal missionary in almost every major Asian country in the early 1900s was a single woman. Is that something we've built on or largely ignored?--but that doesn't mean we can't rouse ourselves into understanding our past and the past to properly co-create the best future possible for everyone.
It'll be hard. Yet it'll be rewarding if we're brave enough.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
From the World Network of Prayer:
It is with a heavy heart we inform you that Bishop G.A. Mangun completed his journey early this morning, June 17.
Surrounded by his family, he journeyed across the river to the sounds of a victorious angelic welcome. His death was as powerful and victorious as his incredible life. We mourn and rejoice, we grieve and celebrate.
The Mangun family is forever indebted to everyone for their love, prayers, and support.
The homegoing service for Bishop G. A. Mangun will be Tuesday, June 22, at 6:00 pm at The Pentecostals of Alexandria. Visitation will begin at 12 noon and continue until service time.
Graveside service will be Wednesday, June 23, at 10:00 am with procession departing from The Pentecostals of Alexandria at 9:30 am. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville, LA.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
“In this postmodern, post-Christian, and what is increasingly being referred to as a post-human age, where the systems and technologies within which human beings must operate take primacy over consideration of the human being itself—we are situated in a context surprisingly like that of the ancient pagan world, with a multiplicity of belief systems competing for our allegiance, and where the definition and consequent value of what it means to be human are very much in debate.
For people of faith, this is perhaps the fundamental issue of our time, for it determines how we perceive the complex tapestry of the world we now inhabit and our responsibilities and responses to it.”
Sunday, June 13, 2010
...on Kindle at least. Evidently Amazon (or is it Big Brother?) tracks what everyone highlights in their e-books and The Lost Symbol out-highlights Holy Writ.
Want to know #3 on the list? How about The Shack? It's all here.
Want to know the 3 most highlight verses in (Kindle) Scriptures? Click here!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Hawking has been an interesting figure in regards to religion. He has visited churches occasionally and his ultimate belief system has been up for debate depending on who you are talking to.
Most famously, he has argued that the existence of God can be seen as the orchestrator of the laws of nature and really traces God's action to the initiation of the big bang (and material existence coming to fruition out of nothing (ex nihilo)). . However, don't get too excited. For while this may point to the existence of a deity, Hawking defines his notion of God as "the embodiment of the laws of nature." But then goes on further to say "However, this is not what most people would think of that God. They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible."
And finally Hawking adds about the possible union of science and religion, "There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works."
I will go cry now.
Posted by Joel Riley at 10:09 AM
Friday, June 04, 2010
See the link here that covers the story more in depth.
Whose Haggard targeting for membership:
"everybody is welcome: Democrat, Republican, independent, gays, straight, bi, tall, short, addicts and recovering addicts."
Further, "St. James is a church for sinners — people who have hit rock bottom and people who want to help people who have hit rock bottom"
Now I have no doubt that Ted Haggard is restored in his Faith. And I think him being fully restored as a Christian is an awesome testament to the mercy of Christ.
But should this man pastor a church again? Are there sins too "big" to recover a pastoral position for?
I myself am really undecided. I guess I would say that if Haggard is genuine in what he says in the article, then his passion for the broken is so commendable. Could it not be that God is making good what Satan intended for evil, and thus Haggard now will help reconcile people who are truly desperate for God? People that Haggard would have overlooked before his fall?
But yet again, I myself could not envision myself sitting under Ted Haggard as pastor. I couldn't get past his past. And that would no doubt be my fault.
Posted by Joel Riley at 9:11 AM
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Just click today's link here. And then once you are there, watch the videos. They are people hearing for the first time through something called a cochlear implant. Enjoy the chills you get. This is amazing stuff.
Posted by Joel Riley at 9:32 AM