Monday, October 27, 2008

Weekend roamings, and ponderings on Deuteronomy

Howdy Y'all!

Oh, the joy of monday mornings. After two cups of coffee, my brain is fully functional, and life is happy. ;) I hope that everyone who is reading this has had a wonderful weekend, blessed with good weather, good friends, and good fun. (I suppose bad fun would be an oxymoron.)

It is finally starting to feel like fall here, or at least the Texas equivalent. Temperatures in the 70s, so we can still wear t-shirts, but not be sweating all day long. :)

On saturday, I joined some friends for a 3 mile walk at a local park, with wonderful weather and the chance to pick a friend's brain on some of the customs of Nepal. (She has been there before, and I will probably be going there in July for our final outreach.) We topped it off with a visit to a locally well-known burger joint. In the evening, I spent some time with another friend, who is attempting to teach me the fine art of sewing. Perhaps I will post some pictures, after I complete my first project!

This week in class, we are spending some time looking at Deuteronomy. A book that is often thought of as a boring book of laws. We will be taking a closer look at these laws, and asking what God's purpose was for them-just some restrictions, or loving boundaries to keep His people safe, holy, and happy. Are these laws even obey-able? Another question we will be looking at. We will also be reading the book of Ruth towards the end of the week.

I don't have any deep thoughts on this book of the bible yet, but I'm looking forwards to taking a closer look, asking a few questions, and finding out more about who God is by even the seemingly "mundane" laws He gave in the Old Testament. I would challenge everyone to do the same. Take another look at the books that seem unimportant for today, ask a few questions about who God is-you may just be surprised at the answers!

Well, happy monday everyone. Enjoy the beginning of a new week. I will try to post more as the week goes on and we learn more about Deuteronomy.

Monday, October 20, 2008

monday night musings

A mellow monday evening. All of my homework is finished, and I have the chance to contemplate, perhaps read a good book, and just chill out. Homework tonight was reading Leviticus 1-13. The description of some of the different kinds of offerings, Aaron's ordination, and how to identify your garden-variety clean and unclean animals.

We also had an informal outreach meeting tonight. Our first outreach for School of the Bible is next month-a "leadership outreach". Basically, we will be interning at a church, "job shadowing" the pastor, and getting a better feel for the internal workings of a church. The cool thing about School of the Bible is that you have a lot of flexibility in basically setting up your own outreaches.

Myself and four others from the school will be traveling to Ohio to do our outreach at a church pastored by a guy named Mike Huckins, who taught in our school for hermeneutics week. (basically a college word for biblical interpretation. Feel free to make use of it to impress your friends and family. ;)

There isn't much else to say right now. It has been a good day, and I am interested to see what all we will discover as we look at Leviticus this week. Oh, and I am really, really glad that we didn't get any Greek homework last friday, since I would probably be doing it right now instead of writing this blog! More on that another time.

Until my next musing,

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pondering the Plagues

Here it is, my very first blog post ever! Hopefully I will be able to post often.

Right now I'm sitting here in the classroom during a break between teachers. Our topic this week is the book of Exodus. We just took a quick look at the 10 Plagues. It was quite interesting to me to find out that every single one of the plagues was directed at one or more of the gods of Egypt, showing their powerlessness in the face of the true God. (if you serve a god who controls the sky, for example, it would be rather embarassing if someone else's God darkens the sky with "a darkness that can be felt" for three whole days, and your god can't make the sun shine.)

Well, break time is over. Hopefully I can post more later today.