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Monthly Archives: March 2007

The Significance Credo

Jesus is the Christ. He is the Son of the Living God. He is the One who sets us free from the bondage of Sin, Death and Devil. Jesus is the Life Giver. He is the Hell Harrower. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Read More »

Jesus of Nazareth’s Dialogue Regarding Hell

This is the third installment of a series of posts collectively titled: “The Literal Tenor of the Metaphorical Hell: A Literary Critique of Scriptural Language concerning Hell, The Human Soul and a Defense of Metaphorical Conditionalism.” The first post was titled: The Literal Tenor of the Metaphorical Hell. The Second post was titled: Mechanics of Metaphor: Hell is a Shabby Hotel of Vicious Circles.

Jesus of Nazareth, in the Gospels, teaches his followers about a realm wherein God chooses not to eternally abide with those who consciously choose, during the first existence, to not abide with and within Him. The metaphorical characterization of this realm ranges from “gates,” “roads,” “hell,” “furnaces,” “weeping,” and “gnashing of teeth.” Read More »

Bible-Carrying Christians by DH Watt

I must admit to being utterly bewildered. Sometimes I do end up confused, but usually not as a result of my own doing. I feel like a lost, teenaged hayseed, fresh off the Greyhound, suitcase in hand, wandering around somewhere in the unfamiliar maze of a bewildering downtown Los Angeles bus terminal. Why? Well, because I actually spent $55.00 dollars on a book titled: Bible-Carrying Christians: Conservative Protestants and Social Power. It has to be one of the silliest reads I have purchased in quite some time. Its silliness actually rivals that of Why Christianity Must Change or Die by Bishop Spong. Too, remember, I say this as a fan of neither liberal religion, nor fundamentalism. Read More »

Tribe Review: What Do You Do With Your Wait?

Real life is all about waiting. We wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. We wait some more … We wait all the time. We wait for mail, job promotions, loves, marriages, kids, families, houses, and vacations. We wait in lines, transit stations, stop lights, and doctor’s offices. We do a lot of waiting! We do not like it either, for the most part! But … God must be there, somewhere, in all of that waiting, right? Right! How can we become aware of God’s active and tangible presence and purpose within all of our time spent waiting? Doesn’t the fact that God is right there, somewhere, within all of the time spent, change the whole concept of waiting? Perhaps. Does God make us wait sometimes? Yes! So, the question then is, “What do you do with your wait?” Threads (by Lifeway) and Mike Harder tackle this very question in a fantastic small group curriculum titled InTransit: What Do You Do With Your Wait? Read More »

Mechanics of Metaphor: Hell is a Shabby Hotel of Vicious Circles

This is the second installment of a series of posts collectively titled: “The Literal Tenor of the Metaphorical Hell: A Literary Critique of Scriptural Language concerning Hell, The Human Soul and a Defense of Metaphorical Conditionalism.” The first post was titled: The Literal Tenor of the Metaphorical Hell.

The word “metaphor” claims an etymological root in the Greek verb metapherein, meaning “to transfer.” Simply stated, a metaphor serves to transfer the sense of one word to another. Many literary critics choose to explain metaphors in terms of the two words/subjects by which larger meaning is transferred: the tenor and the vehicle. The tenor is the subject of comparison, or what is to be compared; the vehicle is the means of comparison, or that to which the subject (tenor) is compared. Read More »

The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism

My reflections re: Carl F. H. Henry’s The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism (1947) are admittedly clouded, or, better said, biased. Why? How so? Well, maybe my admitted short-sightedness has something to do with the days in which I live, the thick socio-political atmosphere of my country and the larger world, and/or too much 24 hour news? Whatever the reason(s), I do know this: I have little sympathy for anything labeled “fundamentalism.” So, obviously, my opinion(s) regarding The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism goes without saying … but I’ll say it anyway, of course! Henry’s challenge to press contemporary culture with fundamentalist belief does not resonate with me at all. In fact, I’ll pass, and totally so, thank you. Read More »

Adventures in Alternative Worship

This morning, I took in Jonny Baker’s Adventures in Alternative Worship at Hempfield United Methodist. I regret my week’s time requirements, as they forced me to limit my participation to the 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM block of the presentation. The presentation in its entirety is scheduled to run ’till 3:00 PM, with a one hour break for lunch. So, unfortunately, I’m forced to miss the afternoon session. Read More »

The Literal Tenor of the Metaphorical Hell

This is the first installment of a series of posts collectively titled: “The Literal Tenor of the Metaphorical Hell: A Literary Critique of Scriptural Language concerning Hell, The Human Soul and a Defense of Metaphorical Conditionalism.”

The four views of Hell are categorized as Literal, Metaphorical, Purgatorial, and Conditional. The Purgatorial view is based, for the most part, upon ecclesiastic and emotional presuppositions rather than authentic exegetical research. The Literal and Metaphorical views should not even exist as two separate views; they exist as such as a result of the improper interpretation of metaphor. Once this literary issue is resolved the two views are remarkably compatible regarding not only the tenor behind the metaphorical language, but also in the foundational belief re: eternity spent in this realm. The conditional view properly interprets metaphorical language and is characterized by a solid exegetical argument for eternal annihilation over eternal suffering. Read More »

A Design Reboot, Punching Stereotype, and Jonny Baker

So, a quick update is in order. I say ‘quick’ because this week is going to be overflowing with action and excitement. I’m off and running as soon as this post is published. Seriously, I’m not sure there is a more action packed life than that of the theologist (credit for ‘theologist’ goes to Titanic super guru J. Cameron). Read More »

Family Sledding Fun in the City Park!

Lancaster City was finally the recipient of a few inches of really great sledding snow. Actually, this is the first real snow covering we’ve had all winter! Prior to last night’s thick, white blanket gift, we had only two real winter storms, and both of those were freezing rain and ice (not good sledding conditions). Read More »