Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Rest up and enjoy your Christmas...because we start full-force in January - no foolin'!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Ruminate on that for a few days while I get my head back in the game.
Oh, and this, too...
I made it for Kim, but you should all be be able to enjoy it. :-) And if you want to see how Kim is doing, check her out here: Standing on the Rock
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I love the irony of this Lesson's blog title. I had always planned to title this one "No More Introductions," but I didn't think you'd believe me...after all, we've had nothing BUT Introductions in our first lessons! So I added the "Inconceivable" part as an afterthought, and then I realized that it fits perfectly with our lesson this week. This week's lesson starts off by looking at some theological terms that are sometimes incorrectly used interchangeably. Don't be like poor Vizzini in "The Princess Bride" (who I'm sure must have also struggled with his theology). Don't use the words Revelation, Inspiration, or Illumination interchangeably. Want to know why? Then get busy and get to studying!
Click here to download Lesson 3. There are a few study questions and three "Think About It" questions. When you are ready for the Key, click here. And, as usual, if you just want to go over to the Breadcrumbs site and get it all there, you can click here.
Try to get your original comments posted by the end of August, and then your responses done by the end of the Labor Day weekend. Don't be shy about responding to each other's comments. If someone says something that makes you think (or makes you question), shout it out! We're all ears!
If you have prayer requests that can be shared with the general public, go ahead and "comment" on those, too. Otherwise, feel free to email me with them and I'll make sure they're only seen by our "regular" followers. Which reminds me - if you're not "following" this Blog, or if you want to participate in our Study - there's no time like the present to get started!
Talk to you soon!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Oh, I suppose I’ll make a spiritual connection before we’re through…so be patient.
Second, I apologize: I think in hindsight it would have been better for me to wait until summer to start the study, but I was just too excited! As a result, I got us off to a rocky start last month, and I apologize for that. When I was helping Mom clean out her garage a couple of weeks ago, we found a piece of paper she used to use to “help” her with her busy life: it had daily schedules, so to speak. Things like, “Monday: wash sheets; Tuesday: dust knickknacks; Wednesday: vacuum…” You get the idea. Bottom line: it appears I come by my need to really-sit-down-and-plan-my-days naturally! Thanks, Mom! :-) Now, if I could only find my to-do list!
Third, I thank: THANK YOU for your perseverance and patience with me and with this study as we’ve tried to get it off the ground. For what it’s worth, I am SO thankful for each of you and for the way that you are sticking with this. Also, the praying thing – I was so encouraged by it, and I hope you were, too. In fact, I agree with Trish - I think we should make the praying thing a regular part of our study! We can post prayer requests here, or if you want to keep them more private, just do it through the email.
Fourth, I remind: Just a quick recap of our “routine” (can you call it a routine if you’ve only done it once?):
1. Read the Blog Post. Where else will you find my scintillating wit?
2. Download and try to complete the study within the first two weeks.
3. Try to post your responses to the “Think About It” questions by the end of the second week. Use the “comments” section on the Blog to do this. You may also post other thoughts/comments/questions, etc.
4. Use the third week to check back and comment on responses left by others.
5. The original #5 was “rinse and repeat,” but I’m going to change it to “pray for each other.” You don’t mind, do you?
Finally, I get to the point: I was just about to tell you that this lesson was an “introduction,” when I remembered that I told you that last time! Uh-oh! Problem is, it’s true! It IS an introduction – to the first “official” section of our study of systematic theology: Bibliology. I know you’re probably thinking: “When does the ‘real’ study start, sister?” Hah! Fooled ya! You ARE studying – I’m just so good at writing these that you hardly notice it! :-) You think this “introduction” is tough? Wait ‘til we get to the seven theories of Inspiration! Yeah! How d’ya like me now?! Look on the bright side: Chafer’s entire Systematic Theology is 2,300 pages. Haha…Bob…sucker! The abridged version we’re using is smaller, but it still uses a lot of Chafer’s arcane language. So, if you ever get to feeling like there’s too much to read, just remember the number 2,300. That’ll be our buzzword for when we start to feel the pain! :-)
So, if you’re ready to get to work, click here to download Lesson 2. When you're ready for the Key, click here. And, of course, if you just want to get all this from the Breadcrumbs site (or if you need the .docx file), click here.
Oh. Were you hoping I’d come back to the boiling frog thing again? Well, your patience shall be rewarded! As I was doing this study, I found myself reminded of how often I take for granted what I know about the origins and structure of Bible – especially having been raised in a Christian home and attending Christian schools all my life. And I realized that, in a way, I’d become like that frog – just sitting there, oblivious to my surroundings, unable to see anything from another perspective...not for lack of desire, but for the sheer laziness of it. This part of the study sort of took my frog-self and threw it into a pot of already-boiling water…and bam! I shot straight up! I started looking around…looking at things from a new angle…and realizing that there is a lot more going on with this Book than I’ve ever noticed before. And I’ve made the decision to stop letting myself be cooked in the juices of my own complacency, and instead get in there and really find the new and refreshing truths the Bible has to offer.
And incidentally, according to the Internet, that whole frog-boiling thing doesn’t really work in real life, so no crazy homeschool science experiments, please! :-)
Talk to you soon!