Monday, March 21, 2005


“He imagined the sun.” God in his infinite creativity imagined the gases, the form, and function of the sun and spoke it into existence. He created an earth on an elliptical orbit and set it at a tilt as it orbited the huge ball of gas setting it a spin, in order that we might have day and night, winter and summer, fall and spring.

All my creations come from my schema of my experience, knowledge, and are in actuality a conglomeration of things I already know. Said is there is nothing new under the sun. How interesting that once again it is the sun in its overwhelming power and size to which we refer. To imagine means to “form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case." Yet, I am beginning to understand that my imaginings will never succeed in grasping the truth of God’s imaginings and subsequent creation. To create has multiple meanings: to make or cause to be or to become, to bring into existence, and as we often limit it, to create by artistic means. Before God created, there was nothing but God. The only way I can create is to use what is around me, which are the very items God created from nothingness.

I realize nothing is new in the knowledge of what is above, but the awareness I have of God’s power and the fullness I feel of his presence is very new. It is unlike anything I can recall feeling. The immensity of God’s love for me is overwhelming. Yet here I have been living, as if Christian living is a chore. Making practices of community something of a checklist. I can see my mental list now. Ask for help, check. Listen to friends, check. Give your problems to Christ, check. This is not how we are to go about living at all. In fact the very term practices, has been misleading, or at least misused. It is not a new item for my checklist; rather practices are life style changes that I can begin as I try to live more like Christ.

I desire with everything to live in community. To refer to an earlier image, I desire that my stick be bundled rather than left alone fragile and at the mercy of this world around me. However, I have not focused on Love. I have focused on activity. I desire to accept the transformation God wants to be in my life.

Concerning the new feeling inside that is a fullness, a wholeness, a contentment that I cannot remember having before, the word Shalom is constantly echoing in my head. I am not “shaloming” enough. The extension of peace from me has not been whole-hearted. It is time for my life to be an extension of the love of Christ. The experience of allowing others to shalom me is stilted. In fact, I have been going about accepting help all wrong. I have been looking at help from fellow Christians as a willing inconvenience. This is that they help me out of an obligation or pity. I had it all wrong. The outpouring of shalom within community is a step towards a society such as Augustine’s City of God. The presence of Shalom is what defines a healthy growing Christ-centered community.

My newfound joy is filling every nook of my life. People keep asking why I am smiling. I feel a deeper desire to listen to hurting hearts. I cannot keep Christ quiet; rather I want to shout to everyone about the love, the power, the joy, and the truth of God’s presence in my life. I look around to see whom I can tell about me and them being wholly and dearly loved by the all-powerful creator of the universe.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Some questions need not be asked.

So this guy comes by and looks into my room, sees that I am the only one here, and still says, " So, your roommate is not here?" My first inclination was to say actually she's hiding behind the door, but I smiled politely and confirmed that she was indeed not home.

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Christology as I best understand it.

Okay so after getting the comment, concise and comprehensive, I felt great about my most recent theology assignment. Which I have pasted below.

Christological Doctrine:
Christ is completely divine and completely human. Only God is able to accomplish this paradoxical duality. He has always been and always will be. Within the Godhead, Christ is the son, one third. He is equal in essence to Father and Spirit. Christ is the first born over all creation and therefore is sovereign over the universe. He was with the Father and the Spirit in the beginning as the word by and for which all things were created.
Taking on a functionally submissive role, He humbled himself, taking on human form. Indeed, he then allowed that his own knowledge and ability would be limited by his human body living. In addition, that he would dwell only within the Father’s will and power. He came to earth on a mission to redeem humanity from our morally corrupt existence where we could not rise above the law and live reconciled with God. He provided atonement by living a perfect life and then dying on the cross in a moment of separation from God the Father as he accepted the sins of the entire human race. He conquered death that we might have life eternal. In this Christ is the only way to reconcile our sinful selves with a perfect God.
Christ is the head of the church, which is the body of Christ. As our savoir He rightfully reigns in sovereignty over the church which is both his bride and his fellow children of God the Father. Now in heaven, he is preparing a place to receive his bride, the church and acts as an intercessor for us to the Father. We, who believe in Christ as our Savoir, will be called up to heaven at the appointed time to dwell eternally in the presence of God.
Selected Verses: Mark 15:33-34; Luke 1:30-33, 19:9, 24:1-7; John 1:1-14, 5:19-20, 14:3-13; Romans 5:8, 8:1-4, 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9; 1 John 4:7-11