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The Liebster Award

I can’t remember the last time I participated in a meme, and generally I’d ignore a tag, but I hold Jennifer Guo in high esteem so when she tags I answer. Here are the rules of this particular meme (which I’ve just learned this year rhymes with “gleam”):

“The Rules” according to the Wording Well, in order to accept the nomination you must follow these following guidelines:

  • Post the award on your blog.

  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to his/her blog.

  • Write 5 random facts about yourself.

  • Nominate 5 bloggers (they should have less than 300 followers).

  • Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions.

If by “post the award on your blog they mean give a picture of it a permanent home, I’ll skip that. I think it more likely that I’m just supposed to include a picture in this post. I really don’t feel like it though so I’ll be disregarding that one still. Thanks Jen for the tag! I’ve already linked to your blog above.

Here are 5 random facts about me:

  1. I’ve never desired to be any taller than I am (5’9″)
  2. If I never had to shave again I’d be happy forever.
  3. I have to put my socks on before my pants.
  4. Caffeine doesn’t keep me awake at all.
  5. Grey is not my favorite color in general but it is my favorite color for clothing.

I don’t think I’m going to nominate anyone because anyone I’d nominate has already been tagged.

Here are Jen’s questions:

  1. If you could have any super power what would it be, and who would your arch-nemesis be?
  2. Middle Earth or Narnia and why?
  3. What’s your favorite biblical/theological topic/area?
  4. Favorite scholars?
  5. If you’ve been to SBL, describe a favorite memory. If not, describe what you’d be most excited about if you were going next year.

Here are my answers:

  1. I would fly because it’s faster and cheaper than driving. My arch nemesis would be The Gooch from Different Strokes.
  2. Narnia because they got Turkish Delight.
  3. Early Christology and Trinitarian Theology.
  4. Ancient: Athanasius; Irenaeus; Gregory of Nazianzus; Gregory of Nyssa; Basil; Cyril of Alexandria.
    Modern: Chris Tilling; Larry Hurtado; Richard Bauckham; Gordon Fee; James Dunn; Khaled Anatolios; John Behr.
  5. Never been. If I ever make it out I’ll be most excited about the book hall. Following that will be meeting people I’ve communicated with online for years.

So that’ll do it for me. This was fun…


My Precient Response to James McGrath’s Meme

James asks what languages we’d like to learn.  A few years ago I answered this very question in unknowing anticipation of James’ meme.  For those who won’t click the link I’ll give you the rundown without commentary:

  • Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Coptic
  • Syriac
  • Ugaritic
  • Akkadian
  • French
  • German

To that list from 2007 I’d add Arabic.  When I first became a believer I truly believed that I would learn Arabic in order to minister to Muslims.  God had other plans.  But I’d still like to be able to read the Qur’an in Arabic and if I could ever locate some of Maimonides’ writings in Arabic then they’d be worth reading as well.  I’d also like to learn Spanish really well.  I’ve often said that I can fake my way through to most vapid conversations but even that’s a chore.  I can read it better than I can speak it but that ain’t saying much.  So that’ll do it for now; what languages would you learn if you could?


Fifteen Films Meme

I just came across this meme on Doug Chaplin‘s blog.

Here are the rules: don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen films you’ve seen that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen films you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Like Doug, I’ve chosen to list mine alphabetically, and like Doug I’ve listed one film that necessarily entails its sequels (the Bourne triology)

  1. The Bourne Trilogy
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Doubt
  4. Freeway
  5. Gran Torino
  6. Heathers
  7. Independence Day
  8. Misery
  9. Primal Fear
  10. Major League
  11. Rocky IV
  12. Scream
  13. Stand By Me
  14. Toy Story
  15. Traitor

Consider yourself tagged.


Polyglot Meme with References

So yesterday, prompted by some new thingamabob on Facebook, James McGrath asked folks to “list every language that they have made some sort of concerted effort to learn, even if they didn’t get beyond the first lesson or so, or even if they are still learning it.”  He tagged a few people but left it open to anyone who wanted to participate.  So far I’ve seen posts from George, Jim Getz, Duane Smith, and Darrell Pursiful, in addition to James’ own.  Their lists are all much longer and varied than mine which isn’t surprising (to me at least) but I thought I’d jazz this meme up by listing the resources I’ve used in trying to learn  some of these languages.


Spanish 2








  • I can’t recall the textbook we used in the 7th grade but I remember that I picked French up quickly (at the time; now I don’t know a lick of it).

Old Church Slavonic



1 I’m sure I’ve used a variety of English textbooks throughout my schooling but these are the two in my possession.  The first one listed is from the second grade!  But I learned English mainly through conversation which is probably why my grammar is not terribly good.

2 Again, this is the textbook in my possession, I believe it’s from 8th grade Spanish.  Most of the Spanish I’ve picked up over the years have come from relatives who don’t speak very good English and Guatemalan guys I used to work with.

The Most Embarrassing Book(s) on My Shelf

Mark Stevens started it and it’s been making the rounds (see Jason, Jim, James, and George‘s posts so far) so this is my contribution.  First I have to say that I don’t actually have any embarrassing books on my shelves anymore.  I ran out of room ages ago so now all of my embarrassing books are boxed up.  But there’s one box that was readily available to me so out of it I snatched the following three books that are equally embarrassing:

They are Lynn Picknett’s Mary Magdalene, and Michael Baigent’s The Messianic Legacy and Holy Blood, Holy Grail.  May God forgive me!  In my defense, I didn’t purchase or request any of these titles, they just somehow landed in my library.


Fifteen Shuffled Songs Meme

Doug Chaplin took up an open invitation for a fun meme, the rules of which are:

  1. Turn on your MP3 player or music player on your computer.
  2. Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.
  3. Write down the first 15 songs that come up–song title and artist–NO editing/cheating, please.

Here’s my fifteen:

  1. Busta Rhymes — “As I Come Back”
  2. Greenday — “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
  3. Gang Starr — “Code of the Streets”
  4. Matisyahu — “King Without a Crown”
  5. Israel and the New Breed — “Friend Medley: Joy of My Desire/No Not One/What a Friend We Have”
  6. Weezer — “Say It Ain’t So”
  7. Redeemed Thought — “Right Here”
  8. Wu Tang Clan — “For Heaven’s Sake”
  9. Nas — “Take It In Blood”
  10. Casting Crowns — “Does Anybody Hear Her?”
  11. Micah Stampley — “Take My Life”
  12. House of Pain — “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” (Butch Vig Remix)
  13. Chris Tomlin — “Your Grace is Enough”
  14. Nas — “One Love”
  15. Hillsong — “All the Heavens”

Anyone who wishes to participate can.


Time For a Desktop Pic

Michael Metts took a screen shot of his desktop along with some labels to let us know what everything is and he calls for an annual pic of all his readers’ desktops.  Here’s mine sans labels:

To the top left you’ll see my recycle bin, a folder for unnecessary icons directly beneath it, and an icon for my external hard drive right below that.

To the right you’ll see my Vista widgets.  I obviously use the weather widget, the calender, and the post-it widget for jotting down notes.

On the bottom left you’ll see the start menu button, and icons for the following: show desktop, switch between windows, Internet Explorer, Firefox, BibleWorks 8, Logos 4, Microsoft Word, and the little arrow you see next to that leads to hidden icons for Adobe Acrobat Professional 8, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Windows Media Player, and Diogenes.

I went from having a super cluttered desktop a couple years back to having a super clean desktop today.

Also, Michael highlights the Windows language toolbar and says that he hasn’t seen too many people use it.  I don’t like the look of it so I much prefer to simply hit alt + shift when I want to switch between English, Greek, and Hebrew (that’s the order I have them set up).  I’d also note that Michael said he uses all free programs which is why he doesn’t have Bible software.  If he’s looking for quality for free then I’d recommend e-Sword.  It served me well for years before I had BW8 and Logos 4.


The More I Study the Bible…

Diglot posted about it the other day and Jason just picked up on it so I figure I’ll add my two cents on the subject(s).  But before I state my positions let me just say this: the more I read the works of scholars the less conservative I became (I shudder to say “more liberal”) but the more I got back into the text of Scripture itself the more I found myself going back to my conservative roots and appreciating conservative scholarship all the more.  So without further ado:

  • I hold to exclusivism (as in I don’t believe that anyone this side of the cross can be saved without confessing Jesus as Lord).
  • I believe in a literal hell where the wicked will suffer apart from God for all eternity after they are finally judged (along with Jason I don’t know if the lake of fire has real flames or not but it doesn’t much matter).
  • I’m not convinced in the least that evolution is true but then again I’m not convinced that it isn’t.  I’m not a biologist so I can’t say.  I can say that I don’t think it matters because even if true it would just be the mechanism by which God created.
  • I believe in the trustworthiness of Scripture meaning that we can believe it.  I could affirm a qualified version of inerrancy (what version isn’t qualified though?) but the word itself bugs me because of just how nebulous it is.  I’d be better with infallibility language but in the end I prefer trustworthy to any alternative.  What I will say is that I flat out reject the strict inerrancy that I find in most fundies espousing.
  • I’m an old earther, but I’m also only 28 years old, so even if the earth were roughly 6,000 years old that’s still really old to me!
  • Eschatologically I’m still a pre-mil dispy until given a good reason not to be.  Back when I was into studying this stuff I never found the alternatives persuasive.  Revisiting them might yield different results but I’m not concerned enough about it at the moment to find out.
  • I don’t think any single theory of atonement can account for everything the Bible says.  I believe that the OT model of sacrifice which is explicitly developed in the book of Hebrews is the main lens through which we should view atonement (and I don’t see this in legal terms) but I’m also convinced that if we must speak of atonement in legal terms that the Governmental theory is the best of the bunch.  In addition to that Jesus’ death certainly gives his people victory over sin so the Christus Victor theory has that to commend it.
  • I believe that Christ will return and the saints will meet him in the air.  It’s timing in relation to the tribulation is not as clear cut to me now as it once was.
  • I do not affirm Augustine’s doctrine of original sin. What I do affirm is that mankind has always had a proclivity to sin and they will inevitably succumb to it.  Regardless of whether or not one believes Adam and Eve to be historical persons I think the narrative in Genesis bears witness to the fact that they were inclined to sin by the very fact that they sinned!  None of us are any different.

So there you have it.


Christmas Movie Meme

Jason asks what are our favorite Christmas movies.  Here’s mine in no particular order:

Home Alone — Classic movie.  I saw it in the theater when I was a kid and I never laughed so hard.  Me and my next door neighbor used to sleep over each others houses and play this thing out.  We’d ALWAYS rewind the spider-on-the-face scene.  It’s still funny nearly 20 years later!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York — Rarely is a sequel as good as its predecessor but this was one of those rare movies.  The entire original cast came back and made another hilarious film.  The plot was largely the same but the change of scenery made all the difference in the world.  I remember fantasizing about visiting Duncan’s Toy Chest and sleeping overnight in the small playhouse like the Wet Bandits did.

Bad Santa — This ain’t your family Christmas movie but it’s hilarious!  Billy Bob Thornton is one of the funniest people on the planet and this is probably the funniest role he’s ever played. The plot is genius, he’s a con-man who poses as a department store Santa along with his elf accomplice (played by the equally funny Tony Cox) and robs the stores he’s working in.  He’s also a miserable drunk and just awful to everyone he comes across.  He’s filthy throughout the movie yet for some reason this doesn’t raise the ref flags you’d expect it to.  And the way he treats the poor l0nely impressionable kid throughout the movie is so wrong, yet soooo funny!

A Christmas Story — Along with Jason I have to dub this the greatest Christmas movie ever!  When Flick stuck his tongue to that pole I got all sorts of ideas in my head.  suffice it to say that I stuck my tongue to the metal bar in the door of the freezer and I ended up loosing a small chunk of it!  But everything in this movie is funny: from Ralphie’s little brother Randy getting bundled up excessively and then falling in the snow and laying there helpless like a turtle on its shell to the fudge incident when Ralphie drops the lug nuts to the Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant, this movie is a Christmas classic and I’m glad that it runs all day.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — All of the old National Lampoon’s movies were great (the new ones not so much) and this was no exception.  Chevy Chase never fails to impress and Randy Quaid put on the comedic performance of a lifetime as Cousin Eddie.  My favorite scene is definitely when the cat gets electrocuted from chewing the lights on the Christmas tree.

I’ll leave it with these 5 but there’s more that I could think of.  I’ll tag Brian, Robert, and Kevin.