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    At Times, My Name is Jonah

    And Jonah stalked to his shaded seat and waited for God to come around to his way of thinking. And God is still waiting for a host of Jonah’s in their comfortable houses [places] to come around to his way of loving. Thomas Carlisle Experience trumps training, but it is training. Cardoza-Orlandi contributes Chapter 6 of his book significantly to theology. The premise of this chapter is that being called, having motivation and willingness is not enough to enter missionary work, but that significant cross cultural and missional theological study should be done before hand. Similar to my argument about a balanced perspective, I do not necessarily disagree with the…

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    Give ’em Something to Talk About

    Mother in Israel: A Familiar Figure Reconsidered  A Précis, by Jesse Brown Common literary synopsis of the Old Testament (OT) exuberates a woman’s role being significant on the basis of childbirth. However, close examination reveals something different. Although the quantity of text signifying the importance of women may not amount that of patriarchs, their qualitative roles are equally important and often determine the destinies of their male counterparts and Israel. Analysis is given by examining the motherly figures of the OT. From patriarchal perspective the OT displays the importance of men, but through matriarchal eyes it can often be seen that major events genesis and drive is through women. Often…

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    Battle Cry

    First and foremost, I seek to follow God in all His ways through prayer, reading of Scripture and discernment. This is constantly evolving and as apart of fallen creation I often fail, but seek transformation and believe in reconciliation and salvation through Jesus Christ. I have been an addict and spent two and half years of life incarcerated. I have owned and operated two small businesses, grown them and watched them come apart, because of my addiction. I have graduated from University with BS and MS degrees in agriculture. I have taught science and agriculture at University. I have been a missionary for two years. I have fallen and gotten…

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    Creation Theories

    Biblical authors interests predominantly rest in Adam and Eve being representatives of all humanity. Questions raised by science (e.g. genetic evolution) that compete with the creation story in Genesis (Gen), can be integrated by an archetypal view of Adam and Eve. Whereas, Adam and Eve through biblical genealogies are individual created beings, this is not their primary purpose throughout Scripture. Adam and Eve represent the frail and mortal creation mankind is, and primarily concerns our function as human beings, rather than scientific or historical claims of human origin. This analysis is built through close reading of Scripture, starting with the creation story and finding narrative similarities in the New Testament…

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    Lament Lamenting?

    “It takes a strong and covenantal faith to scream at God.” This point made in a lecture this week was one of the most engaging for me by relating to where I feel God has been taking my faith. Over the last few years my conversations with God have gone from being afraid of asking for things to specifically crying out for them. Through this I have found transformation in many areas of my life. This transition has developed personally with God through identifying smaller units of biblical texts (like form and redaction criticism) and prayerful conversation. Specifically were reading the laments of David, a man after Gods own heart. Another example of the…

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    Undertone Implications

    Most engaging and troubling for me while listening to lecture 3.1 was the misinterpretations of the OT concerning dominion throughout Genesis chapter 2.  Being a part of the agricultural industry I have much to learn from a biblical perspective about ideal dominion over the earth and its resources.  How the interpretation of the word “dominion” has changed in English connotation possibly affecting the responsible care for the earth was engaging.  I believed that dominion had more of an authoritative context and hadn’t considered enough the magnitude of responsibility that comes with the privilege of having dominion over the earth. The seemingly simple distinction that there is good and bad dominion…

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    Why We Read OT

    Israel’s history and witness to their experience are of interest because we read as communities who seek to experience the same God. Reading the Old Testament (OT) as scripture suggests our stories are interconnected and have transformative power for our communities and us (Birch, Brueggemann, Fretheim, Petersen, 2005).  I appreciate the presentation that while reading the OT we must understand that it has been constructed as a theological testimony and not solely as historical record. This theology has different contexts of time, place, and society, and speaks presently to a similar diversity of people and contexts. While effectively reading the Bible one should be self aware and critical, understanding that others…

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    Lost in Translation

    Reflecting on my current situation after listening through some weekly postings, I find myself focusing on culture and its influence on interpreting the Pentateuch. The lectures closing arguments that “if you get creation wrong, you’ll mess up redemption,” keeps running through my brain. While sharing Gods Word in ancestral worship communities, there are common misconceptions communicated from our culture to theirs and within each. Within ancestral worship communities, there is emphasis on a theological narrative not focused on Gods creation being good. Additionally, commonly promoted is that man can’t have a personal relationship with God. God is looked at as someone too powerful or important to want a direct relationship with…

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    Reconciliation

    Most engaging for me during a lecture over hermeneutics this week was the archeological historical evidence of the decoding stone of hieroglyphics from Greek, the “coincidental” finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Luther’s printing press. With these events I had revelation in Gods transcending voice throughout history and His Word. The decoding stone of hieroglyphics and discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls gave historical validity to some source and textual criticisms of the past. When these world-changing events of historical perspective occur, I feel God throwing rocks of personal relationship at His sheep and revealing Himself to all mankind. Grounded on the knowledge that relationship is desired and gifted by…