This is not WHY we care, give of ourselves and serve, but this is encouragement that it is worthwhile.


He was kicked out of middle school for bringing a weapon in the building, and rightly so.
He’s expected to keep up at school after pacing the floors with his screaming infant half the night, and rightly so.
He was arrested for doing something illegal about 6 months ago, and rightly so.
I screamed with joy when he walked across the stage tonight, and rightly so.

This semester I’ve been teaching at an alternative high school. Community members tend to describe this school as “where the bad kids go.”  I’ve heard that more than once.  When a student at this school does every assignment on the spot, responds with some enthusiasm, enjoys coming to your class, defends your honor when another student is having a bad day, jumps in to help teach those who are struggling… Actually, I don’t care what school you’re at.  You’d love to teach him, right?

View original post 356 more words


Check out this post by a friend from seminary. Does it matter what Calvin thinks about the popular style of the language in Genesis 1?

Brick by Brick

The observation that it is hard to square a literal reading of Genesis 1 with science is by no means new.  But that observation has not always been the bur in the Church’s saddle that it seems to be today.  And, in fact, from the very beginning non-literal readings of Genesis 1 have been endorsed by many of the leading lights in the Church’s theological tradition.  Here we could cite Saint Augustine, Justin Martyr, and Origen, to name a few.  But on this score I thought it might be interesting to look at my favorite Reformer, John Calvin.

Genesis begins by describing the world as a dark watery chaos to which God brings light and shape and life. Genesis 1:6 describes the second day of this process as follows:

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the…

View original post 614 more words

UNC football

When Butch Davis took the helm in Chapel Hill I was excited.  What Tarheel fan wasn’t?

I predicted that by 2012 Davis would have us back in the top 10.  I hold to that prediction.

Even with our current success, I think we are still a few years away.  Sexton is doing a great job and our stable of backs are proving a nice complement to our receiving core.  Still, we’ve gotten lucky.  And, now, with the loss of Brandon Tate, offensive points are going to be a bit more difficult to come by.  It is possible that we run the table and finish the regular season with one loss.  I’d love to see it, but it is unlikely.  Look for either BC or GT to upset us at home.

Luke 16:1-8a – The Rich Man’s Steward

This is an exegetical paper written for my Gospels class with Dr. Dan McCartney in the Fall of 2007.

It was a very difficult assignment for me.  The passage has received a lot of attention, resulting in a vast and varied collection of interpretations.  I tried to represent multiple opinions and assess them as best I could.  You will also notice that a good bit of research went into this one.  I can provide you with more info about the works in the bibliography if you have interest.

Continue reading

A Biblical Theological interaction with “Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife”

This is a paper that I wrote for Dr. Vern Poythress’ Hermeneutics class in the Spring of my second year at WTS.  The task was to select a passage from a list (I chose Genesis 39:6b-12), identify the prominent themes and then trace those themes throughout the Bible.  This paper is, by design, the product of very little research.  You will also notice that my method of citation is atrocious (and inconsistent).

I post it for the simple purpose of stimulating the hearts and minds of those who read it. Please share what you think.  Add any observations you may have.  Ask any questions. Continue reading

Death and The Savages

I think the movie The Savages, starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, exposes our tendency to avoid the reality of death.  Linney and Hoffman play siblings who are forced to take care of their father (who is battling dementia) after his ‘girlfriend’ dies.  Outside of a care facility Hoffman lays into his sister for being so choosy about assisted living centers saying,

“…the landscaping, the neighborhoods of care, they’re not for the residents. They are for the relatives; people like you and me who don’t want to admit what is really going on here. People are dying, Wendy. Right inside that beautiful building, right now, its a f-ing horror show. And all this wellness propaganda and the landscaping is just there to obscure the miserable fact that people die. And death is gaseous and gruesome and its filled with s*** and p*** and rotten stink.” Continue reading

Genesis 1 – Fall 2008

I’m putting up the copy with some personal notes to better demonstrate what I am getting at.

Genesis 1 – Fall 2008