Monday, May 14, 2007

The Ideal Church Service: Introduction

Some of you left interesting feedback on my No Fun or Know Fun post a couple of weeks ago. In case you didn't read it--scandalous!--that post cautioned against the temptation to oppose clown church with mortician church, if you get my drift. Sometimes we work so hard at building a worship experience that's not about bread and circuses, we wind up administering a spiritual sedative.

I appreciated

Friday, May 11, 2007

I Like This Guy

From The Dawn and Twilight of Zoroastrianism (p. 29):
Professor Henning has already demolished two such [improbable scholarly] structures in his Zoroaster, Politician or Witch-Doctor? and my own effort to make sense of Sassanian theology has met with much well-deserved criticism. I hope that I have taken due account of this criticism in the present volume.I find this attitude refreshing. I don't

A Scriptural Basis for the Ministry of Deacons: Part Six

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Evaluation of the Deacon’s Role in the Church The observation that διάκονους are primarily concerned with the ministry of the Word,<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[1]<!--[endif]--> though perhaps applied more negatively than necessarily, is a valid observation. Based on Acts 6, some commentators seem to relegate the

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Eat Your Hearts Out

Did you know a pound of ahi tuna steak currently costs $19.00 around here? I know this because my wife was introduced to a Rachael Ray recipe on television that calls for it, so she's been pricing it all over town.

We weren't willing to pay that much, but we heard about a little grocery store in Northridge that offers Vietnamese ahi tuna for $10.99/lb. Normally, we wouldn't pay that much for

Seven Intensely Interesting Facts about Me

Tagged by Gummby, and who dares refuse him? The tagged are supposed to list seven things about themselves, and then tag seven others to do the same. So, here are seven fascinating personal items. When you consider these are the most interesting things about me, you'll have a good idea of just how wild a life I lead.
I can recite the alphabet backward, fluently.
My cure for depression is The

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Scriptural Basis for the Ministry of Deacons: Part Five

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Examination of Acts 6:1-7
(Part 2 of 2) Third, the majority of references to διάκονος in the epistles refer either to the apostles or to those who assisted them in ministering the Word.<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[1]<!--[endif]--> Therefore, the diaconate should be understood as primarily concerned with the

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Self-Contradictions of the Bible: A Review

William Henry Burr. Self-Contradictions of the Bible. New York: A. J. Davis & Company, 1860. Reprint, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1987. 96 pp. $21.00 (cloth).

For an entertaining evening out, toss this little book into a crowded restaurant. The diners will immediately pick sides, upend tables into barricades, and proceed to cannonade each other with champagne corks and veal flambé.