Friday, July 25, 2008

Things I'm Thinking About

  • If Jesus went to so many parties, how come so many of his followers go to so few?
  • Has my job up the tech booth distanced me from people?
  • What are the implications of how we deal with race as Jesus' followers and what does that say to the world outside our walls?
  • Why do people insist on boiling down theological issues to mathematical equations?
  • There are people that think "seeking to be a disciple of Jesus" is a bad thing? (As opposed to being or not being a disciple)
  • Is the Dark Knight the newest expression of a glimmers of God's hope in a nihilistic society or just Christians trying to shoehorn the last soap bubble of pop culture before it pops so we can look cool and relevant?
Just some things I'm thinking.

8 comments:

Ben said...

I thought about this one recently..."Why do people insist on boiling down theological issues to mathematical equations?"

I think they are just creating heuristics. A proper mathematical equation would have to work properly when you do the math backwards.

For example, a few weeks ago in the sermon we saw the following equation.

Christ + Salvation = Obedience

If you run the equation the other way it would not be correct to say the following.

Obedience - Salvation = Christ

Is that what you were referring to?

Phil said...

Yeah, it was. And honestly, part of the issue is that it's a boiling down. I don't know why we have this desire to try and boil down a metaphysical mystery about the nature of salvation to a this + this = that, particularly when it's juxtaposed to a more "conservative" perspective.

Tony Arnold said...

I have an applied math background and I would not ever try to equate math and the mystery of God and His plan. I think there are useful analogies at times, but that is the best one can do. Make analogy that illustrates a point or concept.

Brian said...

"Has my job up the tech booth distanced me from people?"

I ran a sound desk for ten years and I would say that it distanced me from the event, not from people in general. I found that I couldn't participate in the worship (especially) when running the mixer.

Brian said...

Tony, I agree. Maths and faith are totally different. I think that we humans are desperate to understand God, as opposed to being prepared to have unanswered question and mystery.

Our modern era where Science/Technology has become the god that answers all our questions, pushes us in the direction of expecting everything to have an answer that we can quantitise.

Brian said...

"Is the Dark Knight the newest expression of a glimmers of God's hope in a nihilistic society or just Christians trying to shoehorn the last soap bubble of pop culture before it pops so we can look cool and relevant?"

Why can't the movie just be a great movie? Does it need to be, or should it be moralised?

Tony Arnold said...

Why can't the movie just be a great movie? Does it need to be, or should it be moralised?

Great question.

Jim Voorhies said...

It does seem that the "here's more wine" partying aspect of Jesus's life is given less prominence in some churches. :)

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