30
Oct
12

Prayer update

sorry I haven’t updated this much.  In truth, I haven’t gotten as many requests, partially because I let fear and slacking get to me.  But there have been some, but some people are intimidated by it.  So expect to see fewer requests (only when they say so), but I will post when I get some just to be accountable to doing it.

 

Today, I pray for the hard times and keeping his house for a person who helped me at the store.  Also, pray especially for the east coast and hurricane sandy.

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18
Mar
08

Final paper outline revision

My paper will be focusing on how the church can adapt and tackle two needs: internal modification and external transformation of the world.  A church must have the mentality to see change in the world.  Often times the church has focused inward, where resources, effort, and especially money have stayed within the walls of a church.  I will point this out especially in Asian cultural churches where Asian hard work mentality, coupled with the immigrant goals of finding a better life create a magnet for hard-earned money that may not find its way to causes of the kingdom.  Rather, there must be a shift in thinking in order to change the church’s financial habits.  There must be a fundamental kingdom oriented view, rather than a congregational centric view to see a desire to see change.  Once that is accomplished, the church can hopefully start to move on different kingdom causes.  Here I will suggest a church recycling program.  It is a small step program that requires little effort and energy and requires no additional resources.  Yet it can have big impacts on evangellically targeted areas as well as (using the praxis model) become a source for theological reflection.

In terms of the world impact, I could imagine what could happen if the whole church were to do such things.  Though smaller and less pronounced (although perhaps moreso politically…) the church as a whole if unified could make large strides with environmental and financial headway into God’s kingdom.  A unfiied body could reak havoc on the poverty problems of America.  But as always, it must start small with few resources.  However, God’s favor can easily turn a small program into a nation wide movement for the cause of the kingdom.  Justice, in this case, can be recycled.

13
Mar
08

Week 10 – Wednesday Lecture

Coming from this subculture of sci-fi nerds, I found the conversation quite fascinating.  I found it interesting that there have been actual studies on this and that, in a way, I am part of it as I have contributed to creating texts (and Christian ones! see blog entry below).  I would wonder if any of the original creators feel any sort of anger or contempt towards those who reinvent their texts…

but I would heartily agree with Professor Bolger that the church can work in these subcultures in a similar fashion.

10
Mar
08

Fandom and Nerdiness

Proof of fandom – Monday Lecture – LINK TO FANFILM – http://youtube.com/swspiffy

2 pictures of my fandom… I am looking forward to exploring more of this idea…

Star Wars fandomtrek1.jpg

10
Mar
08

Week 10 – Reflection – Monday Lecture

Today’s discussion was very interesting.  In my own participation in youth culture, I find myself lacking in understanding and engaging with my youth directly in their culture.  I feel convicted to understand on a deeper level.  For the most part, the kids are not involved in too many worldly behaviors that are inherently bad, but they do have some participation, of course. Is there a line, though, as to what a person should simply stop at?

10
Mar
08

Response Week 9 – Emmet’s Blog

Re: http://emmetblue.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/bevans-ch-9/

I definitely agree that the counter culttural model is dangerous.  Offending for the right reasons seems to have a lot to do with justice and personal integrity.  I do have to ask though where the balance comes into play and if, say, a model that supports listening to secular music with less-than-wholesome lyrics plays is violently opposed to the counter cultural model.  Can there be a combination?

10
Mar
08

Reflection Week 9 – Bevans – Countercultural Model

I have always been wary of the counter cultural model, mainly because of the titular reasons that Bevans pointed out.  I have of course been influenced by it and I, myself, am fairly “counter cultural” in practice.  But I have to understand, as Bevan points out, that culture is not inherently bad in itself, though, especially in ours, there is some hostility.  Perhaps my model of contextual theology will be a mix of this (the moderate engagement model, not the anti-cultural model) mixed with the praxis model (with some flexibility of course).  This seems like a practical and doctrinalaly sound approach that takes outreach and personal integrity into account.