Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve's Christmas Eve. The last day of preparation before celebrating the birth of Jesus. But today is also my birthday, as is my father's. It was always kind of wierd having a birthday the day before Christmas. Lots to do today: wrap presents, pack for the trip to the parents', and prepare to deliver the sermon at the comunity Christmas Eve service. I finished Diane Butler Bass' book, and now I have recieved another one as a present, Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed. He has a great blog that you should check out.

Friday, December 23, 2005


THere are several books I want to get into before school starts again. Hopefully this one will be next (just for our Methodist friends). It was fun writing a paper on Outler, and even getting a descent grade on it, but it did stregthen my belief in an educated clergy. Outler was a fascinating guy, a guy who wanted to be a pastor with a Ph.D! His Bishop refused to appoint him because he thought Outler would be too educated for parish ministry. It is still hard for an ordained minister to get a Ph.D. We need more Phd s in the pulpit!


Finals are over, grades recieved, Christmas shopping done, now time to take a break. I started reading Strength for the Journey : A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community by Diana Butler Bass. A fascinating story of a pilgrimage of faith. It raises questions of identity and spirituality in relation to evangelicalism and mainline church life. Great Stuff!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Onward Christian Thought

On to the next exam. This time three essays on the history of Christian Thought. And tommorrow.......on to a research paper on Albert Outler. Yippee!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Back in the Big City

I just got back to Atlanta tonight. This driving back and forth between states is hard, although it does give some time for contemplation. Now, back to that Church Administration sermon...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

I am supposed to be doing that sermon/final but I did this instead....

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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You scored as Batman, the Dark Knight. As the Dark Knight of Gotham, Batman is a vigilante who deals out his own brand of justice to the criminals and corrupt of the city. He follows his own code and is often misunderstood. He has few friends or allies, but finds comfort in his cause.

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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Lara Croft


Batman, the Dark Knight


Neo, the "One"


Indiana Jones


Captain Jack Sparrow


The Amazing Spider-Man


The Terminator




El Zorro


James Bond, Agent 007


William Wallace


Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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Church Administration from the Pulpit

I'm in the process of writing a sermon on church administration for a class on the same thing. Not ver inspiring subject matter. Also looking for books to read during the break, mostly Biblical. but also some Wesleyan/Methodist stuff in prep for a class next time of the theology of Methodism. So that probably means reading some of Outler's stuff, who incidently I am writing a paper on next week for history of Methodism class.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Back in the Saddle.....for the Weekend...

I'm through studying for the week....sort of. I'm now back at the parish, with plenty to do here. As well as take home finals and final papers all by the end of next week. After a three hour drive back here, I am not entirely motivated, but the work must go on. I am a big believer in theological education. But sometimes......

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Do Not Disturb

The sage is out for the evening, as some preperations are needed for final exams. But for your Chritmas viewing pleasure chech this out.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Check This Out

Check out the daily new testament passage in Greek to the right sidebar. How cool. I first saw this on Michael Bird's blog.

The Sage Is Back

I am going to try this blog again, and hopefully I will update it regularly.