Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Know the Heretics: Arianism

At TNBS, we're reading through  Know the Heretics, by Justin Holcomb. Here's our 2-sentence summary of chapter 7.

Chapter 7: Arianism
Heresy: Jesus is a close second to God the Father.
Orthodoxy: Jesus is fully God: co-equal to and of the same divine substance with. the Father.

We meet most Tuesdays for Theological Nerdiness and Bible Stuff.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

TNBS Blogging returns with the Shema

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011, we began a journey through the Shema readings.

We started with Deut. 6:4-7, about which I will post more later.

We're also experimenting with a new preparation method: we prep by writing out the passage and then journaling questions and ponderings.  We're still working out what the in-person study looks like.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What’s the difference between “knowing about” and “knowing””?

In our brief study of Bel and the Dragon this past Tuesday, three key topics rose in the discussion: culture, canon, and Trinity.  For each of these, there is an important difference between “knowing about” the topic and “knowing” it.
  • Knowing about culture involves research and dabbling, while knowing culture involves lived experience.
  • Knowing about the canon involves bibliology and history, while knowing canon involves personal recognition.
  • Knowing about the Trinity involves philosophy and creeds, while knowing the Trinity involves relational dependence.
Though Bel and the Dragon is not inspired Scripture, it highlights an important truth that is also central to the canonical book of Daniel: Daniel was able to stand firm, not because he was theologically or culturally informed, but because he was personally dependent on Yahweh, whom he knew and loved.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If leadership is not decision-making, then what is it?

Last night at TNBS, we discussed a post on Alan Knox's blog: Leadership is Not Decision-Making.  Alan offers that leadership is about service.  We agree and through our normal tangentizing method, we discussed many things.  These are my conclusions based on our discussion.

I propose three tasks under the general heading of service: prayer, pondering, and policy-making.  Regarding this, I ask the following of my fellow TNBSers and of the leaders of TFB.
  • What if praying transformed from duty, through modeling toward dialogue with God?
  • What if pondering transformed from knowledge, through wisdom toward relationship with God?
  • What if policy-making transformed from safety, through growth toward Kingdom?
  • What if serving transformed from skills, through delegation toward communal partnership?
Over the course of such transformation, what might we become?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Isaiah 63-64

remember the past
know, confess to, call yahweh
see his face again

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Isaiah 61-62

woe, destruction gone
messiah comes with mission
respond with hope, praise