I’ve decided I need a little break from the blog these last couple weeks of the quarter. I’m currently working on my 40+ page paper on Everett Cattell’s life and contribution to Quaker missiology and I need to clear everything else of my desk. The paper is due on December 12th, so until that time I’m planning on laying-low on the web. Actually, my mother-in-law is coming into town this week to visit, watch L during the day, and help free me up to get my work done. Even though I’m finding this kind of writing (largely biographical) difficult at first go, I’ve got about 2,500 words so far, I’m enjoying it, and it helps that Cattell has become a kind of Quaker hero for me.
My guess is that many younger Evangelical Quakers know little about George Fox‘s life, ministry and faith or have found reading through his Journal a rough go (myself included). I think Quaker historian Arthur Roberts newly updated and classic text, “Through Flaming Sword” will help to change this. This spiritual autobiography does a splendid job of outlining the early formation, faith and later theology and practice of Fox the revolutionary Christian. While reading through it I found myself jotting down questions for potential youth group discussions, blog posts and new theological revelations about Fox’s ministry. it’s a wonderful introduction not only to Fox but to the early Friends as well. The Friends church will need to continue to wrestle with Fox the Christian preacher, missionary and revolutionary, Roberts has provided a new generation with an easy-to-follow itinerary.
It’s Dress-Down Friday again, I hope you’ve got your sandles (or at least some flip-flops) ready.
Peace on Earth Vol. II is a collection of Christmas music put together for the express purpose of raising money for The Children of Uganda Fund. There is a whole laundry list of issues facing Ugandan children, especially those in the north, among the most prominent issues are Malaria and AIDS; AIDS is the cause of more than one million orphans in Uganda. This fund helps do a number of things such as help to prevent mother-to-child transmission of AIDS, supply clean water to those who need, and provide education to disadvantaged children (you can find out more here).
In the fourth of his missiology lectures (see more on his third here) Steuernagel reflected on a few passages where we see Mary interacting with her son, Jesus. In John 2:3-5 it says:
When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine. And Jesus said to her, Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you.
Here Mary is not so much mother but any one of Jesus’ disciples leveraging to make their particular requests heard (cf. Mark 10:35-40).
London (harder, better, faster, stronger) from David Hubert on Vimeo.
This week has been fairly busy for me, I’m really glad it’s Friday and really excited to be celebrating my wife’s birthday this weekend. Just before 5 o’clock bell rings and it’s time to go home, have a little pre-weekend break.
I’ve finally finished compiling the statistics from the poll we conducted here last week. When I initially posted the survey it hadn’t dawned on me that it would be me who had to compile all of the data as well! That took quite awhile, especially since Math and using Excel aren’t Wess Daniels specialities. But alas, the results are in and I think you will all enjoy seeing the statistics. These results are based on the 181 participants who took the survey from November 6-10th, 2008 (if you have time you should visit the comments and read the variety of remarks offered as well). One glaring omission is age range. When it hit me that I left out that category I was really disappointed.
This past week Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies hosted its annual Missiology Lectures. This year they invited Missiologist Valdir Steuernagel, of World Vision to discuss, “Missiology and Mary in Latin America: The Southern Church and a Fresh Mission Movement.” This is an overview and reflection on his third lecture.
In the third of his missiology lectures, Valdir Steuernagel turned to look at how one might approach the task of doing theology by looking at Mary as a model theologian. What makes Mary so important as a theologian is that she “opens her womb to God.” The womb is the most intimate of all places, where life is formed and thus Mary makes vulnerable her body to the intrusive seed of God.
David Bazan graced Fuller Seminary with his presence this past Saturday, playing a sold-out show in what turned out to be a very intimate show in Fuller’s Travis Auditorium. I’ve been a fan of David Bazan’s music (aka Pedro the Lion and Headphones) since a friend of mine let me borrow a copy of the Whole EP in my early college years. Ever since that point Bazan has been at the very top of my preferred musicians. His deeply profound, and often bleak, narrative-driven songs delve the major questions of humanity, sexuality, faith, life/death, marriage, politics and Christianity, while always grasping for the Real. Bazan is one of a kind when it comes to crafting heartfelt songs that have a kind of prophetic grit to them, and his show at Fuller this past weekend was no exception.