Saturday, March 22, 2014

Welcome!

Hey Guys,

Welcome to my blog. The plan is for this to be a place that hosts my papers and rants on everything God. Given that I am currently in Bible College, this blog will probably get a lot of use for the next few years.

I also have another blog were I post more on philosophy and big picture stuff, which you can find on the top tabs.

Also, check out my budding project that I hope culminates in the creation of a Bible college! 

Here is my recent work
Future Studies (Lord willing)
  • Importance of 2nd Century to Evangelicalism - Undergrad
  • The Development of Doctrine
  • Old Testament 
  • Hermeneutics  

Insights from Maximus the Confessor


This was adapted from an article I wrote for my school's newspaper.

                 Currently, my Greek class is tackling the highly philosophical and yet very intriguing Maximus the Confessor, an Eastern theologian who lived during the seventh century. Maximus is called the Confessor because he lost both his right hand and his tongue due to his unrelenting push for orthodoxy in what is known as the Monothelite controversy. We are currently reading through a work called the Mystagogy which has been called “one of the most seminal literary pearls of Greek Orthodox Byzantine culture and spirituality, whose tremendous importance for our present world is yet to be discovered.”[1] In it, Maximus seeks to display the total mystery of the Church. 

                One doesn’t have to read the Mystagogy long before one realizes that Maximus goes beyond the traditional Evangelical framework. He effortlessly moves in and out of philosophical systems while explaining the theological topic at hand. His main goal in the work is to describe the ways in which the church is the image of all reality. He indulges in what many would call speculative theology with no reservation. Most would find his work utterly foreign. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Marijuana and the Christian: The Spiritual Realm

On November 7th, 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states in American history to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana. The Gallop Poll continues to prove that more and more American citizens favor the legalization of marijuana, with 58 percent in agreement, which is quite a feat when understood that when the Gallop Poll first asked the question back in 1969, only 12 percent of America favored legalization.[1] Marijuana is still illegal federally, which brings up larger issues regarding state rights vs. federal rights, but the Justice Department has publicly stated that it will not challenge the recent marijuana laws enacted by Washington and Colorado as long as they keep in line with a few, reasonable federal policies.[2] On the world stage, on December 23rd of last year, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the sale and production of cannabis[3] despite protests from the UN.[4]
 
Society is changing. One day very soon the entire nation will legalize marijuana. But right here and right now, in the state of Washington, marijuana is already legal, and this year will see many legitimate, recreational pot shops open for business. How does the Christian react? What should we tell our youth group kids, or our future congregation? Is the drug to be treated like alcohol, so that it is safe to consume in small amounts and as long as one is of legal age? Or is marijuana to be completely avoided? 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Faith and Reason according to Gregory of Nazianzus

I am currently studying the use of Natural Theology in the early Church, specifically in the Cappadocians, and ran across this gem:

"When we leave off believing, and protect ourselves by mere strength of argument, and destroy the claim that the Spirit has upon our faith by questionings, and then our argument is not strong enough for the importance of the subject (and this must necessarily be the case, since it is put in motion by an organ of so little power as our mind), what is the result? The weakness of the argument appear to belong to the mystery, as Paul also though. For reason is fulfilled in faith."

- Gregory of Nazianzus (325-389)

Interesting words from the Greek father.