Meeting Marcus Borg Again For the First Time.

I’m finally reading a book by Marcus Borg (Meeting Jesus Again For the First Time). Being somewhat theologically conservative I never bothered before and so my knowledge of Borg was based upon the way people like N.T. Wright and Luke Timothy Johnson deal with what Borg writes. Now I have read him for myself and have actually quite enjoyed it.

Just because I enjoyed Borg doesn’t mean I am going to join the collective. There is a great deal that he says that I would object to (i.e. a strong distinction between the pre-Easter and post-Easter Jesus, his critical view of scripture, his relativizing of christological and Trinitarian formulas, etc.). But I have tried to read generously and I see some worthwhile insights. Here are some things that get me thinking:

1. The importance of compassion in the ministry of Jesus
2. Jesus critique of the purity system which developed in First Century Judaism.
3. The inclusiveness of Jesus ministry
4. The alternative vision of Jesus and its critique and reversal of conventional wisdom.
5. His exploration of other Christological images in the New Testament (especially Sophia of God and logos of God ).

Unfortunately the good is mixed with the bad in Borg and he takes things in directions I wouldn’t. But there is much that is challenging and even worshipful in this volume.


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Reading the Bible with the Damned

I am in Burlington at Tierra Nueva. I took this class this semester to be reconnected with ministry to people at the margins. Maybe not exactly reconnect, as it is a class and not actual relationship. Still Bob Ekblad has people hanging around and it has been good for my soul.

Regent has been a great place to reflect and think theologically about some of my experience. But there is a disconnect. I feel it acutely. This past week RCSA sponsored a forum on whether or not the Academy should be involved in the life of the poor.  It is great that the discussion was being had, but the fact that it was had in the manner it was, was evidence that the poor are not with us. Infact, they were referred to only as “the poor.”I learned that this language distances me. I now speak of George, Linda, Trinity, T.. I name names. I see faces. But not lately.

For me hanging out in Burlington reminds me that my education is on to something. I want what Regent has to offer, but I do not want it at the expense of ordinary readers.

A new start

So I haven’t been to this blog in a while. I intend to blog. I used to blog. I liked it. People read my blog and posted about how insightful and clever I was. I no longer have the energy to try to be either but I think that blogging was a great way for me to be self reflective. Right now no one knows my blog, so I can play with it a bit. Maybe I’ll be insightful and clever, but right now I probably will just be real and real random. I don’t think I have much to say people will want to read right now. I am sort of just writing whatever.

Anyway. I am quitting my grocery store job in like 3 weeks and we will be moving on campus. I am excited about the change in our lives this will be. We will get to participate in the regent community more as I won’t have the same kind of job next year.

This RCSA VP thing is kind of cool too. Will see how things go.

How to Get through a semester in half the study time

The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning ProgramSo I picked up this speed reading book at a used book store in Bellingham with hopes of incresing my speed getting through seminary reading faster. So far I haven’t gotten much faster, though I do read faster than the 200-300 words/minute that they say is average. Hopefully I can speed it up some. The book seems to emphasize concentration, clear goals in reading and then technique. It does explain a little why I’ve always read faster in finals week. My concentration is better and I am more motivated. Clearer goals 🙂

Life rolls on

So my schedule is up to 40 hours a week about. And school starts again. I do not know how I will handle it but last time I came through alright. It is funny, other people think I am crazy but I am only taking two classes.

Sarah had an appointment this morning with one of the other midwives (not hers but someone who works at the sameplace). Everything is going well…the baby is healthy.