Saturday, August 27, 2016

5 Questions for Oord

Just some not so random questions I'd like to ask Thomas Jay Oord now that I've finished reading "The Uncontrolling Love of God"...

On page 162, you say "God necessarily loves, but God freely chooses how to love in each emerging moment." My question is, if God necessarily loves, isn't God also obligated to love in a particular way each emerging moment? Is God REALLY free to choose HOW to love?

In your section on the variations of love (165-166), I didn't see much room given to the idea of God's disciplinary love. How do concepts such as divine discipline and wrath fit into your thinking (personally, I think of divine wrath as God simply accepting our relational withdraw, which we then suffer the consequences of)?

Greg Boyd attributes a lot of the non-cooperation (evil) with God in the world to the demonic realm... but your book barely mentions the demonic at all. Do you think Boyd is wrong in his emphasis?

You talk about how God's existence as Spirit is, in some sense, limiting (no 'body' with which to physically act). But besides the incarnation, we also seem to have examples of theophanies in Scripture. Do you reject Old Testament theophanies?

I felt your final chapter (on miracles) was leading toward a guilt-inducing conclusion (if miracles don't happen, it's because we aren't cooperating correctly with God), but then you concluded that your view was antagonistic toward this sort of guilt (pg. 213). Overall, I felt the final chapter was the only chapter that didn't clearly communicate your position (I'm still fuzzy). Do you plan to write more on miracles in the future?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friendship Evaluation Test

1. What is my favorite number?
A. 7
B. 13
C. 27
D. 94
*if the numbers are within 10, you get 20 points
if the numbers are within 25, you get 10 points
if the numbers are within 50, you get 5 points
Carrie Meg 7
Cassie 94 (20 points)
Carl & Joe 13

2.  What is the best season of the year?
A. Winter
B. Spring
C. Summer
D. Fall
*If the seasons are the same, you get 20 points
If the seasons are opposite, you get 10 points
If the seasons are next to each other, you get 5 points
Carrie Carl Cassie Joe Meg Fall (20 points each)

3. Do you want to be friends with me?
A. Yes (20 points)
B. No (5 points)
C. Maybe (10 points)
Meg, Carl, Cassie, Carrie (20 points)
Joe (10 points) 

4. Would you invite me to a terrible party in the woods?
A. Yes, definitely, But I know you'd say no (10 points)
B. Yes, and I think you'd say yes (5 points)
C. No, because I'm a jerk like Joe
D. No, because I wouldn't throw a party in the woods (20 points)
A Carrie, Megan Joe
D Carl, Cassie

5. In exactly 20 years, I see us being
A. Basically strangers
B. Closer friends than we are today (10 points)
C. At the same level of friendship (5 points)
D. Taking another Friendship Test (20 points)
D Carrie
C Meg
A Joe Carl
B Cassie

60% Carl
45% Joe
65% Carrie
90% Cassie

75% Meghan

Friday, June 10, 2016

A List of Evangelical Voting Intentions

Here is a collection of voting intentions I've come across from Evangelical sources in advance of the 2016 Presidential vote.

In no particular order...

I'll vote for Hillary Clinton because...
1. Her platform matches my Christian beliefs
2. She's the lesser of 2 evils (vs. Trump)
3. She's a woman and it's time for a woman

I'll vote for Donald Trump because...
4. He's the lesser of 2 evils (vs. Clinton)
5. He's an outsider and it's time for an outsider
6. His platform is what's best for this country
7. He'll appoint more conservative judges
8. He seems to have a divine momentum

I'll vote for a 3rd Party candidate because...
9. Their platform matches best with my beliefs
10. The other candidates are just unacceptable
11. It'll send a message to the 2-party system

I'll NOT be voting at all because...
12. I just don't care that much
13. I already have a President (Jesus)
14. My vote simply won't make a difference
15. There just isn't anyone worth voting for

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

February Resolution Report

*This year I decided to make 2 resolutions each month

Resolution 1

25 Push-ups or Sit-ups each night. Originally it was going to be just sit-ups, but I took Jeff Cody's advice and alternated. I have to confess that I didn't do any on the weekends (except for the 1st weekend). As for results, even though it was just a small amount of exercise, I did feel like it accomplished something (especially the sit-ups). It was a bit embarrassing that less than a minute of exercise could tire me out a bit (but maybe that was partly b/c I did them right before bed). All in all, glad I did this one.

Resolution 2
Girls in bed by 9:30 each night. We've generally had the girls on our schedule. It was very common for us all to head upstairs b/w 11 and midnight. Again, I will confess that there were some nights that I didn't make the 9:30 cutoff, but I think we did really well. Katie also had me add a "NO TV" after 9:30 for them (they have a TV in their room). This worked remarkably well. Without TV, they fell asleep WAY faster in their beds. They did complain. They kept claiming it wasn't working. But then they kept falling asleep faster and waking up happier. This resolution led to more bed-time reading as well. Definitely a keeper. In fact, if anything, I'd be open to moving the time to 8:30 or 9!

Monday, February 01, 2016

January Resolution Report

Resolution: No chocolate, snacks, dessert, etc.

1. I ate some popcorn at a church movie night midway through the month. I didn't really see it as breaking my rules b/c I mostly ate it b/c the movie was really long and I didn't feel like just sitting there.
2. Also, I accidentally ate a piece of cake at Addy's birthday party yesterday.
3. Further, I didn't actually come up with the idea to do this resolution until January 6th.
4. I don't count ritz crackers and peanut butter as a snack


1. I experienced no change in weight

2. I was generally more tired (coincidentally, we do have an infant)

3. I noticed that I had 1 really long eyebrow hair... connection?

4. I drank a lot less milk


1. It was easier than I thought

2. I plan to eat chocolate as soon as I'm done with this post, but I do think i'll do much better with quantity going forward. I definitely had a bad habit of eating lots of snacks... often right before bed

My other January resolution was to not bring my laptop home from work and to, instead, say YES to the girls when they ask to play. I liked this resolution a lot. I played A LOT of Sorry.