Tuesday, May 29, 2007

So your mama told you not get in fights...


Well your mama was right. Fist fights, push fights, spit fights, hair-pulling fights - those are bad things. But there is a good kind of fight. It's the fight of faith, or, rather, the fight for faith. I read the entire book of Jude today (it's only 25 verses), and I spent some time meditating on verse 3: "Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints."

What really struck me today as I read this is that Jude was not simply giving an appeal to pastors to be careful to teach the right things to their people. As far as I can tell Jude is speaking generally to all Christians. The letter is addressed simply to those who are "called" and are "beloved in God the father and kept for Jesus Christ" (v 1). So everyone claiming the name of Jesus is to contend or fight for the faith. Every Christian, from 8 to 80, is to stand boldly for truth. (But don't forget truth-speaking is always done in love, see Ephesians 4).

What does Jude mean by "the faith"? I'm not certain because I didn't spend a great deal of time on it. However, I am sure he doesn't mean by "faith" simply the kind of faith that saves us. Otherwise he wouldn't have said that he originally wanted to write to them about salvation, but is instead writing to them to contend for the faith (3a). So I think he is probably referring to the things that Christians believe broadly speaking. In other words, the phrase "the faith" alludes to the questions of theology: Who is God? What is he like? Who is Jesus?

Last thing: I think one application from this is that all Christians must know some basic theology, and they should help each other to fight for it. One simple thing to do to think about some basic theology would be to read through a "confession of faith" like the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Read an article a day and look at some of the verses. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you and help you believe God's Word. Or if you have more time on your hands read a book like Concise Theology by J.I. Packer or Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem. Or a good website with tons of free, helpful stuff is Monergism.com.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Summer Summer Summer Time

Pardon the absence, please...both of you. My hectic semester is over, and I am quite grateful for that. It was exceedingly busy. I've never had a class harder than Advanced Greek Grammar. I assume I never will have one harder than it. I used to think I knew some Greek, but then I took that class. However, it was good for me, and I'm grateful for the opportunity and the valuable tools I gained. The task now is to keep the tools sharpened.



Now that the summer has begun I am having to fill in 20ish hours a week with something to do! When you factor in 9 hours a week for class time, and at least 10 or more for studying...that's a lot to fill in. I aspire to exercise (minimally at least) and do some pre-Fall semester studying. I also aspire to eat watermelon, corn on the cob, and ice cream. I also have high aspirations to be a luchador:
This should be a splendid summer.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Whew!

See how tired this poor panda is? Poor little guy.

Well that's how I feel, too! I've got a good bit of reading left, 3 finals, and then I'm home free...eventually (a loose reference to Wayne Watson). I am very excited to see my lovely family next weekend, Lord willing.


Pray that I will persevere and be faithful with all that the Lord places before me these next few days.


And pray for that poor panda.