Tuesday, March 29, 2005


I have been doing some research on the use of PowerPoint (specifically in sermons since that's my field). Ok, more to the point - I have seen some pretty bad PowerPoint presentations and been prompted to not be "that guy." So I think I've come up with a new word (or neologism for all you nerds out there).

My new word is: cacophoty n. (ka-KA-foe-tee)An image, moving or still, that is jarring and discordant; visual dissonance. As in: That PowerPoint slide was filled with clip art and bright, conflicting colors - it is a cacophoty.

So it's pretty much a rip off of the pre-existing word: cacophony. I applied my stupendous Greek skills and broke down the work into it's parts: caca (evil, bad) and phony (sound, voice). Then I just replaced 'phony' with 'photy' (light). I know, I know, you are amazed at the breadth and depth of my linguistic knowledge.

So go and use this new word - spread it around the globe. I don't really care if I get credit for it, I just think it would be cool to be watching the news in a couple years and hear them use my word.

Oh, and don't have cacophotous PowerPoints they make me want to scoop out my eyeballs with a soupspoon.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Save Toby

I think I have discovered a new low for humankind. Save Toby is horible. People will do absolutely anything for money and take any loophole they can find.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Faith of Christ

I am writing a paper for my Galatians and Romans class over spring break (woohoo - let the good times roll). I am exploring phrases in Rom 3:22, 26; Gal 2:16, 20; 3:22 where most translations say "faith in Christ" but the original Greek literally says "faith of Christ" or "Christ's faith/faithfulness."

I won't get too deep into the linguistic issues here, but the theological issues really intrigue me. What if we are "made righteous" by the "faithfulness of Christ" rather than by our faith in Christ. Not that we don't need faith, but the power and working by which God declares us to be righteous is due to Christ's faithful death on the cross. We are made righteous by his faithfulness to us in dying obeidently to God when we adopt a similar faithfulness toward God through the Spirit.

so "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20 (NIV) becomes: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

I live, not only because of Christ's faithfulness in being crucified, but because of his continued faithfulness to speak to the Father in my defense. That faithfulness is the model which I need to follow.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Kingdom Come

I know this thought is not new to me, but it really hit me hard last night as we were reading through the end of Deuteronomy. The people of God are to be a community that reflects a picture of his perfect Kingdom. Not only are each of us to be reflections of Christ who dwells in us through the Spirit, but our community is to reflect the divine community and the perfect Kingdom. This will be our most effective evangelism - when people see us doing our best to live the perfect community in the midst of our broken world they will be won over. "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Time flies . . .

It's weird. It's not like I haven't had any thoughts in the last two weeks, but I just haven't had the drive to post anything. I'm at a point now where I have more questions than answers and more desire to listen than to comment. I know it will change, but right now that's where I am.

I heard a statment on Monday that has been rolling around in my head: "Never ask a fish what water is like." The point being that if someone is completely immersed and surrounded they can't really describe that in which they are immersed. So how do I address my own culture as I try to "become all things to all men?" How do I allow my culture to inform my ministry without making my ministry dependant on my culture? How much of the Bible story is "lost in translation" to our culture?