Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Theology, History, and Hebrew

Just in case you were wondering what has been keeping me from posting here, it's Theology, History, and Hebrew. Those are the classes I'm taking now and that's what's taking up a lot of my limited brain power. So here's something that I think is interesting from each of my classes:

Theology - You can't have theology without philosophy, but no philosophy is wholly adequate to describe that which is wholly other. Go figure.

History - In the early church new converts were trained in the teaching of the church for three years before being baptized and made Christians. A big reason for this is that persecution was so common that they wanted to make sure that people knew what they were getting themselves into.

Hebrew - Ok, so I've learned the alphabet and a few words, not a whole lot that's profound here. The one thing that made me say, "huh," was that Hebrew has only two genders (he & she) versus the three genders of English (he, she, & it). That means that all words have to be expressed as either masculine or feminine regardless of any inherent maleness or femaleness. So the fact that God is a masculine word in Hebrew means about as much as Jerusalem being a feminine word. Any notion of God being a male from the Hebrew text is completely a fabrication of men who want to interpret it that way. God is without gender, neither male nor female. God is wholly other and created things cannot completely picture the divine.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Blood (or oil) from a stone

Shell has figured out how to get oil from shale at comercially feasable prices:

"Drill shafts into the oil-bearing rock. Drop heaters down the shaft. Cook the
rock until the hydrocarbons boil off, the lightest and most desirable first.
Collect them.
Please note, you don't have to go looking for oil fields when
you're brewing your own.
On one small test plot about 20 feet by 35 feet, on
land Shell owns, they started heating the rock in early 2004. "Product" - about
one-third natural gas, two-thirds light crude - began to appear in September
2004. They turned the heaters off about a month ago, after harvesting about
1,500 barrels of oil.
While we were trying to do the math, O'Connor told us
the answers. Upwards of a million barrels an acre, a billion barrels a square
mile. And the oil shale formation in the Green River Basin, most of which is in
Colorado, covers more than a thousand square miles - the largest fossil fuel
deposits in the world.


One-freaking-trillion barrels. Go Shell, go.

I still want a hybrid though . . .

Thursday, September 01, 2005

"My ears had heard of you, now my eyes have seen you."

I feel the need to justify myself before I even begin - my blog is about me and my feelings.

That being said:

I feel overwhelmed with the tragedy of Katrina, but until yesterday it was a distant emotion. Those people down there have it bad. I wonder how we can help them down there.

Last night our church hosted a dinner for people - refugees - of Katrina staying in hotels in Memphis. 200 people came to our gym and at hamburgers and hot dogs and got free t-shirts.

These people, here in Memphis are suffering. They are running out of money and hope. How can we help the people here.

I couldn't sleep last night.

I feel overwhelmed.

Holy God, it is not by my strength, nor by my power, buy by your Spirit.