Wednesday, April 30, 2008

How do you use apocryphal texts?

I know, that title really makes you want to read the post, huh?

I hope to make this somewhat interesting and thought provoking.

This question comes from a couple of texts in the New Testament (John 8 and Mark 16) that do not appear in the earliest and most reliable manuscripts. That means that for the first several centuries of the church, no one knew about these passages.

But the problem is that John 8 tells of the woman caught in adultery where Jesus says: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." We love that passage! Preachers love to preach on that passage; Christian counselors love to teach from that passage.

In Mark 16 we get a favorite verse: "Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

So do we throw out these passages because the historic and manuscript evidence does not support their place in the bible? Or do we use these passages because we have about 1500 years of Christian tradition supporting their use in the ministry of the church?

What do you think?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008


So I had a day of firsts yesterday. I started off the day by having my first solo opening shift at work. I didn't burn the place down and everyone got the coffee they wanted, so it was pretty successful.

After work I met up with the dragon boat team. I've been learning how to till the boat, but when I got there I was the only one with any tilling experience. So I had my first solo tilling gig.

These experiences are good for me . . . mostly. I really like learning new things and bettering myself. But I really hate sucking at something. That's the problem with trying new things - you have to suck when you start. I want to be good at stuff, but in order to get there I have to suck first. Dang.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


So, in honor of Earth Day I want to pose this thought. If we're suffering from a lack of food, and greenhouses are good for growing stuff, then wouldn't it be good to use the greenhouse effect to make the earth better at growing food?

I'm just saying . . .

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thanks Howie

Not much lately - the close of the semester approaches.

I do have to say that Howard Schultz warms the cockles of my heart. Not only did he come out of retirement to take the helm of a coffee company that is near and dear to me, but he's also filed a lawsuit against the current owners of the Seattle Supersonics (he was the former owner) saying that they did not make a good faith effort to keep the team in Seattle, and therefore breached the terms of the contract.

Whatever happens with the team, this is a good move. Thanks, Howie!