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Thought I would throw up a link to a recent interview conducted by Ben Witherington with N.T. Wright.  The interview concerns Wright’s Surprised by Hope.  Surprised by Hope is already somewhat of a classic.  It’s a natural sequel to Simply Christian.  Surprised by Hope challenges the common view of “going to heaven when we die” with a resurrection/new creation schema.  If you are new to Wright, these two books (in the right order) would be the best place to start before attempting to work through some of his more scholarly works.  What makes the interview fascinating (at least to me) is that these are two of my favorite theologians and Witherington asks the questions that are on my mind.  Also interesting is the discussion which follows the interview between Ben and a blog visitor named davie.  Here is the link.

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Sometimes immaturity seeps through, even on a theology blog.  Maybe I’ll do a post on the theology behind flatulence.

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Here is another one of my favorite guitar pieces. This eclipses the SRV video in terms of skill (but never passion) and speed. Who said songs need words anyway! Enjoy.

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SRV Baby!

Probably the single greatest guitar performance of all time (IMHO).  This is from the DVD “Live at the ElMocambo” in Canada.  This was before Stevie was famous.  What a display of passion.  I love the guitar and will probably share some things from time to time guitar related.  Let me know what you think.

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Along with some material on the book of Romans, I think I will post some regarding the Holy Spirit.  This will also fit with my current preaching agenda at East Peoria.  My experience of either hearing about or talking about the Holy Spirit has been, upon further reflection, rather shallow and simplistic.  Most discussions of God’s Spirit either pretend He is some spiritual commodity to be obtained and then used for a spiritual high of some sort, or, some distant, antiquated, inactive figure largely responsible for the Bible, confirming Jesus deity and not much more.  I was schooled in the latter and growing up heard very little about the Holy Spirit.  Before I begin saying some things that are constructive, I am just curious if anyone else has had the same experience of hearing so little about a person so prominent?

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Round Two

So I tried blogging once before and reneged.  I didn’t quit because of a lack of desire or interest, but because of a lack of commitment.  I was not committed to accepting the consequences of self-disclosure.  When you blog you say what is on your mind.  I have lived for a long time with a fear of self-disclosure.  This is not good.  I have allowed others perceptions of me to limit my advocacy for what I believe to be right.  Again, not good.  So I’m partly to blame.  However, whenever a person’s (not just mine) convictions and beliefs are manipulated and stigmatized, the other party in the equation bears some guilt as well.  That “other party” in my life is not one individual or one group of people, but rather a complex web of relationships and circumstances.  And this is not isolated to me–in fact, everyone reading this finds themselves in the exact same situation (perceptions–reality–judgments, etc.).  The task then is to be open and transparent and allow these circumstances to work in your favor, rather than against you.  This is a proposition that is easier to utter than to practice.  However, it is my firm commitment to be this type of person, no matter how long and painful the transforming process is (Rom. 12:1-2).

So with that said, welcome to my blog.  Hopefully the members of the East Peoria Church of Christ will find this blog helpful and useful as it will also be a means of supplementing my ongoing teaching efforts there.  Hopefully friends and family will drop by and participate.  Hopefully new friendships will be forged.  Hopefully iron will become sharper.  And finally, hopefully, God will be glorified.

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