Saturday, November 12, 2005

Studying, Social Action and Scripture-on-my-mind...

The ever thoughtful Rachel posts some seminar notes on Studying. Meanwhile today we went to a Bible College open day. First time I've ever set foot in such a place. Inspiring. Opening talk on the end of Ecclesiastes was amazing and a sample lecture on Luther & Salvation was also really good. I don't know whether that place is where I will end up spending three years of my life. God knows. I guess I'll find out in due course...

Ecclesiastes - the careful teacher compared life under the sun with life with God's judgement... whatever you have without God's judgement is vanity (whether time or wisdom or even God)... the alternative: life resurrected under Christ, is glory!
  • Ceryn reviews Humility and posts some poetry inspired by Luke's gospel.
  • Ed is amazed by the cross.
  • Paul is engaged in the charismatic pillowfight.
Wednesday-Friday were spent in Exeter with the UCCF Christian Union South Team, studying Social Action & Evangelism, with Andy Bathgate (CEO Scripture Union, Scotland). We have the luxury of debating it, in much of the world, they live in it. Challenging, very challenging. Our main resource was Tim Chester's Good News to the Poor. I may post more on this later, but I suppose the basic conclusion was - Christian Union's exist to do evangelism among students, but Christians are saved for good works - which has got to include meeting social needs.
As I continue my adventues into Church History, I've followed up Phil Johnson's History of Calvinism, by starting to listen to his survey of heresies beginning with vs. Pelagius. Phil is helpfully progressing with his wise insights into the cessationism / continuationism in the charismatic discussion.
On my mind are:
  • "not to us" : worship leader & musician's training for south east UCCF Christian Unions next month... who's it for, the words we sing, and how to use your gifts and stay humble...
  • Galatians 6 - to speak at Reading CU
  • Matthew 18 - to speak at Bath CU
  • Habakkuk and Titus, for other study
  • 2 Chronicles 1-9 - my overdue staff study project!!
  • How to answer Q6 in the series on The Necessity of Atheism: "If grace does everything for them, what reason would he have for recompensing them?" (noticed by Ant Adams)
But you know what, I can't think of much else I'd rather have to muse on than large sections of God's word.