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Friday, February 20, 2004

Recent musing:
Over the past few years, I've heard a lot of complaints, often justified, about church marquees with 'catchy taglines' or, less offensively, the sermon title for the upcoming week. Yeah, there's a lot of cheeziness in the phrases that get used, and I'd like to think that somebody in the church notices that (having never been active with a church which has a marquee, I can't really comment), but rather than ripping the marquee as a whole, why aren't we constructive?

What if we were to put on the marquee pertinent scriptural references or the key text for the upcoming week's message (if in a sermon-centric church, which many of these churches seem to be...digression restrained)? ie - if preaching from John 6, rather than "Jesus is the bread of life," put up John 6:25-58. That sort of marquee could encourage participatory worship, pre-consideration of the text, and enable dialogue, working through what we see in scripture; this just seems more bi-directional than the speaker spending hours in the text, while no one else in the congregation touches it during the week, and ties into my thoughts on connecting 'small groups/bible studies' to the liturgical practice of the congregation.

Disclaimer that this may, in fact, be common practice outside Old Town Pasadena, and that it has simply escaped my selective attention. As well, I've had a few posts recently that I thought went up, but do not see, but I do hope to post more than once a month (in this case it looks like four).

Thursday, February 12, 2004

After finishing my Gadamer paper for systematics (which I had to cut at 15, but could have easily run to 50 with full coverage, more in-depth critiques, plus implications for pastoral counseling, evangelism, and such), I've had this state of peace about this week, which was presumed to be a killer. Tomorrow's Gospels exam has been an area of confidence, and the Luther paper for Medieval/Reformation theology has been a source of little anxiety (outside of a laptop crash 40% of the way in which led to several hours of pouting). As such, it's 2:15, and I'm still nonchalantly working on it. After a non-A on the Anselm/Aquinas, and the constant reminders that 'WMAs can't get into top PhD programs without a four-point, I might expect more stress, but it's not here. Grace once again...