Archive for October, 2010

Nutrition and Health

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by Diane Chandler

Every once in a while, I’m challenged to consider how I am taking care of my overall physical health and wellness.  I need reminding because in our face-paced culture, it is so easy to skip meals, purchase fast food, give little thought to nutrition, and then end up selecting unhealthy food choices.  Take a look at the Sugar Stacks website for how much sugar is in the beverages we consume.

Since I work in a university, I’m astounded by the amount of money that students (and others!) drop in vending machines. Healthy eating is a key to optimal health.  Furthermore, healthy lifestyle behaviors contribute to our longevity (no surprise here!). Read the rest of this entry »

Breathing Lessons: Coming up for Air in Seminary

Monday, October 25th, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

If you locate yourself in theological education, either behind or in front of the desk, as teacher, administrator, or student, where do you go to breathe? Where do catch a break from what you do all day? Well, if you are like me, you go outside. I am stuck inside most of the time, either at my desk, teaching online classes, creating new courses, researching, writing, or responding to email. If I get out of my office, my way often leads into the classroom. When I really need to get away from it all I go outside. Fortunately, I work on a gorgeous campus, and going outside is never a real challenge. It is a routine I like to protect. But something interesting happened today, as I returned from my breathing lessons. I met one of our students and as we talked about our day, he remarked that he came inside to catch some breath. The building offered a refreshing break from the demands of physical labor that characterized most of his day. He then stopped for a moment and concluded, “I guess most people go outside to get away from the inside.” He got me there! As I walked away from the conversation I thought about the alternatives. Am I just getting away from my desk? Or is my situation typical for theological environments? Are our environments conducive to theological training? 

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The Modern Matrix

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by Jason Wermuth

This past Wednesday, Apple released and previewed another host of new and amazing products: a new flatter MacBook Air (thinner than an axe blade), a new OS, a new iLife and more… Soon Microsoft will release the Windows Phone 7, and Google will probably release 1000 more Android based phones that can be used as remote controls for their new Google TV. All this new stuff got me to thinking about what it all has to do with the church. In the past 20 years we have seen the church transformed by technology and media. From the introduction of electric guitars and rock themed worship music to the addition of PowerPoint slides to just about every sermon on earth these days (except perhaps the Pope), things change with technology.

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Chilean Mine Rescue

Friday, October 15th, 2010 by Diane Chandler

For 69 days, , 33 Chilean miners survived the most harrowing experience of their lives.  Trapped in a mine one-half mile beneath the earth’s surface for what seemed like eternity, these minors were rescued Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  The world watched.  We held our breath and experienced the relief and exhilaration of each of the minors making their debuts to the surface, cocooned in the safety of the man-made capsule. Read the rest of this entry »

False advertisement: How NOT to Wear the Label “Christian”

Monday, October 11th, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

I work at a “Christian” university. It is difficult to avoid that label; difficult to fail to understand what is intended by that label, since the mission and vision of our university are clearly stated. The history of our school paints in bright colors our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to the responsibility we assume by living our lives as a celebration of that gospel. And yet, there are many days where I am reminded that the label “Christian” does not need to be accepted by all those who are on campus. It makes me wonder what exactly is understood by that label or if it is assumed by all in the first place. I have the feeling that being at a “Christian” community, whether university or church, does not mean the same thing to all. To put it differently, I think the label “Christian” can easily become a case of false advertisement. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Still Believe in the Church

Friday, October 8th, 2010 by Matthew Brake

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “church”? What memories does that word evoke? What do you feel? What words—four-letter, faith-based, or otherwise—do you wish to say when you hear that word “church” (by four letter word, I OF COURSE mean “hope” or “love” or something else theological and “pure”…naturally)?

If any of you are like me, you might experience a mixture of emotions. In one moment, you may remember an experience you had at church camp when you were 13, and then in the next moment you may remember the greatest moment of emotional devastation you’ve ever felt. Let us consider some negative church experiences: Read the rest of this entry »