June 7th, 2009


First Sunday After Pentecost


There was zero mention of More Light Sunday, which displeased me.

The sermon title was "Ministers of a New Covenant" (Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4 & 2 Corinthians 3:1-4; 3:17-4:1), and Karl talked about covenant being relationship.

Cofee Hour included strawberries from Katherine's garden.  Someone said this what strawberries are supposed to taste like.  I was snacking on them like nonstop 'cause they didn't have that bite to them that usually makes strawberries a very "in small doses" snack for me.


After I got home, I finished the Timothy Keller book Ross had lent me.  I wanted to reread the chapter on hell (the chapter we were actually planning to discuss this afternoon), but I opted for something like a nap instead.

Discussion wasn't quite as good as I would have liked, but largely that's because I'm not as well-versed in Scripture/theology as I would like to be.  I was able to articulate most of my major points in a reasonably intelligent fashion, though, and Ross is a really open and respectful guy.  Emily was there, too, which was nice.  I like her.  (She did the AIDS Walk today.)

Ross had youth group at 4pm, so I sat on the CAUMC steps and read before CWM.  I had cramps, which fine whatever, but the front/inside of my thighs were also really sore and painful which I really didn't understand -- and was not happy about.  I wanted to just go home and obtain some sort of drugs that would knock me out, but of course I stayed for church, and I actually felt progressively better as service went along, which I was grateful for.


Trinity Sunday.  Tiffany preached on Romans 8:12ff.  She talked about how when Paul is talking about "flesh" here, he doesn't mean that the material/bodily is bad, but rather he's talking about legalism.  She said that earlier in Romans, Paul had said that legalism leads to guilt conspiring with a sense of inadequacy to a moral impotence.
    She talked about how Augustine imaged the Trinity as Lover/Beloved/Love and the Cappadocian Fathers (the 3 Gregories) as perichoresis (root of "choreography" -- I knew this from aforementioned book [Chapter 15 -- p.215]) ... dance.  She expanded this idea to include God's relationship with humanity and indeed with all of creation.


Housemate and I took care of assorted (metaphorical) housekeeping this evening.  We're having our joint-birthday (and belated housewarming) party the evening of Saturday, July 11.  Ugh, facebook friends decisions are stressful.

And my keyboard keeps being temperamental, which isn't helping with getting stuff done.


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