Aug 13, 2010 - Classes, Hebrew, Moore College    No Comments

Did Adam and Eve become like God or like Gods?

During Hebrew translation hour today we had an interesting discussion. The highlighted word below could be either ‘God’ or ‘gods’. Did the snake suggest that they would become like God or like gods? What does either option mean for the cosmology of Gen 1-3? We had questions, but no answers…

[ וַיֹּאמֶר הַנָּחָשׁ אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה לֹא־מוֹת תְּמֻחוּן׃ כִּי יֹדֵעַ אֱלֹהִמ כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְכֶם מִמֵּנּו וְנִפְקְחוּ עֵינֵעכֶם וִהְיִיתֶם כֵּאלֹהִם יֹדְעי טוֹב וָרָע וַתֵּרֶא הָאִשָּׁה כִּי טוֹב הָעֵץ לְמַאֲכָל וְכִי תַאֲוָה־הוּא לָעֵינַיִם וְנֶחְמָר הָעֵץ לְהַשְׂכִּיל וַתִּקַּה מִפִּרְיוֹ וַתֹּאכַל וַתִּתֵּן גַּם־לְאִישָׁהּ עִמָּהּ וַיֹּצכַל׃ Gen 3:4-6 (BHS)|To view this properly, you need the Tyndale font kit installed (Cardo font). Available free @ http://tiny.cc/hebrewfont]


Durante la hora de la traducción hebrea de hoy tuvimos una interesante discusión. La palabra destacada puede traducirse dioses o “Dios”. ¿La serpiente le está sugiriendo que llegarían a ser como ‘Dios’ o como ‘dioses’? ¿Qué significancia tiene amba opción para la cosmología de Gn 1-3? Tenemos preguntas, por ahora sin respuestas …

Aug 10, 2010 - General    No Comments

Marriage designed to be finite – hence no marriage in heaven?

We read Luke 20:35-36 in chapel last week.

The “for” at the start of v36 really struck me. The reason why there is no marriage in heaven is because resurrection is eternal. This implies that the marriage covenant was designed to be finite (i.e. – “till death do us part”). Since there will be no end, there will be no marriage.

This makes the new covenant with Jesus all the more amazing. The marriage of Jesus to His bride (the church) is established post-resurrection (Rev 19:7)! It is a marriage that has no end.

Extra question: Does the first “marriage” happening pre-fall (and death) mean anything?

Aug 9, 2010 - Classes, MM1, Moore College    No Comments

Would we come back if sermons had ad breaks?

What is it about TV shows that makes us sit through the ad breaks (assuming we aren’t one of the lucky who can skip ads)?

Archie says:

  • Plot – usually tied to some form of suspense. We know the characters, we see the problem, we await the resolution
  • Characters – we somehow identify or associate with the characters. We see something of ourselves in them, and so sympathize with them.

How can we make our proclamation like this? Have a plot that expects resolution, and characters that can be identified with.


¿Qué tienen los programas de TV que nos hacen aguantar los anuncios?

Archie dice:

  • Trama – por lo general vinculada a alguna forma de suspenso. Conocemos a los personajes, entendemos el problema, estamos a la espera de la resolución
  • Personajes – de alguna manera podemos identificar o asociarnos con los personajes. Podemos ver algo de nosotros mismos en ellos, por lo que simpatizamos con ellos.

¿Cómo podemos hacer nuestra proclamación de Dios así? Hace falta tener una trama que necesita resolución, y personajes con los que se pueden identificar.

Aug 9, 2010 - General, technology    No Comments

The conclusion of the infinite monkey theorem is nigh.

1 EB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 B = 1018 bytes = 1 billion gigabytes = 1 million terabytes (wikipedia)
That’s right folks, 5 billion gigabytes every 2 days. At 10 megapixels (~= 1k photos / GB) that’s 2.5 trillion new photos every day.

If we all stopped creating ‘useful’ data (eg, photos, videos, music, facebook posts, etc) and instead created an equivalent amount of ‘useless/random’ data (meeting minutes, abstract expresionist art, facebook posts, etc) surely we’d at very least have re-created Shakespeare’s lost works if not his entire canon by now…

Aug 5, 2010 - Classes, Moore College, OT 1b    No Comments

Did the Exodus of Israel from Egypt really happen?

My essay for OT 1a was regarding the dating of the Exodus. One of the first things I noted in reading the literature that discusses this was that the current consensus is that the Exodus didn’t actually happen (at least not as it’s recorded in the bible). At the time I was able to ignore that question, as it was beyond the scope of the essay question. However, the question of the historicity of the Pentateuch in particular has raised it’s head again

The example given in class today involved the amounts of people. From Exodus 28, we can estimate that the biblical account speaks of roughly 2 million Israelites leaving Egypt. This is an impossible amount. If there were this many, why were they afraid of the Egyptians? At most Egypt could have fielded an army of 20 thousand. Just turn around and stare at them… 2 million of you should be enough to scare them off!

What difference will it make to my reading of the OT (and the Pentateuch in particular) to read it as a theological history, rather than a “scientific” one?


Mi ensayo para la 1ra clase en AT fue en relación con la datación del Éxodo. Una de las primeras cosas que noté en la lectura de la literatura que trata sobre el tema fue que el consenso actual es que el Éxodo en realidad nunca sucedió (por lo menos no en la forma registrada en la biblia). Para ese ensayo simplement ignoré la pregunta, ya que estaba fuera de la pregunta del ensayo. Sin embargo, nuevamenete me encuentro con preguntas acerca de la historicidad del Pentateuco, en particular.

Por ejemplo: Según Éxodo 28, se puede estimar que el relato bíblico cuenta unos 2 millones de israelitas saliendo de Egipto. Esta es una cantidad imposible. Si hubieran tantos Israelitas, ¿por qué le tienen miedo a los egipcios? A lo máximo, Egipto podría haber enviado un ejército de 20 millones. Sólo le tendrian que dar la cara… 2 millones deberian ser suficiente para espantarlos!

¿Qué diferencia va a hacer en mi lectura del Antiguo Testamento (el Pentateuco en particular) leerlo como una historia teológica, en lugar de una historia “científica”?

Aug 4, 2010 - General    1 Comment

Not the Wednesday I was expecting.

Wow. Did the world wake up on the wrong side of bed today? E and I got up this morning expecting to have a lovely time together at Community Chapel . John Dickson was going to be speaking, good times.

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First surprise of the day: X pooping in his litter tray! He had decided that the floor was his preferred toilet, so it was very pleasant to find a present in the right place. Day’s looking good.

Then things decided to get weird. We walked out to the car, only to discover one of the back windows smashed (pictures) and the interior of the car in a mess… There go our plans for the day. Call the cops. Quick inventory of what’s gone. “What was taken?” I hear you ask. Let me answer first with what wasn’t taken: car stereo, CDs, tools. What was taken: Old Nokia 6110 (with no SIM card), prescription sun glasses, bluetooth handsfree kit.

2010-08-04 10.31.52Cops come round. Mid taking a statement have to run off for a “medical emergency”. Promise to come back later and send round the fingerprint squad. We’re both feeling ok, although slightly down about how the day has begun.

I head inside to look into auto glass repairers.

First call: o’brien. “Can fix it today maybe, tomorrow at latest. $413. Oh hang on, you’re getting quotes from other people? I’ll check with my supervisor. It’s your lucky day, we can do it for only $293”.

Second call: Access Glass. Only had a mobile number as contact, it went through to a fax line.

Edwina comes in to tell me that the toilet is blocked again… No longer flushing properly. Anything else going to go wrong?

Third call: Action Windscreens. Again only a mobile number for contact, however this time it was answered straight away by a friendly sounding chap called David. Can repair today if he can get the part, if not tomorrow at latest. $198.

We go with the third guy.  Waiting on the fingerprint squad before we get the window fixed.

What to do about the toilet?  Last time it got blocked I called a plumber. He had a nifty compressed air powered plunger that cleared it (at least temporarily). Charged me $150 for the privilege. I’ve decided to find my own nifty compressed air plunger – after a bit of searching I not only found one but found somewhere that stocks it in Sydney. At $50, I’ll try it first thanks. Waiting on the fingerprint squad so the window can be fixed so I can drive the car to get the plunger.

NIBSo now I need new sunnies. Unfortunately, prescription sunnies don’t come cheap. Off to look into how much it costs to get private health cover (which might help pay for new glasses). Since we already have ambulance cover with NIB, I check out what they offer first. As it happens, our ambulance cover was just renewed, and in the post with the notice we got a flyer for Dental Plus Cover. That looks pretty much perfect, save for the waiting periods, time to call NIB see if we can wrangle ourselves a no waiting time policy.

After the usual rigmarole of automated voice attendants (this one wasn’t too bad) I get to speak to a lovely young lady who through the course of our conversation tells me it’s her birthday today! Happy birthday NIB call center lady. We want dental plus but no waiting, etc, etc. Unfortunately the reply is no-can-do for waiving the waiting period on extras only cove. This is where it all goes weird again. What you could do says my new best friend (in that “I’m telling you this but I’m not telling you this” voice) is sign up for Basic Saver cover. Because it’s hospital + extras I can then waive the waiting period on extras and you can buy your new sunnies straight away. If you were to then drop down to Dental Plus cover (*wink* *wink*) there’s nothing we could do about it. Weird. But I like it. We sign up.

Fingerprint guys appear! They dust the car, CDs and fuse box cover. We’re the third they’ve been to this morning, all exactly the same deal (rear window smashes, GPS units taken).  Are we glad to know we’re not alone? Not really.

Hm… need to do number 2s, Hungry Jacks across the road it is 🙂

What else can Wednesday throw at us?

Update: For those that care, Kleer Drain Instant Drain Opener worked. Yay!

Aug 3, 2010 - CH1, Classes, Moore College    No Comments

Are we reading the same gospels?

2010-08-03 10.58.55Thinking about the times of the church fathers, and the heresies which they were contending against, it seems almost impossible that we could be claiming the same texts as the basis for our authority as the heretics. Seeing the incredible influence which their philosophies had upon their theology, it makes me wonder what human views influence our theology beyond the biblical account. It’s always harder to critique my own biases.


Pensando en los tiempos de los Padres de la Iglesia, y las herejías contra las que disputaban, parece casi imposible que pudiéramos reclamar los mismos textos como la base de nuestra autoridad como los herejes. Viendo la increíble influencia que sus filosofías tuvieron sobre su teología, me pregunto que opiniones humanas influyen en nuestra teología más allá del relato bíblico. Siempre es más difícil criticar mis propios prejuicios.

Aug 2, 2010 - Classes, MM1, Moore College    No Comments

Why such an emphasis on proclamation?

2010-08-02 10.24.20Proclamation of the Word of God matters because:

  • God is a God who speaks
  • He has chosen to speak through His word written down
  • He has chosen to speak through people
  • The way He builds His people to maturity is through the proclamation of Christ

La proclamación de la Palabra de Dios es importante porque:

  • Dios es un Dios que habla
  • Él elige hablar a través de su palabra escrita
  • Él elige hablar a través de personas
  • Dios edifica a los santos, con el fin de presentarlos perfecto, a través de la proclamación de Cristo.
Jul 30, 2010 - Classes, Moore College, NT 1b    1 Comment

Salvation isn’t the “end”.

2010-07-30 10.32.20Salvation isn’t an end in itself. However much we might be interested in it, the reason we are saved is to be shown off. We are God’s workmanship: saved by Him from death, raised with His Son, engaged in the good works He has prepared for us.


Nuestra salvación no es un fin en sí misma. Por tanto que a nosotros nos la interesa,  la razón por la que hemos sido salvados es para ser alardeados. Porque somos hechura de Dios: salvados por él de la muerte, levantados a los cielos con su Hijo, dedicados a las buenas obras que Él nos ha preparado.

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