Friday, May 25, 2007

I'm a Wesleyan

The quiz has me fairly accurately pegged -- although I'm not sure how it's possible to get about the same score on "fundamentalist" as "postmodern." (Probably quiz-taker error!) I'm a little surprised to score so high in "reformed evangelical," which I take to mean Calvinist.

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan, You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

82%

Reformed Evangelical

71%

Neo orthodox

64%

Fundamentalist

61%

Emergent/Postmodern

57%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

43%

Classical Liberal

36%

Modern Liberal

25%

Roman Catholic

14%

What's your theological worldview?
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Theology: I'm Anselm???

I have to say I have heard of the name but know nothing about him!

I guess I'll have to read up about him!!

You scored as Anselm, Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man's primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read 'Cur Deus Homo?'

Anselm

100%

Jonathan Edwards

80%

Augustine

73%

Karl Barth

73%

J├╝rgen Moltmann

73%

John Calvin

67%

Friedrich Schleiermacher

67%

Martin Luther

53%

Charles Finney

53%

Paul Tillich

47%

Which theologian are you?
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HT: Reflecting.

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Theology: I'm post-modern???

Very interesting!

Actually, as I look at the numbers, it all kind of makes sense!

I scored 71% on the Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan scale.

This makes sense as I grew up in a Southern Baptist church with Armenian flavor in regards to salvation which I never fully bought the idea but felt it had a lot of good points. I spent four years in a non-denominational church that had several United Methodist trained ministers and was founded by United Methodists to serve the immigrant Chinese population.

I scored 68% on the Reformed Evangelical scale.

I'm currently at at Presbyterian church and as such I've read up a little bit on Calvin's TULIP which I don't fully buy into but believe it has some good points.

I scored 75% on the Emergent/Postmodern scale.

I suppose being a scientist by training and by personality leaning toward the rational side, I have come to see the value of reason but also the limits of reason. As such I tend to hold my beliefs with varying degrees of certainty. I'm not a relativist by any stretch of the imagination but I find dogmatism hard to defend. I also am currently involved with the youth group at my church and this whole emergent-postmodern thing is big among the young people even if they don't know to put that label on it.

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern, You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

75%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

71%

Reformed Evangelical

68%

Classical Liberal

64%

Neo orthodox

64%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

46%

Modern Liberal

46%

Roman Catholic

43%

Fundamentalist

39%

What's your theological worldview?
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Youth: 2 films from our youth group

The idea is that the youth group in one evening comes up with a script for a short film based on a Bible story. They shoot it that night and edit and add music later.

Here are the first results ... has some laugh out loud funny moments and gets the point across.



The other film the youth group shot ...



The blogspot home for these and future films is here!!

Perhaps, the team will try out for the 168 hour film festival next year!

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sports: Dodger Dogs to be struck out?

Don't know if Camille Johnston expected to have to talk about hot dogs when she signed on to be Senior Vice President for Communications with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alas, that is part of her job these days.

This morning, I was listening to KPCC and they reported that Farmer John, the supplier of hot dogs for Dodger Stadium was being sued for cruel treatment of animals used in the preparation of their hot dogs and other pork products. Additionally, the organization bringing the lawsuit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, has written a letter to Dodger owner Frank McCourt requesting that the Dodgers end its lengthy relationship with Farmer John. The basic facts of the story were described in this story.

Meanwhile, on the field, the Dodgers are atop the NL West but fans are very nervous as the team isn't scoring many runs and the pitching is showing some signs of strain and it is only May. The question on the minds of followers of the team is whether or not manager Grady Little and GM Colletti will make some changes.

I haven't been to a game yet this year because parking is now $15 a car and prices of all sections have gone up.

One of the ways the Dodgers are trying to get more people to the ball park is the new all you can eat right field pavilion. I suppose I'd better hurry up and go before the Dodger Dogs are cut from the menu?

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

World: Tiananmen Square Massacre, June 4, 1989


18 years ago.

As I saw all the young faces at Displace Me at the Pomona Fairplex, I couldn't help but remember the young people 18 years ago and 1/2 a world away.

It was the Beijing Spring of 1989 when students were joined by the masses in rallies in Tiananmen Square to demonstrate for reform. In between the Forbidden City and Mao's Mausoleum is Tiananmen Square. It was there that hopes for change were crushed when military units moved in from the east and the west to clear the square. To this day, there is no agreement on the number killed and wounded in and around the square.



The video above appears to have been edited clips from the various news broadcasts during those tumultuous days as well as smuggled videos of the slaughter. Unfortunately, there isn't any translations for the words you hear but the images are haunting.

Below is another music and image remembrance to what happened in Tiananmen Square using the same music but different video clips.



Click here to see the Guardian's report on the Massacre published on the 10th anniversary in 1999.

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