Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Entymological Rant: "Studying" Context

I suppose the topic of this specific post is geared more towards Christians than not, though if perhaps it can be applied more broadly to other aspects of life as well. What I would like to specifically discuss today is the word "study", specifically when used in the context of the phrase "Bible study". To put it in the most simple and straightforward means possible, I wish to explore the question: What is a Bible study? I find there to be various approaches to this, but let us take this piece by piece. Why go through this? Well, for myself, it is an exercise to consider a number of things, among them are these two key points: first, why do I attend a Bible study? Secondly, what do I think a good Bible study looks like? Another way of considering that would be: what sort of Bible study would impact me the most?

Naturally, the most logically definition, would be the one in which our personal context is most familiar. Bible study is that function that I go to outside of church. It could take a variety of shapes and forms. For some it could be a small group of people sharing and exegeting some piece of Scripture. For others it may be that same small group reading a good Christian book. And yet for others it could be going to hear someone else exegeting some piece of Scripture. Yet what I would like to consider when we look at the form of what Bible study is, I would like to consider the phrase "Bible study" in and of itself.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Adultescents: The Growing Epidemic

Adultescent? What the heck? Frankly, I'd only heard of the word last week at a conference in Portland, but apparently it's been around since 2004, well, at least the word has. I'm sure there were other less friendly labels used for such people before then. Yet, why was this word created? Well, NY Times gives an interesting look at it. Surely, statistically we see that there's some kind of phenomenon happening here, for better of or worse, something's happening. For those of you that didn't click on the link and are still wondering what an adultescent is, simply put, it's a kid in an adult body, or one other way of thinking of it is someone who just doesn't grow up. As you might have gathered from my title, there are a growing number of these types of people, and frankly, I find it to be a problem.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

We're All Insane

Some of you who actually read what I write are probably thinking, really? Another one? And I suppose yes, this is another one. I know that I have other blogs, and maybe I should use those as a venue, but I like to keep my streams of idea separate. However, I really don't want to have readers have to jump back and forth between my random fancies and more philosophical fancies, having to jump between the silly and the more serious matters. I think it's easier this way. Anyways, with that out of the way, let's jump into this.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 
Albert Einstein said that, and it makes sense. I mean, Einstein was a smart man. Doesn't mean he was right about everything he said, but I think this thing has some merit. Sure, Einstein wasn't a philosopher, sure he wasn't a theologian, he was a physicist, but I think there is a certain insight to be had when you are so brilliant and good at what you do. My point here isn't to laud or refute the wisdom of Einstein, but simply to use it as an example, as a launching pad for this blog. This will be a bit reflective and introspective and a bit observational. This world is crazy, and frankly, based on Einstein's definition, so are we all.