Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Reflections on Eternity part 1

We rarely think about the reality of the afterlife with vivid imagery. I've recently been listening to the music of Chuck Berry. He has some good stuff and a lot of what he did heavily influenced the development of Rock N' Roll into the 60s, 70s and beyond. You can hear in Berry's music the influence of Blues and Jazz combined with a pioneering Rock n' Roll sound.

While there is a lot of music (some good and some bad) that reflects upon death, Chuck Berry's song Downbound Train is worth a listen. The song even speeds up as the train approaches hell--it builds with intensity. Here are the lyrics to a song that is great to listen to but paints a picture of what a descent into hell could be like. [I've inserted semi-colons (;) for each line break. Stanzas are separated by a line break.]


Chuck Berry “Downbound Train" Lyrics

A stranger lying on a bar room floor; Had drank so much he could drink no more; So he fell asleep with a troubled brain; To dream that he rode on that down bound train.

The engine with blood was sweaty and damp; And brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp; And imps for fuel were shovelling bones; While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.

The boiler was filled with lager beer; The devil himself was the engineer;

The passengers were most a motley crew; Some were foreigners and others he knew. Rich men in broadcloth, beggars in rags; Handsome young ladies and wicked old hags.

As the train rushed on at a terrible pace; Sulphuric fumes scorched their hands and face; Wider and wider the country grew; Faster and faster the engine flew; Louder and louder the thunder crashed; Brighter and brighter the lighting flashed;

Hotter and hotter the air became; Till their clothes were burned; and they were screaming with pain. Then out of the distance there came a yell; Ha ha said the devil we're nearing home,

Oh how the passengers shrieked with pain And begged old Satan to stop that train.

The stranger awoke with an anguished cry; His clothes wet with sweat and his hair standing high; He fell on his knees on the bar room floor And prayed a prayer like never before.

And the prayers and vows were not in vain;
For he never rode that down bound train.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is famous for the vivid imagery. High school English teachers (and countless others) have slaughtered this text and painted Edwards as nothing more than a vindictive fire and brimestone preacher and these same folks (like one of my own high school English teachers) bash the Puritans with little first hand reading in them. Even sadder is when Christians join this rant against such a godly heritage, though they like all Christians were not without their flaws. More to the point, Edwards had in his mind an image of eternity: both sides. His sermon Heaven is a World of Love, is equally enrapturing as he paints the beauty of heaven and even makes ethical appeals to how we can live now with the ethics of heaven. Such visions our rare in our day, even within the evangelical church.

Sadly, in our day in age, we fail to grasp the eternal. It does not drive our thinking. Our reflections on it are weak and wimpy. Some, from within the church, would even have us believe that we should reflect more on how we live and act now than on heaven. "In the past, we've been too focussed on heaven, which is from Greek or Platonic philosophy; such Christians do not live in this life benefiting those around us" is the all to common mantra. This fails to do justice to (a) Christian theology; and (b) countless Christians whose view of heaven pushed them to serve others in this life. I think we could argue that a strong sense of heaven leads to a strong sense of vocation in this life, not to mention personal holiness, evangelistic fervor, and countless other Christian traits. In reality, as Christians our citizenship is in heaven [Phil. 3:20]. Our lives should be lived in the here and now with the culture of heaven evident through and through. We are strangers and exiles and this world is not our home. Heaven, and ultimately the New Heavens and New Earth, is the home of the believer. Heaven is the ultimate reality. It is eternal life.

But an equal reality is that of hell. Hell is eternal death--not cessation of existence but eternal existence under the consequence of sin. It involves unending conscious torment because of judgment. Hell is not a place on earth or this life. Hell is not what I make it or simply the absence of God, like a mere eternal lonliness. It will be unending suffering and damnation for sin. It will be torment. Those who are there will long for an end but be recieving a due punishment for sin--a punishment each one of us, including Christians, deserve.

Oh, may we look to our hope Christ Jesus our Lord who is in heaven. May a reflection on eternity shape our thinking today. For the Christian there should be no such truth to the axiom "So heavenly minded no earthly good." In fact, the more heavenly minded, the more earthly good.

Colossians 3:1-2 NAU Colossians 3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

What does this "set your minds on things above" look like in the context?

Colossians 3:5-10 5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him--

Monday, July 30, 2007

Family Guy & Star Trek 2



I remember being a little kid and watching Star Trek 2 the Wrath of Khan. In fact, I think it was the first Star Trek I watched. It had been out for several years and it was being shown on TV. If I recall, that same night I also watched a Next Generation show.

After that I was hooked.

I don't watch Family Guy but this is just funny. He even has the little lip quiver.

If you need to see the original followed by the parody see this link.

Apologetic for this blog--part 2

Here are some reasons I decided to start a blog:
(1) I might be forced to think through things carefully enough to put it in writing.
(2) It could assist my ministry because I can write things on issues that matter and then refer people to it.
(3) It might benefit my church. Maybe I can encourage and spur on people in my church beyond just the teaching I do on a Sunday. Writing can be a ministry and this might be a way to circulate my writing to the people God has called me to shepherd.
(4) It might benefit my personal thought life.
(5) Jonathan Edwards had his Miscellanies, was that a blog before the internet? What if I could have the same sort of short thoughts and reflections but I just ‘save them’ by posting them? This would have the added benefit from other people’s comments. What if these were my miscellanies, only less profound? After all, you cannot really compete with the genius of Edwards. Luther also had his Table Talk, could this be a new expansion for the 21st century (without replacing table fellowship)?
(6) I miss the days of writing seminary papers—I know I’m a nerd, don’t remind me.
(7) I tend to write long e-mails on issues when I think through stuff that people ask me about, if it is proper why not post them?
(8) It could be fun, why not incorporate some Star Trek too.
(9) I felt like I had some things to say.
(10) I will not become a famous blogger.
(11) I will actually have to put research in writing—I can focus on quality (maybe I’m just kidding myself here). If I put it in writing hopefully I will be more aware of a responsibility to guard my speech (both ethically and in terms of research and documentation).
(12) I can do research that is more than linking to other blogs.
(13) If my posts are long, it may be bad blog but I can either (a) split them up or (b) enjoy the fact that nobody reads my blog.
(14) I type fast, but slower than I think so it might be a good way for me to think more.
(15) Hopefully I can think critically and reflect that in writing.
(16) Hopefully, friends and family can enjoy the stuff here, in ways they won’t enjoy from people they do not know.
(17) I do have notes from Sunday School and sermons that I can recycle, reuse or expand upon. I always seem to have more to say then I actually get to…maybe this can be an overflow outlet for ideas or applications that I didn’t get to.
(18) My generation uses blogs as a part of life and interaction. I need to step into the 21st century.
(19) If you can’t beat them, join them ;)

Is blogging a calling? Is it a “real” ministry? I don’t know. At times I think it could be. At times I think is way too impersonal. At times I think it feeds our incessant need to feel we’ve been heard but without the vulnerability of true community. We can escape from what we really need in a gospel redeemed community and at the time feed our incessant need to speak our mind from the safety anonymity and apart from real accountability to word and deed.

I plan to finish this series up with one last post on what I hope to accomplish on this blog. I have a number of posts in the pipeline that I hope will be interesting and thought provoking.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Dueling Duo

See the previous post for an explanation of how I envision this to work.
Here is the first quote:

“What if tomorrow someone digs up definitive proof that Jesus had a real, earthly, biological father named Larry, and archaeologists find Larry’s tomb and do DNA samples and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the virgin birth was really just a bit of mythologizing the Gospel writers threw in to appeal to the followers of Mithra and Dionysian religious cults that were hugely popular at the time of Jesus, whose gods had virgin births? But what if as you study the origin of the word virgin, you discover that the world virgin in the gospel of Matthew actually comes from the book of Isaiah, and then you find out that in the Hebrew language at that time, the word virgin could mean several things. And you discover that in the first century being “born of a virgin” also referred to a child whose mother became pregnant the first time she had intercourse?...I affirm the historic Christian faith, which includes the virgin birth…and I want to pass it on to the next generation…But if the whole faith falls apart when we reexamine and rethink one spring, then it wasn’t that strong in the first place, was it?”
--Rob Bell Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. p.26-27

Reading the above quote made me think of this one:
“The center and core of all the Bible is history. Everything else that the Bible contains is fitted into a historical framework and leads up to a historical climax. The Bible is primarily a record of events. That assertion will not pass unchallenged. The modern church is impatient of history. History, we are told, is a dead thing…It makes no difference [we are told] whether Abraham was a historical personage or a myth; in either case, his life is an inspiring example of faith. It makes no difference whether Moses was really a mediator between God and Israel; in any case, the record of Sinai embodies the idea of a covenant between God and his people. It makes no difference whether Jesus really lived and died and rose again as he is declared to have done in the gospels; in any case, the gospel is a picture, be it ideal or be it history, is an encouragement of filial piety…The separation of Christianity from history has been a great concern of modern theology. It has been an inspiring attempt. But it has been a failure. Give up history, and you can retain some things. You can retain a belief in God. But philosophical theism has never been a powerful force in the world. You can retain a lofty ethical ideal. But be perfectly clear about one point—you can never retain the gospel. For “gospel” means “good news,” tidings,
information about something that has happened. In other words, it means history. A gospel independent of history is simply a contradiction of terms.”
--J. Gresham Machen J. Gresham Machen Selected Shorter Writings, p. 97-98.

Hmm…impatience with history. Dismissal of history—modernism, postmodernism, see any similarities? The problem I see with Bell is not that he denies the virgin birth, in fact, he affirms it. Yet he is open to the potential dismissal of it. History, myth, it doesn’t matter. This is not the historic position of Christianity which can be traced through Paul, Apostolic Fathers, the Apostles’ Creed down to today—more on 'potential dismissial' stance later.
On the good side, Rob Bell's book is very readable and conversational in tone.

Dueling Duo: An Explanation

Explanation: This is new category of posts that I hope will be ongoing. I find it nice when you read blogs that quote good books. I also appreciate blogs that reflect on, evaluate or critique excerpts or quotes from books. In this category entitle “Dueling Duos, ” I plan to put two quotes next to each other. To one degree or another, the quotes will be in disagreement. I will try not to add my own comments accept for a few summative thoughts.

Usually with one quote I’ll generally agree and with the other I will have some reservations, questions, or disagreements. This being said, when I disagree I may not disagree with everything being said but rather the overall thrust. The same may be true for the quote with which I find general agreement. Agreeing or disagreeing with a particular quote in this blog does not mean I endorse or reject the everything I've read from that person. I am not commenting on my opinions of the person's work as a whole, or even to the extent that I've read of their material.

My goal is perhaps to engage in critical thinking not necessarily to have people agree [with me]. The latter quote may not necessarily directly refute the former but it will hopefully cause one to seriously consider or reconsider the former. Usually I am going to avoided quoting someone in the second quote who has already responded to the first quote in the immediate context of the section I will quote. I’m also going to avoiding making one of the dueling quotes from Scripture, although I do believe that Scripture is the final authority in these matters.

For some of these dueling quotes, I may plan to add my response in a later post.

The basic idea of this category is this: I read something, my mind is drawn to another quote when I read it that stood to some degree in contradiction and so I will post the two.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

NASA News & Star Trek 2


Once again the world of science fiction is meeting the world of science fact. It seems that NASA and Star Trek something else in common.

The BBC reported this:

"Two specific instances were described where astronauts had been so intoxicated prior to flight that flight surgeons and-or fellow astronauts raised concerns to local on-scene leadership regarding flight safety," the report said.
"However, the individuals were still permitted to fly." It is unclear how many hours before the flight the drinking occurred and what quantities were consumed.


It seems they have something in common with the inventor of the warp drive, Zephram Cochrane. In Star Trek First Contact, before the flight of the Phoenix, Cochrane is revealed to be a drunk. Right before the Borg shoot at the launch sight, he has this conversation:
Lily {Alfre Woodard}: "I'm not going up in that thing with a drunken pilot."
Zephram Cochrane {James Cromwell}: "I sure as h*ll am not going up there sober."

I guess April 4, 2063 wasn't the first time that someone was drunk before their launch into orbit.
The Phoenix launches; and Riker and Cochrane in the Phoenix's cockpit.


NASA News & Star Trek

Before I begin this post I have to give a shout out to Scott Ott for his news ‘reports’ at http://www.scrappleface.com/. It seems he all ready beat me to the NASA article with this story but not with my 'new' information.

7-28-2007 In light of the recent episodes of drunkenness at NASA (see here, here and here), a spokesperson for NASA announced a new field of research and develop that would be undertaken by NASA scientists. In an official statement to the press, the spokesperson acknowledged, “Star Trek has always been an inspiration for the development of technology, including medical technology and replicators. NASA will begin investigating what it will take to develop non-alcohol delights commonly referred to as synthehol [also here]. In light of recent problems, NASA needs to address the future of its program and astronaut drinking. We continue to find it amazing that science fiction has often anticipated and resolved the problems involved with space travel.” In light of the recent trouble NASA will fast track synthehol through research and development so its astronauts can return to work and enjoy their alcohol without the devilish side effects that may inhibit their exploration. With respect to synthehol, NASA’s project manager confirmed, “Yes, I’m working on that.” Detractors from this program are concerned that synthehol will lack the true taste and feel of alcohol but many acknowledge the benefits outweigh the harm. “Our astronauts can maintain their rigorous drinking in concert with their space exploration.”

A NASA insider speaking on the condition anonymity confirmed reports that among the favorite drinks of the astronauts was Romulan Ale. As of press time, the Justice Department had not returned our calls to respond to whether they were pursuing charges of illegal importing.

The Young Spock

Ok, here is a preview of what the Young Spock might look like in STXI.
I'm a fan of Heroes and I loved Zachary Quinto's character of Sylar. I thought he did a good job. In fact, I watched Zachary commenting on some of his scene and he was so nice and personable I had to remind myself evil Sylar was just a character.

I hope Quinto can play someone unemotional. I think so, in many ways Sylar's dark side ran deep and was reserved as he hid it. I also hope the writers of ST XI don't show a more emotional side to Vulcans as was the slight tendancy in Enterprise with Jolene Blalock's character.

I do think there is a striking resemblance between Quinto and young Nimoy. Now, we just have to add the ears.

Apologetic for this blog--part 1

It took me a while to decide whether or not I should have a blog. I do read blogs somewhat but I had reservations about starting my own blog. These were the ideas mulling around my head for probably more than a month until finally after some prayer I just decided, “Ok, why not.”

I really had to ask myself, “Why bother having a blog? There are already so many.”

Unfortunately, if I ever get a readership it will be long after this post is lost in the archives.

Here are reasons why I debated not starting a blog:
(1) It is a new fad and even though it looks like it will be around for a while, I don’t like to just follow trends.
(2) It would be more profitable to read books than blogs.
(3) I felt like I had something to say. There are things I would love to comment on if I had a blog. I have to be honest about my pride and a blog could just feed it.
(4) I could spend more time writing and no time reflecting (I’ll ready do not spend enough time). Life is already to fast paced, we tend to set aside the things of lasting value. Blog can be too scatter brained in their presentation of information.
(5) I am not a fan of the trends in education and culture that lead away from linear thinking, critical thinking, solid reasoning, and the written word. Blogs and networks with short pithy points jumping from page to page only contribute to this problem. The more I read on the internet the more I find my attention easily drifts.
(6) Conversations at blogs can quickly degenerate. Blogs can encourage people to just say what they want with little regard for consequences. People can speak with anonymity while assassinating character and truth.
(7) Blogs can inhibit real discussion of issues when you just gather around you people who want to hear things that will please their itching ears.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

(8) “Real discussion” on blogs too quickly degenerates.
(9) I too have soap boxes and opinions. Why weigh in on stuff, especially on a blog where it is just like shouting in a room full of shouting people.
(10) Blogs can circumvent solid research on issues.
(11) I am skeptical of internet research, simply linking to support a point.
(12) Blogs have tendency to be a pooling of ignorance.
(13) They can waste time on the unimportant or the trivial.
(14) I will want to waste my time trying to perfect things like detail in my writing or graphics (I can be a perfectionist, constantly tweaking).
(15) "NIV James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
(16) At times I secret longed to be a famous blogger, then people might listen to my ideas.
(17) I would love “celebrity” bloggers (at least the ones I read) to stop by. “Oh if only they linked to me, and heard what I posted.”
(18) There are plenty of good blogs out there.
(19) It could be merely a form of ‘a-musement’ [without ‘thinking/musing’].
(20) My kids are more important than a blog. [not to mention my wife]
(21) Blogs can circumvent a Biblical theology of teaching and proclamation.
(22) I tend to be to slopy at poof reading and that will be embarrass me. ;)
(23) When I start to write, I overanalyze. Long posts and lengthy writing and reasoning is not conducive to blogs (e.g. 23 points "why not to blog").

I also discovered I had to add “blog,” “blogs,” “blogger,” and “bloggers” to my spellchecker. At least one good thing has come from this blog.

This post all sounds so pessimistic about blogs and the internet. I still find the internet a tool but like any tool it has its downsides. Next time I’ll post on why I decided to start a blog, and actually I have less number of reasons there, which surprised me.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Theology Study Series


Theology Tags



The Ascension of Christ



On Gospel Proclamation:
This series, was an attempt to address theological issues related to gospel proclamation sparked by current events of Young Life release a document with 'non-negotiables' of gospel proclamations.
Part 1: The NT values statements of beliefs.
Part 2: Sticking to the basics of the gospel.
Part 3: The Gospel demands that the sinner respond.
Part 4: Proclamation not limited to the Four Spiritual Laws.

Heaven in a Worldview:

This series, was came about in response to some of Doug Pagitt's statements that to believe that heaven is a "place" is ubBiblical, unorthodox and "Platonic" in its worldview.


I. Heaven and Hell as Spatial: Is this “Platonic”? (Part 1)

II. A Spatial Dimensions to Cosmology and Eschatology in the Ancient Near East [ANE], first century Judaism and the Bible.
A. The Ancient Near East (Part 2)
B. The Old Testament (Part 2)
C. First Century Judaism (Part 3)
D. The New Testament (Part 3)
E. Dualisms Misunderstood (Part 4)
F. Conclusion (Part 4)

III. Heaven and Hell as Spatial in the Orthodox Creeds. (Part 5)

IV. The Twenty-First Century Christian and the Embrace of Heaven. (Part 6)

V.Conclusion

Mediate Soteriology

Mediate Soteriology (Table of Contents for this series)--An extended review of C. Gordon Olson's book "Getting the Gospel Right" and the so-called "Mediate Position" between Calvinism and Arminianism.
Introduction to Eschatology:
Eschatology Tag

Bible Study Series



Exegesis on Hebrews:
Hebrews 8

Hebrews 9:1-10
Hebrews 9:11-14
Hebrews 9:14-22
Hebrews 9:23-28
1 Peter 2:1-12
1 Peter 2:2
1 Peter 2:6-10 and the Old Testament

1 John 4:1-3

Brian McLaren and Revelation 19:15- part 1
Brian McLaren and Revelation 19:15- part 2
Brian McLaren and Revelation 19:15- part 3
Brian McLaren and Revelation 19:15- part 4
Brian McLaren and Revelation 19:15- part 5
Brian McLaren and Revelation 19:15- part 6

Books of the Bible

New Testament

Old Testament

Brief Bio

Welcome. I have been the pastor of Pocono Mountain Bible Fellowship Church since August 2006.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in the Trinity Bible Fellowship Church in Blandon, Pa. At around the age of five, I professed a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. At the age of thirteen, I rededicated my life to the Lord and was baptized as a public profession of faith. As an active member of the Trinity BFC youth group, I first felt called to pastoral ministry when I was given the opportunity to preach in a youth led service. For my high school years, my family relocated to Guam to serve in Trans World Radio as missionaries, where I continued to be active in the youth group feeling further called to pastoral ministry. It was there where I entered public high school and enjoyed friendships with people from different cultures.

In 1997, I came back to serve the first of three summers at Victory Valley Camp. Here I met and began dating AudraJo (AJ) Swank from Paradise BFC. We were married three years later on August 26, 2000. I attended Lancaster Bible College and then Westminster Theological Seminary. God has been gracious to us through that time and blessed our family. We have four beautiful young daughters Lily Marie, Elizabeth May, Samantha Rae, and Morgan Lynn.


In 2006, after serving in some other ministries, we felt the call to Pocono Mountain BFC to serve as its pastor. I believe in the importance of preaching God’s Word and I felt that was the primary task to which He had called me.

Besides spending time with my family, my personal interests include theology, fly fishing, and Star Trek.

Personal Core Values

My Core Values are an attempt to sketch my entire philosophy of ministry in correlation with what I believe doctrinally so that the driving focus of my ministry is clear in concise statements.

• Theocentric and Christocentric theology based on exegesis of the text with sensitivity to the historical development and articulation of such doctrines.

• Commitment to the Word of God as the authority for doctrine and practice.

• Quality workmanship in my life and deed that is reflective and worthy of God’s effectual calling in my life.

• To exhibit and reflect commitment to the sovereignty of God in my speech and my actions.

• To personally develop and maintain a Biblical worldview manifested in a godly lifestyle.

• To equip the body of Christ Biblically and theologically through the teaching and preaching of the Word of God in order that God’s power would display itself in changing the natural anthropocentric worldview into a theocentric worldview and that this worldview would be reflected in transformed lifestyles to be worked out on a daily basis.

• Commitment to my marriage and my physical family as well as the extended family of God.

• Dependence and submission to the Lordship of Christ.

• To expand and disciple the body of Christ, equipping it to reproduce.

• In Summary:

o Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
o Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
o Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
o Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
o Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God alone)

STAR TREK XI

News out of Comic Con from J.J. Abrams. Check out this article.

Lenoard Nimoy is confirmed to be in Stark Trek XI.
Also Zachary Quinto from heros will be playing the young Spock. Slap some pointy ears on him and I think I can see the resemblance.

Fox news has also run a story here.

According to this story, William Shatner might come back and reprise his role as KIRK.
It will be interesting to see who plays a young Kirk.
UPDATE: August 1, 2007, according to this story, Shatner will not be coming back as KIRK.

I think I'm going to have to start counting down the days. I like a lot of J.J. Abrams work especially the early seasons of Alias. It is great to have fans at the helm of Star Trek including Abrams. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are fans who have done their homework. Upholding the canon is imporant to lots of fans like me.

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

Thursday, July 26, 2007

[Internet] Space the final frontier...

After about a month of weighing the pros and cons of blogging, I've finally decided to take a leap and jump into the final frontier of posting on the internet. Perhaps at my next post I will list a few of the reasons I've finally decided to take this plunge into this 'undiscovered country.' Of course, for Shakespeare death was the undiscovered country and I don't want this to suck the life and time out of me like some sort of creepy alien from Star Trek. I have already determined that I do not want to become an internet addict. I hope that my posts will be reflections on something, hopefully not reflections on my stupidity.

My goal is going to be to post mostly on theology since I love theology. I hope to be quite diverse since theology is such a broad field with all kinds of sub-divisions and sub-sub-divisions. I want to include thoughts on Systematic theology, Biblical theology, Biblical Studies, New Testament studies, brief interactions with the Christian blog world, perhaps some church history, and other things along those lines. Maybe if I can figure out how to use Greek and Hebrew fonts, I'll give some of that a whirl. When I was in seminary, I used to have my wife help me keep notes of what I was reading, so I also plan to use this blog to post comments on what I'm reading. My goal is to write something thoughful about once or once every other week, in between I might link to stuff or just post my own comments of stuff that is going on.

I also promise not to post too much on Star Trek. I like Star Trek, but its only a hobby--then again so is blogging.

Qa'pla [Klingon for: "Success"]
"The Voyages..." Forays into Biblical studies, Biblical exegesis, theology, exposition, life, and occasionally some Star Trek...