Thursday, June 29, 2006

Music

I'm going to visit an old friend this weekend, and he just tagged me, asking me what music I am listening to now. Which is interesting, because I had just been thinking about making a mix CD to listen to on the way up and leave with him.
I don't listen to too much music these days, because my car doesn't have a CD player. I usually just listen to music on the radio, or sports or talk radio or talk radio or NPR.

But, if I had a CD player, or otherwise ipod ready device, this is what I might choose to listen to:

1. Grace Cover of U2 on In the Name of Love fundraiser album
2. Mockingbird Derek Webb
3. Enough To Love The Choir (always)
4. Now That The Day Is Over The Innocence Mission (also, always)
5. Mezzo, or Ache Beautiful Mike Roe

honorable mentions:
Jack Johnson's Curious George album (I have children)
Johnny Cash
Norah Jones
The Prayer Chain
other old Alternative Christian rock.

Lots of audio books (right now: Freakonomics)

JN

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Henry IV pt.1

I am currently reading Henry IV part 1 for my English Lit course. Dr. Hester today pointed out how each of the characters in the play utilizes pagan means to their ends, except the hero, Prince Hal. Hal later becomes Henry V, the epitome of the Christian Renaissance king.
Questions:
1) Is there such a thing as a Christian King?
2) Is it possible to have monarchy outside Paganism?
3) What would legitimize monarchy outside of primogeniture or direct revelation?
4) What influence did the Anglican church have on English Common Law?

Actually, the importance of revelation has also been a recurring theme in this class. I'm going to have to read Niehbur at some point.

I'm currently reading The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder. Am I becomming a Menonite? Or perhaps an Episcopalian?
I have belonged to several churches already: Conservative Baptist, Evangelical Free, non-denominational (read: Calvary Chapel-ite), and Evangelical Presbyterian. I did a brief stint with the International Church of Christ (until they asked to see my W-2), and with the Moravians (they wanted me to be their youth group leader).

Recently I discovered I was a Weslyean. I knew a guy who was trying to start a Weslyean church in downtown Durham. I could have told him he was barking up the wrong tree when he showed up. It lasted 5 years or so before they moved to a more likely locale.

I'm Charismatic, too. Messianic but Amillenial.

Perhaps I ought to find something new to denominate my beliefs. Mysterical perhaps? Pathetical is more like it. Emergent...? Well... they've got the right spirit it seems, but perhaps too much of it.

I'm a generic brand Christian, like cheap misspelled catsup, I've got everything you want, at half the price.
JN

Narnia is about Christ

Newly discovered letter from C.S. Lewis confirms. Special thanks to Molehill Mtn. for this link.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

For the sanity

I have taken upon a new habbit, if I can keep it. For my sanity I have decided to read a chapter of G.K. Chesterton every day. Lately I have been reading What's Wrong With The World, easily accessed through project Guttenburg. His arguments against futurists apply to all forms of statism. Today's quote:
There is one metaphor of which the moderns are very fond; they are always saying, "You can't put the clock back." The simple and obvious answer is "You can." A clock, being a piece of human construction, can be restored by the human finger to any figure or hour. In the same way society, being a piece of human construction, can be reconstructed upon any plan that has ever existed.
JN
You have two cows
thx to the Door

Murder justified?

Does it matter whether a victim of murder was a criminal or not?

The answer to this question must be prefaced by asking whether there exists a legitimate justice system or not.

If the law is legitimate and untainted by arbitrary favoritism, then execution is a possible sentence. In this case it is the law which executes the criminal, and the law stands above all individuals. Sometimes the sentence for a crime might be outlawry, in which case the law ceases to protect the individual's rights from encroachment by others, and such an individual may be "hunted down" and killed by an avenger, or else make an escape to a place of refuge.

I am concerned how this arguement synthesizes with "negative rights" arguements, so go ahead and shoot it down.

If there does not exist a legitimate seat of justice because either there are no courts (indifferent third parties) or because the courts are corrupted (by arbitrary laws or personal favoritism) then all is awash and chaotic. There is no justice. If I kill a murderer in order to avenge a lost loved one I stand in the face of whatever arbitrary justice exists. I may or may not be held accountable.

If there exists no legitimate seat of justice, there exists no legitimate authority to execute. (There should be no death penalty untill there is significant legal reform.)

Is assassination legitimate? Any powerholder will say no, because usually it is powerholders that are the target. The US treads a dangers path by pursuing the assassination of terrorists. If they think that they are safe from retaliation with this method of warfare they are ignorant and ought to look up the legend of Alamut

Assassination is a legitimate method of defensive warfare, and quite possibly the most humane. The question then arises, is this a defensive war?

Finally, as a Christian, killing is justified only in defense of "the least of these" and only when every lesser use of force has been expired. We believe that justice will be served on Judgement Day, and that our omniscient God is the only qualified arbitrator of this justice. Finally, we are not concerned for our own lives because we will be resurrected and we are not concerned for those we leave behind because God is a God of providence.
JN

Sunday, June 11, 2006

El Pinto

I was shopping at Kroger's grocery store in my neigborhood in Cary, North Carolina, when I was a familiar name: El Pinto, on the shelf. I worked there, with several of my friends, while in high school. Run out to your local grocery for some of the best salsa and green chile sauce on the market.
JN

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I'm a Weslean?

I'm a Weslean, I don't even know how to spell it!

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

79%

Neo orthodox

64%

Emergent/Postmodern

64%

Classical Liberal

54%

Roman Catholic

54%

Fundamentalist

50%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

50%

Reformed Evangelical

46%

Modern Liberal

29%
What's your theological worldview?

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Mocking Jesus

Sometimes Christians get upset when they see Jesus being mocked, a la Muhammed cartoons, etc. That's not the best response.

We as Christians shouldn't be surprised or offended when we hear these sorts of things though. We should be grieved for the people who say them, because they obviously don't know Jesus. Grief is a much better response than offense. It keeps us from becoming angry and defensive with other people and helps us to focus on loving them the way Jesus loved them.
Jesus was peculiar, and people hated him for suggesting that the existing power structures of his day were illegitimate, and that he would replace them with one that lifted up the dignity of all men, instead of just the priviledged few. We need to focus on lifting up the dignity of all men, too, even those who say things we disagree with.
JN