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hope, change and judgement

I’m not a scientist, though the descriptions of my MBTI type always say I’d thrive in that field. Of course, they leave out that I probably should have done significantly more math work.

Still, I am intrigued with it, and adding to the intrigue is the fact that in current theological studies, interaction with science is a pretty hot pursuit. Not in terms of creationism, ID, evolution, or other combative interactions that are popularized. Rather, there’s a huge theological interest especially in physics. Pannenberg himself turned the last fifteen years or so to really pour his focus into science and theology discussions.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but a big reason is that there’s some curious realities in contemporary science that help describe, and indeed push for more deeper understanding, of God’s work in this world; not just with the particular science areas, but also in his work with humanity in Christ and Spirit.

That’s probably why at some point last year I bookmarked the following link. What does it mean to be saved? That’s not just a future reality, it’s a change in all our reality that affects future, and present, and past–with the reality of our future status with God, literally redefining what happened to us all along. There’s a whole lot more to be said on this, but in keeping with my new goal of shorter posts, I’m just going to post the link, which has absolutely nothing to do with theology.

Think of it as the undo button.

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As of 8:44 Pacific Time, right now, the sun is now directly over the equator. Night equals day. Day equals night.

Autumn has arrived!

This might be the only year my whole life where I hope this season, my favorite, gets over very quickly.

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poop news

Poop has been found in a cave in Oregon.

Fourteen thousand year old poop. Fossilized feces.

The oldest human defecation found in North America.

In case you’re wondering:

While the analysis is not yet complete, he said there are bones of squirrels, bison hair, fish scales, protein from birds and dogs and the remains of plants such as grass and sunflowers.

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In the path of the painted ladies

The painted lady butterflies are migrating. And it might be the biggest migration ever seen.

Millions of painted lady butterflies that fluttered into California’s Central Valley in the last week of March could be just the advance guard of one of the largest migrations of the species on record, said Arthur Shapiro, a professor and expert on butterflies at UC Davis.

“This may be the biggest migration of modern times,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro said he is getting reports of “billions” of butterflies around Trona, near Death Valley, and in the San Fernando Valley. More waves of butterflies are likely to appear in central California over the next few weeks as the insects take wing.

Painted lady butterflies, known by the scientific name Vanessa cardui, spend the winter in the desert. As caterpillars turn into adults in the spring, they migrate north in search of fresh food and breeding grounds, powered by a supply of yellow fat they have built up over the winter.

Painted ladies migrate every year, but usually less conspicuously and in far fewer numbers. This year, however, exceptionally high winter rainfall in southern California has created a bumper crop of plants for the caterpillars to eat, fuelling a population boom, Shapiro said.

The butterflies take about three days to reach the Central Valley, and the current generation will fly as far as southern Oregon. Their offspring will fly on to reach British Columbia by summer, before heading south again in the fall.

I’m sitting in the middle of a thoroughfare. A constant stream, hundreds going by, a dozen at a time, coming from the south east and heading north west. Off to the Central Valley of California apparently. They don’t stop. They are flying with purpose.

My camera batteries died when I tried to take pics. But for now, a portrait from elsewhere.

painted lady butterfly
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Off and Away to an emerging pneumatology

I’m leaving on a jet plane, be back late Sunday evening.

Going to the Society of Pentecostal Studies annual conference, out in North Carolina–at Duke to be more exact.

Should be a grand time. I’m giving a little presentation on emerging pneumatology, in which I take the traits of the emerging church and view them through the lens of Moltmann’s theology to identify these traits as an emerging pneumatology.

In other words, the same thing I did with my book.

This morning I practiced and recorded it. I need more practice, and I need to get over this cold and cough, but for the most part I’m happy with what I’ve done. The book is 270 pages. The paper I wrote for the conference is 27 pages. The text of the presentation I will be giving on that paper is 13 pages. Editing down is fun!

Here’s the 1/2 hour presentation.

Or you can visit me on youtube.

Part I, Part II, Part III.

If there is good access I’m going to try to do regular posts from the conference, and maybe get some video. We’ll see.


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Emerging/missional and the OS

In an earlier post I asked if I could still be allowed in emerging circles even though I’m not voting for Obama (and didn’t) and I use Microsoft Windows. Anyone who has followed this blog for a while can understand why I’m not voting for Obama (can agree on goals while disagreeing with methods). The choice of operating system is a little more rigid. Emerging people use Apple. They have Apple parties, are caught up in Mac momentum, and otherwise live the Apple OS lifestyle.

This raises a curious question. Given the emphasis on poverty and justice issues, as well as a dissatisfaction with so much typical Evangelical Christian Right politicking I get why there’s a trend towards Obama. Even if I disagree on core issues, I look at the foundational traits of the emerging church and can see why the balance of issues might swing someone that way (even as I get very strong admonitions on other issues that say someone should never consider a Democrat at this point in their platform).

I don’t, honestly, understand the Apple enthusiasm. Or change that. I understand the Apple enthusiasm entirely. Only it’s the same kind of enthusiasm that helps me understand why someone would choose a mega-Church. Apple is proprietary, elitist, expensive, judgmental, and almost entirely run by a single man who founded, then saved, the company. Yes, there are less errors, often run faster, have better multimedia support, much better included software, and are more stylish.

How is that reflective of emerging principles in any way, that seem to be so important in other categories of life? Indeed, I might be willing to say that Apple is a betrayal of everything the emerging/missional church stands for and those that use such computers are technological hypocrites.

Now, of course, that would be a fair bit of hyperbole to say that. I don’t really care what computer anyone uses, and probably if part of my work didn’t involve working with education and their funded windows computers, then I might consider a Mac myself. But, I’m not sure that’s because of my principles, or because I’m already feeling a fair bit of an outsider in emerging circles for various reasons and wouldn’t mind at least a little conforming.

But if I was really emerging/missional in a way that influenced all my decisions I’d have to go with Linux. Not least because I could save money, use the same hardware I have, and not pour more money into the technological envy-trap.

I’m curious now. Because, even though I’m being a fair bit silly in my forceful opinions here I’m wondering how owning a Mac computer could be justified using solely emerging/missional principles. I’d love to hear serious or funny responses. Make me think. Make me laugh. Maybe you’ll even make me change my mind.

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