Marwedisms III

Again, not from Dr. Marwede, but worth noting all the same.

“Sure — You don’t mind if I fail you, do you?” – Dr. Rollston in response to a student who asked, “You don’t mind if I keep my notes out for this test, do you?”

Let’s see what notable words Dr. Marwede has tomorrow…

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Finals, bleh

One down, one to go.

I feel pretty good about the OTI test. I was a little surprised about one of the short answer questions. I guess he wanted to keep us honest about reading the material listed in the syllabus. I know I read it, but I read three or four other articles that day, too. I don’t think I wrote about the right article. Oh well.

So much for another 100%

Greek is freaking me out! I know I’m supposed to come out of this fog one day, but I need to now, since the cumulative final is tomorrow. Some of this stuff just isn’t sticking. I feel like this test can only hurt my grade. That’s not the most comforting feeling in the world!

On a side note, it is snowing right now. Alyson really wants to go outside and play. I might let her after her nap. Then we could have hot chocolate. Too bad we don’t have a fireplace.

On second thought, a fireplace would be a very bad idea. Alyson still has absolutely no fear whatsoever. Every time I talk on the phone, she proceedes to do something she knows she’s not allowed to do – and I’m less likely to be able to stop her if I’m distracted by the phone. While I was on the phone yesterday, she climbed up the back of our recliner and stood on the very top of the back cushion.

Then she jumped!

She came about 4 inches from missing the seat cushion and landing on the floor (I think it’s concrete with carpeting). She got up and began climbing again, excited about her new-found game to play. I had visions of running to the emergency room with my daughter’s broken tailbone. Fortunately I stopped her before she managed to complete the jump. Actually, she jumped right into my arm as I still had the phone in my other hand. Imagine what she would do with a roaring fire while one of us is on the phone!whew!

I said earlier that the Christian walk was a roller coaster. No one bothered to tell me parenting was a roller coaster, too!

Maybe they need to give out airsick bags when they discharge you and your newborn from the maternity ward.

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Cows!

The neighbor’s cows broke free this afternoon. We had an authentic Nativity scene in our front yard today! The picture is a little out of focus, but the colors to the left are the wise men and shepherds bowing before baby Jesus. Here is the view from our front porch.

Oh, the things we see in Tennessee!

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Be wary of seminary graduates who think they have to justify all of their years of study and accumulating knowledge! This site cracks me up! If you don’t have a sense of humor, don’t go there!

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Preaching Hezekiah

When I did my research for my OTI paper, I was amazed at how much extra-biblical evidence exists surrounding the biblical account of Sennacherib’s siege of Jerusalem. In all of the sermons I’ve sat through, and all of the Sunday school lessons I’ve endured, I don’t even remember hearing about Hezekiah, let alone the siege. And there is so much about it. Not only that, but the whole account of Hezekiah and his reforms, sparking a revival in Judah, will definitely preach!

Then there’s the Siloam Tunnel, which is attributed to Hezekiah’s reign. Construction began with diggers starting on opposite sides, digging toward each other. When they followed the plan, they stayed on track, doing pretty well. When they got closer to each other, they could hear the pickaxes of the other group. Rather than follow the plan, they started following the voices – and began zig zagging. When they took their eyes off the instructions, they began to go astray.

If that won’t preach, I don’t know what will!

Why haven’t I heard of this before?

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It’s broken! Please fix it!

For the second year in a row, I will not watch the supposed college football national championship being forced down our throats by the BS (yes, I mean B.S.) championship system. It’s too bad, though. The match-up is one for the ages.

It’s my little form of protest, I guess. The system is broken, and it needs fixing. How else could you describe the injustice against Auburn this year and USC last year? Don’t get me wrong – I am not an SEC apologist (sans Tennessee), in fact, I really can’t stand most of the teams in the conference. But Auburn deserves a shot at the national championship. They dominated one of the strongest conferences in the nation, allowing only one rushing touchdown all season (before the Vols scored 3 in the SEC championship game) – and that was to Kentucky, with their third-string defense in the game.

Simply put, the BCS is a scam. How can they say the national championship is being determined on the playing field when the teams that deserve to play don’t even get a chance to prove themselves by actually playing a game? At least with the old system, the match-ups weren’t decided solely on the whims of the pollsters.

The powers that be in the BCS machine say that the team that was “supposed” to win has always won. Not so this year. They can’t say that with certainty because not all of the worthy teams are in the Big Dance – of course, there’s only one game in this dance. Will there be a shared title again this year? Sounds like the system works, doesn’t it?

It’s time for a playoff system. No doubt about it.

And what about the Cal fans? After 45 years, the Golden Bears were finally destined for the Rose Bowl. Their hopes were crushed by the invitation of Texas to play Michigan. The way the system is, Cal should have received that bid. I know the slight would anger me if IU were skipped like that, and missed out on the “Granddaddy of them all.” I agree with the Golden Bears on this one.

I encourage everyone to watch something else on January 4, 2005. I wonder if CBS will run a CSI rerun?

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Marwedisms II

I had to take the kids with me to school yesterday so I could take my final quiz in Greek. After I finished, we walked to Dr. Marwede’s office, and he was standing in his doorway, talking to another student. Aiden walked right up to him and said, “Hi, what’s your name?”

Dr. Marwede responded, “My name’s David. What’s yours? Let me guess, it probably ends with…Todd.” And he gave his goofy grin. I think it’s so great that kids are a welcome sight on campus! It definitely makes my life easier!

OK, so Dr. Marwede didn’t say this, but it was an Emmanuel prof, so it gets grafted into the Marwedism list by an act of Congress:

“Ishmael just didn’t make the cut…no pun intended”
– Dr. Rollston, in discussing Yahweh’s preference to Isaac over Ishmael

Oh, the seminary laughs just keep on coming!

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The Aces drama continues

More information has come out about one of the students kicked off the UE basketball team. Someone has had some sticky fingers for awhile, it seems.

Good job, Coach Merfield, on handling the situation fairly. You gave him a second chance, and he blew it. You are to be commended.

Do colleges run criminal background checks on their prospective athletes? Should they?

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I love Ft. Wayne!!

Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is now my favorite Hoosier city. It is because of them, and their super-powerful, ultra-mega, gargantuan talk radio station, 1190 AM, WOWO, that I am able to listen to IU basketball games live over the radio. I guess they turn up the juice at night, and the signal is strong enough that I can receive it at home (in the valley), and even better in my car! Thank you Fort Wayne, I love you!

Speaking of receiving radio stations from far away, I ran across an AM station broadcast in New Orleans last night after the IU game. Some guy was preaching his conspiracy theory about the Bible’s very specific prophecy about things happening right now. While I can see how some of the prophecies in both the Old and New Testaments, I don’t think it’s as extreme as this guy was teaching (I know the preacher’s name, but I don’t want to give him unnecessary publicity. If you really want to know more about him and his interpretation of prophecy, email me and I’ll send you the link.). True to the form of other extreme interpreters, he is a big-time conspiracy theorist. I guess Satan isn’t enough of an enemy for the Church, there also has to be a clandestine group of people secretly planning and controlling the events of the last two hundred years. These people planned everything from the French Revolution to World War I and II. This group is, of course, in cahoots with communist countries and secretly influencing democratic governments as well. In addition to that, the U.N. is the end-all, be-all of evil (I agree the U.N. is far from perfect – look at the oil for food debacle – but there are worse things in the world).

Of course, the United States and Britain comprises God’s chosen people. How do we know this? They said they themselves are Christian nations. And the British claim was confirmed by a Council in the 15th century. The 15th century? I’ll address that more in a moment. Another thing, according to this preacher, that makes the US and Britain God’s chosen countries is they threw off the yoke of false teaching by the Catholic church (the pope is, after all, the Antichrist). Anyone against the Catholics surely had to be the true Christian!

But if the Councils in the 15th century affirmed the religious heritage of Britain, doesn’t that mean they relied on the authority of a false teacher? Doesn’t that make such claims false as well? That makes too much sense, though, doesn’t it? But who said anything about making sense? I digress…

So, according to this guy, the US and Britain are the first nations to truly be Christian. Nevermind the Ethiopian, Orthodox, and Syriac Christians converted their nations centuries ago, back when the earth was flat. It is up to the West to save the rest of the world by throwing off the evil scheme inspired by Satan himself. At least, he said something like that.

The common argument I keep hearing about our religious heritage in the States is that America has always been a Christian nation. Maybe our country was established on some Christian teachings and basic beliefs that show a Christian worldview. Just because the founding fathers mention God doesn’t mean they were Christians – at least not the way we think of Christians practicing today. Many of them were deists – humanists who believed there is a Creator God who endowed His creation with a certain framework. Then, as watchmakers do, left His creation to run on its own – completely removed from the unfolding of its history and its people. We need to make sure we know our history before we start arguing from it.

Even if all of the founding fathers were evangelical Christians and the U.S. was established as a Christian nation, that does nothing for our practicing of faith today. Don’t get me wrong – I value our freedoms, and I believe they are God given. That freedom allows me to practice my faith. But, I cannot allow the fact that my country’s history is Christian to allow me to think that I am, by default, a Christian, and have no personal responsibility for my spiritual development. Such thinking can be destructive.

Sometimes I think people are barking up the wrong tree when court battles are fought over the presence of the 10 Commandments on the courthouse steps. Maybe we should be focusing our resources and passions on impacting others through the church, rather than through the government. If we impact the culture through each person, the presence of the 10 Commandments won’t be an issue. If we try to force the issue by means of the courts, doesn’t that put us in the same boat as those who are “legislating from the bench,” forcing the country to legalize gay marriage? I don’t think that’s what Jesus called us to do when he said “make disciples.”

That is the end of my rant, and the end of the history lesson. In the next class we’ll discuss the role of Star Wars in the blockbuster movie phenomenon.

Be sure to do your homework.

OK, I’m going to bed now. I didn’t expect to type this much. I just wanted to type about Fort Wayne, Indiana!

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