Monthly Archives: July 2010

Rough Translation of John 1:14-18

And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we watched (beheld) his glory, glory as the only begotten from a father, full of grace and truth. John witnesses concerning him, and has cried out saying, "this one was the one about whom I said, ‘the one who is coming after me, has become above me, because he was first before me.’" Because, from his fullness we have all received even grace for grace. Because the Law was given through Moses, the grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, the only begotten of God who was in the embrace (bosom) of his father has expounded (exegeted) him.


Potty Training Boot Camp – Quote of the Day, part 1

Beth and I have decided to potty train Eli this week. He is old enough (2), smart enough, and we’ve heard of plenty accomplishing it at this age; and frankly it will be nice to be done changing his diapers before Lazarus comes.

Well, its all fine and good for us to decide together that we are potty training, but I worked all day, and got home at 7pm. I came home to an extremely dedicated but tired wife who was excited to get out of the house and have a change out of work clothes. . . which prompted her to say

"I’ve been wearing Elijah pee all day"

Hospitality and Being a Good Theologian


I am in the middle of reading a chapter on the centrality of hospitality for the life of a theologian. The author, Max L. Stackhouse, begins by noting that Gregory of Nazianzus offers a list of questions would-be theologians should ask themselves, which follows:

Do we commend hospitality? Do we admire brotherly love, wifely affection, virginity, feeding the poor, singing psalms, nightlong vigils, penitence? Do we mortify the body with fasting? Do we through prayer take up our abode with God? Do we subordinate the inferior element in us to the better…? Do we make life a meditation of death? Do we establish our mastery over our passions…?

This list is great for a number of reasons. One is that piety is central to doing theology. Next, Gregory’s definition of piety is very different from what is commonly in my mind. The issue that the author I am reading picks up on, is hospitality topping the list. Here are Stackhouse’s comments on the relation of hospitality and mission:

As St. Gregory of Nyssa has taught us, God is hospitable. God’s own trinitarian life is not self-enclosed but oen to the other, “making room” for others’ ecistence and dlieght in realtionship with God. it is as God’s guests grounded in the Fathers’ deep generosity, identified as brothers and sisters of the meal-sharing Son, and renewed by the fellowship-creating Spirit, that we may dare to be hospitable, to one another and also and especially to those who are very different from ourselves.

Just so, we will find ourselves involved in mission. Christian hospitality calls us out of our tight circles and familiar cares and directs us outwards – to open up space and to offer a familial welcome to strangers. This missions is grounded in the hospitality of God at the creation … Its hope is the consummation of all of God’s activity of sending and gathering, that feast to which many will come “from east and west, from north and south” (Luke 13:29). And in between, God sends would-be guests to search for hospitality among human beings: “He came to what was his own, and his won people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who blieved in his name, he gave powert to be come children of God” (John 1:11-12; cf. Matthew 10:11-14). Where those gusts do receive hospitality, blessings are exchanged; the rols of host and guest quickly blur (Luke 24:29-31).

(Max L. Stackhouse, Commending Hospitality and “Polishing the Theologian in Us”in News of Boundless Riches: Interrogaiting, Comparing and Reconstructing Mission in a Global Era Vol. 2, Eds. Lalsangikima Pachuau and Max L Stackhouse, (Dehli: Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge 2007), 236 and 248.)

There are two implications that I think of right away. 1) To do missions is to practice hospitality in the name of your home church with those among whom you live. (Missions takes place by fellowship and takes place in order to increase fellowship). 2) Mothers and homemakers are ministering in one of the most essential ways possible. We often miss the centrality of hospitality because all the buzzwords of individualism (career, success, your path, your direction) cloud us. Welcoming into the home is a picture of welcoming home the prodigal son. What more significance could we want for a ministry?


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The Sachs Freewheel I picked up is too wide for my current axle setup in the rear. The 126mm distance between my rear dropouts is the old standard for road bikes.

Now, I can either re-dish my wheel so that it is slightly off center but able to fit the block of gears, or scrap the whole indexing system. ┬áPeople have said that the strength of the wheel decreases when you re-dish it off center, but I wonder how much. I have a Mavic rear wheel, which is relatively new, with metal (aluminium I imagine) spokes and a shimano hub. I just don’t want to lose my whole wheel and really be screwed. I also don’t want to give up the possibility of having an indexed shifting system on that bike (its an 8-speed index, so a normal 7 speed won’t work).


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Seattle Bike Part Finds

We just got back from Seattle. One of the best things about Seattle is the cycling community. Not only are there lots of good shops, there are also shops that carry used components and frames. And not only are there stores with used parts (for us poor enthusiasts), but there are a ton of people who are selling their old, nice parts to these stores, filling their bins with delightful finds. I scored two while in Seattle:

I got a set of Look Road Pedals (PP-357) with silent, smooth bearings for 10$. Amazing.

And on the very last day there, we stopped by Second Ascent. I asked, on a whim if they had an 8 speed freewheel. These are very rare, most companies began producing cassettes once they got to 8 speed. SO 7 speed freewheels abound, but only a few 8 speeds are out there. Shimano made a couple, and Sachs. Online they range from 40$ used to 70$ new. So, I asked expecting a quick no, but the guy asked me what sort I was looking for. Soon after, he dug up a beautiful completely unused Sachs 8 speed freewheel with a really tight gear grouping (12-19) for racing. Look at the teeth, they are untouched:

I was so excited to have scored both for 50$. Really amazing. St. Louis is great, but the poor bike community just isn’t there like it is in the 206.

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