Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"I Led You Like a Bride"

It's one thing to see communion as a wedding, but
did you ever think of the Ten Commandments as a wedding?
Answer that question  (One word "Yes" or "No" is fine) as question C.  You can post below in the comments section (If you don't have one of the indicated accounts, just choose "anonymous" (but be sure to post your  first or last name  or initials in the answer).  You can also back on Moodle if you have trouble

Want to know more? 
You might want to watch this, it's also by Ray Van Der Laan, and depending on your teacher, you may see it in your cohort Bible class (It's really engaging, and definitely a student favorite).. He takes you to the top of the mountain to re-enact the giving of the Ten Commandments, and makes the case that they too are a wedding!

Definitely not required to watch..just wanted to tip you off to the thesis.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

grades at FPU

grades at fpu

The answer is a C grade.

From FPU handbook:
A=Superior. The student has demonstrated a quality of work and accomplishment far beyond the formal requirements and shown originality of thought and mastery of material.

B=Above Average.
The student’s achievement exceeds the usual accomplishment, showing a clear
indication of initiative and grasp of subject.

C=Average. The student has met the formal requirements and has demonstrated good comprehension of the subject and reasonable ability to handle ideas.

D=Below Average. The student’s accomplishment leaves much to be desired.Minimum requirements have been met but were inadequate.

the one thing

The answer:

 the name (and often) picture of the pastor or priest is in almost every real church ad, but is never in ads students make after reading what the Bible says about church.

That should be a (probably literal) mike-drop moment!
Jeremy Myers:

"there is not a single passage in Scripture which commands or even provides an example of the current popular pattern of gathering in a building on a certain day of the week to listen to one person stand up and talk about the Bible for thirty or forty minutes.
It is just not there."  -Jeremy Myers, full article link
Now, before reading any further, guess how many times the word "pastor" shows up in the whole Bible..  That is your question B: guess how many times the word "pastor" shows up in the whole Bible..
Make a note of your answer, then  scroll down quite a bit to see the answer to question B, and to see question C.

read below.

The  word "pastor" shows up a total of ZERO times in the whole Bible.


The plural version, "pastors" shows up only once, as pastors are mentioned, in passing, in the Ephesians text you read for the church assignment.  Note "pastors" is mentioned only in the context of other "leaders": apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers:

  Ephesians 4: 11-13 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

All American pastors know that  the Bible knows nothing of a weekly meeting where a pastor leads the service, is usually the main one speaking, and  preaches a sermon, but we are all afraid to admit it.

You know it, because you just did the research yourself.

The pastor is nowhere commanded in the Bible to be the main speaker in a church meeting, or to preach a sermon.  Remember in the Corinthians scripture you read that every time the church gathers "one person has a song, one has a tongue, one has a revelation."  It never seemed to occur to them that one person was up front (there was no "up front"), and be the only one speaking.  Everyone got to share..Wiki-style, open-source style.  Can you imagine if you "interrupted" the sermon at church this weekend?  Has that every happened?  It was just normative church in the Bible days.

SOOO..question  C for your Moodle forum:
  question C:

Why do you think  this shift  (from the Bible days where pastors were only a small part of the leadership to our day...at least here in the West...pastors and priests and sermons seem to be very central to church) has happened, and what might it mean?

Christus Victor in the Matrix

  Read this and watch the movie excerpts, and respond to the questions at bottom  of page  (in red) by answering them back on Moodle.
Be sure your answers show you read and watched, and didn't just use posts by other students.


Even if you have never seen the Matrix films before, it is an adventure to watch Jesus/Bible connections.  Even people who who have seen the main (first) film in the trilogy, the idea that the Jesus story is there at all, is sometimes new news.

On one level, the story is about a group of people who realize the world is fake, a computer-generated simulation called the Matrix, and they have escaped it, and help others to escape to Zion (Bible language for heavenly
city).   Their leader is Neo, who has unique abilities to save them.  Besides the clue that Neo dies and resurrects, there are many other hints that it can also be a Christian allegory.

It seems clear, though, that Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a Christ figure.
And that he...and the others...all represent one main person in the Jesus/Bible story, but also two or more characters:
  • The name Neo  means "New," is an anagram  (rearrange the letters) for "One" (Messiah is "The One" in Hebrew) and "Eon" (Greek word in Bible for Kingdom Age").  Neo is also known as Thomas Andserson ("Thomas: is a "doubting Thomas" and "Anderson" literally means "Son of Man, " which is what Jesus calls himself.  So he is Christ, but also a disciple.
  • Morpheus is always saying about Neo that "He is The One."  That is exactly what John the Baptist said about Jesus, you'll remember.  Morpheus, in lesser ways, is also a Peter (leader of the disciples) figure.  Sometimes God the Father. Also Lazarus, who Jesus raised. from the dead
  • Trinity represents...well, the Holy Trinity, but also at times she is  The Holy Spirit, and sometimes the Marys.
  • "Cypher" is the devil (Note; Lu-Cyher) in a way, but also clearly Judas (he betrays Neo for money).

Tons of Jesus and Bible connections throughout the first movie.  Numbers are often symbolic. Note, here above  is the plaque on the wall that Neo walks by.  I bet you know what Bible verse to look up when you see it.

Agent Smith is a devil figure,  Look at his license plate.  You'll know to look up Isaiah 54:16, which says "I, the Lord, have created the smith for the day of destruction.: No accident.

 Watch the trailer:
Here below are some scenes from the first part of the first movie (we watched these in class week 2),
  They may seem confusing if you're new the the movie. That's OK; look for similarities to the Jesus story, particularly how Jesus encounters his call and is baptized. Even look for a temptation/testation.   Think who the characters might represent:

Here is the final scene of the first film.  Neo has just died and resurrected.  Then he makes a phone call.   Compare what he says to "The Great Commission" in Matthew 28:18-20.  If you watch carefully you;'ll even see him ascend to the skies as Jesus did.

Here below are some scenes from the end of the third film, ":Matrix Revolutions,"  Here watch for Christus Victor.    Clue: Neo goes to die in enemy territory.
 Watch for lots of crosses (kudos if you find a snake tattoo that turns into a cross).  Fascinating whose voice speaks when Neo dies, and what he says "It is done"  (Jesus said this when he died).  Note that at the same time Neo is dying, in another realm he is duking it out with the devil and demons (This is kind of what the early church taught about Jesus death.  Look for a cross over Neo's head at 1:26 in the first clip:


Here's some video on Christian connections.  OPTTIONAL> Watch, and if interested, more parts on YouTube: Here is a link to some resources on The Matrix to pursue the Christian connections.

After reading the above, watching the excerpts, and looking  at least one of the resources linked:

a)What connections do you see to Jesus, or any Bible stories?
b)How is the movie also a very different than the Bible version of Jesus?
c)Talk about the connections to Jesus' death and Christus Victor you saw.
d)Had you ever known about these connections?  What do you think/feel about all this.
e)The best you can, tell the story of the Matrix in a paragraph.
f)Why do you think so many mainstream films pick up on the Jesus story, and have Christ figures?

Option A: :The Gods Aren't Angry

If you choose this  A option, watch the video, and post your answers to the questions on Moodle.  Your answers should show that you watched the whole video, and that you didn't just use ideas from other students' posts.

"The Gods Aren't Angry"  by Rob Bell. video   

1)Short summary or  review: mention what caught your attention
2)Say something about Abraham and altars
3)What is the "culmination of the ages" and the
"reconciliation of all ages" and how does this make you think of what we've learned about the Kingdom?
4)What is the speaker's view of the atonement (the death of Jesus), and what it was meant to accomplish?
5)What does the speaker suggest is the role of  a ritual?
6) Say something about Jesus and the temple
7)Which of the many stories he told about people  (in the second half of the video, starting with the two girls who cut themselves) did you appreciate most or relate to, and why?