Twitter Updates for 2008-07-31

  • Really hard to get out of bed today. #
  • No A/C in the classroom today… This is going to be a long day… #
  • – Me on campus. #
  • In, with, and by: the ordo salutis or the application of redemption #
  • Gal 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” #
  • Jonathan Edwards – The Holy Spirit is the great purchase, or purchased gift, of Christ. #
  • A/C fixed… ahhhhhhhh…. #
  • The Spirit awakens us to covenant union and enables us to walk in covenant communion with the Father through the Son. #
  • Book recommendation: The Christian’s Reasonable Service (4 Volume Set) by Wilhelmus A`brakel #
  • break #
  • Sometimes I get lost during lectures… now is one of those times… #
  • break… #
  • The Spirit and the pactum salutis, historia salutis, ordo salutis #
  • Does the Trinity impact the things you do every day? #
  • Going to lunch with Chan Kilgore #
  • back from lunch… I need a nap… this is not going to be good. #
  • Three cardinal blessings of the New Covenant: justification, adoption, sanctification #
  • Discussing N.T. Wright #
  • my hip is aching… arg… #
  • took break & bookstore closed (so no coffee), hip in pain,now walking through Romans.. the last one is a good thing,the others not so much. #
  • No more twittering today… have a tough time as it is… #
  • Too good not to twit: Swain “Works are great, they’re just a terrible savior.” #

A Site You Need to Follow

I follow over 70 blog (Click here if you want to know how). These are blogs of all kinds. I follow a bunch of blogs for professional web developers and graphic artists. I follow a bunch of theological blogs. I follow blogs by other seminary students. I follow a couple photography blogs. Last of all I follow my friend’s blogs.

Following that many blogs means I have a lot of content to sift through and I rarely (read – never) actually read all of it. Most of the time I’m skimming for articles and information that will help or inform me. Often if there is something that catches my eye I will save it in my reader until I have time to actually read it with some level of attention. This brings me to the point of my post… Live from the Green Room.

Live from the Green Room is a blog run by a friend of mine, Shelby Murphy, and it has been one of the blogs that I always mark his posts to go back and read… and it is always worth it.

Shelby is an artist (of the musical persuasion) and he is also a Christian. As an artist Shelby commonly writes about, you guessed it, art. From movies, to books, to tv, to music… Shelby covers it all. Now, the funny thing is that Shelby writes about a world I rarely engage in and much less at the intellectual and spiritual level to which he does. I admit that if (IF) I go to a movie, I’m typically not thinking things like:

There is also the haunting idea lurking in the shadows of the narrative, in regard to making a “video record” of our lives. It’s wondering what last thoughts or words we’re going to leave behind when faced with our own mortality. It’s wondering about how, or if, we’ll be remembered. Coupled with the indiscriminate death that rains down on the film’s protagonists, their fear reflects the angst of Solomon and something we often try to avoid thinking about: (read the whole article)

Yeah… he’s about to quote Ecclesiastes. But that is my point. Shelby engages art and works it through the gospel. Whether talking about Battlestar Galactica, No Country For Old Men, Gustav Mahler, or just the straight up gospel of Jesus Christ, Shelby writes with passion and depth and always helps me see the gospel in art and in me.

So, if you watch tv, read books, listen to music, or breath… keep tabs on Live From the Green Room.

For all my blogging friends, if you like what you read, please hook him up with some link love on your site and send your readers over to check him out.

Finally, for my pastor friends, this is a must read article on reaching artists… really great stuff.

Keep it up Shelby!

Glutton for punishment

Yesterday I agreed to run (or ya know…slowly jog/walk…whatever) a half marathon with a friend & her sister. In 12 weeks. Not sure what’s wrong with me.

Seriously though, i’m looking forward to it, it will be a fun bonding experience for sure. ;) & hey, motivation if nothing else. Has anyone else noticed I haven’t been running much lately?

Raising the white flag

Why is it so impossible to find good natural bbq sauce?

My hypothesis:
8 words: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Artificial Smoke Flavor.

Sometimes it’s just hard to compete with that. I haven’t tried to find one (natural or homemade sauce that is) in a long time, but everytime i squeeze out the HFCS goo, I think about it.

Yes, I know I have a problem.

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-30

  • Rise and shine and give God the glory glory… #
  • Out the door and off to class. #
  • – Day three. Here we go. #
  • Ready? Ok… The Work of the Mediator: Dogmatic Synthesis #
  • a 22 page “synopsis” #
  • It is impossible to fully understand the nature of the Mediator’s saving work apart from the profoundly relational dimension of his work. #
  • “We want to explain it to the extent that the unexplainable can be explained.” #
  • “fuzzy is only good for stuffed animals.” – Mystery is ok. #
  • Mystical union illustrated: head-body, vine-branches , husband-wife, adoption #
  • The bond of the union is the Spirit, who indwells Christ’s purchased possession #
  • How does Christ in his humiliation secure our relationship to God as beloved children (adoption, reconciliation, peace, etc.)? #
  • @edstetzer I bet he follows your twitter. #
  • By his atoning death, Christ satisfies God’s wrath against our sin, thus securing our pardon/forgiveness. #
  • The logic of ‘imputation’ is union. #
  • Having a Q&A session. #
  • Having a personal mental rabbit trail on covenant community. #
  • that we might receive (the by right) adoption as sons. #
  • Turn to Rom 5:12-21 #
  • will to permit #
  • You don’t want to hit the “mystery” button too early… but there are times we need to hit it. #
  • Through his death, Christ delivers us from the tyrannical dominion of sin, death, and the devil, and into the new creation of God #
  • Lunch… need food… going to grab something with Jamie Hart #
  • Stomach not as excited about the pizza I just ate as my mouth was…. #
  • The Doctrine of Christ the Mediator: Raised to Rule, the State of Exaltation #
  • Just had a group discussion on the Synod of Dort and a brief debate on infant baptism… oh, and the A/C is out in the building… #
  • Synod of Dort – Section 1 Article 16 – Responses to the Teaching of Reprobation – Very helpful and pastoral #
  • Lightening apparently took out the A/C. Facilities manager bring us a couple fans for the classroom. #
  • And now the class has moved on to infant baptism… I’m loving it! #
  • Many people in most of my classes are much smarter than me… I’m ok with that. #
  • Class over. In car CRANKING the AC. #


I just filled out one of those “40 questions” fwd/email thingy’s for a friend (you better feel special I am a serial “non-reading fwd deleter”)…no, i didn’t fwd it, but I DID answer it at least! I take a one-strike stance to fwders. The first time I receive one from you I will read it, but if it’s an urban myth, a “you’ll die tomorrow” (or “you’ll get your socks blessed off”), or has too many 1990′s style graphics you join the “i won’t read your fwds & they will be instantly deleted” camp. It’s harsh I know, but seriously folks…. Occasionally I’ll get sucked in by a witty title & *sometimes* enjoy them, but generally I stand by my “one strike” rule. Folks that rarely if ever send them get the benefit of me reading their fwd (isn’t that spectacular of me?). I do however enjoy reading the “40 questions’ emails, i’m just terrible about responding to them (it takes me 30 minutes!). ;) In fact, when my sister sends them, for the question “who is least likely to respond to this” I’m there. Oh yeah.

Anyhow, one of the questions was “what is the first thing you notice about people”. I wanted to say eyes, b/c i really like eyes. However, i realized that i usually can’t even remember the color of people’s eyes. I don’t think i do look at them much. I’m more of a nose girl. Not sure what my deal is but I fixate on noses. I’m so unglamorous.

The end.


Seems I’m lacking in the “deep thoughts” department lately. They seem to come in waves. ;)

Anyhow, I discovered a delicious new recipe that I tried yesterday for the first time. If you tell Asher we’re having Chinese for dinner that means sesame chicken from a restaurant. He thinks that the chicken is not chicken, but “chinese”. This recipe came out just like that & when i told Grace to eat her chicken Asher said, “That’s not chicken, it’s chinese!” Does his lack of culture alarm you?

Now, I feel the need for a disclaimer, due to the large amt. of sugar & the fact that the chicken is deep fried (not concerned about fat in the slightest, but rather extreme high-heat cooking), i do NOT consider this a ‘healthy’ dish, but rather a MUCH better alternative to take-out.

You can check out the link above for the ‘real’ recipe, but this is how i tweaked it to make it a little more “traditional foods”-friendly (i.e. as healthy as i could get it while still tasting like ‘chinese’):

1 Pkg chicken thighs (I used thighs b/c 1. it’s cheaper & 2. take-out is dark meat)


2TBS tamari (or soy sauce)
1TBS red wine
splash of sesame oil
2TBS flour of your choice (I used millet)
2TBS arrowroot
2TBS chicken stock (or water)
1/4 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut oil


1.5 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup white vinegar (i didn’t have rice vinegar on hand)
1/4 cup arrowroot
1 cup sucanat (I used sucanat with honey this time, but will try sucanat next time)
2TBS tamari (or soy sauce)
2TBS sesame oil
1 tsp chili sauce (i couldn’t find paste, just sauce “with garlic”)
1 garlic clove, pressed


Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes (mine were smaller i think)

mix marinade ingreidients and marinate the chicken for at least 20 min (i did it a few hours)

Mix together the sauce ingredients & pour them into a small pot & bring to a light boil, stirring continuously (it will turn to a thick syrup/gell-like state). Turn heat down to low & cover, keeping warm while you are deep-frying the chicken.

Heat 3 cups expeller pressed coconut oil in wok (no idea on temp, i don’t have a deep fryer or thermometer)

Add the marinated chicken pieces a few at a time, and deep-fry till golden brown. Drain on paper towels and then place in warmed oven to keep warm till all the chicken is finished (it took me an hour to fry it all). Repeat w/remainder of chicken.

Just before you are finished deep-frying, bring the sauce back up to a boil.

Place the chicken on a large platter (uh,i used a small mixing bowl) & pour the sauce over. Sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds, serve over rice & broccoli.

I ended up with a lot of leftover sauce & almost not enough chicken for us all. next time i’ll use more chicken (i like leftovers).

Also, for the “local readers” I would like to order sucanat from the co-op this month. I can get it for $1.98 (or something close to that, under $2)/lb vs. the nearly $5/lb it is at the grocery store. Problem is I have to order 25# of it. I do have a 5 gal. bucket that is unoccupied that can deal with the bulk, but I’d rather not spend $50 on sugar this month. So if anyone would like to go in on some with me, please let me know (also if you have a food or baby scale that would be helpful). :)

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-29

  • Got up, showered, checked my email, heading out the door… it is 7:01 a.m. #
  • Stopped to get coffee. Barrista was WAY too happy for me for 7 am. #
  • – On campus. #
  • Starting with recommended books by Swain – Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption (Joel R. Beeke ) #
  • Book recommendation two – The commentary of Dr. Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism by Zacharias Ursinus #
  • #
  • Pactum Salutis = Covenant of Redemption = The Father’s Eternal Plan #
  • Historia Salutis = Redemption Accomplished = The Son’s Mission #
  • Ordo Salutis = Redemption Applied = The Spirit’s Mission #
  • God promises full and final redemption through the Prophets. Jeremiah tell us what, Isaiah tells us how. #
  • Swain – “Satan lies and says ‘you shall not surely die.’ The Cross tells the truth.” #
  • Take a break… #
  • – This diagram sums up the entire class. #
  • Turn to Isaiah 49 #
  • Why is this righteous servant a suffering servant? Isaiah 53, with a clarity surpassing all other OT texts, tells us the answer. #
  • He/our; him/us; we/him – “the wonderful exchange”: Isa 53:4-6 #
  • Penal substitutionary suffering: Isa 53:5, 6, 8, 10 #
  • The servant’s willing, faultless self-offering: Isa 53:7, 9, 10, 12 #
  • Swain just pulled a spider out of the air… literally. #
  • In the middle of a long 20 minute break. Got an oat and honey bar and am emailing with some clients. #
  • Break over. Water and snack was a big help. #
  • Let’s move to the New Testament. #
  • historia salutis is the fulfillment of pactum salutis #
  • The State of Humiliation, Part One: Jesus’ Public Ministry #
  • Twitter was down for a while… on lunch break right now. #
  • following the Mosaic paradigm, Jesus miracles serve 2 functions: sovereign acts of liberation & authentication of Jesus’ identity & message #
  • My eyelids weigh a ton right now… #
  • Jesus does not merely come to “do” God’s righteous will but to “fulfill” it. #
  • take a break… #
  • Back to work… The State of Humiliation, Part Two: Jesus’ Crucifixion #
  • Jesus died the death of the righteous sufferer of the Psalms, of Isaiah’s Suffering Servant, of God’s eschatological Passover Lamb. #
  • 1 Cor 5:7: “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed!” #
  • By his atoning work, God’s beloved Son secured reconciliation #
  • The State of Exaltation: Raised to Rule #
  • If you stopped listening at 2:30 or so, start listening now… #
  • Jesus’ exaltation is the means whereby the Father fulfills his eternal purpose: #
  • to publish the exceeding glory of his beloved Son throughout the cosmos #
  • Redemption is ALWAYS consummated in the praise of the Redeemer. #
  • The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice Ps 97.1 #
  • Any questions? #
  • heading home #

Infant Baptism

Yes… that is the title of the post…

For those of you who know me very well, you may or may not know that I’m a 57% paedobabtist (one who believes in covenantal infant baptism). I think that is the best way to describe myself because if I were a 100% paedobaptist my kids would be baptized already and if I were 0% then I wouldn’t be writing this post. I chose 57% because it, I think, best represents where I stand on the subject. For those to whom this is news, let me go back a couple steps to get you up to speed.

The History

It began when Jennifer was pregnant with Asher. I was at a Christian bookstore and was just browsing. A book called, “The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism” caught my eye. I picked it up and began read a little. “A little” ended up being several chapters and I decided that, after sitting on the floor of the bookstore for 30 minutes, that I should buy the book.

I read the book and gave the subject a lot of thought. I bounced my thoughts off my wife, some of my friends, and I even wrote a document that I submitted to the elders of my church for their input. In all my interactions, my friends and pastors listened to what I said and wrote but never really convinced me that my thoughts were wrong or that their thoughts were right. I left most conversations and readings somewhere in the middle.

57% is Not a Conviction

So, that is where the 57% comes in. When examining the case for infant baptism I think the argument is good. The only problem is that it is not an explicitly stated “thou shalt baptize your children” within the scripture. The discussion is much deeper and wider and the arguments are many. As I have said to many of my close friends, “when I place the argument for infant baptism in a scale, I think the weight goes ever so slightly in the direction of paedobaptism. It isn’t like the scale dramatically tips in that direction… but it appears to be going that way.” The problem this present for me is that is “appears to be going that way” enough for me to actually have my children baptized? Obviously, my answer thus far is no. I haven’t done it because it is not a conviction… yet.

The Latest Developments

In wanting to get past 57% and on to a conviction in one direction or the other I keep my eye out for readings and people to talk with about the subject. That is why, the other day in the RTS bookstore I was drawn to a book called, ” To a Thousand Generations: Infant Baptism – Covenant Mercy to the Children of God” by Douglas Wilson. What solidified my purchase of the book is the blazing conviction from which Wilson pens the following:

In arguing for biblical infant baptism, it is not sufficient for us to say that infant baptism is merely consistent with the Scriptures, or that a biblical case can be made for it. In order for us to be satisfied that we are being biblical Christians, we must be content with nothing less than a clear biblical case requiring infant baptism.

Now, I haven’t read the book yet, so I don’t know if I will agree with Wilson, but THAT attitude is the conviction I’m looking for. I want to come to a conclusion that I believe that the scriptures either require or do not require infant baptism for children of believers.

As a final note, there are some themes developing in my systematic theology class on the doctrine of redemption that are giving some interesting fuel to my thoughts… though I’ve been drinking from a systematic fire hose for 15 of the past 32 hours so I will hold those thoughts until I’ve had time to mull them over a bit more.

Final Note

I always get a chuckle when I’m studying this subject because I was baptized as an infant… along with like 4 other times in my life… but that is another story.

big girl

Yesterday when I went to get Grace up from her nap, I had the thought, as I often do when putting her down or picking her up from her crib that perhaps I should convert it to the toddler bed form (mostly b/c she feels so big in my arms as i bend over to lie her down). Ryan & I talked about it a little, should we try to figure out how to convert the crib (we’ve never done it before) or buy asher a twin bed & give her the toddler bed….

then I just got a random impulse to do it myself (ryan was at school…see twitter) and did it. We’re missing two screws (i have a call in w/the company to look into ordering them), but they’re for a decorative piece that doesn’t pose a danger or anything like that. She was pretty excited about the change & last night she slept in her “big girl” bed for the first time. To my surprise it does not have a rail, so I was confident that she would fall out (it’s a short drop onto carpet), but unless she did so & got back in on her own, she apparently did not (she also did not get out of bed till i came & got her this morning. I’m wondering how long it will take her to figure out that’s a possibility). I peeked at her before going to bed & again when i woke up this morning. sigh. my baby in a “big” bed.

She’s doing pretty well with the potty training too. Still not at 100%, which is midly frustrating (i need to re-read my first post on the topic) though we’ve had a few accident-less days, we average one pee-related accident a day. However, yesterday for the first time ever she came & found me to say “potty, mine” BEFORE wetting. ahh, progress!

What a big girl (:wipe tear:).