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2014 in Review, 2015 Goals

January 23, 2015 Leave a comment

I read 25 books in total, got married, finished my third semester of seminary, and began an internship with my church. I think this blog had something like a total of 6 posts? :O Life grew too busy for me to worry about sharing my incoherent thoughts in a coherent manner, when I wasn’t going to get a grade for doing so.

For the next year, I do have some goals that I’d like to meet.

First, I would like to attempt to read 40 books again.

Second, I would like to submit an article to and publish in a journal by year’s end. That’s more of a professional goal, since I’ll be using that for PhD applications.

Third, I’d like to get that 4.0 for this semester and the next. I’ve gotten 3.96 the last two semesters.

Fourth, for my internship, I would like to gather information about and streamline further the Communion processes at church.

Fifth, I would like to develop a writing and reflecting culture at Christ City — incorporating the thoughts and ideas of members into the thought-life of Christ City, specifically on the website etc.

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Concerning the upcoming year:

January 12, 2014 Leave a comment

My hope is that I will eventually (and finally) reach the end of the Westminster Confession of Faith. While I don’t want to say that you should expect a chapter published per week, that is my goal.

However, this is something that you can expect. I have made a commitment to read forty books by year’s end. You can view my progress here. As I finish each book, I plan to write a short (300 – 400 words) review. As is often the case, a review draws out the author’s disposition to the work; it always seems that a solid opponent provides the clearest balance against which one can read somebody’s latent opinions.

I have already read two books this year (The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture, Richard B. Hays [2005] and Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practices in Defense of our Faith, K. Scott Oliphint [2013]). My life outside of WordPress is quite busy. Randall Johnson, who blogs here and here, has asked me to teach a class concerning the person and work of Christ. This class will occupy a large amount of time between now and March. That class, along with my seminary courseload, work schedule, and wedding planning, will  mean that completing the books I want to read will be difficult enough. My hope is to complete each review within a week of finishing the book. If I find the time (and, to be honest, the determination), I will complete the reviews for Hays’ and Oliphints’ books, both of which, if you would like a short review, were excellent.

Addendum, my class has been cancelled. However, I intend to publish my notes throughout the next semester.

Categories: Life, MGMT, Writing

Timeline – Church History

December 29, 2012 2 comments

Timeline – Church History

Hey, guys. I’m working on a project compiling major events, figures, and publications in the history of the Church. It’s coming along well. I’ve filled out many details concerning the first thousand years, but, as is always true, more can be said. Nevertheless, if you’re interested, you can click through the link and take a look.

December 3, 2012 2 comments
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Into the Future

November 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Endgoal:  PhD, either in Systematic Theology, Church History, or something similar. I have an academic mind. I write. I think. I teach. That’s me. Thinking long-term, that’s my most immediate aim after a Masters program. Just thinking out loud, I want to write. My passion is to see the Church of the risen and living Lord united in spirit and in truth, in the same way as Jesus and the Father are unified. That is, we should be horizontally related to each other in the same way that Jesus and the Father are horizontally related to each other. For, we are one body composed of many members. The members of a body ought to work towards one end. When it does not, something is amiss in the body. Further, beyond horizontal unity, we should be united, as Jesus is to the Father, to Jesus himself. As Jesus submits to the will of the Father, we submit to will of Jesus. This all I get from John 17:20-24. That’s my passion. That’s what I want to see happen. That’s what I believe, since my freshman year (going on four years now), that the Father through the Spirit has impressed on me through the reading and study of his Word.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Those are some quick thoughts going through my head right now.

October 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Update:

August 21, 2012 3 comments

Hey, guys. This blog will be taking a new direction–although it is understood that any change in non-posting would be a new direction.

That said, this blog will begin to compile research and notes that I make on books that I read. I hope to begin writing serious work again soon. One topic that has troubled me for years is the denominational system, so expect to see Ecclesiological books.

Thanks for your continued reading.

In Christ,

JP

Categories: Life, MGMT

An apology:

A little under a month ago, I experienced laptop difficulties. As such, I was unable to access WordPress for an extended period of time. Although I cannot promise to post as scheduled, I can assure you that at least now the possibility is realistic. You may expect to see various things posted from this point.

Thanks for still following me,

In Christ,

Josh

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Posting Schedule:

Beginning April 15 and lasting until the end of June, I will implement a new schedule for my posts. I want to see this blog have a bit more regularity, and so the time has come for a firm program for the blog. The major points of the schedule are as follows:

  • Daily at 10:00 am CST, I will have a brief (250 – 500 word) post concerning either a topic, a quotation, or a question that can be answered succinctly.
  • Tuesdays at 11:30 am CST, I will post a short (500-1000 word) essay concerned with either theological or philosophical issues.
  • Every other Friday at 4:30 pm CST, I will post a long (1000+ word) essay, which can be of any number of things, e.g. an exegesis, sermon, a philosophical work, a short story, a question needing a long answer, etc.
  • Throughout the week, various things will be posted, such as short quotations, brief thoughts, etc., but I hope to eliminate these through the daily morning posts.

Thank you for reading and continuing to read!

Josh

I’m beginning to compile and undertake research.

I have a number of topic about which I plan to write. Therefore, I have begun to compile research, to ponder the Scripture, and to think about the connections therein, and can I say that I am excited about this? As a teacher in the church to however small a group, my more purpose in this role is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry and to gain a fuller understanding of Christ, his word, and his church so that we are not thrown around by false doctrine and misinterpretations of the Word (Ephesians 4:11-14).

Among the topics that I am beginning to research and think about specifically are:

  • Identity and purpose in Christ:  bondservants, children, and priests of the King, as described in Ephesians 5:1, 2.
  • Civil disobedience and civil obedience in the church:  when, if ever, is civil disobedience permitted, to what degree, and for what reasons?
  • The denominational system:  is it a promoted good in the Scripture, is it a permitted good, is it a necessary evil? What do the Scriptures say about denominations, and how do they relate to the unity or disunity of the body?
  • Systematic works on Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Hamartiology, and Ecclesiology.

I am excited about these things. I hope to have rough drafts of at least one of these ideas ready by June.

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