Wednesday, February 08, 2006

We're going to the chapel...

While visiting The Master's College in Santa Clarita this past weekend, I listened to Dr. Varner speak in chapel. He is the first in line of some faculty doing a series on the Church. He introduced us to some major ways postmodernism is showing up in the Church today, the tensions which are in question, and the biblical metaphers patterned for us in the book of Ephesians.

Postmodernism in the Church:
  • The ME Church
  • The EM Church

There are tensions in Church life:

  1. The tension between Contemporary and Traditional
  2. The tension between Performance and Participation
  3. The tension between Teaching and Exhortation
  4. The tension between Honesty and Hypocracy

Three Metaphers for the Church in Ephesians:

  • A Building (2:19-22)
  • A Body (2:16; 3:6; 4:4; 4:12; 4:16)
  • A Bride (5:25-32)

At one point during Dr. Varner's speech, he said this, "Accept everything that happens to you as good, because everything comes from God."

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dr. Varner both in chapel and in his Old Testament Survey class.


stephen said...

Finally, another topic. That sounded awesome, Juli. Maybe I'll have to check it out sometime. Its good to have you back.

Reformed Centurion said...


Truth and Zeal said...

Jules: Seemed like you enjoyed it very much. Indeed, Dr. Varner is great to listen to, especially during his sessions at the Shepherd's Conference. His wife is a great speaker also.

Interesting enough, John Piper's theme for his conference this year is on postmodernism.

Btw, so how do I get blogrolled on your site? :D

Ana Banana said...

That is such a hot topic when you are someone involved in ministry. I can't wait to read the scripture references you have, after work... I am excited to hear all about the trip! I will probably see you on Sunday.

Jonathan said...

Masters is a good place, my pastor's son goes there, so we hear about it all the time. He got me turned on to using the MacArthur commentaries when preparing sermons.

You know a lot about reformed theology, and I don't comment usually, but I just want you to know that I've been finding your blog very useful for learning what's going on in the reformed world! There's a lot of reformed people at southern seminary, so if you're ever considering going to seminary, you'd be right at home.

Frank Martens said...

A friend of mine who is now a youth pastor assistant at the church I used to go to went to Masters for a few years (got his bachelors there).

May God lead you where you need to go.


Julianne said...

Stephen: It's good to be home too. You would like Master's. Great school.

R.C.: :~)

Dan: It's a long process. ;) Maybe an In-N-Out and Johnny Mac Bible would aid in the process???

Ana: Looking forward to getting together with you. Lunch?

Jonathan: Good to hear from you. Thanks for the encouragement. SBTS has always interested me.

Frank: Thanks, God is so good. He does not hide from his sheep, but leads and guides us with upmost care. :)

stephen said...

Hey Jul, sure lets get togther. I've been meaning to ask you some questions about Brazil anyway. Call me.

Truth and Zeal said...

She speaks!!!... :D

Long process, eh? Hmm... an In-N-Out must be taken fresh off the grill for best results. You're gonna have to wait on this request.

I think I already owe you a Big Mac Study Bible (for Myspace). :) I guess I'm gonna have to peruse through my Reformed library collection. I'm sure there are a few titles you don't have.

Tracy said...

I like your blog. It's great to hear your aspirations to go back to Brazil and the passion that God has given you for missions. I'm impressed with your portuguese quotes. I can barely make out the gist of what they say. Spanish is not much help with Portuguese I have found.