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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Morning Surprises

The fire alarm went off today while I was in the shower this morning. I was in the middle of my conditioner and I ran out without rinsing or drying myself. The fire alarm, or army airhorn, is still pretty loud and hard to miss, even under running water.

My wonderful roommate was waiting for me, since she knew I was in the shower and made sure I got out okay.

We waited for quite some time before the fire department came. All of Hillson and both men and women Whitaker halls had to evacuate. It was cold, and I wasn't wearing socks.

It was quite the eventful morning. Now that my worst fire alarm fear has come true, I feel like I'm ready for almost anything except an actual fire.

There's much speculation about who set off the fire alarm. Most of the blame does go to our own M.B. To be quite honest, I don't think it is her because her toast wasn't even brown, and this probably isn't the first time she's made toast. Anyways, for selfish reasons, I do hope it was her just to keep the tradition going for Whit2. (Those who know about last year's midnight sparkler incident will understand what I mean.) But, like a true Whit2 girl, everything was handled gracefully and with a barrel of laughs.

What a wonderful morning.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Atheist vs. Theist Debate

The other day my friend texted me just as I was about to fall asleep telling me she went to a debate that involved a theist and an atheist debating whether or not God exists without morals.

She told me that many of the students were particularly interested in what the atheist had to say and not the theist's argument. After the debate, the theist was left standing alone and the majority of the students crowded around the atheist and hung onto every word that he spoke .

A question she left me with was what would happen if all those students had a passion for God and was receptive to the arguments they were hearing instead of using a debate as a simple "my argument is better than yours so mine is true."

In reality, the lack of support from one's contemporaries where beliefs are involved often leaves one feeling discouraged. My question is this: what is the evangelical response when one's beliefs are challenged and the answers are seen as insufficient.

I asked my professor what she thought, since I knew that she had expertise in handling academic situations where her peers weren't sympathetic to her background. The answer she came up with was that the only practical way is to pray and develop personal relationships, but to be prepared for frustrating times to happen again and again. My prof said a lot more, but that was the gist of it.

Although a seemingly trite answer, it does offer me some comfort that there is hope. I'm sure this will take a lifetime of wrestling and coping.

Anyways, thank you, my friend, for reminding me what life is like on the other side. Sometimes it's easy to forget.

Col 2:2-4

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Strange Woman

In our Proverbs class, we came across the issue of the Strange Woman. The adulteress is a familiar character in Proverbs and has certainly drawn much speculation and attention.

It has been brought up that the father, watching from the window, is really just projecting his own fears toward female sexuality and warning his son of this type of danger (read Prov. 7). This point, in addition to the fact that Proverbs primarily addresses the male, could suggest that this book targets women.

This reminds me of a report I read a while ago. Apparently, an unauthorized biography of Angelina Jolie is soon to be published, and an expose on Pitt and Jolie's relationship for the past couple of years has been released. Both of these books concentrate on Jolie and portrays her as a toxic character mixed together with a dangerous sexual persona.

A blogger commented that attacking the female would always be easiest, since pinning the blame on the male (Pitt) is less popular because most readers of these biographies are married women who have an underlying fear of a vixen home wrecker coming in and ruining their lives (see Aniston's fans).

Certainly, male dominance exists in even our society today. Unlike the readers of Jolie's biographies, both genders of Proverbs are able to learn from the text positively before falling into a life of folly.

One response to reading Proverbs is seeing how it is applicable to the female reader. There are many ways of going about this, but the reader could try putting them self into the Strange Woman's shoes and figuring out what constitutes appropriate behavior.

Here is an interesting research paper I found online that suggests the narrator is female.
http://www.ibr-bbr.org/IBRBulletin/BBR_1996/BBR_1996_02_Bellis_Proverbs7Gender.pdf

The two books mentioned above about Angelina Jolie are by Andrew Morton and Ian Halperin.

A book mentioned in class that I would like to read is by Claudia Camp called What's so Strange about the Strange Woman. Sadly, it was not in our school library so I would have to find it elsewhere. This book concentrates around the theme of the fear of female sexuality.



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Today I was sitting in Boston Pizza and my nose started to run so I reached into my pocket for a tissue and it wasn't there. This cold weather does no good for my nose.



It's been a while since I last slept in. Today, I woke up early to go to the city with my friends, except the roads were awful so we turned around and came back. I was sort of hoping for the two hour nap that I would take in the car on the way to 'toon but since I'm awake and back, and not sleeping in the car, I suppose I'll read leisurely instead. I'm thinking of finishing Julian of Norwich, which I didn't get the chance to complete from last semester.

Anyways, attached is a photo of me sleeping in the car on a trip not too unlike the one that we were going to take today. See the way the sun is shining down on me? It's nice and toasty...but I also have sunglasses on to keep my face from getting all spotty. Ah those were the days...

Speaking of the sun, Mr Blue Sky, please tell us why you had to hide away for so long.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Catholic Priests

If you haven't heard, a Catholic priest from News Brunswick is being sentenced for 18 sex related offences.

My question is how do we, as Evangelicals, come to terms with these types of incidences? I generally have an aversion, or fear to questions posed to us Christians that regard these type of charges against priests, pastors, or any other type of Christian authority figure.

In these situations where the spiritual leaders betray the trust of all those involved in their ministry and act so contrary to Scripture, what does an appropriate attitude and response look like? Or should we just let this be one of those things where we sweep underneath the carpet and pretend it never happened until we're confronted with the issue? Certainly, not thinking or reacting to it would make me feel more comfortable.

This isn't the first time a Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to these charges, and my guess is it wouldn't be the last. These issues become a slap in the face for the unprepared Evangelical and though there are no correct answers, perhaps it is worth thinking about.

If you want to read a news article about this incident, see here:



The Need of Space

I wish I brought all my books with me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Routine

Waking up at 6:30 a.m. can be tough on weekdays, especially when you don't have a morning class to go to. Here are some helpful tips that would get you out of bed in the morning:

1) Set an alarm clock
-I have three alarms on my phone. The first two rings are just what it is--an alarm or warning. It tells me that I need to get out of bed soon. The third ring is what really counts. Like the cliche goes, third time's a charm!

2) Have a morning accountability partner
-This can be sort of unspoken, but there are multiple people on the hall that wake up as early as I do and I think they would notice if I was still sleeping, especially if my door was wide open. I love seeing their bright, cheery faces when we greet one another at the crack of dawn. These pleasant moments can be motivation for one when getting out of bed.

(Or, you can just have these early risers wake you up in the morning. I've tried it, and it is equally as effective, that is if you don't mind giving the embarrassing "what time is it?" look.)

3) Breakfast and Homework
-Really, as long as you know you have something to do, you will get out of bed. Just remember the urgency of the matter the next time you drowsily glance at the time and it will scare you awake.

Proverbs 6:9 says "How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?"

I'm taking this verse out of context, but I think if we all had this verse read to us as we got up in the morning, it will really remind us to resist the temptation of rolling over or unplugging our alarm clock.

What other strategies can you think of for getting up (and staying awake) early in the morning?