Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Squared Circle: "Good on the Stick"

In addition to the illusion of violence, I think the other thing that drew me into professional wrestling was the interviews of the wrestlers. Maybe that's because I have always been keen on good speakers (like preachers and politicians), and wanted to be either a preacher or a politician when I grew up. And since wrestling is designed to be entertaining, a wrestler who was "good on the stick" (excelled at the microphone) always jumped to the top of my list of favorites! And like I said last week, when my buddies and I would imitate our favorites, we not only did matches, we also did interviews.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Qualities of Elders/Overseers/Shepherds

The Qualities of Elders/Overseers/Shepherds

The English translation in quotation marks is from the ESV. All definitions are from BDAG. Many thanks to my friend Tom Hamilton for organizing the qualities in these categories (and for thinking of them as qualities rather than qualifications). I did not define the terms that are self-evident.

Same Terms in Timothy and Titus

·      “Husband of one wife” - μις γυναικς νδρα (mias gynaikos andra), one woman/wife man/husband
·      “Self-controlled” -  σώφρων (sōphrōn), pert. to being in control of oneself, prudent, thoughtful, self-controlled
·      “Hospitable”
·      “Not a drunkard”
·      “Not violent” -  πλήκτης (plēktēs), pugnacious person, bully

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sermon: Amnon and Tamar

Amnon and Tamar

Mount Pleasant was rocked this week by the news that the star QB of the high school football team along with two of his friends was arrested for allegedly having relations with a 12 year old girl. The boys were ages 16, 17 and 18, and since all three of them were with her, it is unclear who the father of the child was. According to reports, the acts were consensual, but since the girl was under age it is considered rape nonetheless.