Archive for 2011


Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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Quick rate: acceptable ‘I need to watch something that isn’t sport’ fodder.


Have a great Christmas 2011

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Obligatory Christmas post so you all know I’m still kicking.

This year has seen a lot of action, both in my life and around the world.  Who would’ve thought that we’d have seen so much protest action, in particular, the Arab spring?  Let us hope that true peace can come again to that part of the world.
So let us celebrate again the coming of he who creates shalom, our Lord and Saviour.  Have a great new year peeps.

The stories from official notifications

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

So, it’s official. The Student Union is still useful because I have to get the gowns, etc. through them. :p

But seriously, yes, a little bit of not-yet has become now. A little bit more will come through in a few months, when I’ll be walking the steps to the stage at Angel Place and shaking hands with the Archbishop or duly reverenced representative as he gives me a little piece of paper saying that I successfully completed 4 yrs of Moore College with a distinction average.

It’s all I really wanted to know. Well, I didn’t need to know the honours part, though the marks from the transcript are curious enough. I didn’t know, for instance, that another mark would’ve sent my church history paper into HD land. Geez, maybe I should’ve cleaned it up a bit more. But I am content. I originally had more modest thoughts about where church history would sit in the marking equation. Also, I think these are the highest marks I’ve pulled for a ministry subject. How nice of Archie. Enough of my product will be lying around in JB’s document depository (let the 4th year understand), though I don’t really want to read my own stuff again.

Random Miscellany, pt 1357531

Monday, December 12th, 2011

1) I’ve restabilised after the emotional trauma of finishing college and everything that entails. I’d still rather be waking up at Chappo, but I guess this will have to do. It’s kinda weird to be in this in-between life. I would like to have the next things sorted out, but I know my sovereign Creator.

2) Leading strand 2 at NTE went ok again. I’ve more-or-less figured out biblical theology now – well, given that my project was based around biblical theology, I really should. This meant that I felt at ease explaining how you use biblical theology to exegete and then apply a passage, and not just the diagram of biblical theology. I think the guys understood, and I hope they’ve finished up from their missions well.

3) My future is still fuzzy, but I’m starting to figure out a strategy. In particular, for those of you who do know, I’m figuring out a ‘legitimate reason to be there’ strategy.

4) To occupy my time in non-brain-less pursuits, I’m reading some classics. Currently reading The Great Gatsby. Pretty good so far. Recommendations welcome.

… and a postscript …

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Yes. The journey of my project continues.

So, not only did Con like my project, but he actually referred to it a few times at ETS!

Context: At the recent ETS conference, 4 MTC lecturers (Con, Gibbo, George, Brian) participated in a session (3 papers and a panel) on Moore College’s biblical theology. This in itself is somewhat remarkable. Out here, I’ve just finished teaching uni students about biblical theology. This is the hermeneutical air we breathe. But over in the US, it’s somewhat unusual to be explicitly teaching this. Hence the interest in the topic.

So, over at ETS, Con gets asked about whether biblical theology and premillennialism can be compatible. Well, he just so happened to have just read a honours thesis on that topic …


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

So, on the day after my birthday, my project got marked. And now it sits here returned to me.  It’s a good feeling.  2a is now about 90% likely, but that’s ok.  It’s comments like ‘compelling argument’ and ‘original solutions’ that are the reason for the small grin on my face as I write this.

These Last 4 Years: the room

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Before. And after.

I’m going to miss my room. Some people like to call our rooms at Chappo, ‘caves’. But with the amount of stuff that builds up in here, you may be forgiven for thinking that these were TARDISes.

This room has been my home for 4 years. But packed up, the character, the ‘esse’, has gone. Only the name on the wardrobe genealogy and the memories of those who remain and remember are what is left of my presence here.

I will miss waking up and instinctively knowing where to turn my head for the time. I will miss having a basin in my room. I will also miss cheap internet! Ah, but alas, most of all I will miss it simply being my room. The smell, the feel, the vibe, the knowing where everything is, the 2 inches of screen and door between me and the random craziness happening out on the lawn.

This is the last in this series, for now I am gone from Chappo. But I will not forget easily, that much is sure. If this were the room that Jesus were to offer in his house, surely I would take it above the mansions that might line the streets of Hereafter.

It is finished

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

So, I guess I’m a graduand of Moore College.

It’s been fun, I’ve learnt a lot, and I’ve met some great people.

I’m going to miss this place.

Thoughts on Zechariah

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

I’m basically dumping this here because I need to write some of this out. I figured other people may well be interested. So here goes nothing …


These Last 4 Years: the ergonomic chair

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Friday spelt the end of the ergonomic chair era. Some mass donation of office furniture meant all the resos got new chairs. So the chair I am sitting on as I type this is one of those gas lift chairs of the kind that you’d see in the average office (now that takes me back …) But it wasn’t always that way.

The cushion, featured previously, was the first attempt at finding a solution to the general mediocrity of the supplied desk chairs here. They’re the same kind as in DBK, only, a blue-gray colour. That didn’t work, though the cushion has served many other uses besides. The real problem was getting a chair that would not destroy either my back or my glutes, which is what stock standard desk chair was doing to me. So I went and got myself an ergonomic chair.

That chair has supported me through many essays, Greek, Hebrew, a project, and hours of procrastination, and my back has been quite grateful. The upholstering has somewhat failed now, having noticeable dents where my knees and my backside go, though it is still sit-worthy. Nevertheless, for a very long time, it has held me up whilst I used this laptop. A comeback will happen, at my parents place, but I doubt it’ll see through another essay.