Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This book will challenge your faith

 Zealot The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.jpg
I had heard a lot of hype about this book and it was on the best seller list. I put it on hold at the library and it came available at the end of October.  I am torn over how I feel about it. In the first chapter, the author states that it is difficult to know much about Jesus apart from the gospels, but that he planned to portray Jesus from the standpoint of the historical times.  He then picks and chooses which parts of the gospels to believe as accurate and which parts to see as made up by the authors at a later date to match the theological case they are trying to make. The book has challenged me to think of Jesus in a new way. I have always taken it for granted that the Bible is true. There is still a lot of conflict over the dates of the gospels and authorship.  I have heard many sides including this book and this lecture (https://vimeo.com/58113932 19:39-25:00). One part that I still need to look into is the nativity story and the historical accuracy. I know there are scholars on both sides who want to be right (that Jesus is or isn't God), so I feel it is tricky to tease out the truth. At the library booksale, I got a book containing the extra biblical works written about Jesus long after his death. I plan to read these to supplement my knowledge on what different groups have believed about Jesus over time. I feel I need to research this stuff on my own as it's hard to simply trust someone else's research knowing their biases.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Birthday Celebrations

I celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month. I decided that since in the past I've taken the day off of work and been disappointed with how it turns out, that I would work. I went to a PNSO event in the morning, chaired my Practice/Quality group in the evening and then worked night shift. I brought cookies to the meeting and I had friends who also brought cookies and cupcakes to celebrate.

The next day was beautiful and I went cider and wine tasting with my friend Meagan. We checked out Bold Rock cider (which is actually pretty good) and went to Pollock (my personal favorite).

 I was blessed in the gift department, as well. In October, I had been home and my mom got me a cake transporter and some other useful kitchen nick-knacks.  My sister sent me my favorite tea and a mug rack I had been wanting.
Michael sent a VT zip-up sweatshirt and my Secret Santa at work also got me a cute VT shirt!
I had borrowed Meagan's waffle iron a while ago and she got me one of my very own! It made great sourdough waffles I ate after our day of wine tasting.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Way behind

I am way behind with my posts! I have been busy!

On Sunday, I went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the last of the trees. They really seemed to peak last week.  I found a parking spot for "Dripping Rock Overlook" that didn't look like there was much to see, but I could see a faint trail near the parking. Since I had Hokie with me, I decided to check it out. It ended up being about a 20 minute hike up to a rock viewing area. It looks like a great place to watch the sunset and catch the stars in the summer. I might have to go back.

Sunday, November 3, 2013



Request for protection
Ezra 8:21
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.

Return to God
Nehemiah 1:4
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Return to God
Daniel 9:3
Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Return to God
Joel 2:12-13
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

Prepare for Missions
Acts 13:2-3
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.