The end of the beard?

Well, for those of you who still check back here from time to time I should clear things up and let you know that, in all likelihood, I won’t be blogging here anymore.  So while my beard will continue on in its various forms this blog will not.

For those who care to follow along with my meanderings I will still post whenever I feel like it over at my other co-blog, Sweet Like Meat (click).

For those who have an insatiable desire for more bearded content I will enthusiastically point you over to Bearded Gospel Men (click)the pinnacle of bearded Gospelly goodness on the web.  I am also very humbled and honoured to be an occasional contributor on that prestigious site.

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Bearded Gospel History: Gregory of Nyssa

Bearded Gospel Men

 

And now another episode of Bearded Gospel History, with Sir Timothy Braun!  Today, July 19, marks the celebration for St. Gregory of Nyssa, an extremely important figure in the early church.  Some say he drew his incredible theological and philosophical powers directly from his beard!  (Actually, nobody says that but me, but it’s a reasonable theory!) 

-The Proprietor

“Let the inspired Scripture, then, be our umpire, and the vote of truth will surely be given to those whose dogmas are found to agree with the Divine words.” ~ Gregory of Nyssa

The 300s AD were a crazy time in Church history.  The Church went from a severely persecuted minority to a legitimate, legally recognized faith.  In the midst of this transition they were also fighting theological battles, doing their best to protect the Church from heresies like Arianism.

Into this theological fray leapt the bearded brotherhood now known as…

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Sabbatical Reading List

Well, my sabbatical is now officially done!  It’s kinda crazy.

So what did I accomplish?  Well, I might do a post a bit later reflecting on the sabbatical as a whole but, since back in April I posted about my reading goals, at the very least I can give an update on that.  Really, that’s pretty much the only objective, measurable aspect of the sabbatical.

Here’s what the list looks like now:

 

Tim’s Sabbatical Reading List:

(s) – started; (x) completed; (_-rr) re-read

Main Study Goals:

– (s) Hebrew for the Rest of Us (Lee M. Fields)

– (s) Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament (Christopher J. H. Wright)

– Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament (Christopher J. H. Wright)

– Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament (Christopher J. H. Wright)

Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson

General Theology:

– (x) Against Calvinism (Roger E. Olsen)

– (x) The King Jesus Gospel (Scot McKnight)

– (x) Hearing Her Voice (John Dickson)

Christian Living/Spiritual Life/Prayer/etc:

– (x) Letters from a Skeptic (Greg Boyd)

– (x) Beginning to Pray (Anthony Bloom)

– (x) A Longing for Holiness: Selected Writings of John Wesley

– (x) In Constant Prayer (Robert Benson)

Greg A. Boyd

Greg A. Boyd

– (s) The Orthodox Way (Timothy Ware)

(s) Life with God (Richard Foster)

Recreation/Fiction:

– (x) Lilith (George MacDonald)

– (x-rr) Dune (Frank Herbert)

(x-rr) Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)

– (x-rr) Ender’s Shadow (Orson Scott Card)

– (x) True Grit (Charles Portis)

– (x) A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card

 

So there you have it: 13 books in 3 months ain’t bad (with 4 more currently ‘on the go’)!

I suppose the most obvious thing one notices on this list is that I didn’t actually finish any of the books that I had initially listed as my official “study goals.”  I got off to quite a good start with my “baby Hebrew” and Old Testament theology and was really, really enjoying them.  However, as the sabbatical moved on I felt as though God wanted me to set aside those study goals and to focus more on developing a greater depth of relationship with Him.  Thus my “main study goals” remained dormant on my desk while I took up other books like Bloom’s “Beginning to Pray,” Benson’s “In Constant Prayer,” Foster’s “Life with God,” etc.  So, while I always hate to see unfinished items on a list!, I’m glad that God led me to these other books.  They were edifying and challenging; reminding me to constantly seek depth over ‘intelligence,’  reliance on the Spirit over ‘information,’ and dynamic relationship with God above all things.