Sunday, December 11, 2005

Notice and Enjoy!

Please enjoy some of the new things I have added to the sidebar including:
  • Pâte à Son (click on "The Enchanting French Toy"), a sound game
  • Sudoku (click on "The Enchanting Japanese Game"), a logical number placement game
  • Searching box for
  • pages of family and friends

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Your sons and daughters shall Prophesy

This weekend I finished reading (but have yet to conquer the hefty appendixes) The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today. The topic of prophecy was not one that I had thought much about before. This book argues that prophecy in the Old Testament is "God's words", which were not to be questioned; this is why we have many of these prophecies recorded in the Bible. In the NT, apostles took over this role, as their words became Scripture, and they claimed authority from God (I Thes. 4:8 is an example).
in the NT (see I Cor. 14:29) was subject to "weighing" and did not have authority equal to scripture. It was a human reporting of something that the Holy Spirit brought to mind, and subject to human error in how the person reported it (for example, the details prophecied by Agabus did not come true), but still a valuable gift for the building up of the church.
The book goes on to talk about questions such as: "Did prophecy cease after the period of the early church?", "How can a wrong view of prophecy lead to abuses?" and "How does/should prophecy function?". The author also believes that some churches today that wouldn't obviously believe in or use prophecy (because they think of it as a scripture-quality revelation that has ceased) and churches that do responsibly allow and use prophecy are actually closer to each in their beliefs than they think. An example he gave of "non-prophesying" churches actually using prophecy would be a sudden and unexplained request for prayer that turns out later to have been needed at that exact time, without the person who requested it really knowing of the situation.
I thought an interesting aspect of this is that misuse of prophecy puts too much emphasis on it without weighing it and it becomes too subjective and people can be easily misled, but when it is used correctly, people would have to know the Bible very well in order to weigh what is said. So in correct use, it could actually encourage people's knowledge of scripture, not compete with it.
I think that I generally agreed with this book, although there are some parts that were difficult to follow, or that I should look over again with a Bible in hand. Also I should read or at least skim the appendixes.
Please comment! Are there any parts of this book's argument that seem unbiblical to you? What teaching have you heard in your church about prophecy?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Christmas List

Every year I am told that I am difficult to shop for and people threaten to get me "nothing" for Christmas, since that is what I reply to "what do you want", so if you need help thinking of a good gift for me, these are some ideas. Links are just for reference- you can probably buy these things from other websites too, so feel free to shop around.


I might add things to this as we go.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Giving thanks

for setting a volleball to a successful spike, in a game, for the first time ever in my memory,
for finding out my student teaching placements for sure
(West Lyon K-12, LeMars middle/high school...which has orchestra),
for apple cider,
for roommates who offer to vacuum when I'm gone for the weekend
and rearrange my flowers when some of them are going bad and check my mail for me when I'm gone,
that I am not my own,
for my 8 students,
that Heather is 19!
for warm winter scarves,
that I know what love is,
for friends in other time zones that will be back next semester,
for small hands,
for Handel's Messiah, and the Messiah,
and many other things and non-things.

Monday, November 14, 2005

God milks cows?

Today I would like to share with you some quotations on various topics from my Econ 200 class (I recommend this class to all Dordt students).

God milks the cows through those called to that work. -Martin Luther (quoted almost once per class period, I think)

My grandmother started walking 5 miles a day when she was 65. Now she's 90 and we don't know where she is. (joke from bottom of test page)

If all Christians sold all their goods and gave to the poor, no Christian could ever run a business, and all Christians would have to work for pagans!

The U.S. will do better if Canada does better. This is a true statement. This is not checkers; this is not tennis. This is not a zero-sum game.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Stained glass windows are neat. I took this picture today while checking out Carmel Reformed Church as a possible location for an...event.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Book Review: Zechariah

I can't say I'm really familiar with the book of Zechariah--in the whole book only a few phrases stood out as vaguely familiar--but it has proven to be a beautiful read. Maybe if Handel’s Messiah would have quoted text from this book, then we would be more acquainted with the prophetic images in it, as we are with many of the Messianic passages in Isaiah.
Nominations for most interesting images: the giant flying scroll, the evil woman in a basket and the two winged women who carry it away, a “unique day, without daytime or nighttime--a day known to the Lord. When evening comes, there will be light.”, and bells on horses labeled “Holy to the Lord”. I can’t say I understand the whole book, but it was refreshing for it's unfamiliarity and forward-pointingness.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Mission Accomplished!

My recital preparation came to a satisfying end last night. Everything went very well and I was excited for all the people that could be there (it didn't look like a very big group from on stage, which was fine). I actually had fun while I was playing, and I was so glad that people really enjoyed the music. It was also nice to prove to myself that I could do this without the nervousness getting in the way too much.
Thank you so much to Mom and Dad and Heather and Holly and Lynola and Sarah and Mrs. Grimm and Amanda and Nate and Ruth and Jameson C. and Mrs. Rynders and Michelle O.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Expanding Horizons--to a point

Let it be known that, much to the shock of my mother, I have in the course of the last year or so, begun to willingly eat, voluntarily cook with, and even (gasp!) enjoy, peppers (the kind pictured, not the super-hot kind). I actually ate a whole one when Catherine cooked stuffed peppers. It makes me wonder what other previously shunned things I could actually take a liking to within my lifetime. Scary!
However, one does need to be discriminating. How boring it would be if we liked everything. (Plus if we don't like everything it's easier to share).
That's right, I think I' sharing and let Nate have all the hut-sput (not sure how to spell that, and it is nasty-smelling cabbage-containing stew for all of you who have never had it).

Friday, October 28, 2005

Less than a Week until my Recital!

My senior recital is next week Thursday! I'm excited, and also a little nervous.
Nervous because I'm hoping that by then I'll be adjusted to my new chin rest, and all the details will be taken care of, and that I will be able to perform well so people can really enjoy the music. I will probably feel very relieved when it is done. I'm performing in the 3:00 recital today, mainly to try to get some nerves out. Usually when I'm nervous my eyes dry out and I can't see the music. Argh.
Excited because of all the people that are coming to hear me play, and because I think the music is starting to sound very good, if I do say so myself. And because we are having apple cider at the reception.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A Humble beginning, I hope

Hello. This is my first post. It is kind of experimental. Actually this whole blog is kind of experimental.