February 28th, 2007

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What a way to end the day!


I ate a baked potato and a cookie!!!



And the cats and I have clean sheets to sleep on.



The presentation went very well. I have a ton of reflections I want to write; but I think they will have to wait until tomorrow. I need to remember that I HAVE been sick and that today was my first full day up and around--and with very little caloric intake at that. Bed really is calling my name. But the journal gets first dibs in the morning. It has been crying out for attention for much too long!

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reflections after reading feminist theology


Why study the historical Jesus?


This is a legitimate question, although my initial reaction to the work of groups like the Jesus seminar is that they are doing nothing more than trying to tear apart the Christian faith. However, my general rule is moderation in all things; and I think that this can extend to the study of the historical Jesus. There are aspects of this work that are informative for my scholarship and for my faith. As a number of scholars point out, the biblical texts were written in a particular context. If I don't understand the context, then I lose something of the meaning... I read a completely different meaning for myself; and perhaps it was one that was never intended.



A perfect example of this comes from my reading of Luise Schottroff's book, Lydia's Impatient Sisters. I want to share a few quotes and my responses.


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bright spots


As I begin this eighth week of the semester, I can honestly say that these have been some of the most grueling weeks I have ever known. I began with a great little schedule and even had some free days written in. None of it worked out. I forgot to schedule in sick time; and all my free days have been used up. I've managed to catch snatches of free time here and there; but very little has been done on schedule. I am caught up in my classes, but I feel like it has been by the skin of my teeth (whatever that is). Every so often, I have had moments of worship while studying. I wish that I had been able to capture them properly, somehow hold them in my hands long enough to write something. They have been fleeting moments, though: the kind of moments that make me sit back in my chair for a moment and say, "Oh, I think I may understand," or, "I want to write this down and think about it later." I'm afraid that later, it may have lost the magic; for part of the magic is in the moment or in the context... This is really no way to go about seminary... I started to write "school," but seminary is much more than school. Seminary is a way of life; and that is what is grieving me about this period of time. Because of the illness and the resulting shortage of time available to me, I have found it necessary to treat seminary like school, to simply memorize rather than reflect. It doesn't suit my learning style at all; and I retain very little. Even if I manage to pass the quizzes, I don't take anything away with me that is useful for ministry because I must go back and do it all over again later. I never wanted this from my seminary time.



Most people's answer is to look at my time management. What can I get rid of in my schedule? What mindless thing am I doing that is keeping me from being efficient? These are all things we went over in the fall, and I've kept them before me like a rule book. I don't suppose it makes sense to people that anyone would do this. My parents understand because they have lived a lifetime with me and know that I take things much too seriously. My friends understand because they know that I am not communicating or socializing much. I'm not even giving the "I'm doing homework" excuse this semester. I'm sleeping, trying to breathe, running to the bathroom... A couple of friends have sent me instant messages late at night asking what I'm doing awake. "I was awake, so I got up to study," is always my response.



Teaching is not taking a huge bite out of my time. I am not writing very many reflections. SpamBrave is catching 99 percent of my spam. So what can I stop or get rid of? I really don't know? The only thing I know to be a solution is perseverance. When I pray, that is the word that comes to mind. I am learning perseverance. Last semester I learned attention to detail. Now I learn perseverance.


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