Friday, October 30, 2009
I bought a video game a few months ago called Rome: Total War, but I never had the opportunity to really sit down and play it. I really enjoy Roman history and ever more as I realize how intensely it has impacted Christianity.
The real reason I bought the game was for one reason. The History Channel had a show on that boasted "video game technology" called Decisive Battles Of the Ancient World. It used the game engine from Rome: Total War to recreate its battles. I watched the show on a regular basis while in college until it had run its course.
Anyway, I just started playing it recently. The goal is to play as one of the major Roman families or one of its enemies such as Carthage or the Selucid Empire and conquer the whole of the world. Pretty straight forward, but really immerse.
Now if they'd only come out with Christianity: Total Conversion...
Friday, October 16, 2009
I started reading a little poetry.
I really like the hymn Of the Father's Love Begotten. Aurelius Clemens Prudentius wrote it. So, I bought a compilation of some of his hymns.
Here is a discriminate sampling from his Hymn at Cock-Crow taken from The Hymns of Prudentius.
Awake! the shining day is born!
The herald cock proclaims the morn;
And Christ, the soul's Awakener, cries,
Bidding us back to life arise.
Though sleep be but a passing guest
'Tis type of death's perpetual rest:
Our sins are as a ghastly night,
And seal with slumbers deep our sight.
But from the wide roof of the sky
Christ's voice peals forth with urgent cry,
Calling our sleep-bound hearts to rise
And greet the dawn with wakeful eyes.
Gold, honours, pleasure, wealth and ease,
And all the joys that mortals please,
Joys with a fatal glamour fraught--
When morning comes, lo! all are nought.
But Thou, O Christ, put sleep to flight
And break the iron bands of night,
Free us from burden of past sin
And shed Thy morning rays within.
This is just a fantastic hymn overall. And is much longer than what I have given. It beautifully and wonderfully wraps into itself lots of imagery of sleep, death, morning, life, sin, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Wonderful.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Dr. Scaer the Elder, one of my seminary profs and an authority on Christology, said in class once something that at the time was hilarious and absurd,
God is the biggest heresy of all!As I think back now on that now, I can see how scarily accurate that striking statement really is. The problem is not "God" as it is, but indeed is "God" as He is turned into "god". It happens when God is seen merely as Almighty, Awesome God to the exclusion of Jesus Christ. This is a problem. And this heresy, if you'd like to call it that, is rampant in churches throughout the U.S. and I see it more often than not turning up in the church growth movement.
Listen to the way people talk and pray. If there is more a talk of "God" than of Jesus Christ, there is indication of a huge problem. God then becomes merely deistic, or theistic (apparently I must use both for my Latin and Greek etymologists) and is not found in Christ Jesus. Truly the fact remains that God is only revealed to us in Christ Jesus. We can know God no other way, for Jesus himself said, "No one comes to the Father, but through me." There must be a clarity of the Triune God focused clearly through the lens of Christ. Without that any talk of God is truly heresy, and clearly so when Christ and His redemption gets pushed to the side. The truth that Christ is central to Christianity must be seen. Without Christ, "God" (or god) is truly a sinful belief.