Highlight(s) of the week:
- We spent New Year’s Eve with a few friends of ours, playing Rock Band and discussing schooling for children (I know, it was late). We had a nice time. It was nice hanging out with people within the same age range.
- We went skiing at Bear Creek with my family. One injury. Not too bad. I didn’t fall at all, but then again, I’m not necessarily hitting up the black diamond hills. Giselle didn’t go on the hills, but she hung out with my mom in the lodge.
- My in-laws bought Wii Fit. So, Amanda and I have been bonding over that. I had recently lost some weight, and I thought I was doing awesome. But Wii Fit told me I was “obese “(!). Talk about a killjoy! In fairness to me, I did just eat and had two beers so I think was a little full. I did it the next day, and I was “overweight.” After being told I was obese, I can live with being overweight.
- E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles! First victim – the Vikings. Next opponent, the Giants (notice, I didn’t say “victim” because I’m not that cocky).
- Overall, Advent and Christmas seasons were beneficial times for me and my family. Amanda and I had some really wonderful times together, so I’m going to miss have all that time to spend together.
Book(s) I’m reading:
- Finished Peter Enns’ book Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. I quoted the book a few times on the site here – 1, 2 – and I hope to add more later. It also made my top 5 theology books that I read in 2008.
- Also, I finished Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell within about 48 hours. I was slightly skeptical of the book (because of the name, of course), but I really liked it! Pastors and other Christian marriage counselors may want to add this into their curriculum since it is a “breath of fresh air” from the self-helpish books that you normally get at marriage counseling. The book isn’t necessarily meant to be a book on marriage, but it still works. Young adult groups may also benefit since the book offers a more rounded view of sex, in that, it promotes connection between humans with humans, humans with God, etc., and that does not have to happen through marriage and physical sex. Bell (who is married) takes a whole chapter to explain how biblically marriage is almost a “if-you-have-to” option compared to the preferred option of singleness in order to work for the Lord. As you can see, I liked it.
- Now trying to read The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation, A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard Hays but am getting distracted by The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier by Tony Jones.
Disappointed by: The Colts. If you didn’t know, the Colts are like my “second team.” Growing up as an Eagles fan, you try to find someone to cheer for during playoff season since, while I was growing up, the Eagles (to put it nicely) just sucked. So, I chose the Indianapolis Colts since my uncle Danny moved out there. Jim Harbaugh and Marshall Faulk helped me survive. Now, the Colts one year went 3-13 and the Eagles also went 3-13 so my friends made fun of me relentlessly. So, this begs the question, why didn’t I choose the Patriots? Good question. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed by Peyton Manning necessarily, but I think it was a team effort this time that brought the loss (actually, Peyton wasn’t that bad). How do you let the Chargers with no L.T. destroy you in the running game? Wow.
Couch-potato: (1) Watched Iron Man yesterday. I really enjoyed it. Not as good as The Dark Knight, but still good. (2) Watched the new Indiana Jones, and I…still don’t get it. Aliens? Seriously? I won’t ruin the ending for you, but let’s just say (3) I also watched Baby Mama with Tina Fey and preferred that (actually, Baby Mama is actually pretty funny so nevermind). (4) Started a Be-a-Pro season in FIFA 2009. Love it! (5) And, of course, Wii Fit, but it’s difficult to be a “couch potato” in the traditional sense with this.
Job update: not much of anything
Seminary update: Starts up again tomorrow night. Haven’t seen the syllabus yet. I do have the books, though.
Looking forward to: (1) Amanda and my 2nd anniversary is this Wednesday (woot! woot!). I can’t believe it. How could someone live with me for 2 years and not go crazy? (Well, we do have today and Tuesday to see if that happens). I love you, babe. (2) My birthday is coming up on Saturday. Not sure what’s going to happen with that. (3) Eagles-Giants showdown on Sunday. Go Eagles!