Saturday, January 26, 2008

results from my theology quiz

I rarely take quizzes such as these, but for some reason I did today. I'm not all that surprised that I scored highest in the "Wesleyan" category, since John Wesley happens to be one of my favorites. On the other hand, I have almost nothing in common with modern Methodists. Interestingly enough, I grew up in a charismatic church, and currently attend a church that would fall under that general category, yet didn't score very high in that department. I think the questions tended to fall under the category of older pentecostalism (importance of speaking in tongues, etc), so I guess that's why I scored lower.

I'm very surprised I scored so high on the Emergent/Postmodern category. I guess it's because I see the importance of what some might call "social action", though I'd probably approach it differently than these groups. And I place far less emphasis on personal experience than your normal postmodern. In fact, I'd have more in common with Reformed groups than this one. At any rate, these types of quizzes have almost no room for nuance, and for someone who insists on nuance, I should probably just stay away.

What's your theological worldview?
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You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan




Neo orthodox




Reformed Evangelical




Classical Liberal


Roman Catholic


Modern Liberal


a thought from my first trip to Texas

I wish I could have put money on someone giving me directions that included the following: "then you'll go past Billy Bob's on the left." I'd be a rich man.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

5.5 random things: links edition

5.5: This post is dedicated to whoever invented the idea of posting links rather than troubling with developing an insightful post to educate, entertain or edify others. If someone can do your work for you, cite them and move on. Here they are, in no particular order.

5: J. A. Adande of ESPN had an interesting article about race and the Boston Celtics. I meant to link to this a while back but forgot to. I thought it was well written, but I admit my Celtics bias.

4: Cousin Jeremy takes on the view held by some evangelicals that the act of sex is necessary for a marriage to be properly considered a marriage. I have to give props to any man who takes time to write a blog post called "Sex as a Condition for Marriage" on Christmas Day and actually have a tie-in.

3: Leading the "I Wish I Had Written That" category is Tim Challies' post (all the way from November, see how slow I am!) It Was My Sin That Held Him There, on the hymn How Deep the Father's Love for Us. Read this, reflect on this. Please.

2: Bill Simmons had linked to this and I thought it was interesting. It's a short article by Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star about Tony Gonzalez playing for Bill Belichick in the Pro Bowl. There is a genius to his madness.

1: My favorite Bible scholar is Gordon Fee, a man who is comfortable not only in the classroom but also in the pulpit. Here is a little video to get a feel for his preaching (actually, it seems like it's only the intro to a sermon, but he manages to pack a lot into only 5 minutes). I'm not sure who added the various images, but I think this is very well done. Check it out if you're interested in what it means to be saved and in community.