Reflections from Seminary Students

Book Review–The Great Divorce

April 20th, 2012 § 0 Comments

One of my favorite theological concepts to study is eschatology.  Eschatology, or the study of “last things,” centers around what we as Christians believe will happen at the end of time, what happens to our souls and bodies after death, and what the afterlife might look like.  While the questions that eschatology asks may seem nothing more than esoteric speculations for the future, I am fully convinced that our beliefs about eschatology deeply impact how we live our lives.  As Karl Barth writes in Dogmatics in Outline eschatology is the most practical of theologies:

The Christian hope does not lead us away from this life: it is rather the uncovering of the truth in which God sees our life.  It is the conquest of death, but not a flight into the Beyond.  The reality of this life is involved.  Eschatology, rightly understood, is the most practical thing that can be thought.  In the eschaton the light falls from above into our life.  We await this light.

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Telhu–A Foil to the Gospel

April 13th, 2012 § 0 Comments

One thing that I have done, to keep my sanity throughout seminary is to read novels.  Thanks to a very good recommendation from Josh I just finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which can be described as a poetic Harry Potter meets The Lord of the Rings.  In The Name of the Wind there is a very interesting foil to the gospel.  I have always been a fan of the argument that the story of Jesus is true because it does not have the same elements as a fictional story. No Jewish man in his right mind would have women be witnesses to Christ’s resurrection as women were not seen to give credible testimonies. » Read the rest of this entry «

Film Review–The Debt

March 9th, 2012 § 0 Comments

The Debt, starring Helen MirrenSam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson, is a movie that is not easy to forget.  Not only because it involves Jewish Mossad spies hunting Nazis in the 60’s around Berlin, not only because there are moments that are unbearably creepy, but because The Debt is a perfect recipe for reconciliation.  And yet there is barely an ounce of reconciliation or redemption to be found.

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Christus Victor

March 5th, 2012 § 0 Comments

Image from http://en.wikipedia.org

Christ Pantocrator mosaic from the Hagia Sofia

Our Theology/Ethics class has been studying and discussing different theories of atonement.  My group looked into the Nonviolent Atonement theory, which is based in narrative Christus Victor.  Almost all atonement theories have something beneficial to add to the conversation.  This poem is my attempt to bring out what’s compelling in Nonviolent Atonement.

Christus Victor
by Jordan Uomoto

To pick up the sword is to pick up a consuming fire
That spreads from clenched fist to smoldering heart
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SERIES REVIEW: THE WALKING DEAD

October 31st, 2011 § 0 Comments

I really should not watch zombie movies anymore.  I had never really found them all that frightening.  That is until I was driving under a fairly long tunnel on my way to Bellevue and had a flashback to the tunnel scene in 28 Days Later (not to be confused with the movie 28 Days).  I even turned down a job once because of all of the zombie movies I watched on rainy October nights.  The job was night security officer at a biomedical lab in Southlake.  I did not want to be the one to discover, in the dead of night, that the cure for malaria that this lab discovered was actually an infection leading to the zombie apocalypse.  Despite the fact that I know better, I began watching the first season of The Walking Dead.

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