Moved

I have moved this blog to someekklesia.com and, with the move, have shifted the focus of the content. Here, at The Ekklesia in Southern Maine, I wanted to talk about the church in my area and find people in my area and share where my family and I were at in our search for “church,” both theological and practical.

The new site has a new name Some Church Stuff (still using someekklesia) and a new simple layout. No frills, nothing pretty, just my thoughts on the church. Let me be clear here, right now I find myself feeling less than charitable with the church system and structures. I think that feeling is reflected pretty strongly in some of my latest posts. It may offend some people. If it offends you, sorry, don’t read it.

You can read the blog at http://someekklesia.com or subscribe to the RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/SomeChurchStuff


Was Jesus a Zombie

I have not posted a lot here on The Ekklesia in Southern Maine in the last coupe weeks. That has a lot to do with being busy at work; it has more to do with putting most of my efforts into zombietheology.com, a project that Alan Knox and myself are working on which looks at the zombie genre from a Christian Theological perspective. I don’t know how interesting that site will be to the majority of readers here, but the post I wrote today may be of more interest to you then some of the other content over there. We have been doing a series called “Zombies in Scripture.” This is a weekly series that looks at various Biblical passages that may relate to zombies. This morning’s post is one that I would say is the center of controversy between Christians and zombie enthusiasts. It looks at the question of the resurrected Jesus being a zombie. I use the standard definition of zombies (as laid out by George Romero’s films) and compare that to the record we have of Jesus’s resurrection in the New Testament. If this interests you at all, please take a second to read through that post and let me know what you think.

You can find the post here, and, to give you a taste of it, here is a brief excerpt from the post:

I feel like it would be an obvious oversight if we didn’t deal with one of the most commonly held beliefs about zombies in scripture: that the resurrected Jesus was a zombie. Jesus died on a Friday, was laid in a grave, and on Sunday morning, when some ladies went to check on him, he was gone. Later that day he visited some of his closest friends and over the next few weeks several other people saw him out and about as well. Jesus died and came back to life – that is the premise from which many assume that Jesus was a zombie. So the question is: did the resurrected Jesus’ behavior fit that of a zombie? Let’s try to consider this as neutrally as possible.

We are enjoying writing and interacting with new and old friends at Zombie Theology and hope you will check it out and share your thoughts.

Thanks!


Living Ministry

Stephanie has an uncle named Dwayne. Dwayne is a missionary, but not a very typical one. He flies airplanes, not in the jungle, but in northern Alaska and Russia. He is a really interesting guy to talk to.

A friend of his just released Open the Sky, a book about Dwayne’s life and ministry. I have really enjoyed learning more about Stephanie’s Uncle Dwayne through this book. One thing that I have found really great about his example is that he sees everything in life as an opportunity to minister. He explains that life in Alaska is difficult and mere survival takes a huge amount of time. For most missionaries this would make it difficult to find the opportunity to minister, but for Uncle Dwayne it is HOW he ministers. He explains that you should be ministering to the people around you in everything you do, even in just surviving. He talks about the opportunities he has had to minister to people while cutting down trees and splitting wood and repairing airplanes.

I think this is a great testimony to what it means to minister to others. Although I don’t live in the harsh climate of Alaska and although I don’t fly or repair airplanes I feel like his testimony really rings true in my life, and I think it rings true in so many people’s lives. It takes the role of ministry out of some special place, reserved for special people like pastors and missionaries, and puts it right back where it belongs: in everyone’s life in all that they do. What we do and how we go about it testifies to our love for God and our love for others.

What do you do? Do you consider it an opportunity to minister to others or do you save ministry for special times and special people?


Other Projects

I have been working on a lot of stuff lately so I thought I would let you know about some of my projects:

  • The big project is And The Dead Shall Rise First, my zombie novel-in-progress. It is coming along well. I shared an excerpt here and have gotten some really good feedback on it that I think will help me a lot as I work on the rest.
  • Along with And The Dead Shall Rise First I have, along with Alan Knox, launched zombietheology.com, a new website which will share news and excerpts about both my book and Apostate: Life After Death in Exile, a book that Alan is working on. We also have a blog on there and a short story section. The goal is to expand and allow user’s to submit content by way of short stories, reviews, and other related material. The site has been really well received so far, and we have both been having a lot of fun with it.
  • Unrelated, but also something I have really enjoyed being part of, is christianmusiczine.com. This is a site that posts reviews and interviews of Christian musicians. They have graciously allowed me to participate there by sharing reviews on heavier music and working on some of the look and feel elements of the site (including BG, logo, and header images). I love music and webdesign so it has been really cool to get involved with this project.
  • I am continuing to share reviews of books at Reading in Southern Maine. Most reviews that I feel relate to the topics of this site I share here, the ones I don’t share are mostly horror fiction. If you are into that genre you may want to check out that blog as well. The most recent review is of Stephen King’s Cell which I posted Wednesday. I am now reading Joshua Harris’ Dug Down Deep, which I got through the (very limited selection at) Blogging for Books.
  • On a personal note we are in the middle of moving. The big day is next Saturday and with three little ones moving can be, well, interesting. We are excited about the move and the fact that we were able to sell our last house so quickly.

I’m glad they moved the Bruins game up to 1pm so that I can watch that before Camping’s 6pm deadline. Hope you all have a great weekend!


Using the Apocalypse as a Shameless Plug

As you have probably heard by now, the world is going to be ending on Saturday. According to Harold Camping this Saturday is exactly 7,000 years from the day that God told Noah he would destroy the world in seven days. And we all know that to God a day is like a thousand years and all that.

This end of the world prediction is just so absurd that it isn’t even worth refuting, but, in an over-the-top kind of way it definitely demonstrates something I was talking about a couple months back: it is dangerous to try and interpret the Bible into current events. I specifically used eschatology as an example to demonstrate these dangers and never would have expected someone to come along and say “See me? I’m doing exactly what that guy warned you about!” but, as fate would have it, that guy has come along. Well I’ve got to admit he has given this a shot before, but I wasn’t blogging much at the age of ten so I didn’t have much of a venue to bring it up in at that time. He also predicted the end of the world in 1994.

When Camping’s ’94 prediction was proven wrong by, well, reality, he ended up making some changes. So here we are on the eve of the eve of the end of the world. While you are eagerly awaiting the Rapture or however it is that you understand Jesus coming back for his followers, might I recommend reading my Reactionary Eschatology series:

And, if you decide that this is really the End, and that maybe zombies will be part of the End then I would also recommend checking out Zombie Theology for Christian advice and encouragement in living through the zombie apocalypse.


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