Sunday, February 25, 2007
I'm really tired so I'm going now. Bye
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
To be or not to be a dispensationalist... Just kidding! Did that make you sit up? I started researching covenant theology vs. dispensationalism on the internet. Progressive dispensationalism seems to be what most PBU professors hold to (except Master).
There you go -- the Messianic Star of David. How PBU appropriate. Steph has one that she got in Israel. I actually think it's quite pretty. I am not questioning covenant theology. I'm just trying to make covenant theology my own and what I believe in because I believe it not because my church and family believes it.
So Tuesday was open dorm. We had wing wars. Our wing was all black. It was anti-Valentine's Day. People were able to write all over the walls, including one wall for "Worst Dates" stories. They were quite funny, especially when the guys started writing. "I went to pick up my girlfriend and her dad got in the car and went with us. I had to pay for him too." Hahaha! All the guys that came down said they loved it and would vote for us, but being typical guys, they forgot to cast their ballot. (At least that's our explanation as to why we lost) The pink wing won. There must be favoritism -- it was Christy's wing and her wing won last year. She probably forced people to vote for her wing, knowing Christy. =)
Wednesday we had a snow day!!! It was great! I was so excited that I woke Jessi up to tell her she didn't have to get up (this was at 7:15am) and we were too excited to go back to sleep. Sooo we went to breakfast at 8 and only the custodial and campus services people were there. Haha. Then some of the MK guys came. We were at breakfast for about an hour because I got the great idea to play the grand piano in the ADR (part of the cafeteria separated by dividers). Jessi and I woke up Elena and Colleen and got them to watch "Swan Princess" with us. Then we did homework... or at least attempted to do homework. I only really got going at 8pm. I went to dinner and was there for about 1 and a half to 2 hours... socializing.
Thursday, we hoped for a delay but alas, we had class. Mr Allen got a phonecall in the middle of class and he had forgotten he had to testify in some court hearing. So he came back in the room and said, "Wow I feel sorry for you guys. You're on an emotional rollercoaster -- maybe no class, we still have class, maybe no class?" We got out 15 mins early, though. I took Cyprus to Trenton for her permit (I got lost, but I found my way again!) that afternoon.
Thursday night we had a "Well" event. "The Well" was started by Dean Hernandez several years ago because she wanted there to be something for the girls on campus. The last "Well" meeting was a "Well forum" when Dr Vasso spoke on true beauty (what else!). Anyway, this was instead of her Valentine's Day Princess breakfast. We watched this awful movie called "One Night with the King." I don't recommend it. It's the story of Esther, Hollywood-ed. The parts that were purely from Scripture were fine, but it was totally Hollywood-ed and dramatized. It was an interesting experience though. The creepiest part was that it was so LOTR-ish and Mordecai was Gimli and Memucan was Faramir's father. Also, Haman looked like Mr Field with long hair. ANYWAY, there were indeed some really good parts and there were some pathetic parts! Want the details? Just ask. The one quote I did like was "David did not triumph because he fought well; he triumphed because he believed well." The other thing that I actually did appreciate was that it helped me understand the context of the exile which was helpful as I have my Isaiah exam on Monday. We girls got to take home a rose afterwards. One girl said she could start a lot of rumors by walking into Heritage Hall with a rose. PBU is weird that way.
Friday I went to work and James and I finished inventory! YESSS!!! I counted single sheets of paper for 2 hours. (I counted 2,000+ papers) The only fun part was that James brought the CD player into Sugar Bear (the supply closet) and played Celtic folk music. Then I had Prophetics and was very upset that Mr Toews didn't move the exam to Wednesday. Heh oh well. I didn't have Emergent Lit cuz it was Friday and we don't have class Friday (yessss!!!) so I ate with the guys after Prophetics class. Then I had art class and the art teacher is quite an .... interesting character. (Speaking of art, as I left the lunch table, I said "I have to go to art class... drawing-drawing." It was really unintentional and it slipped out before I could stop it. Benaiah was the only one that caught it and of course he understood it, but it probably sounded dumb to everyone else, if they heard it.) So anyway -- art looks like it's going to be fun, crazy, and interesting. We have to do a photo essay and I think I'll do cafeteria food... or maybe different Bibles. Other people did hands, colors, feet, etc. Twenty-seven pictures of cafeteria food... wow! Or maybe I should do signs at PBU. (Including all the ancient ones in Sugar Bear) Nah. Food should be interesting. Wish it was spring so I could do flowers. I'm not allowed to use my old pictures.
I studied a good deal today and made brownies (recipe from Mrs Benjamin -- she was the music teacher for the music section of Integrating Music, Art, Health/PE.)
I have pics but I think I'll make a slideshow of them... sometime. Not now though. Bye!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
School closing information for Wednesday, February 14, 2007:
Undergraduate Classes- All day AND evening undergraduate classes are cancelled for today due to the weather.
ADVANCE Degree Completion- All classes for today are cancelled.
Graduate School Classes - All classes for today are cancelled.
Special Events, Concerts & Athletics - All events are cancelled for today.
Faculty/Staff - School is closed due to the weather.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! (except I didn't want my exam today pushed and I wonder if now my Isaiah exam is pushed? That would be cool because if it's on Wednesday, then I only have ONE Bible exam on Monday!)
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I was just reading Jeremiah (obviously). As I typed out those verses I just realized how Yahweh and hesed are right next to each other. Covenant-keeping God + lovingkindness! This is our God!
Also, as I typed that out I realized something. I went to Bible Fellowship Church this morning and was comparing it to what I'm used to and there is a tendency to in some ways to be prideful I guess? However, what have I that I did not receive? I ought to boast in the LORD, Yahweh, who blessed me by putting me in the church setting that I grew up in.
Another thing that is really neat is Psalm 50. It is a judgment psalm, but there is grace sandwiching the judgment section in the psalm! The opening verse has El, Elohim, and Yahweh are right next to each other and then the ending verses salvation is offered. Judgment and grace together. One commentator called said "The Judge becomes Savior."
So it's Sunday afternoon and I'm waiting to go to Warminster. Colleen and Jennifer (aka Cyprus) are coming with me. =D!!! Colleen and I were in the lounge talking for a long time last night and she comes from a pretty similar background as me (church and home life alike). She's used to an evening service, 45min-1hr preaching, etc. So I asked her if she wanted to come with me tonight and she said yes. Then I emailed Cyprus and asked her and she was thrilled. Her mom met Mrs Firth and Mrs Firth talked to me because she wanted me to meet her, but I had already met her! So Mrs Firth will be excited to meet Cyprus tonight. Apparently Cyprus has been disappointed at the spiritual fervor here on campus... so anyway! I'm excited they're coming.
I went to Bible Fellowship this morning because I had to attend an AWANA Sparks meeting and a KidSafe meeting. The KidSafe was mandatory for legal purposes since the AWANA ministry involves people outside of church. According to insurance, we all have to be KidSafe certified. Apparently there are many instances of child abuse within church ministries. How sad. There are so many cases because churches just trust a lot and don't do thorough background checks on their volunteers. Now we're thoroughly checked -- from criminal records to fingerprints to sexual abuse department or whatever it's called, etc. One out of 3 girls and one out of 4 boys will be abused by age 18. Sooo we had to go through everything and be aware of things we can and cannot do, etc.
Yesterday, Danae came over and hung out with Colleen and me. We got pizza (yay for Dominoe's PBU discount). She joined MuKappa Friday night as well. She made up a long story about how her parents are Korean but they adopted her and now they're missionaries to Kansas. Haha! It was a lot of fun. I borrowed a bunch of games from Chris, but we pretty much played Catchphrase the entire time (no surprise there). Catchphrase is really the MuKappa game! Benaiah and Philippe turned it into mime. It was hysterical! I have some amazing video clips. Danae mentioned how some of the people there were so different than she thought they were. It's because we MK's have a special bond and our true personality comes out when we're around each other. HAHA! There were some other people in the Eagle's Nest and we asked them to play Catchphrase with us and they looked really nervous and said "But we're not MK's!!!" That's funny cuz we had 3 non-MK's there who had "special connections." Another girl (Brittany) and we fed her and she said "Wow, you MK's know how to treat a person good." Funnyyyy.
Danae asked me if the Philippines was in Asia. I didn't think she was serious so I laughed at her... but she was serious. Oops. ;P
Back to Bible Fellowship. Mr Allen preached. It's weird... I felt like I was in class. But when I'm in class, I feel like I'm in church. However his sermon was something like a half hour long. His class is an hour and 15 mins. He preached on Hebrews 2:5ff and how Christ is better. Jon Kontz led worship because the regular worship leader was gone. I felt like I was in chapel. We didn't sing "Heart of Worship" today. Amazing, huh? We sang praise songs that I knew (actually I know a lot...) and actually do like because there's more to them than some song we sang in chapel the other week that seriously had 6 words to it and we repeated it like 10 times. Is "I Stand Amazed in the Presence" a hymn or a praise song?
Oh yeah, Esmerelda the Computer is back. The keyboard broke. Mr Kaceli said 97% chance that I won't be charged. We're waiting for the old keyboard to get to Toshiba. Toshiba!!! Sounds like a Japanese war-cry.
Hey! Wonders never cease as long as you never cease to wonder! I called people today on my phone!!!!! How amazing is that!!!!! I only cringed a few times and got flustered maybe 10 times but that's ok! Just kidding, I'm not THAT bad... I do cringe a lot when I'm on the phone and I do get really embarrassed. It's worse when someone's in the room and I make faces after everything I say because I get insecure and Jessi laughs at me.
Serina (suitemate) has to do this church study for her Nature and Purpose of the Local Church class and she has to visit these churches and define a healthy church. She went to this "church" called The Well and from the description, it's really... interesting... to say the least. They meet in a warehouse and they didn't have official preaching. It was like a huge congregational discussion on what they learned about the book of John. There was a band and they had some praise part... and it was the kind of atmosphere where you can get up and move around and there were couches in the back and stuff. SO I asked her if she wanted to come to Warminster tonight for a complete contrast. She has an Emmons chart to make so she's not coming but maybe another week.
I'm really rambling now. I didn't take a nap this afternoon (can you tell?) and I've been living on PB&J today. (Cafeteria hours on Sunday are a pain)
Random things I've found out about PBU after reading old stuff from PBU while working in Admissions:
* The BLC was just put up in 2002
* Ryrie was a president of PBU (no wonder they say "My hope is built on nothing less than Scofield's notes and Ryrie's text"!)
* Speaking in tongues is not permitted on campus.
Other random things I've learned over my PBU existence:
* Half the stuff that PBU is supposed to send out, they don't. And half the stuff I was supposed to receive, I didn't get. (E.g. "Congrats on passing the SAT!!!" card, birthday card, etc.)
* The school used to be a Catholic boys' school (or was it a monastery?). Hence the stained glass windows in Manor Hall.
* The section of the building that has all the schools of Ed, arts and sciences, etc. offices has showers in the girls' bathroom because it used to be a guys' dorm.
* I sleep in Langhorne and eat in Middletown.
* Langhorne was one of the stops for the Underground Railroad and it has one of the oldest Black communities in the nation. The "Show Way" blankets were draped over some of the porches of the stone houses to point the runaway slaves in the right direction.
* All roads lead to Street Rd... that or Hulmeville Ave. (I've gotten lost a lot but you'll eventually find Street Rd without trying too hard)
* Geese look realy funny when they stand on the iced over pond. I always imagine little thought bubbles above their heads that say "How come I can't float?!?"
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Back: Benaiah (Philippines), Philippe (France), Jessi (Mexico), Mary (Columbia)
Front: me (duh), Rachel (Korea), Andy (Japan)
PS Just for fun, here's a picture from the Eagle's Nest night we had in Fall 2005
Sam P. was conducting the symphonic band concert and Sam M. had left by the time we took our group picture. Ariel was working and Cindy went back to Brazil last year. I don't know where Irene was last night.