8 thoughts on “Writing a Paper on an Unpopular Subject, and Poor @LucyLove9610 is sick

  1. If this is what youre posting for Friday, I am already excited! If not, I may be slightly bummed. Only slightly.

    Poor Lucy looks miserable. Must be something in the air this Monday morning! Hope she’s back to her normal self soon!


    1. Unfortunately this is not the topic for Friday. I only post papers once they have been graded, and this one will not be graded until sometime next week 😦 Sorry!

      And poor Lucy. Yesterday she was running around like a wild woman with a puppy friend, and maybe caught a cold. She is sleeping all day so far, so hopefully that heals her quickly! I’ll pass on your concern; she’ll appreciate it πŸ™‚


  2. Boo! Oh well, it will definitely be a paper I’m looking forward to reading when posted. I was wondering, have you read the Bible in its entirety? Do you primarily stick to the ESV or do you read different translations? Which translations do you use most often or switch between the most? I have found that the translations that make more “sense” to me are the NLT and NIV. Though I am growing fond of ESV.

    Something I am finding is that most people interpret the Bible differently. Where one verse can say something to you but it will speak something differently to someone else. Interpretation is imperative. How have you been able to apply that to your writing?

    Aww, well I hope she feels better soon :(. Our pets are like our children. When they hurt, we hurt. Give her big hugs & smooches!! πŸ™‚


    1. Yes, I have read it in its entirety. Actually just did this for the first time in 2010 and am set to finish it early this year. For the past two years I have stuck to reading it in the ESV translation, but next year I plan to read it in the NLT. And I agree with you, that the NIV and NLT are a much friendlier translation. Personally have enjoyed the more literal translation of the ESV.

      As far as interpretation in my writing, I try as best as I can to stick to the text for interpretation. I will cross reference verses, study the context, the geography, culture, etc., so that I can make an interpretation that is Biblically sound.

      How about you? What are your thoughts on interpretation?


      1. I was going to comment with my thoughts on Interpretation, but I first want you to watch this video. I came across this via Twitter just a few minutes ago. I think this is a prime example of how interpretation (our own) can be detrimental.


        The author of the blog sums it up nicely: “Biblical theology isn’t done through word counts, nor is it done by overemphazing verses that seem to support your theological agenda.”

        I would also like to know your thoughts on the above video. I’ll reserve mine until you give yours :).


        1. Hey Julie, sorry for not getting to this comment sooner. Thanks for passing the video along. Ever since Rob Bell published Love Wins (which I still need to read so that I am able to give an accurate review of) I have been keeping my eyes on Mars Hill Church. I have never heard Mark preach before, nor heard anything of his style and emphasis. I must say, while watching the video I was definitely surprised.

          There are a few things that stood out to me from that clip, but the main one was how he seemed to say certain things with confidence (like how wrath appears 600 times) but would not delve into how he came up with that number. This is typical for a church like that though, to take what he says and trust it, as should all Churches (trust their pastor, unless he gives them reason not to), but to make such a claim requires more details on how that number was reached. Especially since he seemed to base his entire point on that. The same goes for quoting verses and then saying, “That’s a quote from the Bible.” Well duh, give me the reference so I can see it with my own two eyes!

          That being said, it is true that God is Love (1 John 4:8, 16) and he also has wrath (Exodus 32:10, among others) . Both characteristics need to be embraced by Christians if they are to live a genuine Christian life with Him. We cannot, as Pastor Mark said, pick and choose which characteristics to believe in. We need to believe in ALL of God.

          On the Biblical theology point: sola scriptura. We should not have OUR OWN theologies, or a theological agenda. Our goal in theology should be staying true to God’s inspired Word when we interpret.



          1. You logically validated my thoughts on the video. I am a “fresh” believer. I am new at this. Watching his video made me understand how easy it is for someone to fall trap to that kind of mentality. It is also true that the argument Pastor Mark was making could very easily steer someone away from God. If he wanted to invoke fear, he probably did to his audience. But to an audience who are not a part of his church or his community, the consensus was outrage.

            People are angry at him. People are lashing out at his message. If you strip away “God hates all of you” and look at his message at the surface, he makes valid points. However, I agree with you he never once backed his claim of the “600” times.

            This is why I have made it a mission and goal of mine to read the entire Bible and interpret it in my way. If I have a question, I ask and I research. I feel that if you’re going to be a Christian, and an effective one, you should be knowledgeable of God’s Word and HIS Truth. Not form your own truths based on your own theory of what is written.

            If you look at every verse in the Bible, there is no “fluff” or sugar coating to its context. There is no stripping of the truth, God’s Word is JUST. God’s Truth is solid.

            The problem is, people go to Church and rely on their Pastor to preach a message that will benefit and strengthen their relationship with God. The problem with Mark’s sermon is not the content, it’s the context in which it’s preached.

            We need to understand that there is no gray area with God’s Word. God’s Word is black and white. To skew God’s Word into your own personal truth to convey a message that is poorly orchestrated, you’re only asking for controversy, not community.

            This is the problem. The solution? Always rely on God’s Word, not the word of others. Apply God’s Word to your life as its written, not how you’d write it if you could.


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