This is my 300th post on Xenos. Too celebrate this milestone I have collected one of the better posts from each lot of 50. It's interesting to see how the blog has changed over time. It started of when I thought I knew a lot, having just finished my undergrad studies. Now I know a lot less, coming to the end of my research degree. :-) Thanks to everyone who has contributed, interacted, and read it. As I come to the end of my MTh degree it will be interesting to see how the blog develops, whether it gets more attention (due to no looming deadlines) or less (due to no dealines causing procrastination reflex). Eitherway, I'm looking forward to the next 300 and hope you'll join me on the journey. :-)
A reflection on 1 Samuel from Dec 2008
I used to do more of these kind of devotional readings of the OT. Will have to get back into the habit.
As sermon about the ethiopian eunuch from March 2009
This sermon works best delivered whilst holding two rocks suitable for crushing testicles and grinding them together whenever you talk about the eunuch's experience (but not on any actual testicles).
A critique of Charles Stanley's preaching from June 2009
This was a cheap shot, an easy target, but gets heaps of hits, and got me called "a muslim." Whoever wrote that was probably misguided enought to think it was an insult. I would like to do some more critiques of TV preachers, but really life is too short to sit through that drivel. Maybe one day...
A reflection on why bad music is good from Sept 2009
One of the regretably few anecdotes I have about my missionary/pastor grandfather inspired these thoughts about music.
Some biblical contradictions explored in Nov 2009
This was the first post linked to by one of the mega-blogs, whch saw a massive spike in hits to the blog . . . for that post only. Then I learned, getting people to come to your blog once was no guarantee that they would return.
A first stab at a theology of scripture in Dec 2009
A subject dear to my heart and something I still feel contemporary Christians are all at sea about. This post is hardly a life boat, but it is perhaps a first lesson in doggy paddle?
An coversation about vengeance and the gospel in March 2010
Sometimes my dander just gets up and I have to stick my oar in. This was one of those times.It doesn't mean I think i'm right, it just means i'm agitated.
Enjoy, and let me know what you think!