Catching up

My life

Since Thanksgiving…  I’ve written my Credo part 1; got an iPhone; visited TN a couple of times; sadly said goodbye to a few housemates; celebrated Christmas with my family and The Nine; met Court’s Allie Grace; rung in the New Year; cheered Emily on at the Disney Land Marathon; played in a little snow; watched the Super Bowl; started a new semester; hosted a Valentine’s dinner; attended the seminary “prom”; made jambalaya for Mardi Gras; and…

GOT ENGAGED! [smile]

His name is Caleb. We’ve been dating since October and he’s completely swept me off my feet (which should help explain why I seemingly dropped off the face of the planet for a few months).

Caleb’s in seminary with me… in fact you may recognize him from the video I posted in October.  (Yes, he’s the guy who I was supposed to be stalking.)  Three days after filming Caleb asked me for coffee and October 1st we meet in Dupont Circle for our first date. Coffee turned into a 5 1/2 hour date that ended with a promise that we would get together again soon. October was a whirlwind of getting to know each other and in November over Thanksgiving we meet each others families… hence all the trips to TN.  At Christmas, I introduced him to The Nine.

On January 20th, he proposed in Dupont Circle… a full post about that will be published soon.  For now just know that I am so happy.  Caleb is wonderful and although wedding planning has already got me a little stressed, I’m so excited about marrying him and starting a life together.

With love, M.

Bum hurts (plus some thoughts on narrative theology)

Well, its not terribly bad.  I just haven’t figured out how to avoid all the potholes on Mass Ave yet. [smile]  But I can definitely tell that my back and legs are going to be sore tomorrow.

Tomorrow is an off day for biking at least for now.  I have class all day and I’m just not up to biking all the way to school quite yet.  That just means that Wednesday when I get home I will have to make myself take Minnie Pearl out.  I have been wanting to take a monument tour, so maybe that’s on the agenda.

In other news, physical exertion isn’t the only kind of exercise I’ve had today.  After the three hours of Systematic Theology with Dr. Soulan on Mondays, I feel like my brain (and soul) needs a break.  The topic today was examining theological sources and norms.  You know, “Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience.”  You wouldn’t necessarily think this topic would be so heady or heavy, but it definitely was and I’m left trying to figure out what I actually think/believe.  I mean that’s sort of the point of the class so at least I can feel assured that I’m getting my money’s worth.  [smile]

I will share one interesting insight from the class discussion today… have you heard of “narrative theology”?  Its okay if you haven’t I hadn’t really either before reading for class.  Basically it means looking at the Bible as if it were a novel… written to communicate something through character development and plot.  Now I’m not suggesting the Bible is exactly like other novels… its really more of an epic (think Gone with the Wind or Anna Karenina).  And its not even exactly like other epics, but there is something to be said for how the story of God’s involvement in the human story.

If you know me at all you know I love a story.  [smile]  So of course the idea that the Bible should be read as a novel is perfect.  I can really get behind that.  Plus it kind of feels like that’s what I’ve been doing all of my life anyway.  In addition to the personal appeal to exploring theology from this perspective I love that it interjects reality into all the academic theological rhetoric and that it affirms the image of a God who meets us in history.  That’s powerful!

Well that’s enough for now.  I think I might take a moment to meditate before I move on to my homework for the evening.  Blessings, M