June 12, 2007

Jesus Joke

There have been a lot of comments on the blogosphere lately about pastors who have gone to seminary. Out of 15 or so, only 1 of 2 have been anything close to positive. I for one believe that Seminary was a positive experience. It wasn't meant to teach us the practics of leadership (though that should be part of it). It was meant to teach pastors how to study the Bible and find out what it really means and to think theologically. (Check out Paul Peterson's post on the topic).


I found this joke at A Tentative Quaker (via: Creative Think) which illustrates how building theological complex structures can actually get in the way.

And Jesus said unto them, "And whom do you say that I am?"
They replied,
"You are the totaliter aliter, the vestigious trinitatum who speaks to us in the modality of Christo-monism.”
"You are he who heals our ambiguities and overcomes the split of angst and existential estrangement; you are he who speaks of the theonomous viewpoint of the analogia entis, the analogy of our being and the ground of all possibilities.”
"You are the impossible possibility who brings to us, your children of light and children of darkness, the overwhelming roughness’ in the midst of our fraught condition of estrangement and brokenness in the contiguity and existential anxieties of our ontological relationships.”
“You are my Oppressed One, my soul's shalom, the One who was, who is, and who shall be, who has never left us alone in the struggle, the event of liberation in the lives of the oppressed struggling for freedom, and whose blackness is both literal and symbolic.”
And Jesus replied, "Huh?"
What do you think?


  1. I started my walk in a large non-denominational church that often joked about cemetaries (seminaries) and often declared that "God will raise you up."

    Can God do that? Of course He can. However . . .

    That church has birthed two other churches. Both were dismal failures. Both churches were lead by men who were raised up under the leadership of the man who derided bible school.

    Now, this man with the large sucessful ministry went to Southeastern. And his senior associate went to Central Bible College.

    After years of "Spirit Lead" Christianity (that was little more than anti-intellectualism) I went and got some learnin and what do you know? I was actually able to identify why doctrines were wrong based on sound hermeneutics. It wasn't a feeling or suspission.

    That alone was worth it.

  2. Thanks for commenting and for stopping by my blog, Carl.


    sorry that struck me. Reminds me of some books I'm reading... OY!