Theommentary is Two! (PLUS, a Contest!)

Today is Theommentary’s second birthday! Ain’t he cute? 

To commemorate the anniversary of the second year of Theommentary, I will first of all bore you a bit with what I’ve learned about blogging in the past two years. Then, to make things a bit more exciting, we’ll have a little contest–which includes a REAL prize you could win for participating!

Three Things I’ve learned about Blogging

1) Good intentions are just that. I originally envisioned Theommentary as an extension of my teaching ministry, and to an extent, it has done just that. But what actually happened probably didn’t even get near as close to my intentions as I’d hoped.  I hope that there is still an occasional nugget that you find interesting, encouraging, or maybe even a good bit of exhortation! But so far, I’ve been unable to keep up the pace or consistency that I would like. Being an administrator and a professor, and now a church elder (not to mention father and husband!) ensures that my blogging is only a sideline hobby. But I still enjoy it when I can get around to it.

2) Shorter is better. I tend to be long-winded. Ask my wife and my students! Blogging has forced me to try to say things a bit more precisely. I’ll stop there on this point. :)

(Ok, one more thing: I recently discovered a neato website called “The Khan Academy.” Basically, this one guy has posted hundreds (thousands?) of short tutorials on various subjects (though mostly in math and science). Apparently he is getting hundreds of thousands of hits per month. His secret: The tutorials are short and to the point. Take a look! P.S. When I posted this link, there were over 1500 people on his site! You can also see a CNN article on it here. HT: Kathy Hillacre–thanks, Sis!)

3) I am surprised at how people find my blog most often. According to my Blog stats from WordPress, of the over 25,000 hits to the page (other than the over 14,000 hits that came directly to the top page), three postings ranked in the top. These were posts that supposedly people came to Theommentary directly after a web search, without necessarily coming through the top home page:

  1. Primer on the Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth – 655 unique hits.
  2. Experiencing Bob Dylan – 504 unique hits
  3. The Shack – A Review – 409 unique hits

Needless to say, three very different topics and three very different subjects. My busiest day was November 5, 2008, the day after I posted my Bob Dylan concert experiences. (Apparently, there are a LOT of Bob Dylan fans who troll the net looking for the latest concert reviews…)

The SECOND ANNIVERSARY THEOMMENTARY CONTEST

Since I assume that most of my readers are interested in theology, the following is a good ol’ theological quotation quiz.

WHO SAID IT?

  1. “True gratitude or thankfulness to God for His kindness to us arises from a foundation laid before, of love to God for what He is in Himself; whereas a natural gratitude has no such antecedent foundation.”
  2. “The Christian community is not a spiritual sanatorium. The person who comes into fellowship because he is running away from himself is misusing it for the sake of diversion, no matter how spiritual this diversion may appear.”
  3. “Who is it that expounds the Bible? We answer with the ancient axiom which must be the axiom of all hermeneutics: Scriptura scripturae interprets. With respect to the Holy Scriptures, that means: These writings, as God’s Word in human words, expound themselves, are in themselves . . . everywhere perfectly clear and transparent.”
  4. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
  5. “A Christian lives not in himself, but in Christ and in his neighbor. Otherwise he is not a Christian. He lives in Christ through faith, in his neighbor through love. By faith he is caught up beyond himself into God.”

Answer in the comments section below. I will give the answers by Monday morning (September 6).

The Prize: The first correctly to identify all five of the speakers/writers of the theological quotations may choose between one of two books: 1) Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (by Grenz, Guretzki and Fee Nordling); or 2) The Teaching of the Church Regarding Baptism (Karl Barth). (No, I won’t be hurt if you choose Barth over me!)

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About David Guretzki

I've been teaching theology at Briercrest College & Seminary (Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada) since 1993. I'm Professor of Theology, Church and Public Life and also Vice President, External Relations. I'm married to Maureen, have three kids (Joey, Chiante, and Sierra) whom I love dearly! I completed my PhD from McGill University in 2006 with a dissertation on "The Genesis and Systematic Function of the Filioque in Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics."
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6 Responses to Theommentary is Two! (PLUS, a Contest!)

  1. Jon Coutts says:

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed your blog.

    I was going to say Karl Barth for all of them but have done a bit of digging and am going to say:

    1) Jonathan Edwards
    2) Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    3) Stanley Grenz
    4) Mother Teresa
    5) Karl Barth

    Not sure about 3 and 5.

  2. RougueMonk says:

    Google is your friend. Took me three minutes to find all five. But that’s cheat’n.

    Blessings, David, and congratulations on your two-year anniversary.

    RogueMonk

  3. RougueMonk says:

    PS – Jon – you’re 3/5ths correct. Barth is certainly one of the quotations, but not # 5. Think 99 theses – hint, on #5.

    Shhh. No cheat’n.

    Alas, without cheating I knew 1,3,4,5.

    2 took some research.

    Blessings, RogueMonk

  4. Jon Coutts says:

    Well, I knew number 4 and thought I recognized 1 and 2 but looked the others up, so I will defer the prize to RogueMonk. I have the pocket dictionary already. I was taking it to seminars at university here early on because I was getting lost in the jargon.

  5. Kathy says:

    Hey, little brother, two years and counting, eh? Well done. Can you remember what life was like before blogging? The dark ages! I love the freedom of thought and expression that blogging promotes. Of course my thoughts are not your thoughts when it comes to theology (do I even have theological thoughts? I don’t know). Nonetheless, keep up the good work, and I’ll try to just keep up!

    P.S. You’ll notice the absence of my entry into your contest. I was, like Jon, gonna guess at K.B. for all five, but thought that would surely be too easy to be right. :)

  6. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get more participation in this contest. But such is life!

    Honourable mention to Jon for being close, but not quite. RogueMonk, well, you didn’t really enter! And thanks, Kathy, for your comment!

    Here’s the correct answers and sources:
    1) Jonathan Edwards, “The Religious Affections,” p. 173.
    2) Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together,” p. 76.
    3) Karl Barth, “The Authority and Significance of the Bible: Twelve Theses,” in “God Here and Now,” p. 64.
    4) Mother Theresa, (Internet!)
    5) Martin Luther, “On Christian Liberty,” p. 62.

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