Study at Reykjavik University



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Our international students describe their RU experiences.

Reykjavik University, 2017

Reykjavik University is very closely
connected to the industry of Iceland. This gives our students a unique opportunity in
a very close-knit, advanced, developed industrial society to have access to industry, specialists and
opportunities that very few universities can offer. I really like the place. Everybody is very nice
and is always willing to help you. I selected Iceland mainly because
of Iceland itself, because of the nature. But on the other hand the
school is also very good. It’s a very high
energy environment. We have geothermal and
we also have a lot of water because it rains a lot,
hence hydropower. And there is
also a lot of wind. It’s an opportunity for me to learn a number of
innovative renewable energy technologies and be able to utilize
them when I go back home. In corporate finance we are few people,
small classes and a lot of discussions. A lot of interaction between students and teachers.
So it has a personal feel to it. Here in the computer science department
there is a very advanced course Here in the computer science department
there is a very advanced course for game design and virtual environments.
So that’s the main reason that brought us here. Classes are a lot smaller here and
you have a lot more regular assignments like group work
and presentations. I feel that there is a much more direct
relationship between teacher and student. With much more dialog which
can really help improve your studying. We really sit down with our students
and we tailor the program to each student. Our primary purpose is to educate the
specialists and the leaders of the future. I’m working in the subfield of mathematics
called combinatorics and I work with quite simple
mathematical objects. We’re teaching the computer how to prove
things about these mathematical objects. This is very new. You have study spaces
you have lecture halls and you also have a very nice
library where I study a lot. I think it’s really advanced, a lot of
access to innovative and modern stuff that really makes learning
and studying easier. It’s been really nice. We have met
a lot of different people and we are always doing
something. We have full schedules. We live in the capital and
there is always something to do a lot of cultural events, dancing and places
to meet people and just hang out. At one point it was
a hard decision for me. But when I came here then I knew it was the
right decision. So I’m very happy here. Something that I really liked
was that it was Iceland. So it was perfect, I could study and come
to an amazing place at the same time.

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Advice to PhD applicants



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Thinking of applying for a PhD? Academics give advice on what studying for a PhD is like, and what questions applicants should be asking themselves.

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okay if you're thinking about applying for a PhD ask yourself a question why you would like to do that and if the answer is because you're really interested in the topic and you're really interested in doing research on that topic then do a PhD don't do it because you think it's a good you know career move I'm afraid research is a kind of long term it's a long game and it doesn't quickly reward you but it is immensely rewarding in the long term this is a very negative first thing to say but make sure you actually want to do a PhD because a PhD is 3 to 4 years of hard work blood sweat and tears it's a period of time which okay I had a great time during my PhD it was fantastic but a PhD is very very challenging you'll basically cast out into the wilderness and you have to support your soup from your supervisors but fundamentally it's your work and there will be times and I don't know a PhD student who didn't have these times where you'd have a clue what to do the point is you're doing research so your supervisor to act or what to do because they don't know the answers if they knew the answers then why are you doing it so there are things that you do the answers to you don't know what to do you don't even have a clue where to start addressing this problem and you'll want to go home and cry and I think most PhD students have gone home and cried I sort of think a PhD is mainly about learning how to sniff out a dead end doesn't come really positive but it's sort of sort of what it is it's like okay can this person work out as a dead end before their forehead starts to bleed that's what I think I got it and also the flip side to that is can you work out when you're going down a dead-end there's a little part that looks interesting through the bushes and allow yourself to explore that because that's the best researchers are not blinkered in that sense they often have an idea in front of them but they will also be opportunistic so they're going along and they look down on the ground living a little since I might go there for a little while or my send someone else that way another PhD student away or something we'll go exploring that if you do want to do your PhD then that's great and despite all the kind of negative stuff I said about doing a PhD I had a fantastic time and it is that the most uniquely rewarding experience I can think of because you're doing research that you set presumably you like what you're doing otherwise why are you doing it and so being able to have all of that free time to just work on what interests you is a tremendous privilege and I'm so I feel so happy that I had the opportunity and I feel so happy that I'm doing that right now most PhD interviews are not particularly full so really what the supervisor is looking for is someone who clearly shows interested interest in the topic and and again is willing to discuss discuss things in depth and challenge the sort of perceived wisdom and challenge existing ideas other stuff to think about when you're applying for PhD is the stuff that I don't think people do consider quite as much which is going to be think about the topic of their PhD is this does this topic interest me that's important but also think about the environment the university will offer you because universities don't tend to treat PhD students that well they see them this I mean as a PhD student you're pretty much at the bottom of the ecosystem in the university other than undergraduates but I mean they're just so low that if you people have people's time pretend they don't exist so as a PhD student the university tries technology but at a bare minimum level and that means that lots of the facilities for PhD students might not be that good you might be stuck in a very large office with lots of people you don't know maybe from different disciplines might even get an office lots of humanities PhD students don't and that can be a very isolating experience so it's important to check whether your university has the appropriate support structures in place talk to existing students past students existing students will probably give you a negative view past students will give you a positive view and supervisors supervisors are very different in the way they deal with students some are very hands-off you're on your own and see you in three years not quite that bit close to that and others will be quite prescriptive and what they want and for some people the ones that sit you down and said this is what I expect to do by next week are the best sort of thing and for others it's just leave me alone so if you don't have access to an office deal access to other collaborative spaces where you can meet people also doing PhDs are they in your subject area which is great for improving your research and also non your subject area just for keeping you sane so it's good to have access to these kind of spaces where you can meet other people and stop yourself going mad because if doing a PhD can be a very isolating experience if you don't have these kind of support structures the whole process of applying for a PhD is a bit it is a bit kind of random in a sense how do you find a place you know how do you know what you're interested in a non-traditional 'evil because research can be many steps removed from the sorts of topics and people do it undergraduate and the best PhD students you tend to find are people who you either know because you've taught them or you know because someone you know was talking taking someone you don't know very well is it's always a bit of a risk but you know so so if you have already have a relationship you've had some interaction with one of your lecturers at university ask them if they've got any PhD places if you're interested in a subject they're doing and they make they might have some now that layer between ten kilometers and fifty comms announced to you is what we call a stratosphere and it accounts for almost the entirety of the remaining mass of the atmosphere see ya let's see if I can remember this or if you want more background videos with John and I just talking about stuff then please comment below make sure you go and look at that singing playlist of choral music about Christmas comment below which one piece is your favorite you know just have a listen to a few and shuffles

6 Months as a PhD Student and 6 Lessons Learned | PhD Vlog



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I started my PhD a little over six months ago and wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learnt from that experience so far in order to allow anyone who may be starting a research degree, masters or undergraduate course might be able to get a headstart and learn from my mistakes!

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Pepperdine Bible Lectures 2016 – Randy Harris (Part 1)



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The Church in an Election Year: “A Cruciform Proposal” (Part 1: Strangers)

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What do supervisors look for in their PhD students?



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Professors talk about what they look for in PhD applicants, and what makes a successful PhD student.

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School of Public Policy | Patricia Tagliaferri Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series – Niall Ferguson



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While most graduate policy programs focus on the quantitative side of public policy, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy has understood from its founding that public leaders needed to consider the array of the social sciences in formulating sustainable public policy. This includes the study of history, and in this timely lecture, Dr. Niall Ferguson will make the compelling argument that policy failures – both domestic and international–have been founded on a misreading, if not complete ignorance of history.

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2017 Pepperdine Bible Lectures | Tom Robinson (Keynote)



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“Ecclesiastes 1”

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good morning everyone I bring you greetings from the on the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York City it's a wonderful congregation and I think and I'd see some gray hairs out there I think many of you of my generation on up can remember back in the last century the last millennium having made contributions to the Manhattan Church of Christ back in the 50s and 60s it's a it's a true delight for me to be here at Pepperdine today especially with my colleagues and in ministry Amy Hennig er who's speaking in this time period tomorrow and is also organizing a conference for women and ministry that will hold at Manhattan and in June I think you're invited also in Larry Mudd who's our worship minister and is teaching a class on rhythms of worship and relationships to the to the Christian calendar and it's great to have other members of our ministry team here too angel Reyes one of our elders and minister of our spanish-language congregation who's just returning from mission work in in Honduras and on his way back to New York stopped by here and Jason Isbell who's our Minister for youth and children's just it's just tremendous to have them and I am just so grateful that my kid brother who has hair even greater than mine dr. Quinn Robinson came all the way from Nacogdoches Texas to be here and most of all I'm delighted to have my wife here Sonya and she's breaking away from the very intense responsibilities that she has as a school administrator that follow her everywhere through that phone so please II ask these is our focus this morning with subtitle the difference and end makes the first this is the first of two forays into into this book dr. David Holmes is going to be speaking on Ecclesiastes this evening and we're we're partners in in this but I have to say we didn't divide the book up between us each of us is looking at the whole but from our own individual perspectives if yesterday morning was the ultimate up I'm just afraid this is going to be the ultimate down we're counting on the creative interactions between our two presentations to take place in you and your engagement with Ecclesiastes as you know Cleese ESDS is indeed a challenging book I think it's probably best you know best thought of in terms of the its opening cry vanity of vanities says the preacher vanity of vanities all is vanity King James birthday you know right from the start that Ecclesiastes has a strong point of view Ecclesiastes is one of the scrolls it's that we're talking about in these lectures providing rhythm for robust salvation it's the scroll that's read during Sukkot the Feast of booths the Feast of Tabernacles at the time of the fall harvest and it certainly is a book for to train us for robust salvation maybe I sort of think in the sense that anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger I don't come to Ecclesiastes as an Old Testament scholar or historian or as a philosopher but as a Christian as a lover a lover of the Bible a lover of the Bible as a whole and I have to say after doing this of this book Ecclesiastes is a challenging book but not because it's unclear it's very clear and it's very emphatic the problem for me is that the things that it says so clearly sound very strange to my Christian ears but it's also true that in another way they resonate deeply with with my own experience and with things that I've heard from people in counseling and teaching over over many many years I sort of have the feeling that the writer of Ecclesiastes is an old codger like me you know getting old and wanting to make sense of life just a couple of comments to express my approach and please feel free to disagree I do not think we have any idea who wrote the book and that includes all twelve chapters which I tend to read as a unity the word ecclesia steez itself is a greek word and it's the name of a role it's derived from the Greek word ecclesia which is translated in the New Testament it's church and means assembly it means something like the Assembly Speaker so this morning I'm your Ecclesiastes I'm the speaker in this assembly the wording Hebrew is qohelet and and it means the same from cahal the Hebrew word for assembly and qohelet is the Assembly Speaker and sometimes it's translated to teacher or as the King James Version has a preacher and so this morning when I'm talking about the person who wrote this book I'm going to call him qohelet qohelet is described in the last chapter of the book as a wisdom teacher but at some points especially early in the book he makes his wise points by taking on the the persona of Solomon Solomon is sort of the ideal wise man he's also of course a powerful King he's a man of tremendous wealth and accomplishment and many wise and sometimes of course is you know a man of disconcerting foolishness even stupidity well it uses the persona of Solomon to push his main quest and that is to discern to see what is the meaning of human life not in a philosophical sense but the concrete ways that people actually live and experience life it says in 113 that he wants to search out by wisdom all that's done under heaven sometimes he called it the busyness that God has given humanity to be busy with 3:10 because I've seen everything that's done under the Sun and I just say one more word about my approach I used to take that phrase under the Sun that kuelap uses a lot as a kind of way to disarm everything else that qohelet says like many others I interpreted under the Sun to mean something like apart from God or not taking God into consideration since one thinks I suppose God is being above the Sun but more reflection on the book for me has convinced me at least that that that reading just does not hold up qohelet very much takes God into consideration throughout the book God is the one who gives humans their their life and breath he's the one who gives them their work he's the one who gives them joy he's the one who gives them well pieces he's the one who makes everything beautiful in its time he he plants the in their heart and and so much more I'm not really sure but I think that under the Sun means something more Universal like under the light of the Sun in contrast to the the darkness of death or chill as the Hebrew word has so helot has been on a great quest about the meaning of practical human life and he pronounces his verdict right away right at the start it runs all the way through the book and he emphasizes it again right at the end and we've heard the common translation vanity of vanities all is vanity but the Hebrew word that qohelet uses has a rather different feel to it very different from the kind of the abstraction of vanity it's the Hebrew word Hevel and it means something like vapor or breath there's been a long tradition of translating heavily in these abstract terms like vanity or meaninglessness or absurdity and so forth but when you recall it kind of sticks with the the metaphor Styx was the image he speaks of this heaven this vapor this breath this fog maybe it's the image of something that you can't get hold of something that that appears substantive you know like you look up in the sky and you see a cloud but it's there you can see it what you just can't grasp it you can't hold on to it it's like fog it's vapor heaven early on in the book II he looks around at the world he sees generations come and go Sun rises the Sun sets and the wind blows north the wind blows south and the rivers all flow to the sea and he doesn't say like it you probably would Wow what beautiful created order how everything works together Jesus ah so tiring and it's so tired you just can't express how weary from it all is nothing new worn out going nowhere nothing new anywhere life goes round and round and round and then you die that's what would have happened if I'd knocked olives on the Bourne Havel Havoline vapor of vapors everything to Howard says is haha vapor it ends up without any substance at all times claret says that he was he's experienced despair I hated life because everything was Grievous to me for all his vapor striving after wind I gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors but Golic doesn't despair ultimately because he knows I'm reduce echoing on my father he knows as we as we already said that God is over everything and that God gives life God gives joy got this pleasure in everyday life and we need to treasure that fact and treasure those experiences the problem for Collett is that God doesn't give that joy and that lies in a way that we can make sense of it I suppose probably everybody's favorite passage and qohelet is the beginning of chapter 3 we've got a song from it for everything there's a season and a time for every matter under heaven the time to be born the time to die a time to plant at a time to pluck up what is planted a time to kill and a time to heal and so on it goes a whole series of these can you get down to a time for war and a time for peace chapter 3 verses 1 to 3 so yeah you know to take the negative point of view yes every for everything there's a season but how do you tell what season it is what's first what's now he goes on to tell her God has made everything beautiful in its time how he's planted eternity in the human heart but he says not so that we can figure out what God is doing from beginning to end the reason we can't understand things is because of the end that qohelet always sees where everything ends up you go round and round and then you die and death turns everything into heaven into vapor so on every level the Kohala cease from everyday experience to the lives most comprehensive meaning the end of death makes everything evaporate into heaven we can't hold things we can't grasp but we can't understand them now this morning we could approach all of this from a lot of different starting points we might talk about how postmodern heaven I mean how about a call it sounds how contemporary it sounds we can think about how ecclesiastes anticipate the exclusion of teleology purpose directed thinking and from modern philosophy and modern world views but I'm I'm a Christian minister and I want to think about the message of Ecclesiastes in the flow of the Bible from a Christian point of view and I want to work from what to me is one of the most striking passages in Ecclesiastes also I'd have to say for me one of the most difficult passages certainly one of the most disconcerting passed but I hope ultimately and illuminating passage Ecclesiastes 9 chapters chapter 9 verses 1 through 12 it's an extended passage that lets us get a feel of how qohelet fought and spoke so to follow with me but all this I laid to heart examining it all held righteous and why and their deeds are in the hand of God but whether it is love or hate the human does not know both are before them it's the same for all since the same event happens to the righteous and who witness to the good and the evil to the clean and the unclean to him who sacrifices and to him who does not sacrifice as the good one is so is the center and he who swears is that he would shuns an oath this is an evil that is done under in all that is done under the Sun that the same event happens to all also heart of the children of humanity are all of evil and madness is in their hearts while they live and after that they go to the dead but he was joined with the living that's hope for a living dog is better than a dead lion forgive me Charlie you're a good dog for the living know that they will die but the dead know nothing they have no more reward for the memory of them is forgotten their love and their hate and their envy have already parents and forever they have no more share in all it is done under the Sun go eat your bread with joy drink your wine with a merry heart God is already accepted your deeds let your garments be always white let not oil be lacking on your head and draw life with the wife whom you love all the days of your vaper life that God has given you under the Sun but what's that your portion in life and in your toil at what you toil under the Sun whatever your hand finds to do do it with your might so there is no work or skiing or not or wisdom until to what you are going again I saw that under the Sun the race is not to the Swift nor the battle to the strong tore bread to the wise nor riches to the intelligent nor favor to the with knowledge time and chance happen to them all for the human does not know the time like fish they're taken in an evil net like birds that are caught and snare so the children of humanity are snared in an evil time when it suddenly falls upon earth what a pageant it's one of those texts that really makes me want to ask is this really the Bible does it really say that in Scripture and yes yes really does now now I I think that's a really important question why is this here in Scripture what am I supposed to make up in the morning is this the truth not a lot of shouting out here amen how many of you agree that the living know that they will die but the dead know nothing they have no more reward for the memory of them has forgotten their love their hate their Envy have already parried is that one of your favorite passages my experience you don't hear that cluded at many funerals a lot of people do like the next verses though go eat your bread with joy drink your wine with a merry heart for God has already accepted your deeds let your garments always be white let not oil be lacking on your head enjoy life with the wife whom you love speaking to the men of the Assembly of course all the days of your vapor lives that God has given you under the Sun why because that is your portion and wife and and then you toil it what you tie on under the Sun whatever your hand finds to do it with your mind why well there is no work or scheme or knowledge or wisdom and death to what your going and shield which we're going you are going into darkness chill and to death and death turns everything into vapor Wow what a thing to have to preach about on a beautiful May morning with the Pacific Oceans it's right over there why don't we all just break up and go to the beach and walk along the beach and get over a queasy Asti but I I certainly believe that God wants this this book to be here including this chapter it helps us learn something about how God speaks to us and it's something that often we're not too anxious to hear it allows us to see that many parts of the Bible have the character of a of a great debate a debate that's running throughout the Bible especially in the Old Testament but also in the new as well sometimes the debate is very explicit I guess the best example would be the book of Job where the drama is laid out as a debate about what's happening to job if you're familiar with that whether he deserved his suffering whether it can be explained or not Joe but his friends all get to speak and each one claims to express the wisdom of God's people then God comes on the scene and at the end you know in the whirlwind and he doesn't seem to agree with any of them he looks at job's experienced from an entirely different point of view in the same way Ecclesiastes helps us see that God has given the scriptures that involve us in thinking seriously about serious stuff serious reality by hearing different views that interact powerfully through the Scriptures by watching the whole drama unfold we engage the Word of God as it comes to us through all these voices now qohelet surely knows about the promises of blessings for righteousness those are the promises that means so much to job's friends and that are propounded so strongly and a lot of passages maybe especially is the last chapters of Deuteronomy but qohelet in effect that is it really true that those who obey the commands are always blessed and that those who don't are always current really I want to speak the truth about the way things really are and then he hits you of course with his verdict no vanity a vanity it's vapor it's chasing after the wind and his quest is quite serious so he refuses any sort of easy answers he refuses to be like job's friends who want to defend the God by lying on behalf he says job accuses them and pretending that that lying on behalf of God pretending that things are better than they are and that job's suffering and has some clear explanation in the world qohelet will not give theological cliches instead he senses expire between the eyes with the hard meaning of life at least as he sees it so until for it can be really quite refreshing a lot of people for a lot of people in Ecclesiastes is their favorite book Martin Luther wrote that he wanted every Christian to read some of the cleat ESDS everyday it's bracing in the truths about life that it expresses but it is also disconcerting all this I laid to heart examining it all other the righteous and the wise are in the hands of God amen amen I agree yes indeed sir but then he says whether it's love or hate the human doesn't know the wise person the righteous person their deeds that are in the hand of God but you can't tell by looking on the outside whether God loves them or hates them hmm you agree not a lot of amens here verses 2 & 3 it's the same for all since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked the good and the evil the clean and the unclean hem who sacrifices him who does not sacrifice the good person as the good person is so at the center and he who swears his team chunseok this is an evil and all that is done under the Sun of the same event happens to all but erdheim same event happens to them all now hi I would not say it the way qohelet does I really wouldn't but there is a rawness about what he says that really makes you sing think with me about what Paul says in that beautiful well-known passage in 2nd Corinthians 4 7 through 10 this is Paul this the great apostle that devoted to God devoted to Jesus Christ gives his life for the gospel he says we have this treasure in Jars of play to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us and how does that work out Paul what sort of live for you living as you have this power of God working in you we are afflicted in every way but not crushed perplexed driven to despair persecuted but not forsaken struck down but not destroyed always carrying in the body the dying of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our body God loved Paul or hate him is it showing his love by allowing him to be afflicted and perplexed and persecuted and struck down you can't really tell just from the outside now Paul of course is absolutely certain that he is living in the love of God he can sit in prison and experience peace that passes all understanding he says the life that I now live in the flesh I live in the faithfulness of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me you sure that nothing can separate him from the love of God how does he know that what could he tell qohelet that could help him to deal was the perplexities of life the difference between the two doesn't just come out of nowhere something's making a big difference I want you to think about that something in a very simple way that you probably already formulated from what I've said the end has changed the outcome toward which Paul is living is different from the end that qohelet saw you can you can see the difference in the their vision of a really good a really great life as you go through Ecclesiastes you know that the quality test the vision of the great life he takes on the role of Solomon and tells how he has made his life great it's a vision that is strikingly parallel to to a great deal of modern aspiration listen to Ecclesiastes 2 4 through 9 somewhat compressed here for time I made great works I built houses and planted vineyards for myself I made myself dire and park and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees I made my some pools of water among the trees I bought Bob sleighs and more slaves are born in my house I developed great herds and flocks I also stored up silver and gold the treasure of kings and provinces I got singers both men and women and that had many sexual partners those famous concubines a great delight so I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem it's like this was written by that Madison Avenue men of the ancient world it's our vision of success seeing in various ones in a jillion well-produced commercial and lodged in our society's heart a man woman powerful wealthy person with big accomplishments big pleasures a very smart sophisticated wise approach to life and no suffering all the way through Ecclesiastes there's no mention of qohelet actually suffering anything outside his own mind think about it think about it think about you might notice that it's an almost exact reversal of Jesus at every point if as though Jesus takes this picture of greatness pictured from the ancient world but also from our modern world and just simply reverses it turns it upside down and so also was Paul if he thinks about it like it's the reverse of this kind of becoming great he can say crazy things like we've become like the garbage the offscouring of the world is I got it everything is lost that I mean know him and the power of his resurrection qohelet looks at his becoming grating he knows that every one of us some level envies him we all want to be Richard we all think that it would be great if we were more powerful at least in some sphere you know I I myself always you know wish that God would have tempted me with wealth and power I think I would have handled it really well but he chose not to do that but qohelet has it all power wealth sec all the good stuff it's there but qohelet has the sense he has the real wisdom to look at all that and say vapor vapor of vapor is all they do the problem for guellen if that he doesn't take as much of anywhere else he doesn't have a bridge to cross over to something more for eat for him even the best things that the beautiful times of joy and pleasure in everyday life even the fear of God itself oh that ultimately lost in the fog the Hevel he has the desire for something more buddy but he can't find the way contrast his and our view of the great life was the one that Jesus talks about how he talks about greatness he often teaches his disciples you're very well aware about about great about greatness because there were they were discussing it a lot he tells how the great ones of the world act as benefactors but they also control others and lord it over others it shall not be so among you jesus said but whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your server arctan 43 but then you watch the disciples all the way through Jesus ministry they listen of course but they're always waiting for Jesus to come back to reality they they want him to come back to the real greatness of being a glorious messianic King they wanted cities his right hand in his lap when it comes in his kingdom they like qohelet and like us know what real greatness is in the real world for Paul however Jesus teachings have become routed Paul goes through as well just think about that list of stuff in second Corinthians 11 the stuff that he's gone through beatings being stoned to death but barely not dying shipwrecks robberies he is sitting in prison when he writes rejoice in the Lord always the end the goal that Paul sees and knows is what makes the difference think back to that passage in Ecclesiastes 9 3 through 6 the heart of humans are full of evil and madness is in their hearts while they live and after that they go to the dead the living know that they will die but the dead know nothing they have no more reward for the memory of them has forgotten their love and their hate and their Envy have already perished for ever they have no more share in all that is done under the Sun when qohelet looks at life and circumstance and greatness he sees that if things are going to make sense it has to be now before you die because death turns everything into vapor and he could not like job's friends did bring himself to say that it all added up emphatically enough the race is not to the Swift the battle is not going strong the bread bread doesn't go to the wiser riches for the intelligent nor favor to those 10 with knowledge but time and chance happen to them all humans are like fish caught in an evil net like birds trapped in a snare their snare in an evil time when it suddenly falls upon what got a love going it needs to make sense now and it doesn't qohelet had looked this way and that life he looked at all the different parts and done his calculations if you allow a mathematical metaphor sort of but the last line of the human formula was take whatever you've totaled up so far and multiply it by 0 that and the result is always zero heaven vapor nothing's really there but you know what strength I think I think at bottom on a deep level of that great debate Jesus agrees with qohelet given the world and life around him that qohelet studied so how it had seen things clearly and emphatically with things as they are life always turns into heaven Weber Jesus agreed God agreed something had to be done not just a new explanation of how things work not a new philosophical point of view to be argued about and taught something had to be done an event to change the whole human formula and God had to do it oh yes our our understanding our teaching are all important but these things come after they flow out of the deed itself the event and God had to change the world had to change the world itself on every level and he did it how did he do by breaking into it he crossed that impossible boundary between the creator and the created God became one of his own human creatures as they say like Shakespeare really actually becoming a character in one of his own play but more than that he had to take on all the stuff the alienation the brokenness the unjust as the unfairness of the world it's so troubled qohelet Jesus looked the trouble of the world in the eye and he embraced people in trouble he had people lined up out the door and across the fields bringing their sickness and their fear their their pain their demons to him he himself had to take in the betrayal abandonment the prejudice the ethnic hatred the humiliation the hopelessness the loneliness the suffering the pain the sin and all and God did he was crucified Jesus drank the whole cup and then he died but if the story to ended there none of us would be gathered here today Paul would never written the astonishing things that you wrote God did something more something truly new many were hoping for believing in some sort of resurrection of the dead at the end of end of time God took the end of all thing the end of the world the end that he was moving everything toward the resurrection of the Dead and he brought it smashing into our world in our history in Jesus and his resurrection God changed remade the world the content the whole thing he created a new kind of life resurrection life human physical life exalted United with the life of God in Jesus something new had really happened in the world and in God life could never be the same again he removed that zero from the end of the human formula by the powerful life of God in His Holy Spirit poured out and living in you and than me that's what I think's at stake in ecclesiastes and that's why it's important that a care and for my part I say thank you go Helen for your clear-eyed realization of just how difficult the human situation is how nothing intermediate works how no clever explanation sufficing how our most extravagant attempts at greatness end up like cartoons our delights in daily joys even those times with people we love they all evaporate even our fear of the Lord our religious aspirations are never enough it's a message that hard for us in our society to hear but it is important we needed something deep something basic had to change the end of everything had to change and God did it and that's what's at stake in Jesus that's the difference and in max amen [Applause]

Pepperdine Bible Lectures 2016 – Randy Harris (Keynote)



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when Mike asked me to come and speak on the lectures we first start out with a guessing game me trying to figure out what it is I'm supposed to bring to this and I assume how Mike you want me for my ruin and scholarship right well no I've got in T right oh you've wanted me for my charisma and my energy and my sense of style no I have faith hey good well you want me because you know even though I'm a little older I just got this hipster way of connecting no I've got say news and Dave Clayton well why don't you want me well I've also got Luke Norsworthy and Wei Hodges and I need somebody a little easier on the eyes so here we are I just want to say to my preaching students who are listening on streaming right now I haven't graded your last sermon so you grade on the curve and I will – okay and have that agreement almost a quarter century ago during Rushford decided to invite an obscure philosophical theologian from Arkansas to come and speak and if memory serves correctly and there's no guarantee of this at this point in my life in Stoffer Chapel I talked about mark 8 the same text I'm going to talk about tonight and there is no text over the last 25 years that I have preached more often it would not be an exaggeration to say that I've preached mark 8 a hundred times and it's highly likely that many of you have heard me preach it it is one of those half dozen texts that mean more to me than any other in the Bible my students know that in my freshman class I build the first six weeks of my Jesus class building up to the grand moment in mark 8 and a preaching at Pepperdine is anxiety-producing to start out with I would like to tell you that that's all from good motives but that wouldn't be true the big thing is you really don't want to be the ugly duckling you don't want to fail you don't want to look bad but there is a higher motive to because you went to considerable trouble to get here and you came to hear a word of God and what if we should send you away empty-handed well for me preaching has always been 75% listening 25% speaking I teach my students and I believe that you start with the text and you listen and you listen and you listen and if you listen long enough a sermon will emerge and then you create some structure around that Word of God that you've heard so believe it or not I decided on mark 8 to start all over and just to listen and I know this sermon has a title but I didn't start with the title I started with the text and I listened and the sermon title that I came up with is this the Gospel according to Peter and what I'm going to share with you for a few minutes is what I saw and what I heard and if you've heard me preach Mark eight before you haven't heard this one because it's never been preached and we'll find out here shortly whether it will ever get preached again listen to the text mark 8 verse 22 Jesus and His disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi on the way he asked them who do people say I am they replied some say John the Baptist others say Elijah and still others one of the prophets what about you he asked who do you say I am Peter answered you are the christ jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him he then began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders chief priests and teachers of the law that he must be killed and after three days rise again he spoke plainly about this and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him but when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples he rebuked Peter get behind me Satan he said you do not have in mind the things of God but the things of men then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said if anyone would come after me he must deny himself take up his cross and follow me for whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it what good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul or what can a man give in exchange for his soul if anyone is ashamed of me and my words and this adulterous and sinful generation the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his father's glory with the Holy Angels let's sit with the text there's a way of listening to the Bible that's often described as the Ignatian way it's a way where you use your imagination you place yourself inside the text and and you try to see what it sounds like and what it looks like if you enter the text so I did a kind of Ignatian thing and I wondered what this text looks like from the point of view of Peter and so I started to dream my name is Peter and I gotta tell ya we've got this sounds Peters sounding very much like Luke Norsworthy we've been in a few hundred years slump here but we've got this now because finally we've got the guy we had this conversation and he says what are people saying about me and you know I know they're saying all sorts of things about you well how about you what are you saying about me and I got this one you are the Messiah and let me tell you how I know because I've been trailing around after Jesus and I can tell you he's got all of the goods when the demons are in people he cast them out when people are crippled he makes them to walk when people are blind he gives them sight when people are dead he raises them up he can multiply food like that if this isn't the Messiah then who is and we have got this now I got to tell you he's a little strange he sometimes tells stories and it's not altogether clear what they mean but we've gotten used to it and I know that later on people are gonna write about this in their Bible and they they don't really write our reactions in there and that's a shame because there's this ancient Greek phrase that we have learned to use when he tells one of those stories okie-dokie hey you've got to be born a second time oh gee Doki God is like this unjust judge key Doki and he does these it does these kind of mind games I mean just earlier today there was this this blind guy and Jesus takes two cracks at healing him touches them says do you see yeah I see people they look like trees walking around and then this isn't in the text either Jesus ghost touches they begin he sees and you know what we said you don't you but we got this we've been waiting for centuries but Empire is over the hated Romans are gonna get kicked outta Palestine God is going to put the son of man on the throne he's gonna put us on little Thrones around him the kingdom of God is going to come fully into this world finally after centuries of abuse we've got this but then he has one of those moments Jesus does and he says oh you need to know this the Son of Man is going to be taken and killed and I'm sorry I cannot okie-dokie that what is this I have a messiah that doesn't know the Bible that is not the way the story goes Messiah doesn't die Messiah kicks the hated Romans out of Palestine restores the Kingdom of Israel to the throne and reigns and puts us on Thrones around him that's the way the story goes and I tried to explain that to him but he turns on me and says are you ready for this get behind me Satan you don't have in mind the things of God but the things of men and I gotta tell you I was sort of used to being corrected by him yeah I was that student but it's pretty hard not to take that one personally get behind me Satan and then he calls crowds around says okay if you're gonna follow me they're gonna have to deny yourself take up your cross and follow me because if you're interested in saving your life you're gonna have to lose it and by losing your life you're gonna save it and I gotta tell you I'm not buying it he is a wonderful messiah but when it comes to placing the kingdom of God in the world strategically he is clueless this will never work there is one and only one thing that works in this world and that thing is power and these Rowling's will never give up their power unless we force them to unless we take it away from them and you can talk about the love of God oh you want to what they really understand is when you cut off their ear it's the only way and if you'll get with it Jesus if you will get out in front if you will bring us together we will when we've got this you can raise the dead you can heal the sick you can multiply food as a military commander you got this we will protect our way of life we will protect our children we will beat off those alien forces who had overcome Christianity and with the Almighty power of God we will bring the kingdom of God to the world this is the Gospel according to Peter this is the gospel to which Jesus response is get behind me Satan that's not God's Way that's the human way and now I'm dreaming and it starts out as a dream but it turns into a nightmare and did the dream nightmare the gospel of Peter wins and when the gospel of Peter wins what you get is American evangelical Christianity it only took a scratch in the history of the world with all of the pain and disastrous wars and plagues that have afflicted the world it only took a stretch one Supreme Court ruling one terrorist attack one refugee crisis it only took a scratch and what we found underneath was fear and power and we were so afraid that we decided that Jesus Way would never work so we decided we'd take Peters way and not only has piers gospel won the day we are winning the day with Peters gospel and so in my nightmare I walk across the battlefield looking at the bodies of our vanquished enemies some are wearing turbans some are wearing pink some are atheist and unbelievers some are garden-variety liberals but we have managed to vanquish them and we have protected our way of life our children our kingdom we've won and then in my dream as I walked through those bodies I see the hands and the feet that are pierced as we've conquered our enemies we have killed the crucified Messiah but I jerked myself away it was a dream it was a nightmare and I wake up and I find myself preaching at the Pepperdine lectures and it's not too late but it is well into the night darkness closes in around us but it's not too late in the text that I read when Jesus says if anyone would follow me they must deny themselves take up the cross and follow me he was first of all talking about dying not metaphorical death not spiritual death death death the way I've described this in my earlier sermon was that the Apostles had thought they were on the power boat it turns out they're on the death ship it's a tough moment and the question is in front of us the gospel of Peter says we will kill our enemies to establish the kingdom of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ says the only way the kingdom comes in is if we are willing for them to kill us do we believe this or do we believe this will never work and the text that I read Jesus said if you want to save your life the only way can do that is lose it and the harder you try to save it the more likely you are to lose it but when you quit worrying about it and are willing to lose it then lo and behold you save it I tried to convince my classes on afternoon unsuccessfully they think that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of losing we are willing to lose our lives and you know it's hard to believe but you Christians you really don't need the government to protect you because God does that and this way of cross is attached to this promise that whatever you lose God will restore but the harder you're working not to lose it the more likely you are to lose it boy if you spend the rest of your life trying to make sure nothing in this life bad happens to you a lot of really bad stuff can happen to you is that who we are are we the people who are so fearful and have so little faith in the power of the Resurrection that we are not willing to try Jesus way the reason I am so devoted to this text is because everything is at stake in it there are two fundamentally different understandings of the gospel fighting each other here the gospel of Peter and the gospel of Jesus and I do want to point out that the enemies of Jesus are nowhere in this picture because the biggest threat to the cause for which Christ died is never as enemies that's easy it's his friends that are the problem it is that we are so likely to misunderstand and and and this handle the gospel that he's putting into us I went about the country for a long time presenting these very alarming statistics about how low church attendance is it is alarmingly low but the real problem that's facing us is not that there are too few Christians the problem is the Christians that we have are Christian enough yet the problem is we haven't quite been convinced of the gospel of the cross I tried to convince my class today that Christians are always more at home on a side that's losing we're on the side that's winning we get it all fouled up Christianity's always function better on the margins now you probably know that I am NOT by nature given to wild bouts of optimism I've said it before I consider optimism to be a form of mental illness apart from a miraculous work of God that is nowhere in sight the gospel of Jesus Christ the cause for which Christ died is mostly going under in North America now here's what I want you to hear in good times and in bad in times when the ground is fertile and in times when the ground is stony the Christian duty and obligation is always the same and that is to be faithful to the gospel of a crucified Messiah and what we need at this point is a bunch of faithful witnesses you will not get us to play the game of fear and power because that is not what our Savior taught us we are going to remain the faithful witnesses to the kingdom that no earthly power can resist or much to their much to their chagrin no earthly power can create we bear witness to the Kingdom that is coming we bear faithful witness and we will not kill for it but will willingly die for it because we won't stay dead and we won't spend our time trying to protect our way of life our chill and our religion because protection is God's job what we will do is take up the cross and deny ourselves and follow the one that we call Savior and Lord come on come on come on the Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault with great joy to the only God our Savior be glory and Majesty Dominion and power through Jesus Christ our Lord before all ages now and forevermore world without end amen

A Week As A PhD Student #1



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I filmed a week of my life as a PhD student in cancer research at University College London. I’m in the final few months of my PhD (eek) and here’s what I got up to last week.

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good morning everyone boys welcome to the 1st no phd's loves today's day one and it's actually Wednesday but I'll do Wednesday two wins but you better going to get an insight into what a PhD is like in biology I'm doing sort of cancer research my day-to-day life is like and how variable and dynamic it can be as well which you're definitely knows it is so pretty this way no two-weeker the same no two days are the same not even know two hours are the same and now say 15 some of it early and selecting the front doors open so you literally have to go all the way through the Uni and then it happened about four different doors before I finally get into my lab is just the longest thing ever so the first thing if you stay is save my data you generate a lot of data when you do research especially when it comes to like research with microscopes basically my PhD is inside you just hard turn ninety five minutes just to save one night of data and I bought all of these nights of you area I sort of word use every week I have post-it notes where I say what I want to do every single day and I plan I'm even here on the weekend this week so I've got you know that weekend as well so yeah this is yesterday I got most of the things done and then it is today I kind of plan on the day and also a bit in advance if I can keep my like this sort of calendar as you can see I keep a calendar where I can see exactly what's going off this is this month this is last month and I sort of write down the dates that I have microscopes booked and meetings and things like that is the bench that I work out the NAP inch so here is where I do all my experiments I usually wear a lab crew here you have different from you have different kits for things that you have this is a RNA expression it so with that kit you're able to extract the RNA from themselves which is critical for my final year didn't imagine that yes in my final year I have about three months left to submit my thesis so it's just this is a very stressful time finished experiments off tight ends and then start writing I mentioned but I just got back from Malta had the most amazing time I was there for four days and it was just the best break ever that I needed and now I'm which is why I'm so like ready to go because I'm just refreshed is why I mean you know I'm never here either so I'm just being so fresh and so yeah I highly recommend it for you guys if you what if you're feeling stressed out and you need a break take it listen to your body listen to your mind I really enjoy reading but I like reading books that have some sort of history to it or some sort of science to it which is why I thought you know I really gravitated to this book but do let me know if you've read this book you know honestly after Malta I just had this person looking at proteins in the cell cortex and how these proteins sort of affect different cell produces such as cell division and cell migration which is movement of cells at how they interact with each other to make actin filaments now I'm looking at a few different proteins including acting and also myosin so the main aim of my PhD is to try to understand which proteins control assembly and organization of the cortex and also how do they do this yesterday's will be analyzing this and potentially where do they look at cells and how they divide over the long term so I kind of imagined them for I say 19 to 20 hours and then I see if they divide normally if they go through interphase normally prophase metaphase would be something and by that I'm able to check whether knocking down certain protein reaching certain proteins has an effect on cell division [Applause] prior to this year I used to do so many social activities of the Union stuff but because I'm so busy now with like piecewise hearing I'm just I just try to get to the gym to break it up a little bit in my factory decreasing spare hi I work on my travel blog which is the meter reader with us I'm in a place calm sir-sir Jessica today is day 3 yeah there's three of my week at life as a pincushion so yesterday saw me doing Western blots going to do today is reveal the Western blots so make sure that I can actually see something on the Block so waiting to check for is that the protein that I've deleted has actually been deleted so why should see maliciously a band where it's my control somewhere it hasn't been deleted and they should see no band where it has been beat so that's a temper today learning to do first is wash my membrane that contains the protein and I left it over my in some milk and some antibodies which are specific to the protein so where do you are now wash it and then and then I can go in and real so wish me luck you guys I keep listing so much they're such an easy thing to do but there's so many complicated there's so many steps that when something goes wrong you don't know where it went wrong because it's a so many places where ever [Applause] okay maybe I'll just test I've got a mini header in my Western didn't go through well okay she wondered but I'm going to eat up my food right now and have some lunch I won't joke where where I kind of just given up I need the Western but I just just not working and in such a waste of time probably cycling around in the park the local parks for me waiting for the sunset almost sunset actually guide since that's such a beautiful day today this unique really early finish about 2:30 and now I'm just with my sister in the park and we are lapping up this golden our Sun having a little ride I also have my skipping rope here too so I hope to get maybe a little workout as well at the same time but yeah just I love the Sun and I don't cycle enough because in London it is way too dangerous so by doing this I get better pose well how you skip please do dusty so I used to love to earth is when you like kind of skin to ground grass earth basically [Applause] 19 – Sentret off station it's Saturday and I'm iest and you can speak and I've seen those of vloggers look and like post the IB Chelsea causes the sound explosion so I thought you know why not just the house I went there this morning at 7:30 yes Thursday my Instagram is simply unscrew Amina experiment I appeared yesterday the Western blot and didn't go too well so I need to redo again and I'm hoping at this time it will need to have patients or PhD it's very frustrating it's Saturday sorry at the end of the day and I'm almost home [Applause] there's million more so today is Sunday morning and I'm at university got to reveal my Western blot and wish me luck with this Western spent time I done it has to end this time pretty what's the nature it's the hospital in London today it's like three four degrees sort of state office again hate the chill day I've not got too much to do part from imaging my Western blot right now is just washing some imaging my Western blot in about an hour and so that's I hope that goes well because I'm just I'm just over it completely you guys saw this plan the beginning of the week and you can see how much more was added as I went on and this Saturday into Sunday we've got two days left on this vlog this week and student vlog and today is Sunday I started on Wednesday so I'll do it tomorrow and Tuesday as well hopefully you guys get a really a good grasp of what's going on I hope anything I hope it's not too boring because and I feel like my heart repetitively I'm going to continue with this Western blot and I will show you guys we'll see how it turns out basically I give up this way planting to me it's like I know that I need them and it's just not working out it's Monday today and I am rushing to be someone and solution to meet some of the curls honey let me sell my dish for myself and done so much don't know I can do about it so I have to do it again you will know that we have a long-standing feud between the two Thunder University and and Jeremy meant Bentham was part of that for the point where the one University stole his body or he was his head on Conda and then that and UCL throw it back and right now it's with UCL and the smashed Feud about it simply show you guys what liquid nitrogen is for those of you who not only search you know what it is is pretty cool actually liquid nitrogen so aglow and see that was like compartments in there and yes inside here we keep sort of ourselves and for long-term storage when we wear safety girls and shoulders we're giving me but there we are [Applause] which is myself and with this aim for ourselves for long terms like first off of the lab were quite scary dealing with it because it's really too cold so my Easter holidays begin tomorrow I've cleared out all myself so you can see nerve cells in my section there and no souls in my section met as well I'm officially done for their well put our start of my thesis writing well official thesis writing time so from now on all I have to do is like my thesis hey may be here for a week and we can ha I love working here got my charger man up yesterday with a haunted am UK and today's by the coast in you go so I'm calling you on my rapist all content up see if I can get to work done in a slightly different environment so today I'm off as my first day off I spend the morning in the library and now I'm off to Greenwich to you number one to cut the Maritime Museum and all the sorts of sunset from Greenwich Park the view there is amazing and lastly to watch the fireworks in front of the cracky Sark so this kind of weekend and they have the tall ship festival and every fireworks so yesterday today tomorrow and the day after this must be really cool actually I couldn't make out an income why I couldn't make it but this year I'm so down and so yeah well show you guys what I get up see on an underground just put out a chrome efficient you

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A week as a PhD student



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I filmed a week of my life as a PhD student in atmospheric physics at the University of Exeter. Here’s what I got up to!

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so this week I've got a whole bunch of objectives the most important of which is get some computer code running I also need to write at least a couple more pages of my theory chapter of my thesis which I've been sort of slowly writing a over the past couple of weeks and months I have meeting with supervisors later on this week which I want to have some stuff for and hopefully be able to present the plan for how I'm going to complete my thesis and then on top of all the PhD stuff I've also got to write a talk to keep in London and I've also got a whole bunch of singing stuff to do which you'll sit back less desk so this morning I had several hours I've allocated for non PhD things so I run an Access Project an Oxford cookie oxblood project which is getting students to blog about their daily life and we have huge document which is all about like basically the charter project so I was updating that for a long time this morning and then doing other things like life admin sorting out emails just things that I'm going to think about if I'm not actually working now I've actually got to work so I probably experiment my PhD is actually about the brief version is that you can divide the atmosphere up to different layers and we live in a layer called troposphere which at the bottom of this layer there above that's called stratosphere and in the stratosphere in the stratosphere you see these really big events called sudden stratospheric warming which are basically most violent things that happen in the Earth's atmosphere we know that these things have an effect on the surface weather we just don't quite know why they do how they do my thesis is essentially testing one hypothesis we have about how that happens and I came home by the way because my camera died also so I do me editing on my big computer here which broke and I've just sent it away to be fixed and this is the moment of truth see if it works or not now it would help if I turn the power on oh I work I am so happy to see that light again this is Dan we're off to do some singing we're so we're both members of the Chapel Choir we are indeed and every Monday well this is the last one actually for the time being we've been doing these little gigs in a tiny little church just on Cathedral green on where we were singing yesterday at the Cathedral and it's just a whole bunch of music in extra second oldest church second oldest yeah because as we hear every week in the history talk this just celebrated a nine hundred fiftieth anniversary it was founded in 1065 yeah right yeah by the first Bishop of Exeter it's a nice little church hey my be amazing yeah here's the music so this week's kind of been a weird one that's not the line I was going to say CSI left my camera ran out of battery the other thing that I wanted to talk about yesterday that I didn't get a chance to because the camera dying was the fact that doing a PhD is kind of weird like it's not like every other stage in your education where the answers are definitely known which is a problem because the work that I'm doing at the moment I am doing something and then I have to check if it's right and sort of compare it to a bunch of other stuff in the field but there's no guarantee that that stuff is right and equally there's no guarantee that the method I'm using to see if it's right is right there's any number of ways in which I can be wrong and I milder I'll probably all of them good morning and you gorgeous I've made a friend since following me you you can't slap oh hey it's me little things campus is busy today you I was pretty much in mourning actually so I've got the point now where with my work it's been this countable malfunctioning so long but I'm kind of just trying everything like looking at every stage look at every variable that music and just sort weaking it multiplying it by thousand dividing it by a thousand seeing what makes a difference and at some point I'm gonna climb with promise laughter I probably had a full day whenever done today like the vast majority of the day was spent still trying to get this code to work and whilst I didn't get it working I've now got some better ideas about sort of how it's not working if that makes sense the other thing which I did was write some code which is going to use the code that isn't working when it works to do a whole bunch of different calculations so it's like the master program what I've been working on is effectively like building a specialized tool and this next bit of code is actually using that tool and turn clues on how to use it so that's nearly well I started it let's put a lever now though I'm going off into uni because I want to sign for Amazon and let's pick up Locker here I'm really quite excited much question it was earlier Ivan who's this we got we've got quite another quite member Jacob is a he or fester right I'm person and you are studying history and I owe I owe international relations all right I'll see you tomorrow yeah yes okay nice guy one thing that's definitely worth noting about expert is it's really bloody hilly so this is the ski slope you have to kind of go up and down whenever you go to campus this needs to go somewhere yeah so unfortunately my housemaid Dan has gone upstairs because he's not feeling terribly well so I'm going to cut filming for tonight what I am going to be doing is doing some editing for Vera CG projects and doing some writing for this talk that I need to be giving next month basically that's what I'm up to but I'll see you guys so this morning's been a pretty standard kind of set I've just been sat coding entire mornings basically Caroline was doing yesterday afternoon just quite nice my hair sticking up but I thought I'd come out here to show you this view this is the view from the top of my building the thing about Exeter is close to these backs to you it's the city on there it's that uni on the hill so get that view right the way down to the sea you can just about see over there and it's also I think it's got the highest tree to student ratio of any Union in the country but it needs to be an arboretum so the view from here is most to green which is very nice in fact the Exeter sort of hashtag is hashtag bleep green so seeing as it's been quite a morning I thought I explained a little bit more about exactly what I'm coding on what the problem codes been so basically what I've been working on this equation where you have some variable Q that you know and you know the Q is equal to L acting on side the Greek letter l here is just some linear operator it's a bunch of functions like adding bits of site together or differentiating it or what happened now the problem is you know what Q is you're working out what retires and the way you do that is through well I'm using a method called successive over relaxation E which basically means that you're using this equation which is actually much simpler than it looks effectively what you're doing is you you're guessing what the answer is and then you're correcting that guess and seeing how much you're increasing or how much are changing your guess every time and the computer code I'm working on is basically doing this and then it terminates after a certain you know I've just an accuracy after the correction gets small enough now the problem I've been having is that until recently it wasn't converging so the corrections were getting bigger and bigger every time until you just have to pull the plug recently I've changed that I fixed it I found what was just a really small problem as an indented block in my code and now it converges but it converges to the right answer and it's given me temperatures that make no sense like negative Kelvin temperatures so I'm what I've been Kari trying to do it make sense of that and fix it and make converge to the right thing but it's it's still not and it's getting a bit frustrating because I need to get this done in order to get my PhD finished but um it's not playing ball and I've been working on this for I think it has been a couple of months now just sort of trying to get this working and this this is the the crucial tool there's the very finally constructor tool that I need to use in order to get my PhD done and all the other stuff that I do depends on this video and it's frustrating because this isn't actually going to appear in my thesis this enables me to flip it into my thesis given that I'm in my last year and I need to I definitely pressure to get stuff done it's not the best when you feel like you know you come against a roadblock and you nobody knows why it's going wrong but the thing is if I don't do it nobody's going to do it for me so I need to keep trying I'm taking a couple of hours off at the moment sort of working on what I'm going to be doing after this I know it works but eventually I'm going to have to fix it I will just turn over when or how okay so it's not a bit later and making some interesting progress I went back to the misbehaving code I feel like I've identified what the problem is it's to do with ham looking at things changing in the vertical like I've pinpointed down exactly what we're going wrong now just got to fix it which I'm gonna do I'm going to go back to the office after I'm done with singing which is where I'm going now yeah so I've not got to get dressed with this Sophie she's one of us upon us he's also a cheerleader which is just like this you've got vast you Italian yes bossy button struggles up so that was evensong this is something if you want to know more about me singer there's a link up there and down in the description I did a whole video about doing choir stuff basically I sing in University of Exeter Chapel Choir we sing and even song every Wednesday we wear the fancy green Kasich's then we have the surpluses on top for the actual service for stuff in the service a shot like Dan because he's not feeling terribly well so he wasn't singing today normally he'd be on tenor we didn't actually have an organist today which is unusual for us normally we have an accompanying was under companies including a piece which we hadn't seen before today now I'm just gonna quickly head back to the office because I've been thinking about the problem that my code was having what's a squirrel its collar so that I may talk squirrel Exodus campus is ridiculous flawed life if you've got like squirrels rabbits foxes badges anyway I'm now going back to the office to a bit of work because I've been thinking about what the problems are plaguing me and I think I've isolated exactly what it is but I'm no idea why it's not working so just a little bit of time then I'm gonna go home well this is getting more and more frustrating this feels like oh man like the mall that I I double this this program the less I seem to understand how to fix this I will but now I need to get home I need to get some edits on the go rendering I need to eat and watch bake-off so there's yet another morning of coding this was continuing to from the problems but nothing for the cones of plowing on under the assumption I will eventually solve the problem code and also doing a lot of stuff right in my hands so this week I've been trying to set myself a sort of time length when I'm going to be getting each part my thesis done so thesis is the thing that lets you clear self a doctor the end of the day you do your research and you write it up with a document called a thesis which at least in this field is 150 200 pages long it's your original research it's a summary of the field and interested outlines what you've contributed then you submit that thesis and then you sit what's called a fiver which is anything from you know two hours to a full day of discussing your research with a lot expert in your very specific field a lot of people don't it's not really an exam it's a defense of what you've done which means it's really just the chance to have really interesting conversation that somebody is very good at what you know you've done so I just wolf down some lunch at my desk because I am now going to do what I've been trying to do every lunchtime this week I've actually been pretty bad at it and that's going to do some scene practice so the University of Exeter doesn't actually have a music department so all the people that you actually have busy with yesterday and the chapel choir don't do music Whitney but we do have the largest extracurricular music program of any university in the UK so there's this huge building here this is Cottle house which is full of practice rooms and ensemble rooms where anybody can who has a music card which is very cheap to get can just book in through as long as they like to rehearse on one of these these pianos so I'm gonna be working through some stuff for the Chapel Choir and also for some material which isn't going to be brought any relevance for a couple of weeks yet I just like to point out the ridiculous quantity of music this is this isn't even everything for the term I mean this is this is even touching the Christmas or the remember it stuff it doesn't even fit in our folders anymore this is ridiculous okay so I think I might have identifiable problems with the code something like a very minor point it says pay to find vertical derivatives well it's not interested but I've just wolf down a pub dinner because there's a campus pub which is just behind me there this is the dream I'm not going to go up too quiet and I need a huge magic because I'm like right about time now is this yet more music hello peace die no no no no never has the music in rehearsal made me angrier well that was a dire rehearsal of music spared by the Holst which is now sleek Bangor ah live lives here but she just want to appear on camera enough we're now going to watch the game of Thrones and then get a night because I want to get up on campus early see if we can follow up on this idea and fix the code once and for all which is really really exciting okay so it's currently 7:00 a.m. I just half an hour ago caught myself and very disgruntled girlfriend out of bed I'm sorry and we're going to try make the most of I think is finance relation to escaping problems I think I'd like to point out the live I've created being in a clip but demanded two takes because her hair looked too scruffy from the back okay so I know definitely the pressure to have dropped live off so actually get some work done otherwise I got a rougher laugh by six for nothing okay so here's the situation um I just went through and basically kind of stripped out when you're looking at this program you're looking at how this this parable berries in three dimensions your up-down left-right back forward so I just stripped out the up-down because that was the problem dimension and I retweet everything about this nine route a term that I think should have been there in the first place this now works fine like it's it's perfect if you weren't even interested in looking at two dimensions now I'm adding in the third dimension which fingers crossed it's gonna work this let's see so this is the problem that we're having this is the field that I'm generating the stream function the the colors and then the arrows are the velocities that you can get from that and everything's pretty close so this is what we expect to see this is what I'm calculating everything's pretty good apart from this the pole and the temperature field that results from that is I don't know if you can see this is really wrong the velocity is looking pretty good apart from here nearly crack-tip we have replaced one problem with another but at least now we are much much closer to the truth that you kind of see in the atmosphere time to get lunch and be quick about it because we're really pumped to try and finish this know you've divided your enemies which makes it easier to conquer them okay well I feel like a monk because I just got a pie for lunch and there was this farmers market here which is here I think every Friday now in term time a poor decision it's really good to got loads of local foods and then like international foods as well this house is amazing Matt's from something is veggie well that's bloody annoying isn't it this definitely feels like I'm going mad like it's it's almost sadistic at this point it gives me hope and it takes it away but still I feel like I have to respond to these things in a mature manner so I made use of the time and I set up another program which is running over the weekend hopefully I'll be finished by the time we get in on Monday I think the preliminary results telling me that what we assumed there was going to be difference between these two methods and it looks like there's not which is kind of going against what other research papers have found well at least one paper off top of my head that's something I have more data to make sense of on Monday now I'm going home hey hey – I guess in Jena yeah yes sometimes the leaves I mean on the Riviera that was me after choir today I like to try and play tennis at least occasionally to turn well I'd start doing sports if you sort of stopped as well and you yeah yeah so it's not–it's nice even if it's just two people and we are going to try and do doubles yeah our level of skill was definitely trouble enough to ever try to find him that was family won't be embarrassed by a level kind of poor poor Ken we did legit just choose that tennis golf because it was as far away from everybody responsible including the kids class don't get because I girl have been a lesson right now really well I was learning getting free advice oh and look what we have here we've spotted a woodland sprite look at him go going about his business oh I think he's found some nuts well this doesn't look good this is so what I don't need right now at least my room's tidy so we're just out shopping I have now got a new jacket because I needed a coke it's now winter and we're now trying to find live something that's going to keep her warm because she's complaining incessantly about the keys the whole the cold the cold she was in Spain last year in a depends looking River Island and try not to show your face well the English summer's over to fair the English summer also not like this oh my god you're gonna look like my that's literally the same texture as my teddy bear but I definitely used to have you've become like the Yeti on my youtube channel alright no one's ever gonna see you we managed it and the Sun came out okay it's Sunday morning on computers still not working so I can't do anything actually useful so Liv and I are going to go into town we're picking up some stuff to make a veggie Sunday roast so there's actually quite an interesting day because we've got this then this evening I've got a live stream and then after that we've got a party to go to when we're going to do some funds under activities I didn't think we were doing maths questions on the TV my cha look at that pie shot it's the tastiest of all charts supply chart are you enjoying this done loving at night I love maths maybe that's right I got it wrong well I'm studying English and classics okay right this is the live stream that's about to happen now because of the problems that we had at home I'm doing in the office so this is where I'm back at 6:30 on a on a Sunday evening Oh white top and white background that's not a good idea but yeah I'm about the live stream with Thomas Frank and Jamie miles there's a link that's already happened so there's a link down there in the description to this event if you want to watch it were answering questions about uni and revision and studying and I'm late so I should join Paul assistant stuff and then I had a tough time accepting this but I started come a little bit burned out with and I was the live stream done that was a lot of fun I always love doing these live streams we might be doing the more regularly from now as well that's just another thing to start thinking about do you think I'm taking on too much like I've got too many things on my plate maybe I should just focus on trying to get this PhD done so the cool thing about this party is it means I get to go back in time a few hundred years because my house is had an hour I'll just say the front door so this is the front door out that was me hitting my head he's very overweight but we love looks like

Do I Regret Getting My Masters Degree??| Learn from My Mistakes!!



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hey everyone organic a shear how's everybody doing out everybody's doing fantastic sorry if the lighting goes in and out I'm sitting in front of the window he wants a mirror and still of a sudden is probably gonna go in and out of the clouds but I prefer to use natural Sun fighting as you guys can see by the title I'm actually gonna be talking about something a little bit different on my channel today on the organic quiche Channel I'm gonna be talking about school and if I regret going back to graduate school okay if you don't know I graduated with my master's degree in May made it stay for a birthday 2018 and I got my masters in health service administration so that was a huge accomplishment because not everybody is able to have a master's degree and so therefore it was a very big accomplishment and I was very very proud of myself to have completed in with a pretty high GPA might I add I think graduate with honors I was so close but I did that I didn't graduate with honors that point a little bit of backstory I got my undergrad bachelor's degree in psychology May 2015 so between May 2015 and when I started my program my master's program in January 2016 there was about a seven-month gap between the two I knew I definitely want to go back to school but I wasn't sure what I wanted to focus on if I want to focus on you know psychology and furthering that to go to my clinical psychology to be a psychologist or even a psychiatrist if I chose that route and then I started to think about maybe being a mental health counselor which you just need the master's degree to do that but then I did some research on it and I realized that that's not what I wanted to do so I knew I loved organization and administration and I also knew I loved healthcare I just didn't want to be on the clinical side of healthcare or the medical side of healthcare I wanted to be more on the management administration side and so when I saw the degree Health Service administration a master's program I was like ok you know what let me try that I graduated in May it is now October 2018 so it's been some months and I graduated I wanted to do this video for my college students who are right now doing undergrad and you're wondering should I continue my education to undergraduate level or even if you're in high school and you're wondering should I go and get my master's degree or maybe but you have kids and you are thinking about going back to school and you're wondering should I go ahead and get my master's degree okay if you were to ask me if you were to ask me right this second with my finite knowledge of the future because I have no idea what God plans for me in the future as far as my education in my career goes and you were to ask me today do I regret getting my master's degree I would say yes I would say yes Cheers why MIT I feel like it was a very expensive piece of time that I gave away it was very expensive to get my master's degree and I could not obviously afford it out-of-pocket so I have to take student loans and so therefore now I have a lot of student loan debt that I have to pay back and I'm just looking at the knowledge that I required versus the amount of debt I am in because of this degree and I'm just like I just don't believe it was worth it I just and this is my finite line speaking I just do not believe it was worth it but I don't want this video just to be about my opinion on whether or not my degree program was worth it or so on so forth I actually want to kind of give you guys some advice when it comes to picking a degree and also when it comes to choosing whether or not you want to go to the graduate level okay because I think it's very important to consider these things as you progress in your educational career now for me personally I feel like it was kind of a waste of time for me based on my life and based on my work career all through my life really and the others at this point I have never worked a real nine-to-five I've never worked a job where I had the clock and clock out my parents were very very amazing when it came to me and saying that you know I don't have to bust my butt at work while going to school they were like just focus on school focus on school don't focus on anything else just focus on school and that's all you need to do we'll take care of everything else and so be cuz I had the leeway to not work I never really did it just got my bachelor's degree so in that set of months span I was looking for work trying to find work I couldn't obviously because I didn't have much work experience and so it's difficult for me to find work then and so then I started my graduate career then I went throughout my whole graduate career without working as well and so I got all this education but I have no experience to back it up and so what I'm saying is that if you are going to school for something specific where it takes your degree to attain the job that you're looking for make sure you are getting some experience under your belt do not make the mistake that I did where you just kind of went to school and even though my parents are great they still agree with me when it came to money's effective to work you guys oh my goodness use a bag then so let me get a job especially in high school but there's like no no and I have Haitian parents though if you have patient parent then you grew up in my generation then you probably understand where I'm coming from but they're just like no no no it's just not happening but now they kind of regret it as well because they're just like that experience is so necessary when you get into the work field not how the experience has really kind of bit me in the foot because now I have this huge degree that is sitting prettily on my wall along with the other two degrees that I have up there and I'm not working and it's been difficult for me to find work my whole point in making this video is if you do want to go ahead and progress into higher level education make sure you have experience under your belt make sure you start working at a receptionist desk or make sure if this is what like if you want to do health care administration or you want to do some kind of management within hospital systems or within medical organizations make sure you do front receptionist desk at a clinic or something that will give you experience if you are in high school or if you are in undergrad and you're thinking about going back to or going and furthering your education to the graduate level make sure make sure you are gaining experience in this time because on your resume when they're looking at your education and your experience they want to see something there so get your foot in the door and any company that you can to get that experience you don't have any experience and they're looking your resume like yeah okay I can see that you made a high GPA and you have all of this education but where's your experience how can I trust that you're gonna be able to do this job well they don't know you um say like they don't know you they don't know your work ethic they don't know that you'll be the best administrator or the best manager or the best whatever they don't know you and it takes that experience for them to be able to know okay she's worked at this place for seven years or she worked at this place for three years but at this place for another three years and they she has great recommendations from both of her managers like they won't know unless you had experience right now a whole separate part of that is is it worth it financially to get a graduate degree my answer is yes it is definitely worth it if you have experience and you get the education that I think that it is financially worth it to get a masters or doctorate degree because the salary that you would be getting at that level with experience can easily compensate for the money that you have to put into your tuition in your books and you know just your college career in general so I do believe it's worth it and do believe that my degree has value but because I do not have experience it's just kind of been you know a struggle bus for me so right in this moment I think yes but that's only because I didn't have experience going in now I don't know what's gonna happen in the future but for right now just know like okay I'm in all this money's worth a bit and I don't have anything to show for it but a certificate that hangs on my wall but that could just be me being bitter so yeah I don't I don't want to harp on that also think about this this way when it comes to choosing a degree program for you to pursue make sure do your research to know whether or not this is a lucrative career that you can find yourself working in after you graduate make sure to also check okay are there certifications that I'm gonna need because with a mental health counselor once you get that degree you still have several certifications that you have to take and pay for and pass in order to be licensed to work as a mental health counselor so don't just look at the degree look at all the certifications that you're gonna need with that degree and also if getting a job in this field is actually paintable after you graduated because some of these jobs are very very hard to obtain after you graduate like you might be sitting years trying to find work and just so you really have to do your research check to see the salaries the adverse salaries for a person who can have this degree and working to feel that you wanted to work in and make sure that the certifications are either none or very limited or something that you can at least think okay I can do it so that once you graduate you can do your certifications and then get the job that you're looking for but the biggest biggest thing is to make sure that you're gaining experience as you work your way there so that you don't end up like me a sitting duck having to start from the bottom and then work my way up even though I do have the master's degree so get your experience alright my camera spot guys so I'm gonna go ahead and wrap this up I hope this was helpful to you if it was glory because god if you're not subscribe to my channel I don't know what you're waiting for go ahead and click that subscribe button so that we can become family also give this video a big big thumbs up if you enjoyed it and share it with somebody you believe will enjoy it and then lastly if you want to follow me on social media or my handles will be down below in the video description box and also on the screen and I'll see you guys on the next one bye y'all beautiful things don't need attention

Public Lectures at the Faculty of Science of the University of Johannesburg



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The Faculty offered a series of Public Lectures in 2011. The purpose of these Public Lectures is to inform and educate target markets of research activities within the Faculty, to present exceptional research contributions within the Faculty, and to highlight the involvement of the Faculty in addressing real and material problems in society and the environment.

SMU Commencement 2018: Schools of Accountancy, Economics & Information Systems Postgraduate



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Singapore Management University’s School of Accountancy, Economics and Information Systems Postgraduate Commencement Ceremony was held on 2 August 2018 at the SMU Hall. Congratulations to the postgraduate class of 2018!

a very good evening to everyone hope all of you have been having a very good day up until now and we're gonna get started but before that can I just say how nice it is to see so many of you gathered here to celebrate with the post graduates today and now ladies and gentlemen please join me in welcoming the grand processional [Applause] ladies and gentlemen please rise for the national anthem No thank you maybe invite the faculty proceed procession to proceed off stage to be seated ladies and gentlemen kindly be seated as well [Applause] vice provost of research professor Stephen Miller associate dean of SMU School of Economics associate professor Anthony T Dean of SMU school of Accountancy professor Chang Chang Dean of SMU School of Information Systems professor pumphrey qua Dean of SMU postgraduate professional programs professor theme in Swati distinguished guests faculty members graduates friends and family a very good evening and a warm welcome to today's commencement today we will be celebrating the achievements of post graduates from the school of Accountancy the School of Economics and the school of information systems and I think the graduates will know what I mean when I say it was definitely not an easy journey but it is one worth remembering and it was one worth going through we've made plenty of memories along the way and right now we're going to take a look at some of the memories that the post graduates have made as we have prepared a short video so enjoy [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] Wow what a beautiful look down memory lane and as you are smiling in all those photos all of us were looking forward to this day the day that we take the certificate and we walk away as graduates so I think I won't keep the graduates waiting too long and let's get this ceremony started so first up for the welcome remarks I like to invite our professor Stephen Miller vice provost of research for the welcome remarks professor Miller please welcome everybody for parents siblings friends loved ones who are part of that support network that is so essential for the student obviously this is a great moment and we are very thankful that you're here tonight and obviously we're very thankful that you've been there for the years and the effort it took for our graduates to make it through the program so a special thanks to those who have been supporting our students all right [Applause] we have here tonight postgraduate students from the school of Accountancy from the School of Economics and the School of Information Systems now right now SMU has about 8,000 undergraduates in about 2,000 post graduates more undergrads than post grads but more post grads than most people realize we have 2,000 post grads of the various types of degrees now a little known secret that is true but most people don't know it even though most people know SMU has more undergrads the very first degrees given by SMU were to post graduate students indeed it turns out to be the case that the first degree recipients of SMU were students from the Masters of applied finance program even before we gave undergraduate degrees so I want you to know undergraduate not undergraduate postgraduate education has been an important part of SMU from the very outset and it's relative degree of importance has only increased and gotten bigger proportionately and it will continue to increase and get more important so you are part of that so thank you I wanted all of you didn't know that postgraduate education has been at SMU since the beginning has been important since the beginning and will we become more important all right now I don't want to be here too long and I just sort of want to make one or two points and then we move on with the things we had our Minister Hanks we keyed our finance minister at the overall opening ceremony the other day and he made a point about the changing nature of the economy and the changing nature of work and how it's important to be adaptable and connected good points of course a year ago when our president Arnold the mayor made comments he talked about changes in the future of work good point of course right and you'll be part of that so let me just sort of make a brief statement because I can't go into a whole speech but you're going into a world obviously that's a world of change for relatively young people like yourself changes opportunity it's not a threat it actually opens up opportunities for you we know we're going into a changing world of work where what machines can do and I don't necessarily just mean physical machines I mean computational machines software systems what they can do is vastly expanding and moves into the realms of things like economic planning and forecasting into accounting like analysis obviously everything related to information systems and my one point on this is embrace it embrace it embrace it as a user embrace it as a policymaker embrace it as an R&D person I have a colleague his name is Tom Davenport he coined this term stepping in stepping in and work with these systems about what data do they need how do we improve the data how do we know when models and data get out of sync and something changed in the environment remember humans will always have the advantage of understanding and adapting to change so rather than free about the way the world is changing because of Technology and so called cognitive automation embrace it become a user become a participant step in there and become part of that and if you do that you will be adaptable and you will be connected and you will be on the frontier of the future of work thank you bye bye Thank You professor Mela we kindly invite you to remain on stage to present the PhD degree to the graduates thank you Doctor of Philosophy in economics Lucien Sonia she says yeah Doctor of Philosophy in information systems no high-low Julian's ahoo Ferdie anthem one iPhone lay we the answer you ain't and so on path nits in quarter renting it's a prio gosh she come Thank You professor Mela we will now like to invite professor Chang Chang Dean of the school of Accountancy onstage for the presentation of awards and postgraduate degrees professor Chung please [Applause] master of professional accounting Mariam Alexander winner of is Diego matter what and Dean's List Lim wave home when our CPA Australia CPA program award for top master of professional accounting graduate dense list [Applause] Sayaka how winner of Willie efficient learning award for top postgraduate of school of Accountancy young Singh way winner of PwC outstanding award for whole leadership and dense list a new street kuma dense list we hopped in Lionel when Joey phony toss me no Sh Pasha and me dense list dongsuk I csail yes your phone Chanchala face y'all ray dowsing talk chanchito [Applause] one town Lucian dense list Xiao Xuan won-lang see dents list mouse in Rani you Wincott um take Singh Budi Marivic Stoughton tan home ping Ryan Margaret Chandra yes sheet 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congratulations to the class of 2018 as this ceremony draws to a close I would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us here today and now I would like to invite all the faculty members to please rise and follow our grand marshals for the grand processional and now may I invite the graduates to follow our marshals out of the whole family and friends do remain seated while our graduates leave the hall first thank you ladies and gentlemen thank you so much for your patience I know you're all waiting with bouquets and balloons to greet your graduates so you may now head on to level two for a bouquet reception and once again my name is angel and it has been a pleasure being your emcee this evening thank you

Harbor 2018: the Pepperdine Bible Lectures



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hi I'm Mike Koch director of ministry outreach for Pepperdine University and at the moment I'm surrounded by water Wind and Fire the water is of course the Pacific Ocean a beautiful backdrop for us every day at Pepperdine the winds this week have alternated between the chilling breezes that come off the Pacific and the rare but often dangerous Santa Ana winds that come swooping over the mountains to the east and behind me in the distance smoked from the Thomas fires in Ventura County already one of the most damaging wildfires in California history water wind and fire which happened to be three the primary images in the New Testament for the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit is the living water that Wells up within us with the life of God it's the wind that God causes to blow to bring renewal to us and it's the fire that Stokes renewal and restoration within the lives of individual Christ's followers and collectively within the people of God 2018 s a special year for us at the event now called Harbor the Pepperdine Bible lectures because it's our 75th anniversary and for a special year we have a special theme the spirit filled people of God we will open up Tuesday night with Rick actually challenging us to be attentive to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and we'll close Friday night with Dan Rodriguez asking us to open our eyes to the missional impulses of the Holy Spirit that force who sends us out in the work of God well you can find all the information you need to register online but we want to invite you to come join us May 1 through 4 2018 as we explore that theme the spirit filled people of God

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Pepperdine Bible Lectures 2016 – Dave Clayton (Keynote)



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Evening Keynote: “The Scandal of the Resurrection”

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and all week long it's just felt like this big family gathering and to be here in the presence of God and to be in the presence of one another's been amazing thing could you help me just give our thanks and appreciation to the team that just put this on to Mike and to Rick and the whole team and we love and honor you all thank you for the work that you do if you have a Bible action after one is we're gonna be tonight for just a few moments together my name is Dave and it is great to be here with you I just want to read this passage over us tonight and we're gonna kind of hone in on just one verse as we think about the scandal of the life that you and I get to live because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ so I'm gonna start in Acts chapter 1 we start in verse 3 I'll read through the whole text for us and then we'll pray you know we'll jump in the Word of God are you guys doing good tonight as everybody hold on pretend I'm fate are you guys doing good tonight fate I'm gonna call you up here bro if they don't get better than that okay we good okay all right here we go Acts chapter 1 starting in verse 3 it says after his suffering after his suffering he presented himself to them and he gave many convincing proofs that he was alive he appeared to them over a period of 40 days and he spoke to them about the kingdom of God on one occasion while Jesus was eating with them he gave them this command do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift that my father has promised which you've heard me to speak about for John baptized with water but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit and then they gathered around him and they asked him Lord is this the time that you're going to restore the kingdom to Israel and he said it is not for you to know the times are the places that my father has set by his own authority but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth and after he had said this Jesus was taken up before their very eyes and a cloud hid him from their sight they were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them men of Galilee why do you stand here looking into the sky the same Jesus has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way that you've seen him go into heaven and then the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives about a Sabbath stood a walk from the city and when they arrived they went upstairs to the room where they were staying those present were Peter John James and Andrew Philip Thomas Bartholomew Matthew James the son of Alphaeus Simon the zealot and Judas the son of James and they all joined together constantly in prayer along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers this is the Word of God this is the truth of God and tonight we get to open this up together let me pray over us and I will spend a few minutes dreaming together father thank you for who you are father I've been so just convicted today that we don't need another sermon and that we don't need to be entertained God what we need is you God we need your presence we need a fresh encounter with who you are god I pray that tonight you would give us the eyes to see the ears to hear the hearts to receive whatever it is that you have for us got to pray that tonight we wouldn't just think about cruciform living or resurrected living but that God we would actually step into those things by the power of Jesus Christ raised from the dead and his spirit poured out upon us Jesus would you do it only you could do thank you for the way that you love us thank you for your patience in your grace upon us God tonight would you make me uh turley forgettable that Jesus would you become non ignoring would you be lifted high glorified worshiped and praised by us 2:9 is in the name of Jesus that I pray and give thanks and the other God's people say amen amen amen so this past week my wife Sydney and I she couldn't be here with me which is kind of a bummer to be in Malibu by herself but I'll suffer she is at home with the three kids if you're watching online I love you babe and thanks for doing that but we celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary and this past week which is crazy and kind of hard to believe something you just know how that goes just time flies by and every year on our anniversary we have this tradition we just want to get away for a few days and sometimes it's a big trip sometimes it's a small trip where we stay in town but every year on our anniversary we really have two goals for our time away together one is that God would use that time to renew our love and some of you who are married you know what this is like you get in the the busyness of your day the busyness of your work the busyness of your children and sometimes you just become roommates with your spouse don't you and so every year anniversary would get away and we just spent a few days no kids no distractions no business and we just were like man we really like each other this is amazing like I still want to be in this with you and our anniversary is this moment of renewal of the love and the commitment that we've had for so many years but it's more than just a renewal of our love and commitment it's also a renewal of our vision because we know that our marriage doesn't exist for our happiness it actually exists to be a reflection of God's holiness that God gave us one another for the extension of God's kingdom into the earth and so we get together on our anniversary every year we just go God what do you have for a marriage in this next season like who D want us to be how can we work with you uniquely to advance the mission in the kingdom of God into the earth that's every year our anniversary becomes this moment of renewal of love and of our vision for what it means to be in this together and I was thinking about that this week as I've been eating meals and drinking coffee and hanging out so many of you because what my anniversary is to my marriage the Pepperdine Bible lectures in so many ways have become for our fellowship this is at time every year where we come back to this place and we get in this room with people from various states and various countries and various backgrounds and we get around the dinner table and we drink coffee and we have impromptu times of prayer and that sense of love for each other is kind of renewed during this week isn't it if you look around and go man I kind of like these people you know sometimes we get back to our own corners and we write blogs about each other and we do a bunch of silliness like that but you get face to face and you come back and you go man these are people and I love our people and this is a time where love is renewed among us but I'd argue that it's not just about the renewal of love that it's also about the renewal of God's vision then we come together and we hear people open up the scriptures and we're challenged and we're pressed and we disagree and we agree and we wrestle and we worship when we come back around the table and we do these things and there's this sense that every year when we come back to this space that we're trying to capture vision of what it is that God is inviting us to step into because I don't believe this time is a time for us to come back and to preserve a fading memory of what life used to be like when Churches of Christ were accelerating no this is a time where we come back together there's a family we look at each other nice man I love you I do do you love me well that hurt thanks faith my bro I love you I love you and God's not done with us but it will take God to move us into what he has us for and tonight I just want to take a moment to look at the scandalous life that the early church was allowed to step into after the resurrection of Jesus this moment where Jesus begins to speak to his disciples in Acts chapter 1 and I just want this one verse out of verse 8 to expand the borders of our imagination about what it means to be a people who are moving into the future and not fighting to preserve a fading memory of what life used to be like back then and I love this verse that we're just gonna dig into tonight where Jesus speaks but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you'll be my witnesses in Jerusalem in Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth and this is what I wanted to talk about tonight I want to talk about the one non-negotiable if we're really interested in living and to the cruciform life because our effort will not be enough to get us into the cruciform life and our morality will not be enough to get us into the cruciform life it will be the yielding to the submission to the fullness of God's Holy Spirit among us and Jesus says there is good news because I have raised from the dead because I am ascending to heaven help is on the way and that's good news and if we explore this tonight if you take notice I just want you to think about this what would happen if the future of the Churches of Christ is connected to people who are marked by the presence filled with the power and walking and the purposes of God well if we became a group of people that weren't just known by our style of worship what we were for what we were against but when people looked at estate wait man that's a group of people who've come face to face with the risen Lord that's a group of people that have been filled with the Spirit of God that's a group of people marched by presence walking in power filled with the purposes of God I believe that the future worth living for I believe what's God is inviting us into so I want to go back to this idea of becoming a people of God's presence you see this in verse eight Jesus looked through the disciples he says but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you she says good news and the spirit that was there in the very beginning the spirit that is co-equal with God the Father and Jesus the son that spirit will not just be with you he will be within you he will be poured out upon you and this was amazing news because the disciples understood that what made them the people of God was not their style of worship for the buildings that they gathered in it was not their piety or their ability to keep the rules what made the disciples the people of God was the presence of God what made them jesus' friends was that they were in the presence of Jesus in the scandal of the resurrection is that that Sunday when Jesus came out of the empty tomb the disciples got what they had always wanted and what they always wanted was Jesus he was back he was among them and he looked at them after the resurrection he makes this amazing statement he says from now on you can be in communion eternal communion with the incomparable inexhaustible unlimited Spirit of God himself and for the sample this was amazing news this was this is what Moses need you remember in Exodus chapter 33 where God looks at Moses and the Israelites and he's so fed up with them and he says listen I'm gonna let you go into the Promised Land but I'm not gonna go with you I'm gonna I'm gonna give you what you want it but I'm not gonna go with you and how does Moses respond in Exodus chapter 33 mother says God what we want is your presence don't give us your promise without your presence what is it that makes us different from everybody else in the world Moses says it's the presence of God and if we have to choose between having the promise or having the presence god we want the presence so reason the disciples were so upset in John chapter 13 you know the night before Jesus was crucified he looks at him and he makes this unbelievable statement he says in a little while you will see me no longer and where I'm going you can't go with me and the disciples don't know what to do with it because they had no understanding of a type of Christianity that was possible apart from the presence of a living Christ the disciples were so unlike us they would have never heard those words of Jesus and said okay here's the plan then let's get a building let's get a notebook let's read it let's sing some songs not too new but let's like do our thing let's do our thing now they looked at jesus said what do you mean how could he be leaving us where are you going because they understood that to be the people of God meant that they walked in the presence of God and he makes them this promise he said I'm not leaving you orphans it says but my spirit the one that my father will send will come to dwell in you forever and one of the disciples says Jesus what about everybody else why do you reveal yourself to us not everybody else John chapter 14 verse 21 and Jesus says I'm telling you the truth anyone anyone who loves me and obeys me my father and I will make our home in them what a promise it would be the presence of God that would become the defining mark of the early church I love that scene in Acts chapter 4 where the disciples are doing some amazing things in the name of Jesus they're preaching great sermons they're healing the sick the religious establishment of the day has no idea what to do with them they look at these men and they say these are ordinary guys they didn't go to school for this they don't seem like they could do this on their own and what was the distinguishing mark of those men they looked at him they said man these guys have been with Jesus Church can you imagine what it would be like if when people thought of our tribe they went man those are people marked with the presence of God I remember the night before Sydney and I got married we had had our rehearsal and maybe you've been to one of those before where you just kind of do the little run-through for what you're gonna do the next day at the ceremony we had our rehearsal and we're getting ready for the rehearsal dinner which is always the best part where you going eat food and watch a slide show and make fun of the people that's getting married and pray for him in the name of Jesus and so we were getting ready for our rehearsal dinner I'm loading stuff up into the car I began driving down 19th Avenue South with a couple of my friends to go to the rehearsal dinner and as I'm on the way there my phone begins to ring and I look down at my phone and there's Sydney's name on the phone I'm a caller ID and I thought man this is an unusual moment her name is on my screen why is her name on my screen and then I have one of those outer body experiences I realized what's going on and I realized that my fiance's name is on my screen because she's not my car the reason she's not my car is because she's at the chapel the reason she's at the chapels because I forgot her the reason I forgot her is because I'm an idiot and in this moment of just trauma without thinking my friend pulls the car over I jump out of the car start running back to the chapel we don't even turn the car around that makes no logical sense but I'm running back to the chapel and I answered the phone sitting he's like where are you I'm like I'm on 19th Avenue South why are you having a sale because I forgot you and we had this moment of intense fellowship or some would call it a fight and I get in her car and we're driving to the rehearsal dinner and we have this conversation she says Dave what would have happened if you got to the party and I wasn't there I have this fear that as a tribe we've cultivated our hearts for the party and not the guest of honor and we've just gotten so good man if we find the right preacher if we find the right worship leader if we find the right venue or the right program or the right ministry the future the survival of this tribe is not based upon us learning how to decorate the party better the future of the tribe is the presence of the Almighty God being in our midst cultivating our hearts for the only one that can actually satisfy when's the last time on a Sunday morning we gathered and went man how was today and we weren't talking about the budget or the attendance or the programs or the Savior when do we gather go man was God with us was he here was the among us because when the people of God are walking in the resurrected life the cruciform life of Jesus the presence of God is dwelling there and the aroma of Christ is fragrant Mary and may our culture speak of us the way that the Babylonians spoke of Daniel we don't know what's going on with him but the spirit the holy God's with him that when people would gather in our midst they could reach out and grab on to the robe of God's glory and hear the voice of the father that says you are my beloved with him and well-pleased I don't know what the future holds but man I hope our people marked my presence but I love this because Jesus doesn't just promise the presence his presence with them he says I promise you that with that presence comes power look back at verse 8 he says and you will receive that was weak but you will receive but you will receive power power power but we've got to hear this word correctly because if we here's this word power through our American ears it will actually undercut everything we've been talking about all week with the cruciform life because the nature of this power and the reason for this power is so different than the power that we tend to long for as human beings I love this nature the nature of this power that Jesus is talking about he says listen this isn't a power that you possess this is a power that comes because of the presence of someone who possesses you in other words this is not something you control this is evidence of what happens when someone has come alongside of you is controlling you because I'm with you remember when I was in high school I played sports and every year they get all the student athletes together actually in kind of a room like this a huge gymnasium and it before any of the sports would start and we'd have this day it was called the max out day which was a terrible moment for a guy like me they bring together all the men and women and you have to see how much weight you could lift in front of all the other student athletes it was supposed to be a competition but when I was in high school I was like five foot one wait about 24 pounds and so it was just a humiliating kind of moment to be there in front of everybody and remember this one time in particular as a freshman and I'm coming up to the benchpress and the guy that had just gone before me had lifted so much more than I could lift I knew it but I was prideful and I just thought God if there's ever time for you to come through for me this would be the moment and so I laid down on the bench press and I began to lift the weight off of the bar and I had one of those moments where I thought I got this I can do this and then it just starts coming down and I'm praying like I've never prayed just lord help me God if you love me no I'm just praying praying praying and the bar comes down to my chest my eyes are closed I'm pushing as hard as I can and suddenly by the grace of God the bar begins to lift off my chest and I opened my eyes and there's this 10th grade girl from the soccer team just true story just just lifting it off it was a moment where I was experiencing the power that came with somebody else's presents I didn't get up and walk around the gym going look at me I kind of walk down and Jesus says this is the nature in your weakness as you come to the end of yourself as you find yourself in places and situations trying to glorify me the strength of the Spirit will be there to help he says the nature of this power is different it's a power that comes with presence but the reason for this power is beautiful it's that Jesus Christ would be glorified and lifted high Jesus says if the motive for our lives is the glorification of Jesus Christ the Spirit gives us power to do that and you see this in the book of Acts right the Spirit gave the disciples power with their words Peter stood up to preach a sermon and why was it so powerful was it powerful because he practiced you should know the answer was it powerful because he practiced no why was it powerful because the Spirit of God was very good in power to touch and to heal and in those moments Jesus was glorified in Acts chapter 5 ORN Acts chapter 16 the Spirit gave them the power to suffer well so that even in their suffering Jesus would be glorified or in Acts chapter 19 the Spirit gave them power to repent well so that the the culture would see these transformed lives or in Acts chapter seven and twelve the Spirit even gave them the power to die well so that in their death as they followed their Lord Jesus down the cruciform journey Christ himself would be magnified glorified lifted up in their midst and this is the promise of Jesus that if you're interested in this every nook and cranny of your life will be filled with the powerful presence of God for the purpose of lifting Jesus higher I think a lot of us and a lot of our churches were so scared of ever finding ourselves in a place where we need someone else's help that we actually end up insulating ourselves from the very mission of God itself so much of our ministry is explainable apart from the presence and the help and the power of God because we want to be able to do by ourselves because we're so fearful of being disappointed we're so fearful of being out of control and Jesus said this is the nature of this thing is that you'll have my presence and that presence will give you power to lift me higher one of the things that my wife and I do with our children we have three little boy is Micah who's five Jack who's three Judy who's one every morning around the breakfast table we'll read a story from Jesus's life and we'll ask them two questions we'll say what do you see Jesus doing in this story and what do you think he's asking you to do and so several months ago we were reading through mark chapter 2 and we came to that story where the four friends lowered the paralyzed man down through the roof on the mat you remember this story and jesus heals the man and forgives the man of his sins and so we look at our boys and we said okay what do you see Jesus doing this story and they said we see Jesus healing people who can't walk and forgiving sins and I thought wow that's that's pretty good for a five and a three-year-old and I said what do you think you're supposed to do with that story I'm three-year-old son looked at us and he said I think it means we're supposed to take people who can't walk to Jesus so they can be healed and our friends are supposed to help us with that Wow you don't need a seminary degree that was amazing you understand it so he talked about this and went about our day that evening we went to the airport to pick up my parents and we're there waiting for my parents to come in they were coming to visit and as I'm there with Micah and Jack my two oldest sons this woman in a wheelchair rolls by and I don't even think about it in the moment but my two sons go over and I hear them telling this woman the story of Mark chapter 2 I remember my son Mike is saying do you know that Jesus likes to heal people that can't walk and I would love to say that I was pumped about this but I was not pumped about this I was humiliated I was humiliated and I thought no this is gonna offend this woman and this is gonna disappoint my kids because there's no way God's gonna show up in this moment and they laid their hands on her and they prayed for she got up and I wish that happened but they lay their hands on her and they prayed for and I don't know if a miracle happened there wasn't one immediately but man one of the things that God began to reveal in me is I do not believe the teachings of Jesus I just don't and I'm so scared that Jesus won't come through on his promises that I make sure I don't put myself in places in which I'll need them and can you imagine what would happen if the future of our church was marked by the presence the powerful presence of God that lived for the glory of exalting God's purposes he looks at these men who had never been more than 40 miles from the place they grew up and he says you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth and don't you know that one of the the disciples who was Taipei was probably going wait a minute how do we get to the ends of the earth these guys had never seen a plane or a car or the internet or a a picture they didn't have cell phones but Jesus makes this audacious claim he says because of the resurrection because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that's getting ready to come your life is getting ready to be captured by my purposes and I love this thing that unfolds in the book of Acts it's this group of people who all of a sudden the purposes of God become their purposes the agenda of God becomes their agenda can you imagine what it would have been like if the disciples treated the words of Jesus the way that we do oh Jesus you're alive in your Wow and the spirits coming alright we're going to build a building and hire a preacher and let them do the work and then we'll just do it or else and she says no this is the beauty that every person who has been baptized and raised in Christ is being inaugurated into the purposes of God's kingdom right here in right now and the purposes of God's kingdom have always been singular and that is filling the earth with the totality of God's glory it's what he said in Genesis chapter one have created you in my image to reflect my glory now be fruitful and multiply it's what he told Abraham in Genesis 12 it's what he told the disciples in Matthew 28 it's what he's reminding them here of Acts chapter 1 he says this is what you've been created for not songs not sermons not programs those things are okay those things are fine but what you were created for was to arrange your life around the will and the purposes of God it's not our job to come to God and say God what is your will for my life we come to God and say God what is your will help me rearrange my life around that will and there's a big difference in those two things and all of a sudden the disciples this group of ordinary people uneducated people began to carry this amazing message to the ends of the earth in 2003 two friends Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales they had started this company it was gonna be an online encyclopedia company named nupedia in 2003 they had hired this group of researchers to write articles for this company and over the course of three years these leading experts and researchers managed to write 24 scholarly articles before they shut the company down in 2003 as the company was shutting down as her dreams were kind of folding they had this idea that they had never thought of they said what if we actually reversed the idea what if instead of using the experts to share the message we use the ordinary people and in the death of one dream was the resurrection of another and they started this little company called Wikipedia maybe you've heard of it but the word wiki means quick in Hawaiian and I said instead of using the experts what if we use the ordinary people and let them write the articles and in the same amount of time that the experts managed to write 24 articles the ordinary people wrote 22,000 and forever change the way that information has been understood and shared and you see this by the presence and the power of God unfolding as this ordinary group of people in the book of Acts are being filled with the purposes of God and going to the end of the earth sharing the message Jesus Christ they didn't they knew they didn't have to be experts but Jesus had never called them to be experts Jesus had merely called them to be witnesses and he says I will give you power my presence comes upon you to live into the purposes of God and I know it not all of you know me and so what I'm about to say I say in love okay so please hear this it's amazing to me how complicated we make following Jesus we've made it so complicated and in the midst of it we miss out on the very mission of Jesus and Jesus said you've been filled with my presence in my power to show a lost and dying world just how magnificent I am who wants in on that can you imagine what it would be like if our children treated our commands the way that our churches treat Jesus's commands like if I walked into my boys rooms and my kit and jacker in there and their clothes and their toys are out all over the room and I'm like hey boys could you guys help me could you clean up the room and I leave and I come back in 30 minutes later in the room still a mess I'm like hey guys what are you doing and Mike is like well we were we weren't sure where you wanted us to start we didn't know if you wanna start with the closet or the corner or the floor or the bed so we got a group together we meet on Sunday nights we we memorize what you told us we study what you told us we've got a guy in our green group that knows the Greek he's really helped just go deeper like clean the room okay where you start and I'm off for prayer and discernment dad this feeling that sometimes we use prayer and discernment to mask our disobedience they go God where should we go where should we go and he's like there are people all around you they don't yet know me start there and I'll show up there I'll do something there oh can you imagine can you imagine what would happen if all of a sudden every ordinary person in our church was given permission to live into the things that Jesus has already died and raised for them to be then every Sunday morning when you show up in your gatherings you're at a missions conference what do you know it or not every man woman and child has been commissioned by the glory of God can you imagine what it would be like if our churches started thinking and living like Antioch churches from Acts chapter 13 where we looked at our best people and our best resources and we go man we love Saul and Barnabas and they could really help us start a great young adults ministry but what could happen in the kingdom if we would cut them loose or man we could really spend some resources on us here but what would happen if we cut them loose can you imagine can you imagine church a group of people so filled out for the resurrected Lord that we're crazy enough to believe his promises and then all of a sudden we find ourselves marked with the presence walking in the power living in to the purposes and this has been an amazing week I've loved this theme this idea of cruciform 'ti is so unbelievable so the idea of cruciform 'ti is not something for us to study or something for us to celebrate it's something for us to step into that if we go home and just tuck these teachings into the back corner of our minds and go that life is normal the week has failed to serve its purpose but if we go back and go Lord you're not done with us yet and we want whatever it is that you have for us in the future and we trust that you Lord by your spirit will take us there and I know that in some ways right now I'm preaching to the choir I mean come on you guys took a week of vacation to come study the Bible how amazing is that of course it's in Malibu so you're not that holy but um you are I know this is what you long for I know this is what we long for all of us want a deeper connection with God all of us want to see the mission of God flourish in our midst all of us want to see the next generation reached I haven't talked to a person this week that doesn't want that and it tomorrow we'll go home and some of you are in ministry and you've just been so beaten up and you're so tired you go man this sounds good but I'm just not there yet some of your in the context is of churches that are dying and dwindling and you're going it just doesn't seem like that's happening yet and sometimes it is tough to believe because of all the things that we see isn't it okay so what do we do like what do we do how do we leave from here tonight I want to be practical how do we leave from here tonight to step into the cruciform life I think we do that by doing exactly what the disciples did in Acts chapter one I love this moment in Acts chapter one where the Angels look at them and they say hey what are you waiting for the same Jesus ascended will return in the same way essentially come on we've got some work to do and you would expect the disciples to run into the mission field start serving start planting churches start making disciples but what do the disciples do in Acts chapter one they run to their knees they run to that upper room they get down on their knees and they go god only you can do the things that you want to do and we're under no we were under no preset position that we can do this without your help and they get down on their knees and I believe that this is a place the cruciform life always starts what Jesus did in the garden against so many is what the disciples did in the upper upper room and they said Jesus empty us of us you fill us up you into the world with you glory and before they ever became an axe to revival they were in acts one people and before we will become an axe to people we must become an axe one church a church that says god only you can do this and here's how I want to end tonight it's maybe uncomfortable for some of you it's okay I want to invite us to literally just get on our knees some of you can't do it physically that's okay you can stay sitting but I want to invite us to just get on our knees and a call on the god of glory and just pray for our tribe to pray that God would breathe his resurrection life into our fellowship that God would empower us with more of his Holy Spirit to live the cruciform life and so on and just invite you to get down on your knees before the Lord if you're comfortable doing that I'm actually gonna give us just a minute or two to just pray on our own you can pray in groups you can pray out loud but we're just going to call on the name of Jesus together and then in here in just a minute I'm going to kind of wrap up our prayer time and we're gonna sing together as well I want to invite you to just start praying and calling on the name of Jesus ask him to just give us a hunger for his presence to fill us with his power to commit us to His purposes let's just pray out loud together as a church family before the Lord and then I'll call us back in a moment father we love you Jesus we love you Holy Spirit we love you I just pray the words of Isaiah 64 that God you would just rend the heavens over our nation father you would come down father for every church that is represented for every leader that is represented for every person that is represented in this room tonight God what would your spirit fall on us in fresh ways God would you create an unquenchable hunger and thirst in our churches for your presence would you give us a courage that would allow us to put our lives in places where we need your power father would you give us the ability and the tenacity to walk with you into your purposes father would you raise up a new generation of men and women who are fully committed to your ways Jesus would you be glorified among us Jesus we repent of any time we've put our tradition ahead of you our ways ahead of you any time we've been scared or have tried to control the outcomes God we were pin of those things what we say is that we want more of you and then we want more of your life and more of your heart in our midst God thank you for the way that you love us thank you for your grace upon us thank you for the way that you saved us Jesus thank you for going first for being the first and the last and for being with us in the midst of the journey would you make us like you would you grow us into the fullness of Christ Jesus and would you keep working on us into the fullness of Jesus in formed in us so the name of Christ we pray and give thanks amen

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my name is Rick Ashley up on Fort Worth there's a lot of great classes right now and if you don't have the app and don't know where you're supposed to be not supposed to be here it will not bother me if you get up and walk out I have seen that happen many times usually they wait until I got halfway through the teaching so it actually would make me feel better if you did it right now so this is a class that'll last for two days and let me just go ahead and get an apology out of the way last year for the first time in 30-something years and my coming the flex year if I left after just two days because my daughter was graduating and I had to get back in time to see her graduate with her nursing degree from ACU and that was very exciting well this weekend my son is graduating and so the bad news is that I have to leave tomorrow because he's got a dinner on Friday an Abilene that I have to be at the good news is he is my last kid in college so you are looking at a man who just got a raise a really big raise and more good news he already has a job so not only is he graduating but he's not coming home and I love him but really that's a good thing so I promise I promise because I have no other children next year I'll be here for three straight days if they if they ask me to come back but so today I'll be teaching and tomorrow at 8:30 I'll be teaching and then unlike you I won't get to stay for the rest of this wonderful week and I'm sorry about that but then again I'm also celebrating so you can celebrate with me if you've had that joy let's stand up let's sing for just a moment okay this is the day this is the day that the Lord has made that the Lord has made I will rejoice I will rejoice and be glad in it and be glad in it this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it this is this is the day that the Lord asked me I will enter his gates with Thanksgiving in mind I will enter his courts with bread I will say this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice for he has made me glad he has made me glad he has made me glad I will rejoice for he has made me glad he it made me glad he it made me black I will rejoice for he has made me glad oh god you are my god and I will ever praise you oh god you are my god and I will ever praise you I will seek you in the morning and I will learn to walk in your way and step-by-step you leave me and I will follow you all of mine and I will follow you all of my day and I will follow you all of my days and step by step you leave me and I follow you all of my ring the wondrous love of Jesus in His mercy and His grace in the mansion ride and blessed he'll prepare us away when we all get to head and what a day of rejoicing that will be when we all see Jesus well sing at the victory let us then be true and faithful trusting serving every day just one glance of him in glory will the cause of life repay when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be when we all see Jesus well sing and shout the victory amen and before you sit down turn to your neighbor and say when do we all get to heaven you'll have a good voice do that all right so I'm thankful to have such a good crowd now I know what's going on empty right teaches here at 1:30 and you wanted a seat so your just came early I'm totally cool with that in fact the only reason I'm on the program this year is because they wanted one speaker that didn't have an accent so how many of you have read books by the author Nicholas Sparks going to hold your hand out shame on you you need you need to go to church all right I'm kidding I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book I have never been to one of his movies if you don't know who Nicholas Sparks is he writes books and they turn into movies that sell Kleenex okay so that's all I know but I did go to see the movie by the Nicholas Sparks of my generation when I was in high school it was a movie called love story you might he remember that book it was written by someone that Erich Segal it starred two attractive young Hollywood actors named Orion O'Neal and Ali MacGraw he was a pompous self-assured jock she was the snarky sarcastic intellectual co-ed they meet in college and immediately they hate each other so you already know what's going to happen right they're gonna fall madly in love and so it had a typical plot forty-five minutes of comedy while they hate each other while they pretend to hate each other while they fall in love then about five to ten minutes of happiness and bliss then about 45 minutes of great tragedy as she contracts leukemia and eventually she dies and in one of the last scenes in the movie she's laying in her hospital bed and he is expressing regret and she looked at him and she bats her eyes and then she says it she says the line that became the phrase of my generation she says love means you never have to say you're sorry music cues and the Kleenex pops out and the tears flow and it became a poster and it became a hit song by a popular boy band and everyone knew in my generation that love means you never have to say you're sorry which is the dumbest thing anybody has ever said love means you always have to say you're sorry if there's any young men here about to get married let me just let you know love means you say you're sorry for what you know you did love means you say you're sorry for the things you didn't know you did love means you throw in a couple of random I'm sorry's every day just to cover a multitude of sins and yet it just goes to show how we can accept as true isms statements that actually are quite absurd and we do that it's in church we we just come up with these little phrases that make great bumper stickers and they look so great on coffee cups and refrigerator magnets and they sound right but they're not actually in the Bible for example god helps those who help themselves now what book do you find that in that's actually in first American 1776 or follow your heart just whatever you do you just go with your you just kind of follow your heart what book is that found in that's actually found in song of Disney 2016 okay or I know you've all heard the phrase God has a plan for your life and there's a sense in which that is true and there's a sense of which that phrase is used in which it is very very true you may have heard the story of the guy that was supposedly on a diet so he comes to the office one morning with a box of doughnuts and everyone says I thought you said you weren't eating sweets anymore I wasn't planning to but you know there's that popular bakery just right on the way to work and I know God has a plan for my life and so lord I said if it's your plan that I get some donuts there will be a parking spot right in front of that store and you know the seventh time around the block there it was and so we can use these kinds of phrases to really get ourselves in a lot of trouble and so today and tomorrow I want to share with you a two phrase is this actually comes from a series I did called the Bible doesn't say that and if you're interested you can go to our website and get the podcast of the entire series but the two phrases I've picked for this class I want to use because especially these are two phrases we use with the best of intentions because we want to speak a word of comfort to someone who has really gone into a tough season and so tomorrow we're going to examine does the Bible actually say everything happens for a reason but right now I want to introduce my phrase of the morning by asking you to watch a short little video clip we made for the this sermon back home so it'll be on the screen what's up you okay I'm just exhausted works been so stressful my dad is sick again I just I don't know dude dude she needs some encouragement no I don't say that look I know it's been tough but you've been doing so well I just don't feel that way let me explain whoa what just happened anytime she's about to explain something to me I tried to think of the quickest way to solve the problem do you really think that's a good idea yeah trust me it works every time and you are always a big part of it all right check it out your wife needs some solid advice what does the Bible say about this kind of stuff well I know that God can handle anything and God is for us wait a minute I've got it last week you know babe God will never give you more than you can handle anyway I'm gonna beat up the guys did not even say that okay so how many you have heard the phrase God will never give you more than you can handle of course doesn't that look great on a coffee cup okay but is that a helpful thing to say and even more is that a true thing to say I know you mean well when you say it you're trying to give someone a word of comfort but think about it in some ways doesn't it come across as more of a talk aren't you basically implying why don't you cowboy up you wimp why don't you power up why don't you just get through it because God is not going to give you more than you can handle is God some kind of a cosmic cheerleader who loads you down with burdens and then yells you can do it you can do it now I know what some of you are thinking now I know there's a verse somewhere in the Bible that says that we're not going to be tested beyond what we can bear there is a verse and out of that verse comes the theology that I want us to rethink today so let's look at that verse it's 1st Corinthians 10 and verse 13 no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind and God is faithful he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear but when you're tempted he will always provide a way out so that you can endure it so what does that verse say and what does it not say well one thing it does say is that not sinning is always an option we've had a number of baptisms of our church recently in fact I had a great experience I taught a class for a CU l short course in January it was in Colorado at this camp there was 9,000 feet elevation you know the last night of the like a revival broke out and a bunch of the students wanted to get baptized well there was only one place to baptize and it was an outdoor pool now we're over 9,000 feet elevation and it's snowing and they wanted me to baptize them okay so I went to my room and I got on some dry fit workout clothes and put some sweats on over it and there was a little locker room next to the pool I went in took the sweats out and I shivered my way all the way into that pool fortunately the water was warm and we had this awesome moment we baptized number kids and so then I get out in someone hands me a town I shuffle back freezing to that locker room and I dry off and get those wet clothes off and hang them on a hook and put my sweats back on and as I'm walking out my wife says Rick one more student wants you to baptize them and I looked at those frigid cold clothes I had just hung up and my whole theology of immersion had a gut check like how important is that I've put those freezing things back on and baptized her and and here's now what I've got to do for her and for everyone else we baptize recently I got to say the baptism did not drown the devil okay baptism doesn't make all your problems go away you cannot avoid temptation but you can always escape it now that the power of sin has been broken now that you've United with the death and resurrection of Christ there's a new reality what Paul is saying is that once you unite with the death and resurrection of Jesus you cannot say I had no choice but to sin that word is only true if God's Word is not telling the truth when Paul says he will not let you he's implying that apart from his protection our enemy would test us beyond what we could bear you'll remember in the story of Job God would say to the enemy you can go this far but you can't go farther than that my Bob Russell tells a story of a little cat in New York City the kitten in her mouth trying to get across a busy street and of course the traffic was so intense it was not navigable so a police officer saw the situation walked out into the street held up his hand and all the traffic stopped and the cat darted across the street and down an alley this little kitten has no idea the entire authority of the New York City Police Department is behind her you don't either and neither do i we have no idea how much God is staying in our lives simply by holding up his hand and saying to the enemy you can't go that far there is a point to where we would be tempted beyond what we can bear but God will not let that happen so what's the point God is never gonna let you take a temptation test that was impossible to pass that's what he's saying not sinning is always an option there's always a way out from sinning but there's no way out from suffering apart from resurrection so the same apostle who said we never have to disobey told the same church that we might have to despair look with me now at second Corinthians chapter 1 verse 8 we do not want you to be uninformed brothers and sisters about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia we were under great pressure far beyond our ability to endure so that we despaired of life itself so while not sinning is always an option not suffering is never an option disobedience is not to be excused I had no choice is not a true statement but while disobedience is not to be excused discouragement ought to be expected look at that same verse again from the New Living Translation we were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure now does that sound like a man who did not have more than he could handle so here's what I'm saying at no time must be be overcome by sin but there will be times when we are overwhelmed by life can I get out oh yeah and God doesn't have to order this it's simply the consequence of living in a broken fallen world in need of redemption but what God doesn't order he does allow we'll talk about that more tomorrow God did allow the enemy to assault job in a way that was overwhelming or last year at my church I challenged my congregation to read a million chapters of the Bible in calendar year 2015 and so I was in the word last year more than I've ever and I bet I read through the Psalms 20 times and I just want to tell you David was bipolar I mean he could be so high and then he could be so so low and over and over in the Psalms to put it in my words you would hear David say I can't take it anymore and this was actually worship language offered to God a more than you can handle season is not an elective for some people it is a required course for all suffering is a given but it's also a gift and especially when it is too much so look at the very next verse Paul says verse 9 in fact we expected to die but as a result we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God who raises the dead that same verse from the message reached like this as it turned out it was the best thing that could have happened instead of trusting in our own strengths or wits to get out of it we were forced to trust God totally so Paul is saying that being in a season that's just too much was actually a gift so I want us to explore that the gift of too much why would be an overwhelm be a gift well there are two things that we learned here's the first it's a gift because we will rely on God you need to know something about me and you need to know it about me because it's true you too my sinful flesh values self-reliance and it wants to pretend that it can just hunker down and power its way through anything I want that to be my testimony my flesh wants to tell you I was under this and I was under that and I gritted my teeth and I manned up and I putting my spurs on and I fought my way through it we need to know something else about me and you need to know what about me because it's also true about you I was created to need God and I'm actually in desperate shape when I'm not desperate for God and that's why too much can actually be just right you see we don't just experience God on the mountaintop now that's typically our approach and so we go to a lectureship or we go to a big worship night or we go to our favorite Christian band concert or we buy our favorite Christian authors latest book or we go to the latest Christian film and we go to the big retreat and we go on the mission trip and we constantly are looking for that next big awesome high well praise God for those moments but here's what I've learned life won't let you stay at the top of the mountain and you don't just experience God at the top of the mountain and so Paul knows about the mountaintop he says in this letter now I had a I I was taking whether in the body or not I can't tell you all I know is I had a vision I saw things that even if I had the words to describe I couldn't share I'm just telling you I in the in the third heaven things I saw it blow you away and then he says this this is so amazing verse 7 through 9 of chapter 12 so to keep me from becoming proud this is what happens if you stay on a mountaintop you get you get proud so to keep me from becoming proud I was given a thorn in my flesh a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud three different times begged the Lord to take it away by the way do you think Paul had a pretty good prayer life so this is not about him not praying with faith praying with fervor this is not about a problem with this prayer life this is about him not understanding that what he's asking for is not actually best for him you ever prayed like that three times I begged the Lord to take it away each time he said my grace is all you need my power works best in weakness now how sovereign is God let me tell sovereign God this is so cool he used an attack by Satan to prevent Paul from falling prey to the sin that ruied Satan I think through that what destroyed Satan pride and so God is so sovereign he used Satan to attack Paul to keep Paul from falling prey to what ruin Satan that's sovereignty and Paul experienced in the depth of the valley a depth of grace that he had not known before God really convicted me about something a while back in my prayer life I pray contradictory more than I realize how many of us on Sunday have sang Lord we come before thee now that I think we hum or let us become more aware of your presence let us experience the glory of your goodness now do you mean that do you really really want to experience more of the presence of God because here's what I found often my prayers are Lord I want to know you I want my faith to grow I want our relationship to be more intimate I want to be closer to you than I've ever been and please take away all my problems well what's one thing you want because His grace is more powerful in your weakness remember the three Hebrew boys in Daniel chapter 3 where did they have the sweetest communion with father it was in the fire that's where they met God you cannot learn how strong the grace of God is without going through a season a weakness a season when you've lost your props a season when you've lost your crutches and if God doesn't sustain you you will collapse I went through a season like that about eight or nine years ago you know my job is hard I don't ask for pity because your job is hard everybody no not many easy jobs out there but this particular time my job was especially hard on top of that my mother was dying of cancer and my oldest son was in a terrible place a dark dark place I was in one of those seasons that were you've been where no matter where you are you feel guilty because you feel like you need to be somewhere else and you just can't be in all the places you need to be and on top of that it was nothing I could do if prayer could have taken away my mom's cancer then then it would have cuz I tell you I begged the Lord but the cancer didn't go away and I couldn't fix my son and I'm a type-a person I want to attack problems I want to put on my Spurs that's my job I fix people right well I submit but that's what we like to think is that we can fix people and he only be fixed and I can't tell you how many nights I would wake up two or three in the morning and you just went up on your knees and after a while you're not even sure how to pray because you've already prayed all that stuff and so it was one of those nights where I'm not even sure I was praying but I know I was because sometimes praying is listening and don't think I'm weird but every now and then I just really cleared her hair hear the Lord and the Lord spoke to my spirit and here's what the Lord said you came fix this just as clear as I'm talking to you you can't fix this and I've sinned my heart I remember thinking well then what am I supposed to do and the Lord said you're gonna have to let go never thinking well Lord if I let go I just have to totally trust you and I don't know how to explain it but I just know that not at some point I just surrendered and said you're right I'm just going to trust you and that's courrier want me to say and the next day I woke up and the cancer was gone and my son and no here's the thing about it when you enter those kinds of seasons they usually don't last for 24 hours they usually ask for days and weeks and sometimes months all I know is that I did wake up the next morning healthier and stronger and nothing had changed but everything had changed and I realized that I was experiencing the sustaining grace of God in a way that my pride had kept me from experiencing for years you see anything that humbles me is helping me God I can't handle this anymore is a sign of weakness and that's a good thing because some of you are here this morning just for what I'm about to say next you ready God doesn't give grace instead of weakness God gives grace in the midst of weakness and His grace to his people often comes through his people so look what he says next verse 10 and 11 we have placed our confidence in him and he will continue to rescue us and you are helping us by praying for us so why is too much a gift well one reason it teaches us to rely on God but here's the second reason it's a gift is because when we're in that season we learn to comfort each other now everybody's heard the phrase hurt people hurt people right that's true but let me tell you something else and the kingdom of God hurt people can heal people following Jesus is a team sport you can't do it by yourself and here's what the enemy is going to do if he cannot get you to sin if he cannot get you to be disobedient he will try to get you to be disconnected especially when life is overwhelming and so God's grace in more than I can handle seasons often comes through people who understand too much these are not the people that are going to bring you the coffee mug that says God will never give you more than you can handle these are the people who will put their arm around you and say hey I've been there I know what it's like when life is more than you could handle here's what it says 2nd Corinthians 1 for he comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others and when they are troubled we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us and so what I'm learning is that sometimes a better prayer than God removed my thorn is God Redeemer my thorn let my weakness be a channel for grace to flow not just into me but through me into someone else because here's what happens your scars become your story when you see somebody with a scarf you want to know the story right most of you are familiar with Bethany Hamilton a strong believer who lost her arm in a shark attack she was a surfer they made a movie about her I think I have a picture of her and she's shared her testimony with a lot of people and here's what she says I've had the chance to embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with to God is comforting others through the comfort he sent to her you see what you have come through has actually prepared you for what you might be called to do somewhat out of truth dad I'm gonna say that again what you have come through has actually prepared you for what you might be called to and so I want to do something now for two or three minutes that's going to feel a little uncomfortable or awkward but I hope you'll participate with me because I just want to make the point that every time the saints gather there is a wealth of potential grace to be shared now what typically happens and I've never been to your church and you never been to mine but I promise you were the same and here's how I know because if I walk up to next sunny to someone in your church and if you walk up to someone in mine and you say how are you doing what's the answer going to be fine that is the official church word church is for fine people if you're not fine you stay home get yourself fine then come back up here and tell us but the reality is on every row and in every pew life is overwhelming somebody so here's what I want you to in the last three years if you have experienced in your family or in a very close relationship the grief of death would you mind standing for a second okay thank you you can have a seat if in the last three years you have been touched in a very close way by the pain of divorce would you mind standing thank you in the last three years if you your family are a very close friend has struggled with cancer would you mind standing please okay thank you if you or someone in your family or a close friend in the last three years has battled with a real problem with addiction would you please stand thank you if in the last three years you or your family have been under a lot of financial stress would you mind standing thank you for your honesty thank you or have you in the last several years been under the very wonderful but very hard season of taking care of aging parents would you stand please okay thank you I hope you won't feel awkward by this because this is this is real if you or someone really close to you or in your family deals with mental illness would you mind standing for a moment thank you and just one more if you have a brother or a sister or a child who is far from God right now would you please stand okay thank you for your honesty and just so you'll know I would have stood on at least five of those myself you realize what's here how much we're having to rely on God life can give you more than you can handle but it can teach you to rely on God and it can be a channel for grace to flow among us because no one can take away our scars but we can give away our stories now one day all suffering is going to be removed but this day our suffering can be redeemed and when life is more than we can handle His grace is more than we can imagine that's what the Bible says and so I've learned to pray differently when we come to Christ I'm sure the preacher or the youth minister or the mother or the father or the elder or somebody said now if you come to Christ you need to surrender completely you need to give him everything well that's true but I never thought about does that mean giving my weakness oh yeah that means giving your weakness too and so my prayer recently has been Lord may my weakness become your witness instead of hiding it instead of trying to cowboy up instead of telling people I'm fine what if my prayer was Lord made my weakness actually empower my witness what if we offered that to the Lord I think that's what the Bible says so father a prayed now in Jesus name that you would give us the energy and the open heart and mind to receive all the blessings are going to receive these next several days speak to us fill our hearts challenges we want not just to go home refreshed but also reformed and especially God we pray for the courage to be honest about our scars take us God to a new level of walking in grace for Jesus sake amen have a good day

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thank you Mike and thank you all for your support and encouragement this week it's been great to be with you writing is a lonely task scholarship is a lonely task and then quite suddenly you get out of the study where you're by yourself trying to get stuff done and then all these people and you think is what I've been working on going to mean anything to them and so far you've encouraged me to think it does I'm sure at least half of that is simply the British accent but Willem I and today yes we do have a we do have a task I do want to talk about Paul the subject of what Paul thought about the death of Jesus has filled many many volumes and I'm going to cut down what I'm going to try to do to something which even so is quite large so join me in a moment of prayer for wisdom as to how we do this together father we thank you for the privilege of being together one more time thank you for all that you are teaching us day by day and I thank you for my brothers and sisters here all the way that they are living out the gospel the gospel of the Crucified Messiah day by day year by year in their own ministries their own lives thank you for that support which then helps people like me to shape the way we say what we think we think and the way we read scripture so be with us now and give us your spirit afresh so that we may learn together from you in Jesus name Amen now of course with Paul if you say Paul on the cross your mind goes to well it might go to Galatians the Son of God loved me and gave himself for me or the end of Galatians the world is crucified to me and I to the world and there's so much in Galatians about the cross that book is shaped by the cross and I'm sorely tempted simply to forget everything else in talk about Galatians but no we're moving on or you could go to first Corinthians the word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who believe who believe it is the power of God I having quoted that I'm going to tell you a story in akarma what here it was possibly 2003 something like that I was Hotel in Atlanta Georgia for a conference and very early in the morning I made a phone call back to the UK because England was playing in the Rugby World Cup final against Australia was that a three I think it was a three and I knew that my daughter would be watching this on the television and I desperately wanted to know what happened for some reason none of the television channels in the hotel room in Atlanta was showing the Rugby World Cup on it so not so as not to wake my wife I snuck down to the hallway and phoned up and the game had gone into extra time because it was even an evenly balanced and finally I my daughter was ecstatic the last kick of the game Jonny Wilkinson the fly-half playing for England had got a drop goal in England of beaten Australia in Australia it's always good that and then won the World Cup so I was ecstatic and I was in this hole in this this sort of darkened to tell for you a six o'clock in the morning and I wanted to go up and hug the whole Porter and say did you hear I thought probably doesn't know that there was a match on actually and I was and I looked at the you know the bellboys and so on and they they it wasn't good news for them wasn't and I waited and gradually conference participants came down for breakfast and the first person I met who knew that there been something important going on was in Australia so my my good news was was foolishness to the Americans and scandalous to the Australians but for those of us who believed it better now I I used this story at the beginning of my book simply good news and some of my Australian friends have forgiven me maybe not all yet they they they get their own back they have their own ways of doing that anyway so that was first Corinthians Colossians 2 Philippi Colossians 2 amazing passage about the fact that on the cross Jesus disarmed the principalities and powers and held them up to public contempt it's a heavily ironic passage because of course it looked as though that's what they were doing to him and somehow the cross itself and then the resurrection demands that we look at everything including the cross itself upside down and inside out or rather the real way around the way that God sees it rather than the way the world sees it and that dominates Colossians then there's Philippians 2 the great poem with Jesus the servant even the death of the Cross but you know in most of these there's no explanation of why the cross means what it means and as with Christology so with soteriology it looks as though this is so deeply entrenched in early Christianity from the very beginning that you can just summarize it in a dense little formula and everyone seems to know what you're talking about and then you can use the fact of the Cross in various different arguments and it's only really Romans where we get beyond the one-liners and the quick little statements into something more detailed and if I said I'm only going to talk about Romans today then Romans a itself is quite long and complicated as you know and fortunately for us Paul has given us though most people don't realize this a summary towards the end of what Romans is all about and in Romans chapter 15 getting towards the end of the theological exposition he has this line in 15 verses 8 and 9 way says the Messiah became a servant to the circumcised on behalf of the truthfulness of God so that the so that the promises to the patriarchs could be fulfilled and so that the Gentiles would glorify God for his mercy that's quite a dense summary but it does summarize pretty well what Romans is all about and it issues at once in this summons to the Gentiles to praise God with his people rejoice o Gentiles with his people and Paul quotes from the law and the prophets and the writings ending with the Isaiah quote about the Messiah who rises to rule the nations and in him the nations will hope and that my friends is why we're here today a nation that Paul hadn't even imagined but Paul is therefore summarizing a message which isn't simply you're a sinner Jesus died for you now you can go to heaven in fact it really isn't that he doesn't mention heaven in that connection at all it's a message of new creation because the Covenant has bill been fulfilled the Messiah became a servant to the circumcised he came as the representative of Israel to confirm the promises to the patriarchs so that everything God promised Abraham would take place and so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy and that summary is cross-shaped through and through as we see when we go back to the beginning and of course that answers to the initial summary at the beginning of the letter chapter 1 verses 1 to 7 where Paul talks about Jesus as the Davidic Messiah who is designated by the resurrection to be son of God and marks out as what he already was secretly as son of God as a result of which there is a gospel for the nation's through whom we've received Grace and Apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith and then the summary of the gospel and its effects in chapter 1 verses 16 and 17 may I just ask it's a risky thing to ask how many of you have the New International Version in front of you I was afraid that might be the case hang in there guys because I'm afraid the phrase dick has you know through the righteousness of God doesn't mean what the NIV wants it to mean and if you want to know more about that check out my commentaries various articles and lots of other people's as well this is not unique to me that that is a problem it's a real problem with Romans in Britain and America at the moment because some of the people who most want to know what it's about open the NIV expecting to find out and we'll come to that but it's just a kind of a health warning before we get any further but then um I I learned this the hard way because when it first came out I started to use it in my classes glopped my students had it this was in the early 1980s and I would stand there at the lecture podium with the Greek Testament that I'd been preparing from and then the NIV because I knew that's what they had allowed before oh that's a pity oh yeah so so I kind of you know this was etched in me from the beginning and now Romans 1:18 to 2:16 most of you know that this is all about sin but actually sin is not mentioned for the first five or six verses of that passage it's about idolatry it's about worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator Paul doesn't say the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all sin he says the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness ungodliness as Serbia is when you're worshiping that which is not God and righteousness addict here is when you mess up the world as a result you worship that which is not God and then your your image bearing humaneness no longer does what it's supposed to do in the world which is to bring about a world of justice and joy and mercy and it brings about a dakea which is getting things out of kilter getting things wrong and then that results in sin specific sin but when Paul is talking about this it's idolatry that's at the front of it and to the extent that we have shrunken that so that were only talking about me and my sin then we shouldn't be surprised if we don't fully understand the remedy that Paul offers when we get to it don't simply flatten it out into sin because we're talking here about the image bearing vocation he says verses 22 and 23 they exchanged their glories is quoting Psalm 106 they exchanged their glory for the image of birds and animals and reptiles say quoting the golden calf passage from a Psalm 106 what is the point humans are made in God's image made to reflect his glory into the world Psalm 8 you have crowned them with glory and honor putting all things in subjection under their feet this is a poem about the Genesis vocation for humans in general turns out to be for the Messiah in particular we've exchanged that glory for idolatry and then the results chapter 2 verses 116 is there's no excuse nobody can say well actually yeah I see the problem and I'm just as cross about it as you are because they are doing the same things but then comes the crunch if we're gonna understand Romans 3 the passage about the cross you have to understand 2:17 following but you call yourself a Jew each issue you die or SEPA no matter if you call yourself a Jew and boast of God and know his will had said most people reading Romans to think that what Paul is saying you Jews think that you're better than everyone else but in fact you're just the same one recent commentary big academic commentary refers to this as Paul's attack on the bigot said the bigoted Jew who thinks that he's better than ever that misses the point and if you missed the point here you won't get chapter 3 because in verses 19 and 20 Paul says you think that you are a teacher of the foolish a guide to the babes of light to those in darkness because you've got God's law you are the one that's gonna put it right the boast of the Jew in 2:17 following is not that the Jew is better than everyone else but the Jew is God's solution to the problem Israel is called to put matters right and Paul agrees with that point he doesn't say no you're wrong he says yep you're right the trouble is according to Isaiah and Ezekiel and Jeremiah you have failed in that vocation there's all the difference in the world but you say I'm better than them and say God has given Israel the Torah in order to address and solve this problem that is a fundamental Jewish perception some people have quibbled with this but it seems to me it's written into Jewish texts from Genesis right the way through to the rabbi's as one of the later rabbis put it summarizing this whole thing that God said to himself I will make Adam first and if he goes wrong I'll send Abraham to sort it all out that's a neat sort of rabbinic quirky way of putting it but you can see that in the way they tell the story Genesis 1 to 11 Adam then Cain and murder and then the flood and then the Tower of Babel what's going to happen and as I said the other day when God wants to sort out the question of launching the true family and the true land he calls a childless Nomad and he makes impossible promises to him that through him and his seed all the families of the earth will be blessed and the trouble is that Israel has been faith less to that promise chapter 3 verse 1 what's the point of circumcision then if they'd been faithful was there any value to it he says much in every way to begin with get this they were entrusted with the Oracles of God that verse is so frequently misunderstood and then he says if some were faithless and people think that just means they didn't believe in God or they didn't believe God's promises no they were if I entrust you with the letter for somebody over there the letter isn't for you it's for somebody else so God entrusts Israel with this Oracle for the nation's that's a genuine vocation and they are faithless to that vocation they're untrustworthy and then comes the point what is God going to do at that point most of the church east and west and north and south and catholic and protestant and charismatic and goodness knows what and not actually sure which of those categories you will fit into the still you are who you are who you are yeah most of the church faced with the question what is God gonna do has said by implication even if they didn't really mean it well God's parked that idea somewhere in a side road and he's doing it differently by sending Jesus instead replacing election with incarnation no God has made promises to rescue his world through Israel and if Israel has let him down God is gonna be faithful anyway that's what Romans 3 1 2 9 is all about very difficult passage if you approach it in any other way very complicated passage but if you come at it like this it all fits and that means that by the time you get to Romans chapter 3 verse 20 what you're faced with is a double problem yes there is the problem of sin you know I and others who have written in what is sometimes perhaps misleadingly now called the new perspective people say oh you're not interested in sin and being saved from sin you're only interested in this funny covenant idea absolutely not the whole point is the Covenant was there in the first place to deal with sin so it's a double problem God has got to be righteous and just in dealing with the sin of the world but he's got to do so in a way which is covenant Allah righteous and just so Paul uses this blessed word Dakar's you name which we translate his righteousness and the trouble is we do not have one English term or one German term or one French term those the only modern languages that I have any claim to competence in we don't have a word that does in any of those languages what dick ozuna does for Paul it's a word which enables him to draw together both the sense of justice of putting the world right of dealing with sin and the sense of covenant faithfulness which is why in my own translation quick advertisements called the kingdom New Testament on this side of the Atlantic it's called the New Testament for everyone in the UK my own translation I quote talk at this point about covenant justice but now Romans 3:21 the des cailloux zu neethu who has been unveiled God's covenant justice has been unveiled that is he is faithful to the Covenant and thereby is putting the world to rights get it we just don't have words that'll do that and this is not about the Romans Road which is so popular and understandably which says I have sinned and therefore I'm unrighteous fortunately there is this thing called God's righteousness which Jesus has got lots of and he can somehow give it to me or imputed to me or whatever that's a way of trying to find a pathway through Romans without recognizing what 217 and following is all about missing out the crucial stage missing out act 3 in God's five act drama which goes creation for Israel Jesus and then the new creation if you miss out act 3 you won't understand act 4 so when we get to 3:21 that's the double problem that we were supposed to be dealing with now let's just cut round the back of 321 to 31 for the moment and hit Romans 4 because it's one of the great exegetical techniques that I advocate that if there's a really difficult passage go to the bit before and go to the bid afterwards and get as clear as you can about what they're doing and then hopefully the bit in between will emerge as the bridge between those two if this is a coherent discourse that's how it ought to work because you see if you say that the story is simply about we sinned God punished Jesus that's alright then so now we have lots of righteousness and we're justified by faith then what happens to chapter 4 you make Abraham simply an advanced example of somebody who was justified by faith in the Old Testament what he is that but that's not what chapter 4 is about chapter 4 is about the promises that God made Abraham in Genesis 15 again Paul is quoting Genesis 15:6 abraham believed God God karella guess they out of Mystic ozune and it was reckoned to him as covenant membership righteousness whatever word you're going to use that's part of Genesis 15 as a whole which is where God established the covenant with Abraham to give him a worldwide family and to give him Paul says not just the land but the world romans 4:13 the promises to Abraham and his descendants that they would inherit the cosmos that's because Paul is reading Genesis 15 in the light of Psalm 2 and Psalm 72 and all those other psalms about god's kingdom and inheritance being the whole world and that comes through to romans 8 God has promised therefore to justify the ungodly not in the sense that oh dear I'm ungodly and I need to be justified but God has promised Abraham this worldwide family in other words it's not just going to be Abraham's own physical descendants but a vast company who at present have nothing to do with Israel at all how is that gonna happen at the end of Romans 4 he quotes from Isaiah 53 he said it'll be reckoned to us to who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord who was given up for our trespasses and raised for our justification and the the lights of resonance ought to be flashing for those who know Isaiah 50 why Isaiah 53 because that above all was seen by the early Christians with good reason as the place where Israel's vocation came to its full expression this is the place in the mystery of the prophecy of Isaiah where that vocation to be the light of the world that vocation to be the royal priesthood to be the family through whom all the families of the earth will be blessed that's where that vocation came to expression you can't snatch Isaiah 53 out of that context and make it an abstract statement of simply a substitutionary atonement which doesn't have any other narrative around it it means what it means precisely as the fulfillment of the Abraham from as' and now we are just about cautiously ready to creep in between 2 3 21 to 26 now the Covenant justice of God has been revealed yes I meant to say for 19 to 22 by the way often ignored for 19 to 22 is about how Abraham's faith when you look inside it and see what it is reverses the idolatry of 118 following Abraham even though his body was dead because he was 100 years old or so he gave God the glory he was convinced of God's power and he believed that God would do what he'd promised exactly the opposite of what the human race had done at the beginning according to 1:18 following so somehow 321 to 26 must be about God's Israel shaped sin dealing covenant faithfulness 3:21 2:22 God's covenant justice through the faithfulness of the Messiah pissed his Krista to 322 how does that work remember what I said about 2:17 remember what I said about 3-2 Israel was unfaithful to God's purposes and promises to save the world through Israel what's God gonna do he is going to come himself in the person of the faithful Israelite or perhaps I should say that better he is going to be the faithful Israelite by becoming human by becoming Messiah the Messiah represents his people God has saved the world through Israel as he always said he would through and in the person of Jesus and 323 sums up the sequence it's gone before all sinned and lost the glory of God again reference back to chapter 1 this is the image bearing vocation as in Psalm 8 and then when we get to 3 24 to 26 is very difficult and dense passage and I do want to say 324 226 is not Paul's complete statement of everything he would ever want to say about the cross we often treated like that and by the same token people often take the heat Nicoll term in 324 226 the hill Asterion in greek nacinda 5 which could be a propitiation or it could be a mercy seat or something and they build everything on that that's very difficult can't actually be done doesn't actually work we mustn't D we mustn't take it out of the covenantal context rather start with first 24 we are justified by faith through the redemption which is in the Messiah Jesus Redemption it's a lovely word I pull atrocious in the Greek it means exodus the time when God went down to the great slave market and bought for himself a people for his own possession now people have often said talking about Paul on the cross Oh Paul grabs these metaphors from here and there as a slave market metaphor then it'll be a sacrificial metaphor then it'll be a law court metaphor as though Paul has just got this pocket full of metaphors and he pulls them out and scatters them around and hopes they'll all work that's how some people think he did it but no these mean what they mean because this is the Israel story how does God rescue the world the way he rescued Israel with the Exodus this is why see from Romans 3 long-range lens going to Romans 8 where the whole creation will have its Exodus will be set free from its slavery the redemption the Exodus which is in the Messiah Jesus and I said two days ago yes Exodus is one thing but forgiveness of sins is another the Passover isn't a forgiving sin thing Paul does what the whole New Testament does what Jesus did at the Last Supper an exodus event with forgiveness of sins inserted into its heart and somehow this is all it gets very complex this is all cultic as well as law court as well as exodus etcetera it's to do with the day of atonement because it's on the day of atonement that the blood is sprinkled on the covering of the Ark of the Covenant the cap arete in Hebrew and the Greek word with which kappa reg is translated is the word we have here Hillis Tyrion and that's why some people have said too quickly oh that means it's the place where sins were pretty sure or God was propitiated because of the nation's sins no it looks as though the best translation of that this is the so-called mercy seat that was a 16th century attempt to translate that very difficult term it looks as though this covering of the Ark is the place where two things happen it's the place where the people are cleansed from their sin and it is therefore the place where God meets with his people the temple is the place where God the holy God lives therefore if people are to be in the presence of God then all the impurity which has clung to them for whatever reason needs to be cleansed and Paul says that God put Jesus forth as the Hillis tarry on the place and the means of cleansing and meeting difficult to translate it better than that because here at last heaven and earth overlap here at last we have a new temple here at last God and human beings can be together and be one without the deadly effects of pollution and sin and everything else that we bring with us and so he says this happens through his blood because the blood is a symbol of life in Leviticus as you know and the blood cleanses from all pollution because pollution is basically anything that's heading for corruption and death whether it's sin or physical pollution and the blood is the sign of life that God will deal with that and cleanse it and this is why by the way we in the Western Protestant tradition we don't normally think in terms of how the cultic imagery works and it just pops up from time to time and we notice it and go on our way but in Romans 5:1 following remember Paul says since we are justified by faith we have peace God through our Lord Jesus Christ through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God any first century Jew would know that access into God's presence is Temple language and the hope of the glory is the hope that God's divine glory will come back to his temple at last you can't read Romans without that temple well you can but shouldn't without that temple imagery going on in your head so I'm suggesting to you that in Romans 3:21 – 26 despite the widespread popular opinion the emphasis of this passage is not on how God punished Jesus so that he didn't have to punish us that is a twisted way of saying something that Paul says a little later which I'll come to in a minute what I think he's saying here is that this is the way in which and the place in which God did what he had in mind when he called Israel in the first place when he called Abraham and made promises to him in the first place he dealt with the pollution which prevented humans being with him and he did so through the Messiah Jesus for the benefit of the whole world and that's why 327 231 at once is about the coming together of Jew and Gentile in the one family exactly as in that summary in chapter 15 now there are a thousand more things to say about that passage but I do want to move on because I want to show you just how then in the last remaining quarter note I have how then the second chunk of Romans works and fits with that Romans as I said said before I think is a symphony in four movements one two four five to eight nine to eleven twelve to sixteen and they both do and don't fit snugly together what five to eight is a very different piece of writing from one to four doesn't quote the Old Testament in the same way though it's dealing with it it doesn't follow the same kind of argument and then in nine to eleven it's much more like one two four and so on and so on it's a fascinating document but there is a consistent train of thought because now that we've seen in one to four that this is how God is faithful to his promises to Abraham and his vocation to Israel through the Messiah he has done what he said he would he has fulfilled the Covenant so as to deal justly with the sin of the world and so as to make forgiveness available and so as to make it possible and actual that humans and the Living God can come together at last now he's done all that he stands back in five one to eleven and he says now we can see the end from the beginning if this has happened then were all the way there if God did this out of his love when we were still sinners the Messiah dying for us much more now that that has happened will we ultimately be saved through his life and 5 1 to 11 actually has a lot more about the cross of Jesus than we have in chapter 3 but usually people when they're talking about the cross in Paul and in Romans or when they're doing the Romans Road they try and get it all out of chapter 3 and it really doesn't work as well as it is often hoped to work so 5 1 to 11 is the summary of where we've got to in 5 1 to 11 anticipates the argument of the whole section through to the end of chapter 8 which is focused on the love of God on the Spirit of God and on the way in which the death of Jesus reveals the love of God and if you like generates a people who themselves are in breathed in dwelt by the spirit but then the very difficult passage 5 12 to 21 Paul tells the story from Adam to the Messiah now that we've shown that God has been faithful to the promise to Abraham we can go back and say okay if that was to deal with the atom problem how does that work and Paul puts the two together very dense and difficult passage but again this time he talks about the obedience of Jesus the Messiah the obedience remember Philippians 2 he was obedient even unto death even the death of the Cross this is not obedience to some moralist scheme in my tradition people talk about the merits of Christ because this comes out of a particular 16th century Reformed strand which sees the merits of Jesus as as it were in a medieval sense really earning righteousness for himself which then can be imputed to his followers that's not what Paul has in mind it's obedience to the Israel plan as in 2:17 following and part of the extraordinary thing that's going on there is the way that he isn't talking about humans just being rescued so they can go to heaven it's about humans being recreated as humans 5:17 those who receive this gift of the New Covenant membership he says will reign in life we are to be the royal priesthood as I've been saying all week and that's right there in Paul but then the dark note in 5:20 the law came in alongside so that the trespass might increase did God give the law to make sin worse that's a bizarre idea well wait till chapter 17 you'll see how it works because what happens then in 6 7 & 8 the most extraordinary large scale exposition Paul tells the whole Exodus story again think of it what happens at the Exodus they're slaves and they come through the water and they're free it's Romans 6 we think it's about baptism and holiness it is about baptism and only niz but he's talking about it in language which says come through the water and the slaves are free what happens then they get to Mount Sinai what happens at Mount Sinai oh they get the Torah what happens when they get the Torah they break it and they're a mess ever since that's Romans 7 only he tells the story of Romans 7 in such a way as to make it clear as many Jews would have agreed with right then and there that when Israel gets Torah and sins and worships the golden calf they are recapitulating the sin of Adam he's that story in such a way as to have Israel's story and Adams story jangling against one another that's the problem the problem of Sonia but then Romans 8 what happens next in the Exodus story is they are led to the promised land the inheritance by the pillar of cloud and far that come and dwell in the tabernacle to take them to the place God's promised Romans 8 is about being led by the spirit to the inheritance because my friends the inheritance as I'm sure you know but it's worth reminding ourselves the inheritance is not heaven the inheritance is the whole creation redeemed and restored and rescued from its corruption to decay in the Bible the whole world is now God's holy land so much Christian thought just misses out at that point but that's what Romans 8 is about now how has that happened how has that happened now we see in chapter 7 what that odd verse in 520 was about because when God gives Israel the Torah and says you are my people and through you I'm going to rescue the world Israel think this is great we'll just be a moral example we'll be the light to the nation's many to many devout Jews to this day still will say that is Israel's vocation to show the nations how to live and then the tragedy happens again and again and again as it doesn't quite work like that but Paul has a darker and different idea rooted in Scripture but in Chapter 7 verse 13 he says it was sin that did it so that it might become exceedingly sinful why did God give the law if it was just going to increase sin give sin a base of operations so that as the more Israel struggled to keep the Torah the more sin had it in its grip the answer is in Romans 8:1 – for there is therefore now no condemnation for those in the Messiah Jesus because what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh God has done listen to sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as a sin offering he condemned sin in the flesh this is penal there is no condemnation because he condemned sin in the flesh it is substitutionary he condemned sin in the flesh therefore there is no condemnation but it belongs within the Israel narrative it belongs within the Passover narrative it belongs within the new creation narrative not within the shrunken moralistic language of a works contract in which I got it wrong I needed to be punished so God punished Jesus instead notice Paul does not say God condemned Jesus he says God condemned sin in the flesh of Jesus we have been littled that and then have preached lots of illustrations out of the militant version we've got and not surprisingly many people in many parts of the Christian world get a very odd view of God as a result this then is the real substitution Jesus defeats the enemy alone in the garden he says let these people go Jesus knows he's got to go into this dark place all by himself it's part of the deal and sin does its worst to him as we saw was it yesterday on the Gospels the Gospels tell the story of how evil the whole all the evil in the world somehow converges onto this point this is your hour and the power of darkness not so that we could go to heaven but not so that we could behave properly though of course we will behave properly and God will look after us after our death and give us resurrection in due course but so that we could be the new temple he says in 8 9 to 11 if you belong to the Messiah then thus if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you he who raised the Messiah from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in you this is temple language look the indwelling verb in the concordance and you'll see again and again it's God coming to dwell in the temple it's the same in Colossians one and two the Spirit is the presence of the Living God dwelling in the family of God in Christ and dwelling specifically Christian by Christian and the results is resurrection the Spirit is the Lord and giver of life and Paul is picking up here from that Old Testament strand that the temple which has been destroyed will be rebuilt and then the Spirit is the one who does in Romans 8 what the pillar of cloud and fire did and leads God's people to their promised inheritance result Romans 8:31 2:30 1039 what shall we say to this if God is for us who is against us and Paul draws out as John draws out so often the theme of the unbreakable unstoppable love of God nothing in all creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in the Messiah Jesus our Lord and you see this picture is so much bigger so much richer so much more biblical than the little versions which we've often you know I've done youth evangelism as well I've sat down with people in the back seats of the pub and tried to explain to them you know what the gospel is about when they've already had three drinks too many and probably aren't taking it in we've done that so we so we naturally shrink it and I accept this is difficult to tell the whole story which has got the Israel bit in as well because that people just think it's weird people thought Paul was weird they said this message was foolishness I think we have to live with it and find fresh ways of saying what Paul says as opposed to saying our late modern post Kantian semi-platonic versions of all of that because what we have in Romans one to eight is not the Platonic heaven but the new creation is not simply an analysis of the human plight in terms of I got it wrong now God punishes Jesus so now it's alright but in terms of idolatry that we worship forces within the creation whether it's money or sex or power or all sorts of other things we give ourselves to them we give our allegiance to them and then the result is that they come back and say okay I'm in charge now and you're going to do this and you can't get out of it because it's got you in its grip sin with a capital S the force of the powers works through sins with a small s but when forgiveness of sins with a small s happens then the grip of the powers is broken again Christus Victor Christ the victor over all the powers because he has accomplished forgiveness of sins it's not an either/or and the theology in the Western world over the last half century at least has thought it was an either/or and Paul holds them together because we are called to be the royal priesthood by worshiping the true God seen now incarnate in Jesus scene now revealing the divine glory on the cross in Paul as in John and we are thereby enabled to be the royal priesthood the kings the priests the ones who sum up the praises of creation the one who bring the stewardship of God the loving wisdom of God into the world and all this generates this vision of Jesus death in which God condemned sin by Jesus dying as the representative substitute you need the whole of Romans much more than I've given you you need all of Galatians and Corinthians and all the rest as well but I think this is the heart of it that by 6:00 p.m. on Good Friday the powers had been conquered and a new world was ready to be born and that new world began on Easter day Jesus risen body is the beginning of the new creation and that new creation as I said the other night has the word forgiveness written over its door it has new creation as the goal towards which we are now going and it has royal priesthood as the pattern by which we follow the road the route to that goal we are therefore set free from our sins we are therefore set free from idolatry and whenever the idols come back to us and say actually you belong to me and you can't resist me and you're going to do this and that and the other whether you like it or not the answer is no that power was broken on the cross that's why we need one another in this business that's why we need prayer why we need the sacraments why we need constantly to be reminded of the power of the cross and it all comes back of course to the love of God love once more he loved his own who were in the world he loved them to the end God himself has come as the faithful Israelite God himself has come in the person of Jesus God himself has become God forsaken on the cross and the Spirit of the crucified and risen Jesus is given to us so that we too can be cruciform so that we too can be people of love so that we too can show forth his glory in the world amen thank you very much

Joseph Stiglitz: The Price of Inequality | The New School



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The impact of inequality on societies is now increasingly well understood – higher crime, health problems and mental illness, lower educational achievements, social cohesion and life expectancy. But what are the causes of inequality, why is it growing so rapidly, and how is it affecting the economy?

These are the questions Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, professor at Columbia University, will discuss in a presentation of his latest book, The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. In this talk, Stiglitz will discuss how, left to their own devices, markets are neither efficient nor stable, and will tend to accumulate money in the hands of the few. He will also demonstrate how government policies and political institutions, far from countering these trends, often enhance them, and that politics frequently shapes markets in ways that advantage the richest over the rest. This in turn weakens democracy and the rule of law by putting more and more political power in the hands of the wealthy. Beyond these social and political costs, however, inequality has grave consequences for the economy. Moving money from the middle and bottom of society to the top-as has increasingly been happening-stifles entrepreneurship, produces slower growth and lower GDP, and also even destabilizes the economy.

Throughout the course of the evening, Stiglitz will illuminate how the growing inequality in America and many other countries is not only unfair, but also unwise. The talk will also strike a hopeful note, arguing that the current trends are in no way inevitable and he will put forth the concrete set of reforms that he proposes in his book, which would create an economy with less inequality and more growth and opportunity. These are vital issues for an election year in a country that is still struggling to get its battered economy back on track.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion between Joseph Stiglitz, Michael Cohen, director of the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs and Teresa Ghilarducci, Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Analysis and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, moderated by New School president David Van Zandt.

The New School, a university in New York City, offers distinguished degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, liberal arts, management and policy, and the performing arts. THE NEW SCHOOL |

Location: Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall
10/04/2012 7:00 p.m.

UM Star Lectures 2018



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Promotional video for our annual alumni event the UM Star Lectures

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