Winner on sleep

I recently read a fantastic article by Lauren Winner on our topic for this week: Sleep. Check out these quotes...

The irony is that although many of us trade sleep for productivity, we would actually be more productive if we slept more. When we don't get enough sleep, we accumulate "sleep debt" which has to be paid back. (It's no coincidence that we describe this state with a metaphor drawn from banking, one William Wordsworth nicely turned on its head when he asked, in his poem "To Sleep," "Without Thee what is all the morning's wealth?")

The unarguable demands that our bodies make for sleep are a good reminder that we are mere creatures, not the Creator. For it is God and God alone who "neither slumbers nor sleeps." Of course, the Creator has slept, another startling reminder of the radical humility he embraced in becoming incarnate. He took on a body that, like ours, was finite and contingent and needed sleep. To push ourselves to go without sleep is, in some sense, to deny our embodiment, to deny our fragile incarnations—and perhaps to deny the magnanimous poverty and self-emptying that went into his Incarnation.

Please check out the rest of her article: Sleep Therapy. This article was publised in "Books & Culture" in the January/February 2006 edition (p. 7ff).

Mahaney on sleep

Here's a great talk on sleep by one of my favorite preachers:
A Biblical Understanding of Sleep

and, yes, a lot of this should sound familiar. Who am I that I would have an original thought?

Genre for Bible Study

If you're interested in a little more information about Biblical genre...
Check out the following:
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Fee and Stuart
Genre article --- see p. 20ff

On the Authority of the Bible

Here are the notes from this past week's talk on the authority of the Bible...

I. What is authority?
A. Someone who knows their stuff (She's an authority on cheeses.)
B. Someone who can tell people what to do (She's an authority figure)
C. The right and responsibility to lead, rule, guide, direct, order, etc...

II. The Gospels as history
A. Internal claims --- Lk. 1:1-4; Jn. 21:24
---They're writing history, not poetry or fiction or fantasy.
---Remember to distinguish between ancient and modern history
B. External evidence
---From the church --- ancient Christians treated the Gospels as history
---From secular sources --- agreement in broad strokes between Gospels and secular writers (see Josephus or Tacitus)

III. Jesus as both claiming and evidencing authority
A. Through teaching (ex. Mt. 7:29)
B. Through miracles (ex. Mt. 21:23ff; Mk. 2:10; Lk. 20ff)
C. Through direct claims (ex. Mt. 28:16-20; Jn. 10:18)

IV. Jesus communicating his authority through the Bible
A. Jesus' treatment of the Old Testament
B. Jesus' commissioning of his apostles
C. The treatment of the apostles' writing

see also:

Bart Ehrman's Lecture

Here's a terrific lecture by Dr. Bart Ehrman from UNC. He's a New Testament scholar and considers himself an agnostic. Although, I wouldn't agree with all of his points, I think the value of his lecture is that it can help raise questions we need to be asking and thinking about. Enjoy!

Ehrman Lecture