Archive for October, 2010

Genuine Human Need

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

If Jesus’ primary pattern of ministry was to gather a crowd and reveal his glory through spectacular means, such as transfiguration or mighty miracles, very likely the crowds would have responded positively. Many would have thought thatĀ  Jesus must certainly be worthy of allegiance. But, in such circumstances such a response would have raised questions [...]

Who Is Anthony Velez

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I have updated my self description, or is that self-identification. At risk of revealing the depths of my narcissism (I try so hard to conceal it), I enjoy doing this kind of writing, as it gives me a sense of self control, which is a type of control, which even if it is an illusion, [...]

What Is Your Hope

Monday, October 25th, 2010

While cleaning the tutoring center I came across a sheet of paper with various Gospel quotes. It turned out to be a bit of serendipity, as one of the quotes spoke to me, and I thought I would give it a chance to speak to someone else. What is your hope? Only this – his [...]

Abed’s Christology

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

He’s like E.T., Edward Scissorhands, and Marty McFly.

Drunk On Kierkegaard

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I am mildly drunk on Kierkegaard. I read his ideas and I swearĀ  my pulse quickens and new vistas of consciousness are opened. For those who don’t know, Kierkegaard is generally considered the father of existentialism, a philosophy that seeks to understand persons as unique and concrete, existing individuals as opposed to parts of a [...]

Across Party Lines and Worldly Categories

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Every Sunday, in Anglican churches around the world, there comes a time in the liturgy when the deacon leads the congregation to pray for those in positions of authority. Here, in Fresno California, this prayer looks like something like this: Celebrant: We pray for Barak our president, Arnold our governor, Ashley our mayor, and for [...]

Potential Deconstruction of a System

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Civilization and Its Discontents + The Noble Savage + a Dash of Eastern Philosophy + a dose of the Apocalyptic imagination + a few dashes of political consciousness, and a healthy dash of raising awareness regarding the Armenian Genocide x Singing characterized by great tonal range, operatic dynamics, and verbal gymnasitics with bouts of rapping [...]

Felix Culpa

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

While walking across campus in the fresh morning air, transitioning from “Professor of Philosophy” to “Tutoring and Resource Coordinator,” I composed the following prayer: Dear Father, If Jesus fully reveals who you are then you are most fully known as redeemer, and yet, to me, you seem so abstract and distant. I see Lord that [...]

A Set of Mental Pictures

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I have attempted in a vague and personal way, in a set of mental pictures rather than in a series of deductions, to state the philosophy in which I have come to believe. I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me. [...]

Call Me Saint Chesterton

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I recently read on First Thoughts about a gentlemen named William Oddie, who suggested that it is perhaps time for the Church (Roman Catholic) to consider canonizing G.K. Chesterton. My immediate reaction was that if this happens, I am going to go to my priest and ask if I can retroactively make “Saint Chesterton” my [...]