Wednesday, June 18 (previous post here)
This was only day three of class (of five total), and we had already covered an incredible amount of ground. Each step was loaded with truths about God from His Word, all pointing us to a greater knowledge and love of Him.
Also by day three, 5 1/2 hours of note-taking per day was taking its toll…..so there are going to be a few gaps ahead (don’t judge me, I had hand and also brain cramps). Keep that in mind. Any imperfections in the notes are mine, they are not a reflection on the seminary or the instructor.
We left off on Day Two with a look ahead to the next part of our discussion on things that shape our imagination. Before we get there however, we will take a short detour into a discussion on prayer. This is where my notes are a bit gappy. Dr. Bauder talked about several areas of prayer, and I took good notes on exactly one of those areas, poor notes on a second, and no notes on the rest.
Confession – Two Elements:
Psalm 51 is the best example of confession. The first element is not present due to the fact that David’s sin was already quite public and well-known. It was the second element that was missing prior to this Psalm.
This psalm shows us that whoever we’ve sinned against, it pales in comparison to that sin against God. Verse 4:
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.
There are three things that happen when we sin:
David is praying for the third thing (damage) to be undone in verse 18:
By Your favor do good to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Thanksgiving – What should we be thankful for? (not exhaustive by any stretch, simply representative)
Other Categories of Prayer
At this point we ended our discussion on prayer, and returned to the idea of things that shape our imagination.
All artistic media have the goal of shaping the imagination. We need to be aware of what we’re encountering, of what is bombarding us, both from the secular realm and the Christian. The difference between these types of imagery and Biblical imagery (for instance, the imagery of the Shepherd in Psalm 23) is that these are not automatically acceptable forms of imagery.
Phenomena from which we should shield ourselves:
Together, a very toxic group, but also an appealing one (like meth). It’s just so much fun, once you stat you can’t live without it.
I wish I had typed these notes up when they were fresher in my mind, because there were some important qualifications and explanations given that I am having trouble remembering. For example, related to point one above, Dr. Bauder was not recommending against watching “Lord of the Rings” and categorizing all fantasy as “False Imagery.” That wasn’t the point. Certainly false imagery related to God or His Word ought to be avoided completely, but I do not remember if we expanded on that in class or if the total definition of false imagery was related to things about God.
Related to point two above, I do know that we discussed, for one example, the power that a movie can have as the plot unfolds, so that by the end of the movie you’re cheering for the guy who shot a political leader, or beat up his wife, or any number of immoral acts that you are shaped into approving of and feeling positively toward.
But this wraps up post 3a. Our next post will be a little shorter, covering our final discussion from Day 3: “The Glory of God,” which is a discussion that will spill over into Day 4 as well.