Bringing Philippians to Life

Believe it or not, this actually is another real post you are getting notified about! Well, sort of. It’s not a science idea–it’s actually a school assignment that doesn’t really have all that much to do with theorizing. But since this blog is called The Christian Theorist, and most of you guys are writers anyway, I figured this would be appropriate. It is basically a very short short story, describing the events that might have happened around the time that Paul wrote Philippians. I hope you guys enjoy!

There was a knock at the door.

“Excuse me, Nona.” Paul shuffled to the door, his shackles clanking. Nona felt sorry for him. He was such a kind man; how could they keep him shackled like this? At least they let him rent a house, instead of keeping him in the jail. Still, the Roman guards at the door were a constant reminder of his lack of freedom. She couldn’t help but wonder what the Jews could have found so offensive about him that he would have to resort to appealing to Caesar.

“Justus! Epaphroditus! What’s wrong? What are you doing here?”

“We were on our way to bring you a gift from Philippi, and he fell ill.” Justus nodded to Epaphroditus, who was leaning heavily on his shoulder. “We figured Luke would probably be here, so we kept going, but he has gotten much worse. Is he here?”

“Yes, set him on the couch there. Luke! Come quickly!”

“What’s wrong? Oh!” Luke came rushing inside the back door of the small house, his brow furrowing at the site of Epaphroditus on the couch.

“What can we do?”

“Start some water heating, and bring me my tools.” Luke pressed his ear to Epaphroditus’ chest, while Nona hurried to heat some water. Paul knelt beside Luke and placed his hand on Epaphroditus’ forehead.

“Lord, bring our dear brother comfort.” He turned to Luke. “What is it?”

“Looks like pneumonia. He will be alright, but they should have stopped on the way for a doctor. Much longer, and their gift would have been used for a funeral. The Lord was watching over him. Thank you, Nona.” Luke dipped a cloth into the bowl of water Nona handed him, and placed in on Epaphroditus’ forehead. “He will be alright. Go talk with Justus.”

“Thank God for you, Luke. You are a true blessing to us. Justus, how long will you be here? I assume you need a place to stay?”

 

 

Paul sat down at his desk. His house was small, but he had made sure there was a separate room for prayer and writing. Luke spent a lot of his time here, compiling a history of their travels, but he was out entertaining their guests. Paul carefully laid out a sheet of papyrus, dipped his pen into the inkwell, and began to write. “This letter is from Paul.” He paused. Timothy probably wanted to send his regards, too. Poking his head out the door, he asked, “Where is Timothy?”

“He’s outside tending the garden,” Luke said. “Would you like me to call him in?”

“Please.”

Paul sat back down. “This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves to Christ Jesus. I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi…”

“Yes?”

“Come in, Timothy. I am writing a thank you note to the Philippians, and I thought you would like to say something.”

Paul continued writing, Timothy leaning over his shoulder, making comments and suggestions. The smell of tar from the ink filled the air as Paul’s rough fingers traced over the papyrus. Occasionally Timothy would lean in closer with his hand on Paul’s shoulder, and Paul would wince. His years of missionary work had taken their toll on his body.

“…Epaphroditus was very distressed that you heard he was ill. And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mery on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.” The pen moved swiftly over the parchment. Paul was no stranger to writing—his years of training as a Pharisee had perfected his handwriting, so that even without a scribe, his letters were perfectly legible.

“…And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

“I bet they’ll love that comment,” Timothy put in. “I can hardly believe we converted the entire Praetorium.”

“The Holy Spirit converted them. We were just messengers.”

Getting Deep

I love stories. I spend as much of my time as possible immersed in a book, game, or movie, placing myself in a sort of “safe” reality. In books and movies, I know everything will work out in the end, and no damage will come to me physically. In games, I am in control of the story, and I can change the difficulty, giving me the power to overcome any obstacle. Also, the stakes are low: if I lose, I can just start over and learn from my mistakes—the game doesn’t matter.

So when, like me, you constantly dwell in these false realities (I personally prefer books, but games are more relevant to this discussion), it becomes very easy to let the entertainment mindset bleed over into the real world. I have found myself deciding, without even thinking, to take a break and come back after I’ve thought awhile—except you can’t take a break from life. Sometimes I get frustrated with something in my life, and my mind will tell me it doesn’t have to be that hard: just drop the difficulty and blow the obstacle to smithereens. I have even found myself getting so tired of aspects of life that I want to just give up, “lose,” and start over.

Except you can’t do any of these things with life. Time floats on, whether you want it to or not. You can’t pause the game of life. There are no checkpoints in life. There is no respawn in life. There is only one difficulty setting: hard. And if all of that wasn’t pressure enough, life actually matters. And you only get one shot.

But there is hope, because we are not playing to win. Our object is not the accumulation of wealth or our own personal happiness. No, our object is to do the Lord’s bidding. When you wreck your car and can’t afford a replacement, take heart: Jesus didn’t need a car to do His Father’s bidding. When your house catches fire and all your wealth and pride is devastated, take heart, for your life has not been in vain. When depression strikes, your happiness is destroyed, and you lose your hope for the world, take heart, for you are not here to be happy. You are not losing at life when you are unhappy. You are not losing at life when you can’t get a girl or see how you will fit in the world. Only give up your own desires and plans, obey your General, and you will find purpose, identity, and fulfillment.

Life is not a game.

September Update and Science Video

I am making progress! The new site is up and running, and I am working mainly on getting the forums operational and smoothing out a host of wrinkles that came with the “upgrade” to the paid plan. For some reason, the paid version took away nearly all compatibility with WordPress: there is no button I can put up so people can follow the site with their WP accounts, anything WP related is gone from the social media options, you have to have an account with my site specifically to use the forums as anything but a guest, etc, etc. There is a plugin that solves some of this, but not nearly all, so I am working with the person I mentioned in the July update to get those ironed out and see if I can’t retain all of the WP integration without giving up on the upgraded version, and, by extension, an in-site forum. School is starting in earnest for me, so I won’t be able to work on the site as much as before, but I am definitely starting to see some progress, and I’ve got several exciting idea concepts waiting for me to flesh them out in posts when the new site is up.

On a somewhat different note, I have decided to write a book. It is based on one of the ideas that I have sitting half written in my blog workspace document, so you should get a sneak peek at the idea behind it in a few weeks/months (hopefully weeks). I have no idea how to write a book, and my only attempt so far at creative writing was, quite frankly, pitiful. So, I am not good at creative writing, I have no idea how to write a book, and I don’t tend to be very creative at all (I know these science ideas I come up with appear very creative, but I would argue that at least most of them are just basic common sense, with perhaps a unique application), and yet I’m writing a book. This should be interesting… Due to school and other factors, I don’t plan to start on it at least until the end of the year, aside from notes and spontaneous inspiration, and I have no idea how it will progress past there, whether I will post updates on this site, make a new site for it, or virtually anything else about the future of this project, but I know the majority of you guys are writers, so I figured you would be interested to know about this.

By now you know this guy is really smart, so now you get to watch him act like a complete idiot to prove a point. And no, he wasn’t acting like an idiot on purpose. You’ll see what I mean:

 

 

Update and Cat Flipping Physics

In my last update, I said I would be back to posting by June.  June is here, and I am not quite ready to post.  Last month ended up being very…interesting with life happening all around me. Why does life have to happen? I don’t know when I will be back to posting, as it depends on a number of factors, but here is what is on my plate at the moment:

  1. Finish editing the last four chapters of a book for Gabrielle over at Write for the King
  2. Finish learning the admin console for the forum website I have set up, since a free WordPress account does not allow plugins, which are necessary for a WordPress forum
  3. Finish working on pictures for each of my posts so far
  4. I might be able to get in touch with someone who does website design professionally and get him to help me on this stuff for free, in which case I will probably do a bit more work revamping both this and the forum website
  5. Overcoming a debilitating apathy that has been hanging over me for the past few months, which varies in intensity and has been fairly bad recently

I will also be working this around farm work for my parents and my summer job, but hopefully I will be able to overcome those time suckers enough to post at least once or twice a month.

For now, while you wait for me to make a real post, enjoy this video from Smarter Every Day:

Update and Cool Magnet Video

So yeah. I’ve been a slacker.  I haven’t even done background website admin stuff in over a month, and I haven’t even visited the admin console in at least two or three weeks.  I have been bogged down in school, so I haven’t had time to work on this; I have had limited internet access, so when I have had time, I didn’t have the ability, and I have had limited willpower, so when I have had time and ability, I just haven’t even worked on something to tell you what is going on.  So I am making it official: I am shutting this website down.  Not to worry, though, I am simply moving the website to 6tscience.wordpress.com. The new website is still under construction, and I don’t plan to do any work on it until school lets out, but hopefully I will finish building the website sometime next month and be back to posting by June.  I apologize for disappearing, and I will try to be more consistent in the future.

In the meantime, the least I can do is refer you to someone else for a cool science injection, so here you are: