Date: 3/19/2004
Time: 5:24:37 PM

Comment

In the new book "Get Up Off Your Knees, Preaching the U2 Catalog," one of the sermons, called "Pressing on with U2 and Paul," suggests that the U2 song "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" draws on the spirit of this passage. I may be using that idea, but it's too early to know..


Date: 3/22/2004
Time: 7:02:38 AM

Comment

Writing to Christians in Philippi, Paul admits that his heritage and reputation could give him more reason than most people to place confidence in his spiritual pedigree. But the overwhelming grace of God in Jesus calls Paul to a new set of values.

Like Mary pouring out her love by pouring expensive perfume, Paul shows his love and desire to know Christ by pouring out his credentials and achievements, his life, and considering them all rubbish (the Greek word also means "dung" and "excrement") in comparison to the life to be gained in Christ.


Date: 3/23/2004
Time: 7:14:46 AM

Comment

My life verse was Phil 3:10 and last summer I had a chance to do an exegesis of the surrounding passage from v.1 through v.11 - if any one want to use it as resources, you are more than welcome to get it (in Word format) at...

http://www.tnsa.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=UpDownload&file=index&req=getit&lid=14

Further feedback and discussion are welcome here too.

Coho, Midway City.


Date: 3/23/2004
Time: 2:13:39 PM

Comment

Coho in Midway,

Thanks for submitting your exegesis - it was a fun and insightful read. I had forgotten that "rubbish" was translated from the Greek, "skeballo", equivalent to our crass term for manure.

I also appreciated your exploration of "pisteos Christos" - faith in Christ or Christ's faithfulness? There is a richness to the scriptural texts that taking time for such thorough study only can bring - if only we had time (and energy) to do that more often.

Tigger in MN


Date: 3/26/2004
Time: 6:19:40 AM

Comment

I plan to focus on verses 13 and 14. We all have trouble remembering things we need to remember, but there are also things we need to forget. Not that we completely forget anything, but we should set aside some things so we can press on toward the goal of Christ. I am thinking about things like past successes, past hurts, past failures, etc. Paul certainly had a lot of things that merited forgetting as he pressed on for Christ. -- Fred in NC


Date: 3/26/2004
Time: 7:10:55 PM

Comment

The last verse strikes me - in most translations it does not say we're called toward the prize. Instead, the prize is the call itself.

Sending now, reading the rest of the posts later.

kbc in sc


Date: 3/27/2004
Time: 8:20:00 AM

Comment

As a retired pastor serving part-time as chaplain in a nursing home, forgetting the past has taken on new meaning. Our alzheimer's patients literally forget the past, including their families. One resident, a former entertainer who sang on national television and counted many celebrities as friends, is in early stage alzheimer's and knows what faces her. It is only her faith and hope in Christ that allows her to face such a frightening future.