Friday, July 25, 2008

The New Girl In Town

Hi everyone! I'm Jenny Bruce (Jeffrey's older sister) and I'm honored and excited to be joining Christians in Context.

I graduated from Biola University with a degree in Biblical Studies in 2002 and have worked as a Director of Children's Ministries (or according to Andrew Faris, a Children's Pastor) ever since. I feel tremendously blessed to work at the same San Francisco Bay Area church where I was raised and I've learned some valuable lessons over the past six years such as:

1. Kids are able to comprehend much more than we assume they can.
2. The boy doing somersaults during the Bible story often remembers the story verbatim.
3. Red Light, Green Light can be adapted to illustrate almost any theological point. Seriously.

Here are a few cheerful facts about me. I'm a fan of Stephen Sondheim musicals, Flannery O'Conner short stories, hot chocolate, NPR, Christopher Guest films, directing kids' theatre, Charles Wesley hymns, Trivial Pursuit, and midcentury modern design. My favorite soapboxes include "Romans 7 describes Paul's pre-conversion experience," and "Dark chocolate is infinitely superior to milk chocolate." I especially enjoy thinking and writing about Christian culture, issues facing the American church, demonstrating what God's Kingdom is like through good works and kids' discipleship.

I'm looking forward to interacting with you all!


glen. said...
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glen. said...

Oops, didn't mea to delete. Hm, I'm cooking the number of comments. Amped to read, Jenny B!

Michael F. Bird said...

Welcome to the blogosphere, we need more gals doing biblical and theological blogging!

I too am a Sondheim fan and my favourite one is "A Little Night Music" with affections for "Sweeney Todd", "Sunday in the Park with George", "Passion" and "Company".

Trivial Pursuit is the best source of sermon illustrations. For instance, through TP I learnt that Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest and came second!

We shall have to work on your view of Romans 7, start with reading "A Bird's Eye-View of Paul" available on


Anonymous said...

Dear Jennny,

Never go by what Andrew Faris tells you. Consider the source...

Carrie Allen said...

Jenny -

I am so excited to see you on here now! I can't wait to read what you have to say. Plus, now this blog has a wide spectrum of is awesome.

Jenny Bruce said...
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Jenny Bruce said...

Wow, thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

Dr. Bird, I've been a pretty staunch defender of that particular view of Romans 7 for a long time. However, the fact that you hold an opposing view, yet also have a sterling taste in music (good choice on "A Little Night Music", by the way. I think everything sounds better in 3/4 time), is enough to give me pause.

JB Epp said...

Jenny, I came across your blog because you listed "John Wesley's Sermons" as one of your favorite books. I heartily agree with your interpretation of Romans 7 and I suspect that you were heavily influenced by John Wesley in coming to this viewpoint (as I was). Anyway, I have subscribed to this blog and look forward to seeing this viewpoint of Romans 7 defended. It happens to be the truth. Jeff E.