Where to Begin?

This quote from Bavinck has been running around in my head for weeks now. The last few days, I have found it at the forefront of my mind. We are currently spending some time with good friends. Conversations have inevitably turned to life, stories about the past, and how Calvin is growing up. Regarding Calvin, we inevitably talk about things that we are doing to raise him; ways in which we are cognizant of the little things to help guide toward good choices in the big things.

A Reason to Hope

Every year around this time my denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), meets at its General Assembly (GA). During this time, I get reflective. I reflect on the state of the PCA. I reflect on how the Lord is preparing me even more to work in his church. I also reflect on the ways in which I was prepared to do this work before I even entered full-time vocational ministry. I am always amazed at how quickly I move from the organization of the PCA to specific people.

Fear and Shame

We are afraid that by siding with Christ we will lose entirely our name and honor as a person before others and will become an object of scorn and derision, of abuse and persecution. We fear, that through the confession of Christ, our dignity, personality, humanity will be injured and suffer loss.

Words

Our words are powerful. This is why it is so concerning when we use our words carelessly or we don't try to carefully understand the words others use. Words matter. My words matter. Other people's words matter.

You, Me, Us

So, this week we bought a second-hand bike. It is a nice bike, not expensive but nice. Taryn and I realized that so much of my time was taken up with walking that it would be better for my studies and our family if I could get from point A to point B a little quicker. I have cut my commute in half if not more. It is amazing.

Doubting, Questioning, and Discomfort

At the end of April I had the opportunity to serve communion at Christ Church Edinburgh. It was the first time that I had the opportunity to administer the sacrament in Edinburgh. I always find serving at a different church a bit nerve-racking. You never quite know how the church partakes and every church does it a little differently. We have been going to Christ Church for quite some time now, but at the same time, I am never paying super close attention to the exact order of everything. In preparation I talked to David, our Pastor, a bit to work through what some of the particulars regarding Christ Church's practices.

Lex Credendi

At the beginning of this last semester in the Theology and Ethic seminar here at New College, a speaker came in to talk about the idea of Lex orandi or the Law of Prayer. He was speaking from a specifically Anglican perspective. Now, I am not an Anglican. I am happily and contentedly a Presbyterian. However, his talk on Lex orandi was fascinating and it has stuck with me.

Telling Stories

Lately I have been thinking about the stories we tell ourselves, our family, and the world around us, and not only the stories we tell but also the stories we are told. Stories have power. They can create a reality for us. They can make us believe things about ourselves and the world around us.