Translation with Humility

I have spent a lot of time translating in various languages: Hebrew, Greek, Spanish, Dutch, etc. The more I translate the more I am convinced that there is a certain amount of humility that is needed in the process. The humility comes in that every translation needs to be open to critique, correction, and reworking. The communicating from one language to another is never one for one.

Problems to Principles

It is interesting to watch the way many debates go these days. Often, I notice when people are discussing a topic, they start with a principle and then attempt to solve problems that they see with their principled position. A system is built and the only thing left to do is apply it real world situations. You can see this in various discussions whether it be about religion, politics, or sports. Frequently, the assumption is that if you have the correct principle then you can solve all the problems. What has been intriguing for me is the difference Bavinck, the theologian whom I study, writes his dogmatics and many of essays.

Learning to Repent

It has been said that perfection is not the high water mark of the Christian life, repentance is. When confronted with our sin, we have two responses. The natural man will want to deny that there is anything wrong and look for excuses. However, the spiritual man should be convicted and brought to a place of repentance. But what does repentance before God look like? Let me suggest that it is coming before him in prayer.

Reading Hard Texts

So I am reading Hegel these days. It's dense. I am also reading about Hegel. That is not quite as dense, but it's still dense. The research that I am doing has lead me down a path that requires a lot of time in Hegel. When I realized that this was going to be a huge part of my project, I laughed and said, 'I thought I could make it my entire academic career without seriously engaging with Hegel.' It turns out I can't. The more intimidating part of this is whenever I talk to a fellow PhD student about this, their response is 'Good luck.'

Theology that Sings

The Psalms lay out all of life. They walk us through the ups and the downs. When I read Psalm 96, it is the ups of life that I see most clearly. The psalmist calls out for all of creation to praise the Lord. He does this on the basis of good theology. The Lord made heaven and earth. He is the true God. Therefore he is the only one that deserves our worship. It is this theology that causes him to sing a song of praise to the Lord.

Walking

Yesterday I walked around 12 miles. It was more than I normally walk in a day. The average day here in Edinburgh is about 4-5 miles. We had a bit of an emergency that caused me to walk to and from school a couple more times than normal. On top of that, running was in my workout yesterday morning. So, by the end of the day, I had put in about 12 miles.

The 4th of July and Other Identity Markers

So, the 4th of July came and went. This year we were in Scotland. In the past 10 years, I think I have celebrated the 4th outside of the US more than I have celebrated in the US. It was funny this year. I forgot that the 4th was coming up until the day before. Living in a foreign country can have this effect.

Home Again Home Again

Last week I was writing about how I only had two more sleeps before I would be home. Today I sit in my living room writing this blog update. It is good to be home. I didn't realize how much I missed my family until that afternoon when I walked into the house and saw Taryn and Calvin. It was a precious moment.

One Month

Most of you know that recently Cam was away for a month. While he ventured off to Kampen in the Netherlands, Calvin and I held the Clausing fort here in Edinburgh. It sure was a month!