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.

It is not that Complicated

Paul understands spiritual growth in the Christian life to be a struggle. It isn't easy. It isn't part of our natural make up. The point Paul makes is that growth in the Christian life only comes when we see Christ's strength work through our weakness.

Theology Transforms

am at an academic conference. This is not the way you start a blog if you want people to keep reading. I am at an exciting academic conference. Well, now everyone knows that I am just lying. I am going to keep this introduction boring. I am at an academic conference this week. It is the annual gathering of the Society for the Study of Theology. This gathering is most of the theologians in the UK and many others from Europe and around the world. It is quite an interesting place to be with many fascinating topics being discussed.

Who is at the Center?

[W]orldliness is that system of values and beliefs, behaviors and expectations, in any given culture that have at their center the fallen human being and that relegate to their periphery any thought about God. - David Wells

Adversity and Grace

It has been an odd couple of weeks. Taryn not being home is hard. Having help in the house, is amazing. I haven't slept the greatest. Part of that may be that Taryn isn't there. Another part of that may be that I have a three year old in the bed who takes up far more bed than seems possible for his size. I find in these moments when there is radical change in my life, I look for moments of reflection and thought. Too often life gets busy and we get caught up in whatever is in front of us, we fail to properly contemplate all that is going on in our lives and around us.

Thoughts from a Hospital Bed

It is all too familiar, walking down the hallways; the grey walls, the sterile floors, the miniscule squares on the ceiling. Room after room filled with beds. Beds filled with people. People simply lying down. People simply trying to keep themselves occupied and comfortable. Neither stillness nor silence exist within these walls. The ever present noise of machines beeping and of feet scurrying is the soundtrack. The laughter that’s present outside these walls is swallowed up by moans and cries.And the smell.