Looking to Jesus

Yesterday the news came out that Billy Graham had died. I was talking to a friend (a trained historian) about Graham's impact on American Evangelicalism, and we agreed that in many ways Graham's shadow looms large over American Evangelicalism. However, unlike some leaders in the movement today, he never forgot his primary focus: to preach the Gospel.

Translation's Key

As I thought more about last week's blog, the question came to mind, 'What keeps our translations from being arbitrary?'. If no language corresponds exactly to another language (or even bigger to reality), how do I know that this is a mouse and that is a rat? I don't know that a completely undisputed answer for this question can be given. It gets into the questions of language and theories surrounding knowledge, those are philosophical waters into which I do not have the ability to wade too deeply.

Lost in Translation

The other day I had an amazing research day. For the last three weeks, I have been trying to find the answer to a question. It seemed that no answer could be found. However, on Tuesday I discovered a tiny thread. I started to tug on it, and the entire thing unraveled. I found the answer and it will prove to be really good content for my thesis.

Hearing the Word Preached

In the Clausing house these days we have been trying to get Calvin to sit with us in Sunday worship. It is tricky. He is the only child his age in the church service (he is really one of the youngest children in our church in Edinburgh). For the most part he does a great job. However, there are moments when every 3 minutes I am standing up and walking out with him. When I finish a worship service on Sunday and I have heard about half of the sermon and that in disjointed short bursts, the thought can come to me, 'Why are we doing this?'

Change and the Unchangeable

Ever since we spent our time in the States, I have thought a lot about change. It is funny how when you have been away from a place for a long time and then you go back, everything has changed. Now, you may not be able to put your finger on exactly what it is that has changed, but you know everything is different. People have grown, you have grown, quite honestly, 'You can never go home again.' That isn't to say you can't make the place home again, but that it isn't the same place you left.

Theology as Prayer

Well, I am back into it full-time again. Reading, writing, researching, and translating. It has been hard to find the rhythm, but it is slowly coming together. Not only the travel, but the transition from the church back into the academy has been a little jarring. However, the time away has given me a fresh perspective and has renewed my energy to get moving.

Back and Forth Friendships

I’m done. Well, for now, I’m done limp-running to try and catch the next flight. I’m done trying to fight the tired-but-need-to-keep-going feeling as we pass through another airport. Travelling can be a long story. I don’t find it that easy to sum up what it is like going back and forth, but it sure is nice to be back.

Jet-lagged Thoughts

I am going to preface everything I am about to say with I have just gotten off an airplane and just sat down after going to find food for the family. These are very jet-lagged thoughts. As we got on a plane to go back home some time yesterday, I thought back to a long journey. Not just a journey from Nashville to Edinburgh, but the journey that brought me to the point in life that I find myself today.

Living Our Theology

Martin Luther once made a provocative statement: We are all called theologians, just as [we are] all [called] Christians. Luther's point is that everything we do speaks to what we believe about God. Our lives show forth who we think the God we worship is like. How do we know God? Does God care for us? Can God be trusted? Is God good? All of these questions are answered in the way we live. We are all called theologians just as we are all called Christians. There is no getting around it, we all do theology.