Learning to Read

I have said this before, but I am convinced the vast majority of a PhD is learning to read. Yes, yes, I know that to do a PhD you need to know how to read before you get here. However, what I mean is that in doing a PhD you learn how to read someone sympathetically. It is a skill I thought I had, but one I have realized I need to hone more and more each day.

Gathering Together

So, I delivered my seminar paper for the Theology and Ethics seminar at New College yesterday. This is something every PhD student at the college will do. It is a gathering of all the post-graduates as well as the Theology and Ethics faculty.

Hope against Hope

In hope he believed against hope… This is how the Apostle Paul describes Abraham’s faith in Romans 4. In hope he believed against hope. The phrase has been with me a lot these last few days. As I think about what the future holds for our family.

Expect the Unexpected

My Mum and brother recently visited us from Australia. Last Monday evening we were having our final meal together as they were catching the train back to London early Tuesday morning. As we were saying our goodbyes and Cam closed the door behind them, he turned to me and said “have you checked your email?”. Well no, I hadn’t, but that question made me head to my email for sure… and this is I what I read…

Who are you?

Know thyself! This is the mantra, command, law of almost every person, philosophy, and religion. Everywhere you turn, you hear that the key to life is knowing yourself. Every person has a sense that human beings are in some way different from everything else. The questions ‘who am I and what I am here for?’ are central to so much of life. We are told, the most important question that you will ask in your life is: ‘Who am I?’ Know thyself!

Vocation

I had the opportunity to teach on theological anthropology (the theological study of man) last week. We looked primarily at Genesis 1 and 2. They are really fascinating passages. In them we not only get the creation of humanity, but also humanity’s nature, purpose, and vocation. That is in Genesis 1 and 2 we have answers to the questions: What are we? What are we made for? and What are we made to do?.

Our Refuge

It is amazing how many people I talk to these days that find their schedules completely jam packed with stuff. When I ask someone how they are the answer usually goes, ‘Good. Busy. But good.’ I get it. I feel like I am barely getting a moment free these days. On top of personal busyness, it seems like the news can keep us busy as well. No matter what side of debate you are on, you are being called to care deeply about everything. From Brexit to Scottish Independence to Kavanaugh to LeBron as a Laker, we are all supposed to have a deep emotional and temporal engagement. Life can be overwhelming.

What's in a Name?

What’s in a name? It is a profound question that Shakespeare poses in one of the most famous scenes in one of the most famous plays ever. I am sure we all know the scene either from school or the theatre.

Fathers and Sons

The past couple days I have had a bit of time to think about being a Father. Calvin is at this really cool age where he is learning how to do different things. He is getting independent and yet at the same time loves cuddling. He wakes up in the morning and wants to cuddle with mom. At bed time, he wants me to cuddle with him after having read a book or two, prayed, and sung a song. He just wants to cuddle. Yet, between waking up and going to bed he is very much on the go and active. He wants to do everything and he wants little to no help in doing it.