Above All Else, Possess This

Another passage that I love is from Proverbs 4. The author says this: 'The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.' Such simple instruction yet so profound. Thomas Brooks in his opening comments in Precious Remedies is saying something like what we see here in Proverbs 4. Above all else get truth yet this is not a truth in the sense of just going out and reading a lot, this is truth that has feet.

What We Should Know

I thought that over the course of the next few weeks (maybe months), I would use the blog to track through my reading of Brooks' work. I won't read a lot each week and if you want to read along, I would love to have some interaction on Facebook or Twitter. You can download a free copy here, or you can purchase a copy from Banner of Truth here. This week, I read 'The Epistle Dedicatory'.

Consider it All Joy

Do you have moments in life when multiple things that you are thinking about and your situation in life converge? At that moment everything seems to be saying the same thing over and over again to you. This week has been one of those weeks for me.

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.