All in Theology

Slow to Speak

Living in another culture always gives you moments where you learn about yourself or you grow in a way that has been difficult in your home context. Every time I have moved to a new culture (Colombia, Scotland, Middle Tennessee), I have found that there are aspects of my personality that change. The one aspect that regularly gets morphed is a slowness in responding to people.

Waiting

Before we moved, a sweet family gave Calvin the book Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. I am sure most people know it and have read it. It is all about the future and what it holds and all the adventures and unknowns that lie ahead.

Family, Church, and Belonging

The one thing that has been hanging around in my head, however, from this paragraph is that Bavinck reminds us that we are promised these things "Yet even now, in this life...". It seems so strange to think about that. The fact that we promised these things in this life. But where in this life can we say that we have received these things?

The Good Bye of Friends

We have some of our good friends leaving Edinburgh over the next few months. It has been odd saying good-bye. In all honesty, we haven't known any of them for too long. However, we have walked through this time in Edinburgh with each of them, and the shared experience has united us. It will be hard to say good-bye. Yet, the more that Taryn, Calvin, and I move, the more we realize how much good-byes are a part of our life.

Where to Begin?

This quote from Bavinck has been running around in my head for weeks now. The last few days, I have found it at the forefront of my mind. We are currently spending some time with good friends. Conversations have inevitably turned to life, stories about the past, and how Calvin is growing up. Regarding Calvin, we inevitably talk about things that we are doing to raise him; ways in which we are cognizant of the little things to help guide toward good choices in the big things.

A Reason to Hope

Every year around this time my denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), meets at its General Assembly (GA). During this time, I get reflective. I reflect on the state of the PCA. I reflect on how the Lord is preparing me even more to work in his church. I also reflect on the ways in which I was prepared to do this work before I even entered full-time vocational ministry. I am always amazed at how quickly I move from the organization of the PCA to specific people.

Fear and Shame

We are afraid that by siding with Christ we will lose entirely our name and honor as a person before others and will become an object of scorn and derision, of abuse and persecution. We fear, that through the confession of Christ, our dignity, personality, humanity will be injured and suffer loss.

Words

Our words are powerful. This is why it is so concerning when we use our words carelessly or we don't try to carefully understand the words others use. Words matter. My words matter. Other people's words matter.

You, Me, Us

So, this week we bought a second-hand bike. It is a nice bike, not expensive but nice. Taryn and I realized that so much of my time was taken up with walking that it would be better for my studies and our family if I could get from point A to point B a little quicker. I have cut my commute in half if not more. It is amazing.