All in Theology

The Deep Things

Yesterday I was in a meeting for Faith Mission Bible College. It was for faculty to meet each other and to prepare for the new year ahead. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming to think about teaching. Not only that, but to think about teaching while also still finishing my thesis. It can all be a little daunting. Nevertheless, I am committed for this first semester.

Time and Immediacy

Bavinck sets a pretty standard definition for the work of theology: 'The study of God and all things in relation to God.' 'All things' in this definition includes time. This is why Bavinck says that the job of the theologian is to stand outside of history, to ascend 'into the heights of eternity.'

Learning to Listen

Most of my PhD work consists in reading and then writing down my analysis of what I read. Often I disagree with the people I am reading, yet I still need to represent them accurately. I can't pick and choose the quotes that I work to advance my argument and ignore the context in which those quotes appear. What I am learning over the course of this PhD is that a solid 90% of my writing is just learning to listen carefully.

Keeping Busy with Nothing

I will admit that I am probably on social media too much. I have said to Taryn more than once, that I want to just cut it all off. The only reason I don't, is because of family and friends to whom I want to stay connected. Because of this, I haven't disconnected from all my different social media platforms, but I am attempting to learn how to use them better.

A Relational God

This Saturday I am leading the men's discipleship at Christ Church Edinburgh. We have been slowly going through the Westminster Confession Faith (about one chapter per month). This week we find ourselves in Chapter Four: Of Creation. As I have been preparing, I have been struck by the opening line.

Growth and the Kingdom

This summer at Christ Church Edinburgh the sermon series has been exploring a portion of the book of Acts. As the sequel to Luke, Acts is an interesting book. Where the Gospel of Luke tells us the beginning of Jesus' story Acts tells us the continuation. As we have looked at the spread of the Gospel in those early days of the New Testament church, a couple things have stood out to me.

Increase and Decrease

Doing a PhD can get into your head. Sometimes I think that what I am doing is amazing. Other times I think that what I am doing isn't all that interesting, and I will be happy just to pass the viva at the end of all this. Pretty much every day is a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Pretty much everyday I am tempted to think that what I do will change the world. Pretty much everyday I am ready to give up and move on.

Suffering, Adversity, and Controversy

Though many may not know this by looking at me, I like to workout. I often say that the gym is the only place I feel like I can turn my brain off and just lift heavy things. I am not the best athlete. It is often a long hard slog, but for the hour that I am in the gym, I enjoy it. Usually, as the day moves on, I find that my muscles are sore and I feel the repercussions of having had a hard workout, yet I go back the next day to do it again. During the workouts I often want to quit, yet it is the encouragement of those around me and the knowledge of the end goal that keeps me going.

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.