Learning a Language

So, in August we moved to Scotland. I knew that things would be different, but I thought it would be an easier transition than when I moved to Colombia. I thought - at least I know the language. Looking back, that assumption makes me laugh. The longer I am here the more I realize I don't always know what is being said. I am not as confident that I know the language being spoken.

Friends

Having lived overseas a couple different times, I have found that life can get quite lonely. Interestingly, when I first moved out of the US, social media was starting to take off. It seemed like a great way to stay connected to friends. Yet as time has gone on what I have found is that instead of bringing people together, more often than not social media pushes us apart.

Worship that Forms Us

G.K. Beale's great book You Are What You Worship walks us through a biblical theology of worship. The title is self-explanatory; as humans we become like that which we worship. James K.A. Smith does the same thing in a slightly more accessible way in You Are What You Love. What both Beale and Smith pick up on is a truth that we so often want to forget. The things we love most are the things that fundamentally shape us.

 

No Longer Spectators

When we watch a sporting event, we are often caught up in the action because we understand the storylines that have brought us to this point. We know the players and the teams. We know their history and what their season has been like. We know their story. However, we also understand the rules of the game, and as we watch we are caught up in the emotion. Knowing the rules help us understand what is necessary to win the game or even just witness a good game.

The Drama is True

Last week I began to talk about the drama of redemption. In the contemporary church talking about "drama" and "story" are all the rage. We like to talk about finding our story or what the drama of Scripture is saying. However, so often that is where we end. We go no further than to tell the story. Yet, if we stop there, we miss something important. We miss the fact that the drama of redemption is pivotal because the drama of redemption is true. Its truth leads us to make certain doctrinal or dogmatic claims.

The Drama of Redemption

This morning I gave a talk to a group of ministers in the Free Church of Scotland. At the start let me say, that talking to ministers is significantly more nerve racking than talking to almost anyone else. I thought that I would share a bit of what I said. We looked at 1 Corinthians 15, which has functioned like a lodestone for me.

Don't Be Yourself

We hear a lot of people give the advice these days "just be yourself." Is this good advice? Should we as Christians embrace this attitude? I want to suggest that "being yourself" is not the Christian model.

New Year's Resolution: Pray More

Paul commands us in 1 Thess 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.” What does he mean by this? It would seem, from the way that we normally talk about prayer, that Paul wants us to continually be talking.

Our Great Salvation

As I was putting the blog together last week, I noted that Galatians 4:4-7 had more going on in it than just talking about our adoption and the privileges that we have because of it. This week, I thought I would look at another of the aspects. It stood out to me as I read the passage.