Developing Humility

So, just a couple minutes ago I sent the paper I will be presenting next week off to the person who will respond to it. The way these things work in academic circles is that you write something. someone else reads it, and after you have given your presentation, they get up and respond to you. You don't know what their critique is going to be or even what questions you will get. Honestly, it is a bit nerve racking and can cause me to worry a lot about what the response will be.

Living in Kampen

There are moments in life where you are struck my amazement. Life can regularly become ordinary and 'oh hum'. We get up and do our thing. We have a routine, not taking the time to appreciate the world around us. Then there are those moments where you are stopped in your tracks. It often happens when you are pulled out of your regular routine and made to do something or be somewhere that is unfamiliar.

Christ's Intercession

Every Sunday, when we are reciting the Apostles’ Creed together, one of the doctrines that we profess belief in is the ascension of Christ. We say, “He ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” It is a doctrine that is so quickly forgotten, but carries with it so many important and life changing implications. Not the least of which connects to prayer.

Prayer in the Battle

Throughout Scripture we are told that life is war. Jesus says that the Christian life is one of endurance and striving (Mark 13:13; Luke 13:24). Paul tells us that it is a battle (1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7). The preacher in Hebrews says that we are to strive to enter into the rest promised us (Heb 4:11).

Friendship

The Gifford Lectures this year have been provocative. They have caused me to think and question some assumptions that I have held while also not agreeing with everything that is being argued. Last night, there was a panel discussion and was wonderful. Here is just a short glimpse of what was discussed.

Loving Where We Are

Taryn and I regularly look around and are so thankful and happy for this opportunity. The funny thing is, when we think about it, it can be hard to give the tangible reasons why we are thankful for living here specifically. I thought I would give a quick list of five reasons we love living here, and why we are thankful for the opportunity.

Do I Know My Neighbor?

"Introducing yourself to a new neighbor before avoiding them forever." I laughed when I saw it but then quickly realized that I have only talked to our neighbor once since moving in. We have polite smiles or "hellos" in the hall as we pass by each other, but we don't know each other.

Hope in the Darkness

There are days, weeks, and seasons in life where you are brought face-to-face with your own mortality. This happens when we wake up and there are new aches and pains. It happens when we watch a loved one struggle with a chronic illness, helping him/her perform ordinary everyday tasks. Or when a close friend or family member has an accident, and the person is left significantly changed (emotionally, physically, mentally). Or some dies either suddenly or slowly over months.