The 4th of July and Other Identity Markers

So, the 4th of July came and went. This year we were in Scotland. In the past 10 years, I think I have celebrated the 4th outside of the US more than I have celebrated in the US. It was funny this year. I forgot that the 4th was coming up until the day before. Living in a foreign country can have this effect.

Home Again Home Again

Last week I was writing about how I only had two more sleeps before I would be home. Today I sit in my living room writing this blog update. It is good to be home. I didn't realize how much I missed my family until that afternoon when I walked into the house and saw Taryn and Calvin. It was a precious moment.

One Month

Most of you know that recently Cam was away for a month. While he ventured off to Kampen in the Netherlands, Calvin and I held the Clausing fort here in Edinburgh. It sure was a month!

2 More Sleeps

I was talking to Taryn and Calvin this morning on FaceTime. Calvin was telling me all about what he was going to do today. He was going to ride a bike. If he falls, he will wipe his hands off (something I taught him). He will play in water. Then he plans to go up, up, up, up a slide. When he gets to the top, 'uh oh' (which means he will go down). It was great. I miss them. I miss waking up in the morning and making breakfast for Taryn and Calvin. I miss early morning coffee with Taryn when the house is still quiet. Two more sleeps and then I am home.

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).