Vocation

I had the opportunity to teach on theological anthropology (the theological study of man) last week. We looked primarily at Genesis 1 and 2. They are really fascinating passages. In them we not only get the creation of humanity, but also humanity’s nature, purpose, and vocation. That is in Genesis 1 and 2 we have answers to the questions: What are we? What are we made for? and What are we made to do?.

Our Refuge

It is amazing how many people I talk to these days that find their schedules completely jam packed with stuff. When I ask someone how they are the answer usually goes, ‘Good. Busy. But good.’ I get it. I feel like I am barely getting a moment free these days. On top of personal busyness, it seems like the news can keep us busy as well. No matter what side of debate you are on, you are being called to care deeply about everything. From Brexit to Scottish Independence to Kavanaugh to LeBron as a Laker, we are all supposed to have a deep emotional and temporal engagement. Life can be overwhelming.

What's in a Name?

What’s in a name? It is a profound question that Shakespeare poses in one of the most famous scenes in one of the most famous plays ever. I am sure we all know the scene either from school or the theatre.

Fathers and Sons

The past couple days I have had a bit of time to think about being a Father. Calvin is at this really cool age where he is learning how to do different things. He is getting independent and yet at the same time loves cuddling. He wakes up in the morning and wants to cuddle with mom. At bed time, he wants me to cuddle with him after having read a book or two, prayed, and sung a song. He just wants to cuddle. Yet, between waking up and going to bed he is very much on the go and active. He wants to do everything and he wants little to no help in doing it.

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.