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).

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.