All tagged Bavinck

Peace and Distraction

It is always an arresting thing to read the Bible and realize how many times the Lord promises ‘peace’ to his people. I was reminded of this again this last week as I listened to the sermon at Christ Church. David Court, preached on John 20:19-23. What was striking was David’s point that the first words Jesus says when he comes into this locked upper room is, “Peace be with you.” This is a group of his disciples. They are beleaguered, fearful, and unsure about the future. Jesus shows up and he blesses them with peace.

Safe and Secure from all Alarms

I love watching nature shows. When the BBC’s Planet Earth came out, it was an amazing gift. The number of times we would hear the words, “This is the first time this has ever been caught on camera” was astounding. Recently, I have started (albeit quite slowly) watching Netflix’s Our Planet. There are incredibly fascinating scenes and commentary. I have really enjoyed getting into it.

The Reward for Finishing

I finished a chapter the other day. I am actually cranking through chapters right now. It is pretty amazing seeing how quickly this thesis is coming together. I told Taryn that for the first time in this entire process I actually think I may finish. I have always said I would finish. I always thought it would happen, but I never actually believed it would. However, chapters are getting done and I am sending them off to my supervisor. I am quite excited about how it is all coming together.

Strength to Stand

In his short book, The Sacrifice of Praise, Herman Bavinck writes a chapter on the ‘The Strength of Confession’. The chapter speaks about ‘the courage to give witness to the truth of God in Christ in a firm, trusting faith, openly and freely before each and every one.’ In the chapters leading up to this Bavinck demonstrates that he is aware of the challenges to a faithful confession of Christ. He discusses the elements that fight against us: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. By the time you get to this chapter the question lingers, ‘How does one stand and give a faithful confession of Christ?’

Being Forgotten

One of my friends here (a fellow PhD candidate) and I have an on going conversation about what makes a theologian have a lasting impact. When talking about someone like say, Karl Barth, there is a school of thought that says he had some sort of innate genius. There are others who would argue that he happened to be the right person at the right time. As we discuss it more, I think that we are both convinced that lasting impact has more to do with the environment surrounding a person than the innate genius of the person. That is not say many of the people we remember weren't geniuses. It is just acknowledging that there are many who were geniuses but have been forgotten.

Having a Good Fight

I was reading Proverbs the other day and Proverbs 18:13 hit me. It was particularly poignant because I have been thinking about how I communicate to people. Whether it be talking to Taryn, friends at New College, people at church, or in my thesis.

For Us but Not Of Us

A paragraph from the new translation of Bavinck’s The Sacrifice of Praise has been stuck in my head. It comes right after Bavinck quotes from Matthew 10:37-38, 16:25, 18:18, and Mark 10:29-30. If you look at these passages they are all about the cost of discipleship. The cost of following Christ. To follow Christ, we must take up our cross, deny father and mother, tear out our eyes or cut off our hands if they are causing us to sin.

Birthdays

Today marks a very special day. Today is the 164th birthday of Herman Bavinck. If Dr. Bavinck were with us today, he would, in fact, be the oldest person alive. It also marks the birthday of my father and one of my cousins (I won’t give their ages as they are a little more particular about the world knowing how old they are).

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.