All tagged Calvin

Who's your mother?

It seems there comes in a time in every PhD candidates life when they start working ridiculously long hours. I have hit that time in the program. I am trying to get my thesis written which means that I drop Calvin off at nursery in the morning, get into the office and stay there until around 30 minutes before he goes to bed so that I can get a little time with him before he is off to sleep. I don’t love the hours that I have to work right now to get this thesis done, but I know that it is important for my family and our future. This is especially true as we get closer to having Grace come home. The thesis needs to be done, so that when she comes home, I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

I Believe in the Church

This last Sunday was communion Sunday at Christ Church (the church we attend in Edinburgh). Unlike Parish where I am the assistant pastor, Christ Church partakes in communion one week every month. At Parish we would take communion every week. However, at both churches before we come to the table we confess our faith together. That confession of faith usually takes the form of reciting the Apostles’ Creed.

Lost in Translation

The other day I had an amazing research day. For the last three weeks, I have been trying to find the answer to a question. It seemed that no answer could be found. However, on Tuesday I discovered a tiny thread. I started to tug on it, and the entire thing unraveled. I found the answer and it will prove to be really good content for my thesis.

Remembering the Gospel

My friend and fellow Bavinck scholar, Bruce, wrote a blog the other day that reminded me of a small text by John Calvin. It is a short booklet called The Necessity of Reforming the Church. In a nutshell, it is Calvin's defense of why the church needs reformation and what reformation will look like. Bruce's blog got me to pick the book up once more and look at it. The simplicity and straightforward nature of the book struck me. Yet, that simplicity does not betray its depth.

Theology that Sings

The Psalms lay out all of life. They walk us through the ups and the downs. When I read Psalm 96, it is the ups of life that I see most clearly. The psalmist calls out for all of creation to praise the Lord. He does this on the basis of good theology. The Lord made heaven and earth. He is the true God. Therefore he is the only one that deserves our worship. It is this theology that causes him to sing a song of praise to the Lord.

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.

Living in Small Spaces

Many of you might remember the difficulties we had finding a place to live when we arrived in Edinburgh. Not only was it at the tail end of their International festival (a big music and arts festival every year held in Edinburgh) but it was also the beginning of the school year which meant that every student in the world was arriving in Edinburgh and looking for a place to live. Okay – slight exaggeration, but it certainly felt like it. As we were beginning our flat search it quickly became evident the we were about to embark on a period of small space living.

 

Joy in the Midst of Trials

How does one count it all joy? What does it look like in the midst of the struggles of every day life to count all things joy? It is easy, when life is going well, when there is enough money in the bank account, when our relationships are flourishing, when our kids are behaving well to count that joy, but how do I do that in the midst of the muck of life?

Baseball's Season Closed

These past few weeks I have been able to catch the last few innings of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on the radio. I don't have any personal allegiance to either team. However, my heart is with the Milwaukee Brewers and I have hard time rooting for any team from Chicago, so I quietly supported the Indians throughout the Series. I was not crushed to see the Cubs win. Good for them. I am glad that all of the talk about curses and goats and guys named Bartman can come to end.