All tagged Christ

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.

Hungry and Thirsty

I love food. I love eating food. I love reading about food. I love listening to podcasts about food. I love watching TV about food. I love food. I don’t just love the eating of food, but I love hearing about the science behind food. I love learning how to make something new. Even now as I think about certain foods my mouth starts to salivate. I can think about good BBQ is or an amazing Mexican meal, and I get hungry. Thinking about everything that goes into making that meal, makes me appreciate it even more. I love food.

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?’

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.

I Don't Belong Here

One of those funny things about doing a PhD is this feeling like you don’t belong. As soon as I got here, I talked to a number of colleagues and they all talked about feeling like an imposter. In fact, this phenomenon has been given the name ‘imposter syndrome’. To some degree every PhD student feels this at some point (or for the duration) of their program. Asking the question, ‘Do I belong here?’ Being convinced that everyone is smarter than you. Being afraid that you will be found out that you are a fake.

Increase and Decrease

Doing a PhD can get into your head. Sometimes I think that what I am doing is amazing. Other times I think that what I am doing isn't all that interesting, and I will be happy just to pass the viva at the end of all this. Pretty much every day is a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Pretty much everyday I am tempted to think that what I do will change the world. Pretty much everyday I am ready to give up and move on.

Lex Credendi

At the beginning of this last semester in the Theology and Ethic seminar here at New College, a speaker came in to talk about the idea of Lex orandi or the Law of Prayer. He was speaking from a specifically Anglican perspective. Now, I am not an Anglican. I am happily and contentedly a Presbyterian. However, his talk on Lex orandi was fascinating and it has stuck with me.

What We Should Know

I thought that over the course of the next few weeks (maybe months), I would use the blog to track through my reading of Brooks' work. I won't read a lot each week and if you want to read along, I would love to have some interaction on Facebook or Twitter. You can download a free copy here, or you can purchase a copy from Banner of Truth here. This week, I read 'The Epistle Dedicatory'.