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Extraordinarily Ordinary

I smelt freshly cut grass the other day. I hadn't smelt freshly cut grass in a long time, but I was walking and all of a sudden I got the scent of freshly cut grass. At that same moment a flood of memories, experiences, and emotions rushed upon me. I became a bit nostalgic. I longed for the Spring and Summer. I became expectant that the season were about to change. I was excited about the possibilities of the future. It was an ordinary moment. Nothing special about it, no frills, no fuss, yet it had an extraordinary impact on me at that particular moment.

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.

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday. While the story that is taught in school is the one of starving Pilgrims and Native Americans sitting down together for a meal, the holiday wasn't established as a national holiday that day. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

Gathering Together

So, I delivered my seminar paper for the Theology and Ethics seminar at New College yesterday. This is something every PhD student at the college will do. It is a gathering of all the post-graduates as well as the Theology and Ethics faculty.

Growth and the Kingdom

This summer at Christ Church Edinburgh the sermon series has been exploring a portion of the book of Acts. As the sequel to Luke, Acts is an interesting book. Where the Gospel of Luke tells us the beginning of Jesus' story Acts tells us the continuation. As we have looked at the spread of the Gospel in those early days of the New Testament church, a couple things have stood out to me.

Family, Church, and Belonging

The one thing that has been hanging around in my head, however, from this paragraph is that Bavinck reminds us that we are promised these things "Yet even now, in this life...". It seems so strange to think about that. The fact that we promised these things in this life. But where in this life can we say that we have received these things?

Where to Begin?

This quote from Bavinck has been running around in my head for weeks now. The last few days, I have found it at the forefront of my mind. We are currently spending some time with good friends. Conversations have inevitably turned to life, stories about the past, and how Calvin is growing up. Regarding Calvin, we inevitably talk about things that we are doing to raise him; ways in which we are cognizant of the little things to help guide toward good choices in the big things.

Telling Stories

Lately I have been thinking about the stories we tell ourselves, our family, and the world around us, and not only the stories we tell but also the stories we are told. Stories have power. They can create a reality for us. They can make us believe things about ourselves and the world around us.