All tagged Faith

Constant Companion

I have gotten good at this. It is odd. I don’t enjoy it. I find it to be a pain, but I have gotten really good at this. We all have those talents that we never thought we would develop, but by the sheer number of times you do it, you get good at it. Here I am again, and I know what to do. I have done this so much lately, and I am good at it. What is it?

Friends Near and Far

One of my best friends daughter is coming to visit us today. We are pretty excited to have her with us. It has been fun over the years to watch her grow up. I have known her since she was a child and now she is in her early twenties. It is hard for me to get my head around. However, in the Clausing house, there is great excitement to have Amy with us for a few days.

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.

Hope against Hope

In hope he believed against hope… This is how the Apostle Paul describes Abraham’s faith in Romans 4. In hope he believed against hope. The phrase has been with me a lot these last few days. As I think about what the future holds for our family.

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.

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.

Training up in the Confession

I love catechisms. There is hardly a sermon that I preach where a catechism doesn't come into it at some point. Last week we were in Wisconsin and at one point in the car Calvin started to cry. Taryn and I looked at each other and thought that the way to calm him down was to put in the CD with the Children's Catechism. For a half hour we sang the questions and answers to Calvin along with the catechism. I love catechisms.

Memory and Hope

This week we have had the Croall Lectures at New College. The lectures were endowed by John Croall who died in 1872 and vested £5000 for the public lectures to take place. The lectures normally have theologians from the Church of Scotland, occasionally they are allowed to have someone else from another church. Over the years they have had people like: John Cunningham, H.R. Mackintosh, John Mackay, George Barclay, James Barr, Bruce McCormack, and Marilynne Robinson. This year we had Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford. He gave three lectures on 'hope'.

Humor and Theology

A couple of weeks ago my supervisor, James Eglinton, and I (with some other students) were having a conversation about the place of humor in theology. It was an interesting conversation with wide ranging thoughts and implications. The question posed was: to what extent is there a place for laughter/humor in doing theology? We all granted that laughter is good. We all agreed that we should not take ourselves too seriously. However, the question still stood: to what extent is there a place for laughter/humor in doing theology?