All tagged Grace

Disrupted by Grace

I am sure we have all had those moments in life when things are going smoothly, and then all of the sudden you get news, and it changes everything. It can be big news (wedding proposal, pregnancy, death, job change, etc.) or it can be small news (a child wakes up earlier than expected, someone is running late, you have run out of coffee in the house, etc.). It really doesn’t matter what the news is, all of the sudden all of your plans change.

Waiting for Grace

Ever since we received news about Grace, we have had things to do; grants to apply for, paperwork to fill out, etc. However, the last few weeks we have had nothing. We have just been waiting. Waiting for news. Waiting to hear what is next. Waiting to know when we can leave. Waiting for enough money to come in to bring Grace home. Just waiting.

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.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I hate making decisions. Honestly when I have two things in front of me, I can usually make a decisive decision. However, give it a couple days (or even a couple minutes) and I immediately start thinking about how that decision has changed the course of my entire life.

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?’

Theology and Grace

The longer I am working on this thesis, the more I realize the place of grace in theological reflection. Grace is one of those interesting concepts to consider. We often talk about it in our salvation (special grace) or in the way the rain falls on the righteous and the wicked (common grace). We call it God’s unmerited or even demerited favor. However, I wonder if we consider how from the very start, the very ability to know God, to do theology is a gracious act.

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).

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.

You, Me, Us

So, this week we bought a second-hand bike. It is a nice bike, not expensive but nice. Taryn and I realized that so much of my time was taken up with walking that it would be better for my studies and our family if I could get from point A to point B a little quicker. I have cut my commute in half if not more. It is amazing.