All tagged Growth

Friends

I don’t have a lot of close friends. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people that I love and with whom I interact, but close friends are few in number. As Chaim Potok put it in The Chosen, ‘two people who are true friends are like two bodies with one soul’. I was thinking about this yesterday while listening to an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse. Some of this is because I have moved around a lot and it is hard to sink roots deep when you don’t live anywhere for longer than five years. It is especially hard to have close friendships here in Scotland as there is the acknowledgement in the background that at some point, we are leaving. Scotland is a temporary stopping point for our family.

The Deep Things

Yesterday I was in a meeting for Faith Mission Bible College. It was for faculty to meet each other and to prepare for the new year ahead. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming to think about teaching. Not only that, but to think about teaching while also still finishing my thesis. It can all be a little daunting. Nevertheless, I am committed for this first semester.

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.

It is not that Complicated

Paul understands spiritual growth in the Christian life to be a struggle. It isn't easy. It isn't part of our natural make up. The point Paul makes is that growth in the Christian life only comes when we see Christ's strength work through our weakness.

Developing Humility

So, just a couple minutes ago I sent the paper I will be presenting next week off to the person who will respond to it. The way these things work in academic circles is that you write something. someone else reads it, and after you have given your presentation, they get up and respond to you. You don't know what their critique is going to be or even what questions you will get. Honestly, it is a bit nerve racking and can cause me to worry a lot about what the response will be.