All tagged Hope

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 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.

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.

A Reason to Hope

Every year around this time my denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), meets at its General Assembly (GA). During this time, I get reflective. I reflect on the state of the PCA. I reflect on how the Lord is preparing me even more to work in his church. I also reflect on the ways in which I was prepared to do this work before I even entered full-time vocational ministry. I am always amazed at how quickly I move from the organization of the PCA to specific people.

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'.

Learning to Repent

It has been said that perfection is not the high water mark of the Christian life, repentance is. When confronted with our sin, we have two responses. The natural man will want to deny that there is anything wrong and look for excuses. However, the spiritual man should be convicted and brought to a place of repentance. But what does repentance before God look like? Let me suggest that it is coming before him in prayer.

Hope in the Darkness

There are days, weeks, and seasons in life where you are brought face-to-face with your own mortality. This happens when we wake up and there are new aches and pains. It happens when we watch a loved one struggle with a chronic illness, helping him/her perform ordinary everyday tasks. Or when a close friend or family member has an accident, and the person is left significantly changed (emotionally, physically, mentally). Or some dies either suddenly or slowly over months.