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).

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.

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.

The Ball is Rolling

The ball is rolling. Thought I would try and keep you all updated. I know some of you are more familiar with the adoption process than others. Please bear with me as I try to give you some sense of what the process looks like, where we are, and what is next.

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.

Learning to Read

I have said this before, but I am convinced the vast majority of a PhD is learning to read. Yes, yes, I know that to do a PhD you need to know how to read before you get here. However, what I mean is that in doing a PhD you learn how to read someone sympathetically. It is a skill I thought I had, but one I have realized I need to hone more and more each day.

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.

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.

Expect the Unexpected

My Mum and brother recently visited us from Australia. Last Monday evening we were having our final meal together as they were catching the train back to London early Tuesday morning. As we were saying our goodbyes and Cam closed the door behind them, he turned to me and said “have you checked your email?”. Well no, I hadn’t, but that question made me head to my email for sure… and this is I what I read…