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Stepping Outside the Ivory Tower

So I’ve hit a little bit of a vein lately in my studies. I’ve had a while of studying various biblical books and subjects, and seeing good fruit from it, but not having any of it quite arrest me. In the past, I’ve had two key books really grab me and speak to me (Daniel and Malachi), that thrust me into study in such an impassioned way that I could hardly help myself but read and journal and learn as much as I could.

It’s been a little while since I’ve hit this kind of flow. But starting about three nights ago, I think I’ve found my next one. I am still very much working things out, so I don’t feel I should go into it just yet (Hah, how’s that for a cliffhanger?), but I hope to give some space to it in the future. Right now, I’m studying around on different viewpoints, and it’s proving very enlightening. Not necessarily that the argument is becoming mroe clear — but let’s just say I’m learning a lot about applied hermeneutics.

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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Theology

 

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Overcoming Loneliness

Okay. Can I just say that Stuart Greaves kicked my tail in FCF this Sunday. Perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I definitely had a couple moments of feeling like he was preaching the sermon straight at me. The rest of the room just thought it was a general message. Except that, come to think of it, what I just said is part of the problem he addressed. “Overcoming loneliness.”

Loneliness is something I’ve struggled with off and on throughout my life. Sometimes I couldn’t help it (like the years-long stretch of my childhood where — long story — I literally had no friends). Sometimes I definitely could have helped it, but didn’t (like the years I spent being too blasted timid to speak to anyone). Lately, it’s been more of a nuisance than a real-deal slump. I’ve had semi-regular bouts with it, but it hasn’t been totally messing up my life like it used to.

But since God seems to be in the mood of bringing a lot of my emotional junk up to the surface lately, the timing on this sermon couldn’t have been more priceless. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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