A bit about a bunch of things: ideology, martyrdom, judgment and Jesus.

In a lull in a second year philosophy class, I poured out my worry to our lecturer. We had been assigned a text which championed being a ‘Christian intellectual’ over an ‘ideologue’, and I recognised myself on the wrong side of that popularity contest. From what I recall, the ‘Christian intellectual’ was characterised as someone who carefully considered ideas. Someone who was slow to speak … Continue reading A bit about a bunch of things: ideology, martyrdom, judgment and Jesus.

One day at Moore College…

It took 10 minutes for the man speaking to smash through my objections to the future, objections I have carefully been constructing for months, building into a superstructure that protects me from discomfort. My 2 biggest fears: support raising and conflict. The awkward of asking for money, the difficulty of returning where there is ongoing pain and overlapping patches. He did not speak specifically to … Continue reading One day at Moore College…

A (short) research week reflection in (non-rhyming) verse*…

The first doctrine assignment I ever did for college was about Freedom of choice. Our enslaved will and God’s gracious rescue in Jesus. Only in Christ am I free. The second was on revelation. Our blind eyes and God’s gracious illumination in Jesus. Only in Christ can I see. The third was on original sin. Our being dead in sin and God’s gracious life-giving in … Continue reading A (short) research week reflection in (non-rhyming) verse*…

In which we don’t have all the answers…

It has been complicated from the first day, when we met under a grapevine to talk about what Thursday nights would look like now. And, 2 years later, it’s still easier to say what they don’t look like, which is almost anything I’ve ever known. Each week we cycle through the same emotions. It is, at any moment, confronting, disquieting and a strange kind of … Continue reading In which we don’t have all the answers…