Posts by Jacob

Poem: I always knew

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Poems, Slider | 1 comment

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Deniers in resolution

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Christian Life, Pastors College, Slider | 0 comments

We moved out of our house this past weekend. The house Owen learned to walk in. The house we’ve hosted countless friends in. The house we’ve laughed in and cried in as a family. The house we’ve loved. We’ve left it. I like to say that we’re now “Officially on walkabout for Jesus”. (Because, I mean, who wouldn’t want to associate themselves with Jesus and Crocodile Dundee at the same time?)  For the time being, we have no home but only friend’s basement space. We’ll be in a very lovely rental home soon, but it won’t be the same. (It will have a flat yard, which means Owen will be a free-range boy.) But along these lines, there’s a very appropriate teaching from Jesus...

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Updates: God the builder and wind

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Family, Pastors College, Slider | 3 comments

Many things have been, as the say, afoot – or afeet, if you’re a hobbit. Allow me to update and reflect. The 72 hour sale We put our house on the market on Thursday, May 8. We got an offer on the house that Sunday night. I’m not sure if it was exactly 72 hours, but the house went quickly. We were rather shocked at how fast things progressed, but God was clearly involved. This weekend we finished negotiations and are settled on everything. All things are good to go until we settle, which will be July 19. Finally accepted Having sold the house, you might expect that we’d officially been accepted in to the PC. Alas, no. We had not heard yet but knew...

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A Prayer from the 16th Psalm

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Creational Theology, Poems, Slider | 1 comment

This poem comes from a recent meditation of mine on Psalm 16. The Lord himself above the trials ahead, Before the anxieties of man, Larger than the looming wave, Deeper than the gaping land, He is my portion, chosen as precious above all else, He, above all else, is my inheritance and delight: This world will change its clothes, This body will decay, These eyes will fade in sight, This dust be blown away. Yet he is the beauty to be desired, A fountain eternally beautiful and flowing, Rushing over basin edge Never faltering or drying. The Lord exceeds it all, As mountains to pebbles, As Niagara to a faucet, As Andromeda to a night light, As a hurricane to my breathing....

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Adoption will break your heart

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Christian Life, Glory of Christ, Slider | 0 comments

Adoption will break your heart. That’s Jennifer Gilmore’s sobering advice in her recent piece in The Atlantic: Every adoption story begins with the story of someone breaking someone else’s heart… Adoption is not for the faint of heart. Now we are four years older than when we started, and significantly poorer. I look at my son—a word I am scared to utter—and I still wonder not if, but when, he will be taken. In her piece, one of Mrs. Gilmore’s points is that adoptions happen, from either side, because of heartbreak. The mother is taken advantage of by a boyfriend and left with the decision of this child – or she uses the child to get money and security at the...

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