Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Shed Swing

I've had a look at the syllabuses for two of my classes this semester. Having done so, I'm dropping a course on the devotional lives of a few great saints. Its syllabus was just too complicated. This means I'll probably take the course on Jonathan Edwards with Sang Hyun Lee after all. I'm hoping that the grade for that course will simply be based on one final paper.

So, any ideas for my paper on Edwards? I could continue my quest for a Reformed philosophy of history by looking at Edwards on history. I suspect this would be quite difficult. Unlike Shedd and Warfield the writings of Edwards are vast. Too vast to select one or two key texts and feel confident that they are representative.

Perhaps a paper on Edwards as pastor - I think I'd be very critical of him in this regard, though. And, how do you actually assess that question anyhow? On top of the fact that I find Edwards difficult to read, I think there is a difference between a history of the life and work of Edwards, and an appreciation of his theology. I find it strange that people often write about Edwards with reference to his sermons and writings - as if those were the measure of his life and work as a pastor. A recent article I read suggested the Edwards failed as a pastor. Even though the article was based on slightly dated research, I think the author (Donald Capps, a prominent pastoral theology professor) was touching on something. Some of the decisions that Edwards made in his pastoral ministry were misguided, if not bizarre. His ecclesiology was also peculiar.

Again, please suggest themes, questions, or topics for my paper. It might be a good exercise for me to write something that I've been asked to research.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Two questions

Questions I've been thinking about:

Were the apostles baptised?

Do sheep drink from moving water?


Devil's Den, location of some of the fighting on July 2.

Looking north from Little Round Top. Union forces managed to hold their flank by defending this position on July 2.

Lutheran Theological Seminary.

You might be able to view the site of Pickett's Charge, the final Southern assault on July 3rd. A disaster for Lee and the South.


Spent first half day of January in Lancaster, Penn. Part of that included recovering from seeing The King in concert.

Handed in three papers, two of these were based on reading Shedd. You will find these papers posted soon over at Shed on Shedd.

Met Ben Myers in a coffee shop in Princeton.

Visited Gettysburg. Watched the movie on DVD too. Thought some more about issues around the Civil War.

Was in NYC two or three times.

Started thinking about post Princeton plans. I'd love to stay in the US, but I can't see it happening. However, I've been invited back to speak in October 2007 at a Kirkin' O' the Tartans.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Burns in Central Park

O, enviable, early days,
When dancing thoughtless pleasure's maze,
To care, to guilt unknown!
How ill exchang'd for riper times,
To feel the follies, or the crimes,
Of others, or my own!
Ye tiny elves that guiltless sport,
Like linnets in the bush,
Ye little know the ills ye court,
When manhood is your wish!
The losses, the crosses,
That active man engage;
The fears all, the tears all,
Of dim declining age!

Folks, I'm taking a blog holiday. i to the hills will return in February.