Revisions last released a print issue in the spring of 2010. This past summer, we released online our first issue in three years. As we approach the end of 2013, we wanted to give all of our readers a sneak peek at the online version of our first print issue in three years. Written by [...] More ...
Why I Study Theology
God and Games
Discerning God's Will versus God's Wisdom
Neither Jew nor Greek: A Response to Dr. Vincent Bacote
The pursuit of Beauty: books, music, art, and culture in general; original fiction and poetry.
The pursuit of Love: friends, families, gender issues, and romantic interests.
The pursuit of Health: the life of the individual, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, in happiness and in mourning.
The pursuit of Justice: the public sphere and the pursuit of holistic justice.
Campus events and personal reflections on Princeton life.
The pursuit of God: theology, Biblical interpretation, and questions of faith.
The pursuit of Truth: the hard sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities in the context of higher education.
The pursuit of Purpose: Vocations, callings, and finding Sabbath rest in the midst of busy lives.
It’s a question I get a lot. It’s hard to avoid because as soon as I say, “I’m a student,” without exception the next shot fired in the get-to-know-you barrage of questions is, “Well, what do you study?”
When I disclose that I have chosen to study theology at a seminary, the next cluster of questions differs from person to person. The Catholics say, “Oh, so you want to be a priest?” (This is an especially awkward question on first dates.) The people who know me well enough to have become acquainted with my uncouth personality hesitantly venture, “So you want to be a … minister?” And the tipsy townies I meet in the bar say, “But you don’t believe that stuff, do you?”
“I don’t really want to do the usual angel versus demon thing today.”
“Nope. Today, let’s try something a little different.”
A chess board materializes, with dozens of little creatures appearing as game pieces on the checkered surface.
The demon grins.
“Instead of fighting, why don’t we play a game? We can play, and debate—back and forth, about the truth—and then decide the winner that way.”
One of my biggest idols is being in control. Growing up, being in control came along with working hard. If I worked hard, I could be in control of my exams, my college applications, my relationships, and more. I would excuse my incessant desire to plan parts of my life down to exactly when I would run which errands and optimizing the best route to get everything done. I would tell myself that this was what it meant to be “working faithfully”. After all, I was working as hard as I could.