I first discovered the reformed faith in my mid-twenties. I went on a journey of discovery, learning from pastors and friends over coffee and dinner. I read and researched with the time I had, and I gained a strong foundation in theology through the discipleship of my local church. When I did have kids, I taught part time at a local community college. My classes were online, and I had great flexibility around them. When the kids were asleep or watching Thomas the Train, I could read, research and write. For years, I was able to slowly but surely add to my theological foundation. I had margin in my life to do so, and I worked to keep that margin, knowing that I would be better at everything else I did if I was growing daily in my understanding of the deep things of the Word of God.
Fast forward a few years. My boys are now 12 and 14. Though they don’t need me in the same way they did as toddlers, they still need me as an engaged parent as much as ever. But life circumstances have also funneled me down to taking a full-time teaching job. I love my job, but it, along with parenting my children and participating in our presbytery’s new church plant, has officially taken all the flexibility and margin out of my life.
I no longer have time or mental energy to research the types of commentaries or online theological discussions I used to find intriguing and informative. Yet, my need to live in light of the deep truths of the Word of God is as strong as ever.
PAMELA WELLS|GUEST October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg Castle Church. If there was ever a year that our Reformation heritage ought to outshine other October 31st rituals, this is it! How are you planning to celebrate? You could reflect on… Read More
KRISTEN HATTON|CONTRIBUTOR “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness… For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the… Read More
LEAH FARISH|GUEST It’s not every year you get to celebrate a 500th birthday. This year, on October 31, we commemorate that day centuries ago when Martin Luther launched the Reformation. But why mark the big 5-oh-oh? After all, John Hus lived 100 years before Luther and spoke out against corruption and legalism in the Church.… Read More