Everyone has a Superficial Streak: I realized that if I post about something—anything—before 2023, then my first post in 2023 will be my 100th post. Ahhh, something about that seems nice, even profound. So here is my not-so-special post so that my first in 2023 will be Daily Post #100. Yes, everyone has a superficial streak.
20 Questions for Date Night: My wife and I are planning an in-house date night where we are going to hang out, eat something fun, and talk through a list of questions from The Art of Simple that each of us will spend time reflecting on before we talk. The questions help us reflect upon, process, grieve, and celebrate the past year as we prepare, plan, and dream about what is ahead in 2023.
Almost There: Today I am completing the final step for the publication of my Ph.D. work as a book: The Possibility and Role of Supererogation in Evangelical Ethics. Once I submit, the small edits are made, and they return it for me to sign off on, then it will only be about 30 days before it is published. May 2023 will be three years since graduating with my doctorate. While I wish it would not have taken this long, I remind myself of God’s providential guidance and provision. This last summer, the Lord spoke to a mentor of mine and moved their heart to bless us with a sum of money that made moving forward with the book possible. Concerning the timing of it all, it is yet another area that I must trust the Lord. Timing is in his hands. Today, I am overjoyed to complete my unique contribution to Christian ethics.
Current Reading: I like to share what I am currently reading. A journal that focuses on Christian education has approved of me writing a book review for the book below. Also, I chose it because it closely aligns with what I am pursuing in my faith and life: slowing down, not being overly ambitious, realizing that ambition can be sinful, not basing my worth on performance or the lack thereof, and being present in the little moments. So far, the book is highlighting that embracing the limitations that we face as human beings is a key part of our transformational journey (i.e., the process of sanctification by which sinful creatures are made more like Christ—holiness). In other words, limitations are not synonmous with sin. Instead, our limitations can be viewed as good, helpful, and essential to learning how to more deeply depend on God, organize our lives accordingly, and let go of a God-complex. Here is the book (Amazon or Christianbook.com):