It feels like a proper autumn evening.

Was able to have a full day off today (Wednesday mornings are usually off but the afternoon and evenings are full). Baked a loaf of fig & fennel sourdough and walked to the barbershop. 🍞

Aaaaaaaaaand I just had my first real haircut in nearly three years. βœ‚οΈ

Autumn feels mean it’s time for me to switch to black and white photos.

I am not a fast runner by any metric but it feels good to finally start getting some proper distance in each week. πŸƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

One of the cool things about running Christianity Explored is hearing the questions people want answered. Some questions seem simple on the surface but actually get to why there were multiple councils in the 4th and 5th centuries. Understanding Jesus is really hard.

Can confirm, after movie night with the kids, that Back To The Future holds up. 🍿 πŸŽ₯

Christianity Explored starts today at Ardgowan Square. Both nervous and excited to see how it goes.

Just back from our weekly prayer meeting. Normally we look at a question from the New City Catechism but we are starting Christianity Explored this week so we’re focusing our prayer meetings on that for a few weeks. Such an encouraging time praying with God’s people.

reflections on the residential week

Last week was spent at a Scripture Union activity centre thinking really big thoughts about God with a group of around 20 pastors, women’s workers, and ministers-in-training. Here are just a few of the things I took away from the week. The Creator/creature distinction cannot be overemphasised I mentioned, as I traveled to the residential, that we were going to be spending this term studying the doctrine of God. That is, theology proper.

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It’s been over a year since I did any serious run training but it was good to start a new training plan today to bring down my 5k time. Running was a great way to explore Warsaw a few years ago and I already saw parts of town that I’ve not really been around today.

Climbed up Loudoun Hill for the first time.

My training course starts a new term today which means the annual residential intensive. We’re studying the doctrine of God for this module and the reading is going to be pretty intense and technical.

Started reading: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner πŸ“š

Really excited to finally have a source for East Asian food in Greenock. 🍜

Finished reading: The Trinity by Scott Swain πŸ“š

Today marks five years since we left America to start doing gospel ministry in the UK. There have been many ups and downs(and a year in Poland) since then, but I can’t imagine doing anything else.

some observations on being a disciple

I’m preaching through a bit of a topical series at the moment, where the topics are from the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. My normal mode of teaching is expository, but this is proving to be a good exercise as well. It’s helpful for us to see how things in Scripture join up, and everything is joined up. My main anchor text for this week is the closing section of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-26.

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We went for a day trip to Edinburgh last week to see old friends and for one last hurrah before the kids go back to school.πŸ“·

Scott Monument on a sunny day in Edinburgh