June 4, 2008

Commencement

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:42 pm by Matt Porter

Tuesday night, our school held our Commencement exercises. Commencement, used in its normal sense, means “beginning.” We mark the end of our graduate’s (yes, just one this year) school years, but we’re really celebrating the beginning of her life. It’s a bittersweet time, with tears and smiles mingling more often than not.

Today, Wednesday, is a commencement of sorts for me. It is the end of my last ever school year as a teacher, and the start of a new stage in my life. It, too is a bittersweet time, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me. I guess in spite of all the things I dislike (despise occasionally might not be over strong a word to use) about teaching, one still builds relationships with the people one is around on a regular basis. While I can definitely say I won’t miss teaching, I will feel the absence of some of my students. While I can celebrate the change in my life (and gladly forget much of the past), there is still that which I will miss. I suppose I’ll only discover which things are which over time.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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May 29, 2008

Another links post, and some other stuff

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:33 am by Matt Porter

Yes, I know it’s not time for another links post yet, but there are some here anyway. You’re free to start your own blog if you’d prefer to do things the correct way. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I can’t believe I just used a smiley in a post…

First things first. Thank you to all of you who have responded to my last post one way or another, whether on the phone, through email, or the comment box. I appreciate both the feedback and the opportunity to discuss what I’ve been working through.

I’ve collected a few links that I think might be helpful in obtaining some more perspective on where I’m coming from. They’re written by Christians from a wide range of backgrounds, not just evangelicals; but they express many of the same things I’ve been dealing with. I apologize that so many of these are lengthy; but, like my last post, once it starts coming out, it doesn’t stop easily. More ยป

May 16, 2008

Show the difference

Posted in Commentary, Sin and Grace, Theology, Uncategorized at 2:08 pm by Matt Porter

It’s time to wrap up my thoughts on the gospel, at least for the time being. I probably have too much to fit into this post, but I’m going to try to pare it down to something less than novel-length.

So, apparently there are plenty of bad ways to give the gospel. What exactly should we do, then?

Number one: Live honestly. Stop sounding like we totally get this God thing, or like we never have any doubts about it, or like we have the life down pat. Admit that we’re fundamentally broken people, not somehow better people just because we’re saved. Be frank about our failings. And be able, in spite of all that, to express our faith that God is somehow working in us. Because the gospel is less about dramatic outward change than gradual inward change. More ยป

May 11, 2008

More random stuff I stumbled across

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:45 pm by Matt Porter

Yep, time for all those link thingies…Don’t have much time to write, so let’s get to the goodness. ๐Ÿ™‚

First up is the blog Stuff Christians Like (which is only slightly patterned after Stuff White People Like). Funny stuff, usually spot on, and complete with plenty of comments which are as good as or better than the original post. All around fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ More ยป