Turning 26

This summer I will finish my Systematic Theology concentration with a 30-page paper detailing my beliefs on just about every theological topic. It will cover everything from what I believe about the beginning of the universe to what I believe happens to us when we die. It also includes my thoughts about the Bible, the Trinity, and what it means to be “saved.” If, like me, you have never had to articulate your thoughts on these topics I would highly recommend writing up some kind of “Statement of Faith.” Needless to say, I am learning a lot about myself in the process.

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This month I also celebrated my 26th birthday. The only thing special about turning 26 is that you have to leave your parents healthcare, so… a huge thank you to everyone who reached out! I felt very loved and healthy. Blaire went above and beyond to throw me an amazing party and like everything else in her busy life, she completely crushed it.

I wanted to end this update with a benediction that has been particularly challenging for me this month. I didn’t know what a benediction was before coming to seminary so if you don’t know, a benediction is a blessing usually pronounced by a pastor at the end of a church service. This one comes from Indian Christians in Thailand.

“Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God the Father be with you;
and may the Holy Spirit come upon you…
and disturb you and trouble you,
and set before you an impossible task
and dare you to do it;
until in your desperation
you fall on your knees
and remain there until he fills you with his power
which alone will enable you to do it;
and then, but only then, may the Lord grant you his peace.
Amen”

Prayer Requests:
1.) Safety while we drive to Pennsylvania (12 hours).
2.) For discernment of where God is calling us after our final year at Gordon-Conwell.

Praise Reports:
1.) Alan Peviani and Anthony Colangelo are world class dads! (Happy Father’s Day!)
2.) Two families have already been commissioned to the mission field during Chris’ time on the Global Mission Team!
3.) Blaire is working full-time, studying part-time, and now she will be leading our small group! She is amazing!

Our Favorite Quotes Right Now…

“Unless there is an element of risk in your exploits for God, there is no need for faith.”
– J. Hudson Taylor, 19th c. missionary to China

“If we ignore the world, we betray the Word of God which sends us out to serve the world. If we ignore the Word of God, we have nothing to bring to the world.”
– John Stott

 

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Time in California

Last month Blaire and I wrapped up our final classes for our second year at seminary! We then traveled to California to see family. We loved every second of our trip (aside from my root canal and the titanic dead leg I received from my younger brother, Eric, upon arrival). It was great as always to see our friends and family in California and to worship with them at The Shoreline Church.

IMG_0304We are so grateful for all the love and support we received in California. We went to Downtown Disney and became godparents! This is future superstar Chandler Hope McGuirk!

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Lastly, this is my beautiful mother, Karen. She has been busy decorating the yard this spring. Blaire and I can’t wait to see it next month! We will be in Pennsylvania visiting friends and family from July 19th -24th. This will be an important time for us to visit our friends at St. Paul’s Church and for me to completely destroy my younger brother, Eric.

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Our Favorite Quotes Right Now…

“Time is no guarantee of wisdom. You can grow old and die a fool… If you’re learning everything the hard way, you might want to ask yourself if it’s possible that you’re hardly learning.”
– Erwin Raphael McManus, Uprising

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt & Brené Brown