“Being-in-the-world” is a concept made famous by the 20th century German Philosopher Martin Heidegger. For Heidegger, being was something always in context or in relationship. In opposition to modernity’s rationalist thinkers, Heidegger understood that in order to “be”, you had to be “somewhere” and in “sometime”. Human-being is not autonomous, objective, or neutral, instead, it is situated and contextual. In the same way, I think our Christian call to “be in the world, but not of it” calls us to a contextual awareness of our time and place. It is a call to be. To know what “time” it is. To be present in our world as agents of new-creation. To be present to the people in our lives. And to be faithful in our pursuit of Jesus.
This December I will finish a six-year journey and mark the end of my Master of Divinity program. The looming finish line has caused me to do some reflecting about my time as a student. On one level, there are many practical outcomes that I anticipated in the beginning. I learned Hebrew and Greek, … More On Finishing Seminary