About

Welcome.

The title of this blog represents somewhat of a theological haiku.

Gratia: meaning, grace and gratitude. Veritas: Truth. Lumen: Light.

I’m a Ministry and theology degree graduate out of Tabor Adelaide, husband, and for the past two years, a full-time homeschool dad to five awesome homeschoolers. In my spare time, I’m doing independent study, working towards a Masters of Theology. I also like to mess around with music, poetry and improve my writing ability through maintaining this blog.

Here you’ll find my thoughts on Christian theology, art, politics, society and a little home schooling.

And here, you’ll find part of my story.

My academic research interests include Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Albert Camus, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Hannah Arendt, Augustine, Victor Frankl, C.S Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, Church History, Pastoral Leadership and Political theology.

Thanks for stopping by.

– Rod.

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19 responses to About

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    I’m enjoying reading your blog, Rod. Thanks for posting such wonderful stuff, and all the best with your studies. Where are you studying?

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      Hi Jason, I’m currently finishing off a double-degree through Tabor Adelaide, my hope is to move from that into a Masters. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Wonderful to hear from you! And I’ve heard some great things about Tabor Adelaide over the years. Good to hear of your plans to pursue a masters too. Happy to keep chatting via email. Best, Jason.

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    Thanks for liking my post and following my blog. May God be glorified in what we say.

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    Hello Rod! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

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    Church History surprisingly became one of my most favored areas of study while in seminary. Before that, I had absolutely no interest in history. It’s amazing what happens when we add God into the equation. Everything begins to make sense. All the best, I like the blog and will continue to check it out!

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  6. 

    It is encouraging that you are doing this blog. There is so much that is just burdensome in the blogging world and there is not much light. Let me recommend to you Stanley Hauerwas and Dallas Willard. Hauerwas deals with politics and theological ethics from a perspective determined by the patriotism that has corrupted a lot of American theology, so he might not be so relevant to Australian questions. I, on the other hand, have not heard of Jean Elshtain and will do some exploring of my own.

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      Thank you for your comments. I have read a bit of Stanley H. Resident Aliens is one that really helped adjust my political theology. I found that he helped me fine tune the Barthian lens through which I am studying.

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        I am about to begin Working with Words by Hauerwas, which my wife gave me for my birthday. Let me also recommend The Third Peacock by Robert Farrer Capon. His writing style grates on some people’s nerves, and he is writing mainly for a lay audience, and he says much that I disagree with, but I have never failed to be blessed by his insights.

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  7. 

    Are you originally from Australia, Rod? I have a Vietnamese friend who currently lives in Adelaide. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I will try to stop by your site again soon! (I’d check out more now but it’s 3am here…!) Thank you so much for coming by mine. God Bless 🙂 Jessica

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  8. 

    Hi, Rod! I was nominated for a Liebster Award and wanted to share the attention with you, so to speak. To learn more and to check out the rules… http://melindavanry.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/fun-friday-the-liebster-award/

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      Congrats and thank you. You are a gifted writer Melinda, the nomination is well deserved 🙂 I’ll have a bit more of a look at it tomorrow. God Bless.

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