1. 한 마음으로 찬양하고 아버지와 같은 마음을 구하는 공동체를 허락해주셔서 고맙습니다. 더운 추수날 아버지의 마음을 냉수처럼 시원하게 해드리는 청년들이 되길:)
2. 줄 수 있는게 조커피 쿠폰카드 밖에 없다~ 이렇게 장난치면서 함께 할 수 있는 친구들을 만나게 해주셔서 고맙습니다.
3. thank you for the beautiful sunset and the beautiful untraceable aroma among trees around 98th street.
4. Dallas Willard 교수님의 My Journey to Beyond Tenure in a Secular University를 읽게 해주시니 고맙습니다.
”Work on it. Work on it. When you think it’s good, it’s probably not. Just keep working. It’ll get better. All writing is re-writing. You never get it right; it’ll just get better. When you’ve gone through it many times and replaced the one word with another word, and then replaced that word with the same word again, you’re getting there.”
So on to the next paper. My strategy was this – do really good work. Do work that you would think God had to help you with to get you there, and then do some more. Just stay at it. That’s the only strategy I’ve had is to work in that way. My view is that, if you are in a good field, you must work on the things that are really central and essential to that field. And you ought to believe that God will enable you to do work in that field that will be a benefit and challenge to everyone. And going back to some things that Calvin (Edwards) said so well earlier — what we as Christians want to do — we want to get to the point where people scattered around the academic world are worried about what we are doing. They sit up at night and think about us. They get on the internet, and they chase our work down. I really challenge you to believe that about yourself, whatever your area of work is. Not because you are so good, but because God is so great.
I don’t know anything more to say in terms of how I work, because that’s all there is to it. I try to teach classes well. I pray for my students. I pray as I set up the course schedule and the outline. I pray for them when they come in to interview. They don’t know I’m praying most of the time, but I pray for them, and I pray for the class. I say, “Lord, let this be a class that will really help these students in their work, in their field, in their self-confidence.” Because, you know, many of the students I have, especially in the beginning, don’t know they have a mind. One of the things I will do often in a large introductory course is say, “How many of you would like to be known as thinkers?” Of 150 people, you may get 3-4 hands, and those will be tentative. And then I say, “How many of you would like to be known as feelers?” They all want to be known as feelers. So you know that you have to start working to encourage knowledge of what it’s like to learn, to build their foundation, to help them to come to understand how the mind works.
I will be a witness. I can’t help that. The only question is, “What am I going to witness to?” And I take a lot of comfort from Jesus’ statement that you cannot hide a city that is set on a hill. So I don’t have to think about it. I have to try to do real good work; and that’s my business – to do real good work. I wouldn’t say it’s the best in the world or anything like that, others can make judgments, but my intention is to do the best work possible. And by that I don’t mean within my human limitations; I also mean God helping me. I’m going to put my human limitations on the line, but my expectation is not from them. I expect to see something happen that I could not possibly do. And I would do that if I were preaching or witnessing on the streets, or doing whatever wherever. I want to see something happen that I couldn’t possibly do. And that’s what I would encourage anyone in the academic line of work to do: to say “I know what good work is. I’m going to do it, and I expect God to help me. I will give my life to it.” Of course, I will be a prisoner of Christ; that’s what I am. Because when I am doing my work as a philosopher or a writer, that’s what I’m doing. Of course, I write a lot more in philosophy than I do in religion, but few people read that. That’s kind of the way it is in the academic world, the writing in philosophy helps me in everything else I do. So I really want to do very good work in my field. I guess that’s the simple thing I would say: I just want to do good work.
5. 졸업 시즌이 되어 가족들이 방문하는 모습을 보니 우리 가족도 마니마니 보고싶지만 카톡으로, google + hangout 으로 연락하고 지낼 수 있어서 감사합니다.