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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Behind the Names

Okay, two posts, two days. Not bad! I decided since our polling is so popular I would put faces behind the names. A lot of people are into names that sound "cute" or go nicely with the last name "Borg." But the sounding of a name palls in comparison with the meaning of the name. Rather then worry if kids will make fun of our child on the playground, we want names that are strong in meaning and significance.

Thomas Manton (1620-1677)

"Ministers who do not know Manton

need not wonder if they are themselves unknown."-CH Spurgeon

Manton was a Puritan of great repute. It has been commented that he was a man of many virtues and few failings. He suffered much as a preacher, especially during the Great Ejection. He has particularly been remembered for a WONDERFUL commentary on the Epistle of Jude (it's one of my favorites).

Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949)

Vos was a gentleman and a scholar...okay, so I don't know about the former but he certainly was the later. Vos was a Dutch Refo rmed theologian. We appreciate his legacy because he has l eft us with some wonderful stuff on Biblical Theology. Biblical Theology is a way of reading Scripture. Instead of systematizing all of Scripture, Biblical Theology seeks to interpret Scripture from a redemptive historical perspective. We have especially appreciated Vos' books Biblical Theology and The Kingdom of God and the Church.

Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (aka The Lion of Princeton) (1851-1921)

Warfield was perhaps one of the last great theologian of Princeton before the forming of Westminster Theological Seminary. If you ever get a chance to listen to a biography on this man's life, do it. Perhaps no one in the history of Reformed Theology has given such a great defense of revelation and inspiration of the Bible. He also did some work on the Person and Work of Jesus which we have appreciated. Above all this, he has a super cool beard, we only hope to attain his level someday.

William Perkins (1558-1602)

Was a Puritan in both word and deed. He was an outstanding preacher and has written a great little book called The Art of Prophecy. He is also well known for a chart he composed of election and re probation. Despite his deep theological work Perkins never seemed to have lost the pastoral tenderness. It is recorded that just before a young man was executed he came to Perkins begging him to show the way of avoiding God's righteous judgment. Perkins urge d the young man to believe on Christ and repent. The young man did and faced his execution. At any rate, William Perkins' works are currently being translated and we eagerly await the arrival!

Herman Witsius (1636-1708)
Okay, I'm not going to lie this is one of my favorites. If it was solely up to me our firstborn (boy or girl) would be named Herman Witsius Borg (H. Witsius Borg, or H.W. Borg...sounds sweet). Witsius was a renowned Puritan and INCREDIBLY intelligent. I am always astounded when I read him how educated he was. But mostly, there is rarely a time when I pick up something he has written (namely Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man) when I am struck with a great and deeper love for Christ. His work on the divine covenants seems to be unparalleled. I d on't even know where to begin, other then to say I would be delighted to someday share with my child the story of his name, and the great man who he is named after.

Van Til (1895-1987)
Van Til is just a stud. One of the founding fathers of Westminster Theological Seminary, Van Til has had a profound impact on my life. Van Til was a pastor stuck in a philosopher's mind. His work on presuppositional apologetics is phenomenal. Really, what he did was show the philosophic conclusions of the Reformed faith, while throwing down all other philosophical theories. He was brilliant! He brought the gospel to the forefront of philosophical inquiry, which has given me an endless amount of help in my philosophy career.

Brian Lund (1982-Present)

What can I say? He's my NSC!

My wife wanted everyone to know that she is not serious about these names. Okay, we're not serious about them. She didn't think everyone would fully understand my sense of humor. It is said in humor with some serious overtones. For example the significance of a name is FAR more important to us than how well it goes with "Borg." Are the above names serious? Well, if it were just me they would be, but alas, marriage is about two becoming one, so I must take Rachel's thoughts into perspective (and she mine) which certainly rules out every name on that list. Save for Herman Witsius, I'm dead serious about wanting that one. But for the record, we have our names down to our favorite boy name and girl name. There, I hope this update satisfies my wife's desire.

Friday, March 28, 2008

It's That Time Again

Well it's that time again for me to make up for my wife's obvious inability in posting. Okay, so that wasn't meant to be harsh, I know she thinks she has nothing to post on.
I have been thinking about what I could write. I thought I could give everyone a play by play of my most recent game of chess. I first developed my knight (g1) to f3, and then knight (b1) to c3. My opponent countered my opening move with Alekhine's Defence, moving pawn (e2) to d4...okay, so my chess game doesn't interest anyone.
In more exciting news we heard baby's heartbeat today! He was moving around quite a lot, must be hyper. I knew it! What goes around, comes around. I get a terrible fright every time I think our child could be as hyper active as I was when I was a kid. But no need, that's what Ritilin is for these days, right? Or perhaps I will just have him get his back adjusted (sorry, that wasn't meant as a mean joke to provoke any chiropractors, but I don't think any of them read this blog anyway).
That's right I said *him* But PALEASE, don't go thinking I just gave away the sex of our baby, I haven't. I just refer to our baby as "he" for the sake of ease. After all to use "he or she" in place of "he" as a generic pronoun sounds awkward. Not only that but contrary to popular liberal feminism the generic use of the masculine pronoun does not exclude women. It seems the English language has been complete and there is no need to introduce new circumlocutions. The kind of language that changes this seems to be linguistically superfluous, and because I care very little about catering to people's petty individual needs I will continue to call our baby by the pronoun "he." We won't be finding out the sex until "he" is born, which also means we are uncertain about names. However, we have reached a final verdict on names. The list has been narrowed down and we are offering you, the reader, the opportunity to vote on your favorite name. Each name is catered to a special meaning and great significance. We want the name to be a rich inheritance. You can vote for your favorite boy or girl name, or both, over to the right. But be forewarned this is not a democracy, the majority does not necessarily win.
Now that you have read this I applaud you! You have put up with my nonsense once again. No worries, I will encourage Rachel to post on here more often.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

To Blog, or Not to Blog

Okay, so I was told that my friend over at What the Thunder Said didn't have to blog until we posted a new something here. So this is my new something, so now he has no excuse.
We are sorry for not keeping this thing up to date, or I should say I'm sorry Rachel hasn't been. Ever since we decided to go pretty in pink I've tried to avoid this blog (okay, not really). But with having two other blogs I try to keep up with, I was hoping Rachel could take the bull by the horns on this one.
Life has been busy for both of us. I've been trying to find a job...still. I applied at Hobby Lobby the other day (yes, I'm desperate). My next choice is to go through ManPower and find some temp work. Anything that will help pay the bills. School is school. We're on spring break this week so I don't want to write about it, suffice to say I only have eight weeks left at this University! I'm also taking a lot of time to study Greek. I decided since I'm going into seminary without a good background I could try to do this on my own. It's tedious, but there is something thrilling about opening to John 1 and translating it. I spend a couple hours a day doing that.
Rachel is busy being pregnant. She has gotten a little baby belly and it's super cute! I can't wait till she shows more. We have our 16 week appointment a week from tomorrow, and in one month we get our ultra sound! We have names that we have agreed on, but don't bother asking we aren't telling. For those of you who aren't pregnant you will find, if you ever are, that everyone thinks they have a right to help name your baby and tell you what is good and what is bad. It gets a little tiring. So we decided no one is going to know until the baby is born, and if you don't like our child's name...well...tough. But Rachel isn't feeling as sick anymore, so we are very thankful for that. She is still working at TGIFriday's and seems to have gotten a bit of a promotion that will help a lot with the pregnancy.
Life is going on fine and dandy, the Lord has been abundantly good to us, far better than we deserve. But that's enough about us, here's a ponderable question:
What role does the wife have if her husband is a pastor? For all (one) reader(s), feel free to give us your thoughts.