The title of this blog comes from two Old Testament passages that sum up what I desire to accomplish from the time I spend writing here:

The first is Ezra 7:10 – “For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach his statutes and ordinances to Israel.” My calling as a Christian and as a pastor is threefold: to meditate upon the word of God day and night so that I might be diligent to present myself “approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15); to be a doer of the word and not merely a hearer who deludes myself (James 1:22); and to preach/teach/counsel the word, being ready in season and out of season, not shrinking from declaring anything that is profitable, but speaking forth the whole counsel of God (II Tim. 4:2; Acts 20:20, 27). Thus I desire this blog to give structure and a voice to my reflections upon the truth of God’s word and its implications for life and godliness; since “writing makes an exact man” (Francis Bacon), I hope that this blog will force me to become a better thinker and writer, a more faithful disciple of my Lord and Savior, and a wiser shepherd of God’s sheep. I will seek above all to proclaim Christ, admonishing  every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that I may present every man complete in Christ (Col. 2:28).

But this blog will not only be about “the gospel,” narrowly defined, or about “spiritual” things, dualistically reduced. That’s where the second passage comes in. Isaiah 28:23-29 reads, Give ear and hear my voice, listen and hear my words. Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he continually turn and harrow the ground? Does he not level its surface and sow dill and scatter cummin and plant wheat in rows, barley in its place and rye within its area? For his God instructs and teaches him properly. For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is the cartwheel driven over cummin; but dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club. Grain for bread is crushed, indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it, he does not thresh it longer. This also comes from the LORD of hosts, who has made His counsel wonderful and his wisdom great.” This wisdom poem/parable in the middle of God’s denunciation of His people’s arrogant unrighteousness serves to remind that God’s ways, though “strange” and “alien” (28:21), are all-wise in their severity, duration, and purpose. But don’t miss the patent declaration of of the text: God instructs and teaches farmers how to farm properly; farming technique/skill/wisdom comes from the LORD of hosts. His counsel and wisdom are demonstrated in wise and skillful farming. He doesn’t give this instruction in His Word (though to be sure, He does have certain things to say in His Word to Israel under the old covenant concerning their farming habits, cf. Deut. 22:9, 10; 24:19-22) or through appearances out in the barn; rather, He gives us what we need to think and live properly in the world He has made through our use of common sense, the wisdom of other people, and the very fabric of His creation. I’m still learning all that this passage means and implies for us as humans. My hope, therefore, is that this blog will be able to discuss areas of life that we typically consider outside of God’s purview, like economics, time/life/action management, gardening, woodworking, history, mathematics, Robert’s Rules of Order, etc. As John Calvin reminded the church, all truth is God’s truth, and so we can expect to find wisdom for life outside of the church of Jesus Christ and the pages of the Bible. As we interpret all of reality through the lenses of the Scriptures (another of Calvin’s insights), remembering that Christ is head over all things for the church (Eph. 1:22), we will be able to fulfil the creation mandates and the great commission sensibly, prudently, deliberately, godly, and righteously.

May God use the words of this blog for His glory, the edification and enlightening of His people, and the conversion of the lost.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Caleb Cangelosi
Associate Pastor, Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church, Ridgeland, MS


3 responses to this post.

  1. This exact overture came last month to the TN Valley Presbytery. I think there must be some plotting going on behind the scenes.

    The TVP answere the overture in the negative by a respectable margin. The overture came from the St. Elmo church, Cal Burroughs, Pastor. The point of their overture is that the language in the Book of C.O. was confusing. The TVP didn’t think so. I think you are right in your analysis of the true “why.”


  2. Posted by paultwiss on July 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thank you so much for your blog Caleb, I find it really helpful. I begin seminary in August and have started blogging for similar reasons – to articulate my thoughts and share what I’m learning. I look forward to your future posts.


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