I am David Owen Filson – husband to Diane, and Daddy to Luke and Lydia. I am Teaching Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Historical and Theological Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. As an active member of Nashville Presbytery, I serve as chairman of our Presbytery’s theological examining committee. I also serve on the PCA General Assembly’s permanent committee for theological examination. Teaching Like Rain is a place where the community of the faith in the Nashville area interested in my teaching, preaching, shepherding, doctoral studies progress, or formidable abilities with the toy lightsaber can connect. Hopefully, regular features, such as Sermon Scraps, Beautiful Words, Doctrine Dudes, Greek Geeks, Theotravels, In Joyful Anticipation, Hymn Him, updates related to shepherding ministerial candidates through the examination process, devotional thoughts and prayers, book reviews, updates on my doctoral studies, theological offerings, and other things will be of encouragement to you. This blog takes its name from Dt 32:2, where Moses sings, “May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.” Calvin comments, “He therefore compares his speech to rain or dew, as if he had said that, if only the people were like the soil in a state of softness and preparation, he would deliver doctrine to them which would irrigate them unto abundant fruitfulness.” One more theological blog on the web is probably not a pressing need, as more capable scholars and theologians are more deserving of your attention (see my blog roll). But, if a thought or word on my blog, from time to time, may feel like cool water on your sore feet, soften the soil of my own heart, or irrigate fruitful churchmanship among us, then you’ll know why I am trying to write.
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