About David Owen Filson & TLR

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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.


3 responses to “About David Owen Filson & TLR

  1. Hello Pastor Filson,

    Brian Kinney was my former pastor at Westminster in Muncie IN back in the 90’s. I served with him as Music Director. He referenced you on his FB page (member at your church?). His post and your blog caught my attention from the title, “Teaching Like Rain.” It reminded me of a passage from Hosea. While at WPC, I wrote a song, ‘Certain as the Dawn” based on that text, Hosea 6:2-3 (NASB),

    2″He will revive us after two days;
    He will raise us up on the third day,
    That we may live before Him.
    3″So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD
    His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
    And He will come to us like the rain,
    Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

    If I ever get that into scored format, I’ll send you a copy. The recurring refrain comes from the last three lines…”His going forth….”

    Blessings to you in Christ,
    Nancy (Fry) Gerst

  2. david, just finished reading Edward’s ‘Christ’s Agony’ (for the 3rd time) and listening to your East of Eden discussion of it with Jeff and nick. Difficult to condense my comment but i will try: One thing I was hoping that you would discuss but did not and wondering if you could explain is Edward’s comparison of the suffering of God’s wrath experienced by Jesus vs. future judgement of unbelievers (there is a certain degree that unbelievers will have a more severe experience of God’s wrath than Jesus experienced on the cross). Edwards states that God removed his presence from Jesus/hid his face from him, yet at the same time Jesus still knew that God infinitely love him. I never heard this – If Jesus was experiencing the judgement of God and was truly (not just emotionally forsaken), how could he still know (intimately and experientially know) that God still loved him. Even though he trusted and pesevered and was still perfect, how could he know that God still loved him? Isn’t there something to it that Jesus cries “My God, My God” rather than “My Father my Father” why hast thou forsaken me? Any clarification would be great as I have wrestled with this section of Edwards. sorry for the lengthy post… thanks for this fantastic resource to dig deeper into Edward’s theology.

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