Joshua in my study

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Joshua in my study One of the lovely things about studying is that I can do much of my work at home, which in turn means that I get to see Mim and the kids a lot more.  Joel’s still a bit young to care about which room he’s in (as long as someone’s around), but Joshua quite likes coming to visit me in my study – which he’s allowed to do, as long as he’s happy to read a book quietly.

It’s lovely having him with me reading through his books, and while there’s still an element of distraction (he likes reading some of them out aloud, and asks me the occasional question), it makes a nice break from the Third Declension and writing about the Documentary Hypothesis.

Joel standing up

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Joel standing up Joel has recently started standing up on his own, even (daringly) holding on with just one hand. This is only a couple of weeks after he really started crawling, so in true second sibling style it looks like he’s doing everything he can to move on from crawling to walking as soon as possible.

He’s certainly much more willing to experiment with physical activity than Joshua, who was (and still is) quite risk-averse!

Weekend

lyndon —  7/11/2010 — Leave a comment

We’ve had a lovely weekend with new friends in Oxford. On Saturday, Kane, a Kiwi guy from Wycliffe, his wife Louise and their three children came over to watch the rugby with us (and Louise’s parents joined us after the game briefly).

Then in the evening Mim & I went round to the Robson’s house for a games evening. James Robson is my fellowship group leader at Wycliffe, and three others from the fellowship group came along too: Pete & Bec, and Lloyd.  It was great to be playing in a group of other competitive people – winning matters!

Today we had a big crowd over for lunch: Tim & Anna and their six children (who we know from St Ebbe’s Headington), and Ryan & Jen (Ryan’s in my Greek class). Joshua loves to have older children round so he had a great time playing with the other children, and we adults and the older kids had a nice time of uninterrupted chatting together.

There’s a fantastic interview with John Sculley (former Apple CEO) about Steve Jobs. It’s very interesting if you are interested in Steve Jobs, but there are some other great bits in it too – e.g.

I remember going to CES when Microsoft launched Zune and it was literally so boring that people didn’t even go over to look at it… The Zunes were just dead. It was like someone had just put aging vegetables into a supermarket. Nobody wanted to go near it.

But I thought the most striking thing in the interview was how openly he describes his own failure to lead Apple successfully. How often do you see business leaders describe themselves with humility like this:

Looking back, it was a big mistake that I was ever hired as CEO. I was not the first choice that Steve wanted to be the CEO. He was the first choice, but the board wasn’t prepared to make him CEO when he was 25, 26 years old.

All the design ideas were clearly Steve’s. The one who should really be given credit for all that stuff while I was there is really Steve.

I made two really dumb mistakes that I really regret because I think they would have made a difference to Apple.

So we totally missed the boat. Intel would spend 11 billion dollars and evolve the Intel processor to do graphics… and it was a terrible technical decision. I wasn’t technically qualified, unfortunately, so I went along with the recommendation.

The other even bigger failure on my part was if I had thought about it better I should have gone back to Steve.

There are all sorts of reasons why people leave the investment banking world, but heading off to study theology afterwards isn’t the typical path. That is what I am doing, though: I am leaving my job as a bond trader in order to study theology, and I want to spend the rest of my life doing explicitly Christian work.

To some people I guess this will sound like a mad idea, either because they think that the job I’m leaving is great (which it is), or because they think that the church is a horrible organisation with irrational and outdated belief.

But I believe that communicating the Christian message is the most important thing I can do with my life, and the church I know is made up of amazing people who I love to live and work with.

Read on for my explanation of why I am moving from bond trading to theological study – I want to knock some misconceptions on the head, and try to get across what I find so attractive about the Christian message that I want to devote my life to it in this way.

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