In Touch – March 2, 2012
Posted on March 2, 2012 by under Touché,


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Proverbs 9:10)

Chris Kaiser was one of my favorite seminary professors.  He taught systematic theology.  He was a graduate of Harvard University who received a PhD. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado.  His PhD. thesis was titled: The Thermal Emission of Interplanetary Dust Cloud Models.

At the height of his intellectual climbing he became a Christian through reading passages like the one above from Proverbs.  I do not know many conversion stories that start with the book of Proverbs, but Chris’ testimony stated that he acquired a great deal of knowledge, but was lacking wisdom.  When he began to understand that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” his life and his world began to turn around.  He then went to Edinburgh seminary to receive his second doctorate in theology.

This week as we continue our Lenten series on “Celebration of Discipline,” we look at the discipline of study; the examination of the creation, the scriptures and the nature of God at a level that moves beyond the surface clichés that reflect much of Christianity today.  We have more information and knowledge at our fingers tips than ever before, but wisdom seems to be missing.

Chris won a Templeton award for his book Creation and the History of Science in 1991.  I was speaking with him a few years ago and he said that when he started out on his theological not many scholars were working on the issues of science and faith, but as time has moved on, he said that the field has grown exponentially as more journals and books address the issue.

Chris was one of my most practical professors as well.  He seemed like the typical kind of guy who would be interested in “interplanetary dust”, but his love of study also made him very interested in people.  He sent us out as students in his class,  Christianity in a Technological Society , to study people in their work place and reflect theologically on their situations.

That is my prayer for Hopewell, as we look at study this week; that we will reflect theologically on everything we do.  Chris is a 167 Christian that links his study of interplanetary dust with walking with Jesus Christ in western Michigan.  I hope we are all looking for that wisdom in the ways we study and the ways we live.

Yours from Third Rock,