The blog title represents somewhat of a homemade theological haiku.
Gratia: meaning, grace and gratitude.
I hail from 14 years in the retail industry, 12 of those years in Christian Retail, working for Koorong.com; 11 of those in frontline management. I also have qualifications and some experience in community radio.
I graduated from Tabor Adelaide in 2013-2014, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology. I’m a husband, father to five, and alongside my wife am an 11 year homeschooling veteran.
More recently, I’ve been doing my own independent study, with the aim of one day attaining a Masters of Education & Theology.
My current goal is to study through all of Karl Barth’s, 13 volume, Church Dogmatics, along with a large amount of his other works.
For a short time, I was a guest writer at XYZ.net.au. I’ve been writing for Caldron Pool since late 2018, and have had my work published by The Spectator Australia and Eternity News. Alongside my commitment to Caldron Pool, I’m also a weekly columnist at Dads 4 Kids.
My general academic research interests include Art and Theology, Church History, Pastoral Leadership, Western Civilisation, and Political theology.
My specific areas of interest include: Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jacques Ellul, Simone Weil, Albert Camus, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Hannah Arendt, Augustine, Victor Frankl, C.S Lewis, and Reinhold Niebuhr.
I came to be a follower of Jesus the Christ from life in a gutter.
Parts of my personal story can be found here:
Artwork: Ben Davis
©Rod Lampard, 2020