Who writes this stuff?

This blog is written by Kevin Sheehan, an unremarkable seminarian at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kevin enjoys coffee, Settlers of Catan, and swing dancing. His heart is also beginning to break for the North American church…but he has hope.

What is this blog about?

This site is the chronicle of a pilgrimage. You’re welcome to walk with me on my journey of theological and anthropological reflection. Encourage me. Challenge me. Push back a little. This blog (like myself) is a work in progress, and I expect that over time my ideas will (and should) change as I prayerfully seek out the truth. I hope, however, that this will not be a dry exercise in systematic theology—my prayer is that as I reflect upon the work of Christ, I will be able to chart a life marked by the cross as I continue to be transformed into Christ’s likeness.

I hope that as I write, this blog will be less and less about me. The internet does not need another online journal. I do think, however, that the North American church needs more voices to call it back to its purpose. One day, perhaps, God will see fit to add my voice to theirs.

Is “cruciformation” even a word?

I wasn’t sure either, so I looked it up. It’s not in the dictionary, and when I Googled it, Google helpfully asked me if I meant “cruciformity.” I didn’t mean crucifomity. I was looking for a word that captured a process rather than a state of being.

As it turns out, cruciformation is a word—a scientific one, which means I am immediately unqualified to explain it.  I’ll try anyway, though. Apparently, it’s a term in molecular biology that refers to the transition from lineform DNA to cruciform (cross-shaped) DNA. I have no idea what that means, but I like it. I’d like to think that my spiritual DNA is undergoing a process of cruciformation. I am dying to self—dying to a linear worldview that sees only the human dimension. Instead, the Holy Spirit is teaching me to pattern my life according to the cross.

What is the picture at the top of the page?

I took this picture on Mt. Nebo, where Moses was buried. It is the top of a monument to the bronze snake that was lifted up the wilderness. upon which the Israelites could look and be saved from a deadly venom. Like this bronze snake, the ultimate purpose of the blog is to point to the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, who has been lifted up as savior of the world.

Soli Deo Gloria.


5 Responses to About

  1. I awoke this morning and wondered if there was such a word as “cruciformation”. Google brought me to this page to find you had the exact same question. Thanks for your research,. I have quoted some of your comments on my web site. Check it out and see if you approve: http://www.becruciform.com
    Ron Wilson (in the Toronto, Can. area

  2. Glad I could help! From your site, it looks like you’re already quite the expert on all things cruciform. I agree that contemporary Christianity has tended to slight the cross in our eagerness to jump ahead to the crown. While reclaiming a cruciform life is not precisely the topic of this blog, it is certainly something I pray for in my life and in the lives of my friends and readers.

  3. Myron Heckman says:

    I’m late to the party! I heard the term cruciformation used by a Christian author/speaker who described it much as you do here. I looked it up on the web and came across your site and a couple of other Christian sites, but could find nothing that documented it as coming from molecular biology or DNA. Do you know of a website I can go to for that information?

  4. Indeed you are late to the party! I have not done anything with this blog for some time! When I first looked the term up, I didn’t find a succinct definition, but I found the word in abstracts such as this one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2824785. That said, I just did a search for “cruciform dna” in Google, which led to information about “holliday junctions,” which seems to be the technical term for this DNA structure: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/holliday+junction. There’s also a Wikipedia article on them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holliday_junction. Again, I’m no expert…hope this is vaguely helpful. 🙂

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