I’m Ron – or R N Frost as I write – and this site is an overflow of my life in Christ. I’m a student of the history of Christian spirituality. My studies first came by way of Multnomah Bible College and the University of Portland, for undergraduate degrees in Bible and in History. After some time away with the Army and in ministry I attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, earning MDiv and MA (Church History) degrees. I then taught at Multnomah in the undergrad program for 8 years before taking 3 years away for a PhD at King’s College London. I returned to Multnomah, now teaching at the seminary, from 1995-2007.
My doctoral research featured Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), a teacher and pastor in both London and Cambridge. Sibbes’ love for God offers the biblical and spiritual context for this site. I introduced Sibbes and his best known sermon series as “The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes” in The Devoted Life, eds. Kapic & Gleason (InterVarsity Press, 2004): 79-91. I’ve also published a slightly revised (and hopefully more readable) version of my doctoral work as, Richard Sibbes: A Spreading Goodness that is available on Amazon.
Sibbes was captivated by God’s love. He viewed this love as the outflow of God’s the eternal triune communion. Thus God’s “spreading goodness” extends to the cosmos as the basis for its creation and the proper context for all of life: we were made by God and for God, as those beloved by the source of love himself. Jesus, who is the “Word” that expresses God to humanity in terms we can grasp, offers God’s love and life through the Spirit.
With this as spiritual DNA for our own “Spreading Goodness” readers are invited to enjoy a conversation about the God Sibbes knew, loved, and with whom he now resides.
I now serve with elementum, a ministry that supports college-age and young adult ministries. And I’m also leading, part-time, a Doctorate of Ministry track – with an MA option – in Affective Spirituality at Multnomah Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Thank you for tracking with me! And let’s enjoy more of God’s eternal spreading goodness!