James Alexander Rutherford

James is the founder of Teleioteti. He is the primary editor, contributor, and author of the resources featured.

James graduated from Regent College (Vancouver, BC, Canada) in 2018 with a Master of Theology degree in Old Testament and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree in biblical languages. Previously, he graduated from Pacific Life Bible College (Surrey, BC, Canada) with a Bachelor degree in pastoral leadership. He is married to the beautiful Nicole Rutherford and attends Christ City Church Kitsilano. When not studying or writing, James enjoys cooking for his wife and hiking the mountains of the West Coast.

8Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:8-10, ESV)

God has done much in my life to bring me to the place I am now, to Vancouver and Teleioteti. The theme of my life is weakness and God’s sustaining grace through the many trials He has raised for me. Weakness for me is primarily physical, from epilepsy as a teenager to constant pain and insomnia as an adult. As my weaknesses change from week to week, what remains constant is God’s sustaining grace. I no longer have epilepsy: through what I can only describe as a miraculously providential set of circumstances, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and operated on for its removal in 2009. It has been almost 8 years since I have had a seizure: it was through this experience, and the recovery that followed, that God brought me to Bible College and towards ministry in His Church. In the years that followed, weakness has accompanied me—now in the form of debilitating wrist and back pain and frequent insomnia—yet God has never failed to sustain me now as He did then, with strength, hope, and joy amidst suffering. With Paul I have been forced to learn—and continue to learn—that God’s grace is sufficient for my weakness, and that his power is made perfect in weakness. When I am weak, this is when I am truly strong, for I am not resting in my perceived abilities or personal fortitude but solely in the sustaining grace of the Spirit God has poured out upon me. I am also happily married, for just over two years at the time I am writing this (Summer, 2017); Nicole is an amazing companion, but I find myself here too beset by weakness. I am by no means sufficient for the role of husband which God has entrusted to me, yet once again I find that His grace is truly sufficient. I pray, then, that everything I say and do will be a testimony to my glorious God alone, that God is solely satisfying, sufficient for my soul; that He is glorious and worthy to be praised; and that He has made the greatest condescension to become a man and die for a wretch like me. To Him be the glory alone forever and ever, amen.

I started Teleioteti as a blog during my years at Pacific Life Bible College. A lot has changed since I began—more than just a name. What began as a personal project for engaging others with my ideas and receiving feedback has evolved—or at least begun to evolve—into a ministry seeking to produce tightly argued and thoroughly researched print and web resources for the maturing of God’s people. Through Teleioteti I hope to bring to Christ’s people resources that contain the best academic study has achieved—rigorous thinking and argumentation—without the stifling confines of an environment shackled by unbiblical presuppositions concerning what constitutes appropriate interaction with God’s Word and the appropriate ends for such research. I am convinced that Christians must engage the Word of God and the cultures around them with rigorous thinking, yet this thinking must be done in submission to Christ Jesus as our Lord and for His glory alone. This means that His Scriptures must be our primary functional authority and the worldview contained therein must be that by which we interpret and interact with the world around us. This implies that rigorous thinking need not be neutral—the Bible, in fact, teaches that such thinking is impossible (Rom. 8:7-8). My vision for Teleioteti is to produce truly Christian resources—grounded firmly in the Scriptures God has breathed out for all our needs (2 Tim. 3:16-17), nourished in the faith that Christians have confessed for millennia (not ignorant of history and the insights of those who have come before us)—for the people of God so that they might know Him better. All the theology presented by Teleioteti is aimed at doxology—praising our wonderful, holy, and righteous God.

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