My name is James, but if you are looking for “James Rutherford” online, you will find several thousand of me—among them some notable and some quite infamous. So I write under the name “J. Alexander Rutherford,” as it is better for first impressions. I founded Teleioteti while studying at Regent College as a means to help God’s people think deeply and faithfully about the God they worship. My hope is that one-day, Teleioteti will be a group project, but at this time it is the work of myself and my close friend and graphic designer Stephen Josh Arriola. He is the one responsible for the amazing covers on all my books; I am responsible for the content. So I am the primary editor, contributor, and author of the resources featured here.
I am set to begin PhD studies at Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia), as the Lord permits, early 2020. Before that, I 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, I graduated from Pacific Life Bible College (Surrey, BC, Canada) with a Bachelor degree in pastoral leadership. More importantly, I am married to the beautiful Nicole Rutherford and I am the father of our wonderful daughter, Aliyah. We are privileged to be part of and serve at Christ City Church Kitsilano, a gospel-centred and thriving church in the heart of Vancouver. When not studying or writing, I enjoy cooking for Nicole and hiking the mountains of the West Coast.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But 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. For 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 creating Teleioteti. The theme of my life is weakness and God’s sustaining grace through the many trials He has placed before 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 10 years since I have had a seizure: it was through this experience, and the recovery that followed, that God brought me to Pacific Life 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 almost four years at the time I am writing this (April, 2019); 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. The same is true for my new role as a father. In light of my weakness, I pray that everything I say and do will be a testimony to my glorious God alone. A testimony 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 allforthegloryofhiskingdom.wordpress.com—more than just a name. I have grown as a writer and in my knowledge of the Word, so my writing has improved since those days. I have also now published 3 books, with several more on the way. For now, Teleioteti remains the means by which I use the gifts God has entrusted to me to further His kingdom, but I hope that it will one day evolve into a ministry for educating God’s people and training pastors. For now, I seek 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 (see my book, The Gift of Knowing). 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.
Soli deo gloria,
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