Archive for January, 2009

Who is at fault? 100-0

January 30, 2009

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/highschool/01/22/covenantschool100.ap/index.html

As a former basketball coach, I’ve been involved in games where teams are completely outmatched.  I’ve seen both sides of the coin that I’m sure this basketball coach from Covenant’s School had to deal with a week or so ago.  While I was pleased to see the school apologize I was very disappointed to see the coach spoke out against the apology.  The line of thought for him to defend his actions is still a mystery to me.  I’ve coached basketball off and on since 1990 either by helping out as an assistant or as a head coach.  At no point during my time, even versus a rival school, did I see a point in running up the score to something of this magnitude.  Each coach knows at the beginning of the game (sometimes warm ups), how the game will transpire.  I don’t really care that he stopped pressing after his team was up 20 points.  In most states there is rules for that in games.  So, that isn’t a winning point for this coach. At some point the referees would have called a stop to his pressing. 

I understand non-starters realized that they we’re going to play a ton of minutes due to the blow out.  Sure everyone likes to score.  This whole situation has brought to light a number of different issues.

 

Sportsmanship

First of all this was lacking of each parent, child, player, faculty, and coach that was in attendance to that game.  The game of basketball was meant to encourage team work.  Not to run up scores to boost egos.  At some point he should have thought that as a coach I’m doing a disservice to not only my players, but to the opposing school.  At some point the opposing coach should have said, “Enough”.  Why continue to let your kids be shamed and disrespected when they’re supposed to be having fun.  How can anyone sleep after watching this transpire.  It boils my blood just thinking about it.  At no point should any basketball game end with the other team scoring zero if you are 10pts ahead.  Call an intentional foul or open the lane for someone to make a layup.  Someone please explain to me how there was any sportsmanship at this game.  How could any of the kids shake hands or the coaches after all this transpired.

 

Christians

God showed mercy on us by sending his son to suffer and die for our sins so that we may have everlasting life.  Where was the easy type of mercy this coach and his players could have showed?  Forfeiting the game doesn’t take away the hurt and damage you have inflicted on the coach, players, friends, and family.  When we will learn that rewards in the worldly realm mean nothing to our Father in Heaven.  Where was the helping hand from anyone to say, “you know what this game is out of control”.  How about we scrimmage and try and to have some good come of this.

 

Coaching & Referees

It’s about improving the skills of each basketball player, not only on the court, but in the real world.  Each child in this game was done a great disservice.  The only lessons they learned was what is wrong in the world.  As a former coach, your job is to do no harm and protect those kids as if they were your very own.  For this reason I blame both coaches for outcome of this game.  Pull your players off the floor and say “no mas”.  Say you don’t desire your kids to be a part of something so vulgar as the game turned out to be.  If it didn’t clue you in on 20,30,40-0 then what happen the rest of the way.

Referees are there to protect the integrity of the game.  I took the same oath here in Michigan.  At some point an officials timeout should have been called to call the game.  They didn’t need the coaches permissions to do it.  Maybe it was all about the pay, but honestly I wonder how they feel now since it has blown up in their faces on the news.

 

I wager to think the coach wasn’t fired because he disagreed with the school, but because who blatantly disagreed with the morale code of the school.  The guys at Issues Etc talk about Edwardsville all the time and basketball.  I’m sure neither of them would have let things get out of hand like this even versus their bitter rivals.

 

All I can say is pray for forgiveness for all involved and the world’s faults.

Seminary Journey

January 9, 2009

While my journey began long ago, this final step started in January 2007. The first couple of months of 2007 revolved around preparing to get back into school to finish my Bachelors at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. In March 2007 is when the gathering information on what needed to be done to apply to seminary.  So, I went through the Concordia Seminary website one Friday evening and requested an information packet.  I was quite surprised to receive the packet in the mail Tuesday the following week.  Not only that it had a personal touch asking if I was relation to Rev. Hosea Ekong (my father).  So, as I opened this packet I sat down and began to review all this information with my wife.  Her focus was more on housing and finding a job down in Saint Louis.  My focus was clear, God said it was time for me to begin my preparation.

The biggest hurdle for me initially would be finishing my Bachelor’s Degree so I could attend Seminary.  See, I was still below the second career age requirement of 35.  As I will continue to be for another 2 years in a couple of days.  So, many would say why not just wait the 2 years and go then.  Simply put, God said it’s time to go and as such I buckled down and re-applied to school to finish my degree.  Now my first round of college was not focused and I didn’t do well in classes.  I cared more about the people around me than applying myself to classes.  Let’s just say I had one of those GPAs everyone jokes about for those people way over their heads.  I wasn’t over my head I just didn’t apply myself.  Odd thing, I still remember everything from those classes.

Well, let’s fast forward to date in terms of my return to school.  I’ve made it on the Dean’s List three times going into my last semester.  With last semester being a perfect 4.0 while carrying a 16 credit class load.  God has truly blessed me with the stamina to work full time, attend accelerated classes full time, and continue with coaching and church duties. 

Back in June 2008, my wife and I went down to Saint Louis to stay with some friends to do an official seminary visit.  It was a wonderful feeling to be on the campus.  We went on tour, sat in on Rev. Lessing’s Exodus and the Torah class, and met with housing and financial aid.  Needless to say, Linda was less apprehensive about Seminary from this point on.  Myself, I was more excited than ever.  When I got back home, I immediately requested recommendations from Pastor’s that had observed me in different situations.  I then scheduled a meeting with the President of Concordia to do my Concordia Interview.  I have to say that was a wonderful interview and what should have taken one hour, lasted closer to two hours.

Now I was at the step of working on the application for Seminary. It took the better part of the summer and fall to fill out.  I simply couldn’t lock down my answers.  I’d step away and come back the next day and write something different.  It wasn’t until I saw Rev. Philip at Concordia that he reassured me to just fill it out and not to stress the questions so much.  I wanted another trip to Seminary while students were in the midst of a normal class schedule.  So, we went down in October to attend CSL’s Contemplate event.  We checked in and I promptly turned in my application.  With the weight of the application off my shoulders we enjoyed interacting with the various other participants the event as well as the faculty and student ambassadors.  I got to attend the Compline service and visit with close friends while in Saint Louis. 

I rode the high of that trip into my Michigan District Committee interview.  Linda and I were lucky enough to be interviewed by three folks; 1 pastor, 1 teacher, and 1 deaconess.  I was very nervous for this interview as I have previously mentioned in a different blog.  However, I prayed and prayed for strength to make it through the interview.  My nervousness didn’t come from worry as much as the realization of the magnitude of this journey.  Needless to say the interview went well and we were recommended for seminary.

In December 2008, I schedule last minute to take the GRE.  What does Murphy’s Law say about things.  Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.  First, the first open date was on a Saturday.  Second, the time for the examination was 5-9pm.  Third, I came down with strep throat the night before.  The wait until 4:30 pm was insane.  I just wanted it over with at that point since I wasn’t feeling well.  Well, I didn’t take any breaks and went straight through the exam.  I didn’t feel like I did a great job at all. I was sure I had boomed the exam.  In which case there was a good chance that would delay my trek to seminary.  It turns out even with all that was happening God helped me through enough to meet the requirement for the GRE.

So, that leaves me to today.  I’m studying for the entrance exams as that is next on my requirements to fulfill.  This portion should have been done before now, but due to scheduling and internet issues previous times have had to be rescheduled.  The exams I will be taking at Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine.  There is so much to know in the Bible and I’d rather go through slowly to make sure I have grasp on things.

I should know one way or another soon enough if the trek to seminary will be this June or next year.  I’m officially 6 credits from finishing my Bachelors degree and will walk in May 2009.  All I can do now is continue my hard work in my school studies and and pray.

Goals before finishing my Bachelor’s degree is make it on the Dean’s List for the last semester while carrying an additional 14 credits. I like to stay busy.  Even though I only need two classes to be done.  I also need to finish my Senior Project on Time Management and the LCMS clergy.

Well, I’m wearing down now, so I should head off to bed.  God’s Blessings to all.

Fake personalities in Church

January 9, 2009

In our lives we no doubt deal with personalities that are displayed for the benefit for others.  When it comes to church this is always hard subject to handle.  Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ aren’t guilty of living two lives.  We realize we all are sinful beings, but really how many times to see their Outside Church Personalities (OCP) shine through.

All those nice personalities go out the window in closed door meetings of church boards and committees.  That is where the politics begin and God’s work ends.  As a leader of the church I’ve done a pretty good job of side stepping politics to lead according to examples in the Bible.  However some moves by fellow Christians, who want things there, have completed floored me as of late.

Round about ways of trying to destroying another Christians credibility and faulting those Christians for giving their time and lives to Christ’s work is sign of the devilish ways.  (Actually, the devil and people doing bad things is another blog for another day.)  I myself have been accused of the same over the years.  The difference is I never say anything against anyone out of context and without substantiated proof.  I didn’t do it for more power or to influence the decisions of others.  I did it so everyone had all the information needed to make a proper assessment.

The church should never be about politics.  There is only one clear cut leader and second in charge.  We are there, but to follow that lead.  Once a person tries to go outside their gifts/talents or path God has set forth for them, it becomes their ministry and not that of the God.  As such when that person’s ministry is pushed over God’s ministry it will fail.  As it fails, it will hamper those that aimlessly follow that man made ministry.

In Jeremiah 23, we learn about the false prophets.  Surely, it can’t be that serious.  Those politics are being committed in the belief that they will further God’s Word.  Should they be labeled as false prophets? Absolutely, anyone who takes God’s Word and distorts it for their own will are simply false prophets.  Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Seems I’m rambling in those blog.  I guess that is an indication just how upset I am about these false prophets.

Steps to Seminary

January 6, 2009

Application – Done
Background Check – Done
Official transcripts – Up to the Fall Semester 08
Pastor’s Letter recommendation – done done done and done
Concordia University, Ann Arbor President recommendation – done
District Interview Committee Report – done
GRE – done
Current Photograph – done

Actually, I had the majority of these things done by May of last year. However, the application I put a lot of constant prayer into before I was ready to turn it in. Normally, I would say one would procrastinate with an application, but a Seminary application truly requires deep Spiritual reflection. One expects Pastors to be very supportive down the path to the ministry. However, for every pastor that is supportive, there is one who has had bad experiences with congregations, politics, or their own decisions that turn them sour on the ministry.

My trip down this path began long ago, so when it was time my situation was much like that of Jesus calling his disciples from their work. “Follow me”. When it was time there was no question. I had already learned to put it all in God’s hands. Interesting enough it sometimes baffles my wife that I no longer get stressed about things. I stick to what God has instructed me to do and not waste time of things of the world that are under his control.

I say interviews can put a person in a weird state of mind. I went into all of them with the worry, what if I say something they aren’t for in their ministry. There is always a chance things can go down the wrong path when “man” is involved in the process. Will that reflect badly on their review of me? What if they ask about traditional vs contemporary? Do I really have to choose a side? It is my understanding and belief it is more about the Word of God being preached/teached than about the actual Order of Service. I’m husband of 10+ years, father of 4 beautiful children, and life long child of God. Firmly grounded in the teachings of the Bible and adhere to the Doctrine of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. What it comes down to is be yourself in the interviews. If you are genuine they will see you for who you are in the interview.

Life changing experience. Saying good bye to friends, fellow church members, family, and pets. Uprooting family from a house and their school lives to campus housing. It’s will be like college all over again.

Who will I be as a Pastor? Too early to tell. No clue. I’ll know as God directs me down the path.

Really, I can’t wait to learn Greek and Hebrew so I can read the original text of the Bible. In our Sunday Bible Study it gets so confusing with the various translations out there. Learning how to correctly interpret the Bible with the help of original translations and historic references. I’m just giddy blogging about it now.

Well, I need to work on my Senior Project for school; Time Management and LCMS Clergy. I’m sure it will get me trouble on some level.

Life Experiences and Change

January 5, 2009

The Day God Answered my Prayer….

While driving down to Indiana to unleash a surprise party for Linda, I did what I normally do on long trips. Power up the mp3 player and put the headphones on to block out all the noise in the vehicle. It is during trips like this one where I do the majority of my regrouping and reflection. I’m removed from everyday life and able to objectively reflect on decisions in my life. This time was a bit different. This time I was listening to CTGS Praise Band music and I for some reason my reflecting went back to the beginning. This was the second time in about a month. The first time was a visit home at which I saw friends and former schools and home church I used to attend.

Deep in thought about all these decisions I became stuck on one decision that I had neglected to make out of fear of the consequences in life. While stuck on this one decision that has come up numerous times in my life, a song came on the mp3 player. The song is “I Can Only Imagine”, a song that strikes right at my soul each time I hear it. I played the track several times, which isn’t an out of ordinary thing for me to do. However, after 5 times and then putting it on repeat should have been a clue I was in for some really deep thought.

Usually, repeating a song would cause me to block everything out and simply focus in on the task at hand, which at the time should have been driving. Oops. Nevertheless, I go back to the early ages and I see all the adults in my life firmly grounded in the Word. So much so, they made the necessary sacrifices for my sister and I to attend the local private school. The benefits of lower teacher to student ratios were imperative in my parent’s decision. I think the aspect of being taught about God and all his Glory daily was huge. I remember it being a joy and honor when asked to participate in the services at the church associated with the school on Sundays. As I recall each teacher in each grade offered something to my life training that I would only come to understand later in life. Weekends were the times early on in life that I would go to church with family. Sunday school was something I always looked forward, it meant going to church learning more about God and the all his love towards us throughout time. Later, as I look back it was also a time to see a family influence working in the churches frame work as vessels of God’s Word.

I fast forward to Confirmation classes, those 1-2 hour classes on Saturday mornings with eight of us learn about being a Christian and basics of Lutheran Doctrine. What a learning experience and fun time that turned out to be. During this time my father had become more active in the church for about 1-2 years in the church leadership and choir. Following his lead, I strived to do the same thing he was doing, but with the Youth Group. It was during this time I saw my fathers love for God begin to become unleashed. When the head of the family sets the example, it simply spreads throughout the family. During the year of confirmation, I was asked to acolyte during church. I explain the honor and privilege to be on the altar and serve in that capacity of the worship service. Whenever possible from that point on I was on the altar and/or singing in the choir. However, I could serve the Lord, which is all I wanted to do.

When it became time to choose a high school against my parents wishes I went with the school where I saw the most prestige and where my current classmates would most likely be attending. Little did I know that things wouldn’t work out that way. It just wasn’t the right fit for me and where I was going in life. Sophomore year I transferred to Lutheran HS East where a number of my church friends were attending school. While I didn’t fit in initially (new kid in all) I felt at home. We had Religion class Monday through Friday and if memory serves me correct we spent the second semester on the 4 Gospels rapped into one study. The biggest thing I took away from that time was over the discussion of Baptism. Was I part of his kingdom by not being baptized up until that point? What would happen if I dropped dead in the next minute? For those you following along you see, I had already been confirmed, but had yet to be baptized. I guess it is like my mother said, “You always have to do things the hard way.” So, in Sunday April 4, 2002 I couldn’t let anyone make the decision to be baptized, but me. I had talked to our Pastor a couple of times and we had planned to wait until Easter, but for some reason I scrapped that and told him it had to be done now. I tapped the shoulder of a mentor at church and he stood up with me. As my mother sat in that early 8 am service and looked up with a surprise that was her son getting baptized. My two regrets were my father, sister, and grandparents were in attendance and that I had waited so long to make the decision. I had taken the first real step in my mind towards Christ in way like no other. He has always held me in his arms, but it was at that point where I stop making it about me and my wants/needs. Not once did my family get mad at me for what I had done. My only thought is that everyone was so proud that it was I who had taken the steps and in doing so knew exactly what I was doing. Truth is it was all by God’s grace, I was simply a disobedient child who stop resisting God’s plan for me.

It was throughout the next couple of years our family went through a number of trials with layoffs and hospital stays. Not once did I ever see my parents’ waiver from God or blame him for their troubles. What I did see was that they became even more committed to the church and furthering God’s mission. It was also during this time I saw a change in my father. Where he shed the last bits of doubts in himself and firmly put his life in the Lord’s hands to be an instrument. The things I remember most about my high school days are lessons learned in the classroom about God, various religions of the world, and how to conduct myself as a young man in the world.

Now it’s time to pick a college. I’m sold on where I want to go. Later, I would find out it is where I was supposed to wind up. I was headed to out of state to Concordia of all schools with the goal of teaching. Graduation came and while I wasn’t the valedictorian or anywhere near up there in grades. I was asked to do the benediction. I would be the last one to say anything about our High School careers and I would be the one to lead us out from High School seniors to the proverbial Real World. We’ll turn out to be very close even with our clichés during High School. I still wound up in my senior year as the Vice President for the school, but this was different. Being asked to say final words at graduation was proudest gift any of my classmates could have given to me. So, I got up wiped the tears and calmed said a revised version of the benediction to go with our growth and next steps in life. I then turned to my classmates motioned that it was time to go. The class stood up, we composed ourselves and walked into the World.

A month before leaving for school tragedy struck our family; my father had a slight/mild heart attack. For a son to see his father so vulnerable is a scary thing. In mind college was in doubt at this point. However, he recuperated and we all headed up to Ann Arbor, MI to begin the next step of my life. While away at school there were some adjustments to my surroundings and people I would interact with, but nothing that couldn’t be handled. It was there I would meet various life long friends and be taught critical lessons that would prepare me for life later on. While in college my father would take the next step and most important step by enrolling in Seminary to become a second career Pastor. This would turn out to be key in my development as a man, father, and husband. It was during college that I came into contact with a fellow brother in Christ who was fighting through the similar issues that I was going through. He became a very close friend, Godfather to my child, and spiritual inspiration to me. It was then I realized God’s plan for me, but I had other plans.

The Lord gets his points across in many ways. I wound up working for a local ISP with my close friend and another guy who would later become a friend. Now as I look back we all were on the same path followed down through the same path during college and wound up working in the same spot. How ironic is that? We all got married and had children and while we knew what God wanted from us, we went a different way.

Many of you know the troubles my family has endured through the summer of 2004 and through the Grace of God he has delivered us all intact stronger in his word. We fast forward to later April 2005 where I was admitted and spent 17 days in the hospital bed while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with me. Time in the hospital became a time to not doubt the Lord, but to thank him for all he had done. Become closer with him. I realized that if it was my time to be called home, I had failed miserably as a Christian. He delivered me and my family through the whole situation, with wounds that would heal. I never doubted the Lord or blamed him for the hospital stay. It was in his plan for me, a wake up call to get back on the path. The path has led me to coaching a boy’s basketball team at my daughter’s school, being tap to be an Elder, and the opportunity to lead the church as a chairman of the leadership board.

Well, by this time I had lost track of the number of times the song had been playing. I’m now almost in tears. I can’t believe from start to finish the examples and tools God has given to me or made available to me throughout my growth years. All of which I have I had failed to put to use to spread God’s Word. It is now I see that I’m still falling short. I feel short because of the fear that I would sacrifice being a father, a worthy husband, brother, son, and friend. Fear that I my plans for life and my aspirations weren’t going to come true. God’s work doesn’t make enough money for me to support the type of family I saw for myself. I felt if I walked the path, I would be doing it because of those who had done it before me, not because he told me to do it. Afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do all he was asking me to do. Did you catch that, all my fears and what I wanted?

It was at that moment I realized God had been answering my prayers/questions/petitions time and time again, but I couldn’t hear him. I hadn’t applied my faith to what I had learned so many years ago. Simply put it in God’s hands and he will let his Spirit work through me. He has shown me through his word how to be a Husband, Father, Brother, Son, and Friend. He has taught us how to put aside the doubts and fears. Those are seeds of sin and the Devils tools. Jesus told us about these things in the Sermon on the Mount. It was at this point this particular teaching became clear.

Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Any why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like on of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

So you see it was that day he answered my prayers. Not exactly, he has been answering my prayer and questions all along. The difference is I had finally grown spiritually enough to stop fighting his desired path for me whole-heartily. So, I guess the topic is misleading; it should be the day God communicated his plan and all my life noise didn’t distort the message.

Baptism: So easy a 6 year old gets it…

January 5, 2009

I wrote this for a newsletter a couple of years ago. Figured I would share…Enjoy

As a father many of the events in your child’s life just causes you to pause. The little things they say or do in the presence of friends and family are priceless. Last week upon returning home from basketball practice, my wife informs me of the latest eventful surprise by the children. She tells me while our girls Hannah and Hailey were taking their bath that we she heard something interesting. Our oldest, was baptizing her dolls in the bathtub. “I baptized you in the name of the Son, Father, and Holy Spirit”, proclaimed Hannah. Of course younger sister follows her older sister by doing the same with her doll.

When I found this out from Linda, I was floored. Where did this come from, I know she has heard Linda and I talk about baptism before, but nothing recently. Turns out they are covering it in school right now. So, upon her return from the school the next day, Hannah and I had a talk about what she knew about baptism. At which time in the middle of the conversation she asks, “When are we baptizing the baby in mommy’s tummy?” I simply explained that the baby needs to come out first. How could this be that our oldest at the tender age of 6 already knows that we are to go forth and baptize all nations?

I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and the fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into a barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied. “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:11-17

Baptism is not just a special church service or event, but a divine order from our Lord and a true means of Grace… One that is to be enforced until Jesus’ second coming and is to be observed by all Christians. Jesus gave us these instructions in the Great Commission…

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heave and on earth has been give to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Who should be baptized? Children? Adults? The Word of our Lord teaches us that both adults and children should be baptized, but things change a little bit. As an adult who comes to be baptized, they should obviously believe in and confess, Christ Jesus. (Acts 2:41 and Acts 8:36-38) Children are simply to be baptized if they are brought to for baptism either by their parents or by those who have guardianship over the children. (Mark 10:13-16)

So, what about that child that wasn’t baptized because the parents decided against it? As Lutherans we condemn the practice of baptizing children without the knowledge or against the will of the parents (baptism in secret).

We’ve been commanded to go forth preaching, teaching, baptizing, and making disciples of all nations. In the world today not something easily done, due to the scrutinize Christians come under. Should that stop us as Christians from doing what we have been commanded to do. NO!

I must say, when I initially heard about the latest event by the children, my chest puff up a bit. My child was applying something she had learned about Jesus. Can’t wait until the she figures out the Honor the Mother and Father portion of the Bible! 

Baptism…. So Straight forward even a 6 year old gets it.

More topics to come…

January 4, 2009

For some reason a number of topics have been coming up as of late. I’m going to have write down. Here is some of the ones to come…

1. Job – Real person or Character in a story.

2. Heaven: Has Satan returned to Heaven to meet with God over the testing of Job.

3. The importance of Biblical Hermeneutics.

4. Have we lost our focus on what is important as Christians or do we still know what is important as Christians?

5. The importance of balance between Traditional and Contemporary.

6. The Purpose Driven vs the clear examples of the Bible.

7. Do lifelong Christians not have the life changing experiences like that of Saul and new Christians who have hit rock bottom?

8. Free Will

9. Farewells , Quote to ponder…

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”

I’m blessed to be a part of three different Bible Studies at our church and it never ceases to amaze me the viewpoints fellow Christians have and where they get the info to come to those view points. I’m not saying any are wrong or right, just that I’m amazed. I will say that one of our bible studies is a open forum will anyone can throw a question or topic out to the group for discussion. Which keeps myself and the other moderator deep in study of God’s Word. It is extremely fun and enlightened when you realize you have 12-18 people come from different backgrounds and beliefs. More to come….

Road to the Seminary

January 2, 2009

I’ve been thinking about this one to share my daily emotions and preparations as it pretains to heading to seminary to become a pastor.  I need to gather my thoughts and emotions from the past couple of months first.  It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride thus far.  I’m wondering if it is really something that is worth blogging about?  What do you think?


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