One month

I received word this week that my interview with the Board of Ordained Ministry will be Feb. 15.

Thank you for your prayers.

I look forward to returning to my blog after that date, whatever the outcome.

Not gone yet

I’ve not been very busy on the blog recently, to say the least.

It has been a rather busy season in my life, so that it part of it. The other part is that on Nov. 1 I submitted my final paperwork for commissioning as an elder in the United Methodist Church. I won’t have my interviews until Feb. 15 or 16, but it feels like this is a time when I need to be reflective and quiet as the members of the Board of Ordained Ministry receive and consider my papers and discern my fitness for full-time ministry in our denomination.

I will be back. I pray your Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany are times of hope, blessing, and revelation.

The creeds – a view from the pew

One of the great things about writing a blog is that people write comments on it that teach you things.

In the midst of the current Methoblog flurry about the creeds of the church, I wanted to highlight this comment from the pew by one of my frequent comment writers:

A practical view from the pew: After a life time of reciting the Apostle’s Creed, I came to the point as an adult that I realized I did not truly understand what I was saying “I believed”. Unfortunately hard on the heels of that realization, things went south for me at church and I ended up distancing myself from it. I finally stumbled on the Heidelberg Catechism and three books about it that fleshed out the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments and The Lord’s Prayer. Over a space of a few days Christianity went from feeling like rocket science to being simply unfathomable and “even I” was folded into God’s story of salvation. I was left wondering why nobody had never shared this information before.

Bottom line is, clergy and theologians tend to over think things when it comes to creeds. Reality is, reciting a creed every Sunday has a practical use for the person in the pew if it is fleshed out elsewhere. It is a very good “jumping off spot”. And, when fleshed out properly, the Apostle’s Creed is very much a Trinitarian creed.

On the road

I find myself in the middle of my life on an unexpected journey to a destination I do not know. Unlike Dante, I don’t have Virgil at hand to guide me. I’m praying for Jesus to find me on the way.

I won’t be blogging for a while.

Travelling mercies to you.

Labor Day break

School starts again. Summer ends. Lots of stuff going on. Blogging will be scarce for several days.

Grace and peace.

CPE & VBS blog break

A combination of CPE and VBS mean your friendly neighborhood blogger has little time for writing. (Or explaining mysterious abbreviations.)

I’ll see you all next week.