Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Oil and Washington

I don't get political very often because too many people do that with their blogs. But in this case, I think this video is pretty telling.

A Big Change

Many of you know that I'm the "youth director" at our church while working at WVU and studying as well. Obviously, I would like to serve in the pastoral ministry at some point and last week, I am happy to say, that some point is coming soon. I got a promotion of sorts, from youth director to assistant pastor of youth. It is still part-time, which is perfect for our situation, but the key is that I will take ordination exams in the coming few months, and if I pass, I will be ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

There's a lot of hard work that goes into this. To show that I understand hermeneutics, I need to repolish and turn in an exegetical paper and a theological paper from my seminary days. In addition, I will take five written exams: theology, English Bible, church history, church government and sacraments. After that, I will meet with a committee of pastors and elders, who will give me an oral exam, mostly based upon questions I didn't do so well on in my written exams, and in other areas. If I do well enough, I will go before the Presbytery for a "floor exam," meaning anyone out of the 40-100 pastors/elders there could ask me a question. After that, they will be subjected to a 20 minute sermon by me, and then (hopefully) approve me. Then, a few weeks later, we will have an ordination and instillation service at church and I will officially be Reverend Bobby G. ., though I will still be the same person and could care less about the title.

I realize that many may read this process and think it's too cerebral. Why should anyone be tested so thoroughly because ministry is about people, not knowledge. To that I say that I understand, but the exams will not simply be academic, but also have many, many ministry type questions. Saint Peter said that we must be ready to answer for the hope we have in Christ. I think a vetting process like this is a good process. I know pastoral work isn't about who is the smartest, but I also think that if we want our accountants, attorneys, doctors and mechanics to be "tested," shouldn't we want the same from our ministers? It seems reasonable to me that a minister should be tested for their knowledge, not to show off, but to insure they can answer basic questions concerning the Faith.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

OU-Texas can be dangerous and expensive!

UT Fan Sues OU Fan & Restaurant

A football fan who says he was attacked in an Oklahoma City bar after being heckled for wearing a Texas Longhorns shirt is suing the bar and an Oklahoma Sooners fan for more than $100,000.

Brian Thomas alleges in a suit filed Thursday that he was left with "serious, painful and potentially permanent" injuries after Allen Michael Beckett grabbed his groin and refused to let go in a bloody skirmish last year.

Beckett, 54, is scheduled to go on trial in December on a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery. He maintains he was defending himself from Thomas at Henry Hudson's Pub in June 2007.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

One of these days

I'll actually attend the PCA General Assembly. Maybe next year? Who knows? I've had such a hectic work schedule over the past 4 years that it's been improbable. Until then, I'll watch it on the live webcast when I'm not at work.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Note to Self

Don't take 3 summer classes at the same time while working two jobs.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

If you read one book this year

I recommend Tim Keller's The Reason For God. I know I mentioned it a couple times in February, but I've read it at least once and some parts several times. It's well-written and thought provoking.

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