Category Archives: Ordination

What Does It Mean to Be Presbyterian?

[Part IV of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] To modify a famous quote often applied to the state of Texas, “I wasn’t born a Presbyterian, but I got here as fast as I could.” That said, … Continue reading

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Jesus, Technology, and the Church

[Part III of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] In my personal statement of faith, I make an interesting word choice in describing the methodology of Christ:  I refer to him as “using the technology…of his day … Continue reading

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My Personal Statement of Faith (for now…)

[Part II of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] I trust in one God who is the creator and sustainer of all worlds. I trust—even when I do not necessarily understand—that this one God is also somehow … Continue reading

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Christian Vocation in the Reformed Tradition

[Part I of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] I have long believed that all of God’s children are called, as related by the Westminster Confession, out of that state of sin and death in which they … Continue reading

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Increedulous

In my Church History class, we have recently moved from the early era of the persecuted church into the era of the church-in-bed-with-the-empire.  This also happens to be the era of creeds.  I get the sense that for many, this … Continue reading

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Daddy, Is Jesus God?

People have started wars, split churches, and even been burned at the stake over this simple question casually posed to me by my three year old son last night at dinner. “Daddy, is Jesus God?” It would have been easy … Continue reading

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Naked Brutal Honesty

You may remember me ranting about a psychological evaluation I had to undergo a few weeks ago, as part of my journey to become an ordained Presbyterian minister. I still think the pre-meeting questions were insanely long and inquisition-like, but … Continue reading

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