Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Keeps on going and going…

Once again, I’m living life during the longest 2 weeks of my life. Funny how there can be multiple “longest 2 weeks of my life” but there can. I’m back at school for 2 weeks taking 2 classes. They’re called modules. I’ve done these 2 week classes before, but only one class during the 2 weeks… so, I think it’s safe to say that although I’ve done the module before, this time is the longest 2 weeks of my life.
The days seem to just keep going and going. I have given up looking at the clock. The clock seems to just remind me in the morning how I’ll be sitting there for many hours to come, and in the evening that I’ll be returning again in the morning. But, what adds to the excitement of it all isn’t the 8.5 hours of lecture each day with a 45 min commute to school from where I’m staying. No, it’s that it has started to snow AGAIN.
Yes. It’s snowing and I’m the supper smart kid who only brought flip flops and Birkenstocks to the Midwest in January. I had to make a hard phone call today. I called my wife to let her know I was gonna buy a pair of shoes. Yes, yes, she did prod me to bring a pair with me as we packed. But, being the lover of open toed shoes that I am, I rebelled. As I sit in the library awaiting my next class all I can think of is the excruciatingly long days which are my life.
To be honest, all I’m waiting for now is that little bunny’s batteries to run out…Saturday morning at 10:38am.

Monday, January 29, 2007


I’m currently taking 2 classes at NTS. I know this shouldn’t be a big deal. I mean, this is my fourth year here. I lived in KS for 5 yrs, and attended NTS for 3 of those. So, yeah, I’ve been working on my M-Div for a while… "what lots of people go to school for 6 years!"
If you had asked me my thoughts and feelings regarding the M-Div and NTS prior to last week, I would have laughed. Pretty much have been feeling that my master’s work does not reflect much upon the field of ministry that I am heading into. From my perspective, the M-Div is very much “senior” pastor driven. To be honest, if I’d known what I know now when I started at NTS I certainly wouldn’t have chosen the master’s which requires 90 credits to graduate… most are 45.
However, this past week, for whatever reason, I’ve found myself being grateful for the time I’ve spent at NTS. I’ve found myself reflecting on the ways that each class, some for the better and others for the worse, have shaped who I am. The last 3 years I spent in KS gave me a different understanding of my faith and how best to live it out.
So, although I know I could have gotten a different Master’s and finished 2 years ago, I am still grateful for the education – in a field I have little intention of pursuing (senior pastorate) – that I have received over the last 4 years.
Although I might recant later, I am grateful for what NTS does within our Church and local communities.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

my first

This is my first time. Yes, can you believe it? I'm 26 and this is my first time riding... or maybe walking, this path. I've only barely started to read blogs, and here I am - someone who doesn't even like to write my thoughts down - starting a blog.

If, by chance you're one who reads this from time to time, welcome. Thanks for journeying this walk with me.