Marshall McLuhan once said, “I have been slowly accumulating a private arsenal with every intention of using it.” Such is this blog for me. It is the accumulation of reading notes and ideas gleaned from such. McLuhan also said, “I don’t agree with everything I say.” That might apply as well.
With that said, I have been slowly decreasing the amount of content pumped into the blog as I have transitioned to a new phase in my life. This is actually good news (at least for me personally). Since February, I have transitioned in my professional work to the field of instructional technology and instructional design. This has been a big change that has required me to drastically adjust my schedule. Also, still preach at a variety of (PCA) churches nearly every Sunday. I haven’t had a Sunday off from the pulpit since March; that’s a good thing as well. This Lord’s Day, for instance, I preached at two different churches at 9 and 11am. That’s something that occurs regularly.
But, even beyond all this, and this is the point, I am resuming my graduate studies this Fall. We’ve been praying for this for the past five years and have finally found ourselves in a position for it to happen. My employer is supportive, and that helps. I’m really excited. This is the answer to numerous prayers – fasting days and sleepless nights.
For those of you unfamiliar with the process of seeking a Master of Divinity, it can be an arduous task to say the least. The degree I began seeking nearly 10 years ago, the M.Div at my particular seminary, is a 106 hour Master’s Degree along with requirements of learning the entire Westminster Shorter Catechism, gaining field experience, and passing a comprehensive Bible exam. The grading scale requires you to gain a 97% in a class to have a 4.0. I managed to finish 92 hours, pass my catechism exams, and complete my field education requirements before circumstances lead to a break in my studies.
Finally, I find myself in the position of resuming my studies and I’m extremely excited for the Fall. With that said, new content on this blog is going to continue to slow down. I will still make posts, but they will be far less frequent for the time being – at least until I get comfortable with my busier schedule. I’ve been able to balance my family and church life along with school and work pretty well for the past decade; pray for me that I’ll be able to continue to do so for the next year as I finish up the remainder of my M.Div program. I hope to begin seeking ordination after that; that’s been the goal all along, but it hasn’t been easy. I’ve sensed God’s call to the ministry of the Word since I was twenty years old, as a brand new convert, and while I’ve had God’s people regularly affirming that call on my life, it’s been a long period of testing and patience. I remain patient, but am ready to put this big step behind me.
In the past month I’ve read Tim Keller’s new book on preaching and a couple of random biographies, along with some Neil Postman. I’ve also been enjoying the late Dr. Knox Chamblin’s series of lectures on C.S. Lewis (I had the pleasure of being a student of Knox Chamblin before he passed; in fact, he is the man who turned me on to C.S. Lewis to begin with). I recommend them very highly. In the midst of all that, I’ve found very little time to write about what I’ve read and listened to. I think that’s going to continue to be the case for a while. You can probably look for me to post about once a week for the indefinite future (perhaps there will be a few spurts here and there). I’ll still respond to comments and all of my old content will remain available.
I basically just wanted to give those of you who actually read my blog regularly a heads up. Let me know going forward if there’s anything in particular that I can help you with as far as discussion; and, as always, let me know if you read something you really like and think I should read it as well. As one of my other professors used to say – pray for your brother.