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We began the first day of class in our DMin program today.

My first day of school!

My first day of school!

It’s been an exciting experience so far, but it’s been intimidating as well. Continue Reading…

A Book that Hit Me in the Gut

September 11, 2012 — 7 Comments


During this last week, I did a lot of reading. It was the most I’ve done for my Dmin yet. Cosmopolis, by Stephen Toulmin, was the longest and densest book I’ve read in a while. It was only 209 pages long, but it was a book about historical philosophy. And I wasn’t excited to read it.

Stephen Toulmin, professor of Philosophy

As I slogged through it, though, I found that it challenged a ton of my core assumptions about Christianity. Continue Reading…


Inertia – the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion.

We are inertial beings.

Notice how the dummies continue moving even when the car stops. That’s inertia at work.

Two weeks ago, I started eating my primal diet again. I started eating healthier foods back in March, but since May, I’ve been pretty inconsistent. After finishing all my traveling with vacations, summer camp, and conferences, I decided to get back on the wagon again. Continue Reading…

A Conference and A Class

August 24, 2012 — 2 Comments


Have you ever had one of those times when you’ve had a lot on your mind?

This week has been such a time for me. I was in Colorado Springs at the beginning of the week for a conference, of sorts, called “The Fellowship of Presbyterians.” On the way home and during the rest of the week, I’ve been reading my first book for my Doctorate of Ministry program at Fuller. The book is called The Sky is Falling!?!: Leadership Lost in Transition, by Alan Roxburgh.

My Friday night.

I won’t go into all the details, but I’d like to highlight some thoughts I’ve been reflecting upon from the Fellowship and this book. Continue Reading…

A Big Announcement

August 18, 2012 — 2 Comments

At the beginning of this week, I officially became a doctoral student.

This is less than a third of the books I need to read for our class in January. The rest are on my iPad.

Earlier this year, I enrolled in Fuller Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program. I applied for the Missional Leadership cohort. The program is a professional doctorate, not a PhD. I will work on this degree while continuing to work at First Presbyterian Church. Continue Reading…