Archive for March, 2008

4 Neat Women

March 30, 2008

I just had four neat women over for coffee and I had a really great time.  All in different places in life but all powerful women of God.  There’s my Pastor A who has been a great influence in my life as I have wrestled with God about my calling, the English Professor who has become a good friend and has encouraged me greatly by speaking into my life, my fellow small group member C who is a really cool gal I hope to get to know better, and my Gordonite friend R who has heavily influenced my reading list lately.  Since books have always been one of my biggest teachers, this is a large influence indeed! 

The conversation was good and ranged from the plight of women in India to women in ministry to plagiarism.  As C and A just returned from a trip to India, it was great to hear about some of the things our church may do to support the ministry going on over there.  Study Bibles for Pastors (they cost 2-3 months wages over there), Bibles for the people, funds to support their VBS, and literacy classes for women.  The literacy classes are actually for both men and women but since the women are usually the ones who are illiterate, it ministers mostly to women.

I am reading the book Celebrating Our Call and it’s really neat.  Each chapter is one woman’s story of her call to ministry.  Jane Parker Huber writes about how her mother was part of the “Committee of 100 Woman” who “gathered to consider a report on the “causes of unrest among women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”” (p. 1)  She then goes on to describe her mothers involvement and, from my perspective, how that paved the way for her involvement.  What a present to give your daughter!  It was 1880 when women were ordained as deacons, 1930 for elders, and finally in 1955 for ministers of the Word and Sacrament.  It seems unreal to me that it was only a little over 50 years ago that this all came about.  I am so thankful for all the women who have paved the way for those of us who endeavor to answer the call today.  Many who challenged the status quo of women in ministry did not live to see it’s fulfillment and many of those were undoubtedly unable to use their God given gifts to serve the Kingdom of God.  I hope their reward in heaven will be great.

We shared stories, we drank coffee, we ate biscotti, and we enjoyed being in the company of women who are called by God to be women.  It was a comfortable place.  It was a comforting place.  Thanks for a great evening ladies!

Blogging for The Presbyterian Outlook at GA | pomomusings | progressive theology & design

March 28, 2008

An official blogger for the next General Assembly.  That’s pretty cool.

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please pray

March 28, 2008

Please pray for my cousin’s wife.  She just had surgery to remove tumors from her colon and it looks like it may have spread to her liver.  I wish it were her kidneys becuase then I could give her one of mine.  My heart is breaking for her and my cousin.  She is just 29 years old.  Pray for her health.  Pray for her life. 

Try this one on for size

March 27, 2008

In my last post It’s official Lorraine posted a comment and said, “Post something about school — I love to hear about other seminaries. Although I’m Presbyterian I’m at a Methodist seminary, which makes for some interesting conversations sometimes. lol…”

Well, in light of that, I must say that I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from.  I am Presbyterian going to a Pentacostal seminary.  Yup.  That’s right Pentacostal with a capital ‘P.’  The president is overtly Pentacostal and the associated organizations are as well.  That said, I should disclaimer that with the fact that the faculty is very varied in beliefs (i.e., they are not all Pentacostals) and so are the students.  In fact one of my Pastor’s Professors from seminary is a professor there now.  So far in my classes I have not come across anything overtly Pentacostal and as I am also an employee at the same university, I go to chapel every week and it also is not overtly Pentacostal.  It actually seems more non-denominational to me.  Anyway, I will undoubtedly have much ground to make up in order to learn what I need to learn for ordination but I’ve got time and God knows what He is doing.  Plus I know for sure there are things I can learn from our Pentacostal brothers and sisters.

For all those interested, there is actually 1 of the 10 Presbyterian Seminaries that offers Distance Education.  You have to go to a two week intensive before hand, but the rest of the semester is online.  They offer Polity and Program of the PC(USA), HT 615 History and Confessions of the PC(USA), and MN 709 Worship in the Reformed Tradition to name a few.  The seminary is Debuque Theological Seminary. I am really hoping to be able to go full time at seminary after another year or two and either take some of these DE classes or maybe even go to a Presbyterian seminary for a year or two to finish up.  I’m not sure what God has in store. 

In my pastor’s easter sermon one of the points he made was how the women who went to annoint Jesus’ body asked the question, “I wonder who will move the stone for us…”  What they didn’t know is that God had already moved the stone for them.  I think this is going to be kinda like that.  God has a stone to move in my life, if you will, and it will be pretty cool I think to see how He does it.

It’s official

March 27, 2008

i’m in a funk.  it is taking me a really long time to finish things and i don’t have time for that.  i have a ton of work to do for my classes but i am constantly tired and not motivated to do what I need to do for school.  i am drained before i even start the day and i would rather read some new books i got recently or sleep or blog or…

**sigh**

i really wish the people in my life had more time for me.  and yes, that seems like it is coming out of the blue but i guess maybe me ‘funk’ is related to lack of meaningful human interaction.  the blogosphere has been kinda dry too. 

oh well.  i have the name of a guy who did my friends tattoo recently.  i didn’t get any feedback on my tattoo blog…cat got your tongue?