Virtues & Vices

I am less than 72 hours (assuming all goes according to schedule) from completing all of my Masters of Divinity course work at Campbell.  I will probably be awake for more of that 72 hours than I would like.  Please pray for those around me.  Pray that I would be more virtuous than vicious as I process my time at Campbell and finish up my last few writing assignments, particularly my final paper for the Virtues & Vices course.

If you are considering theological education, please add Campbell Divinity School to your list of schools to consider.  Campbell Divinity School has blessed me with some of the greatest friends and mentors.  I have been challenged, encouraged, and empowered to persevere in life and in ministry.  They genuinely adhere to their model of being “Christ centered, Bible based, and ministry focused.”  And in the words of one of our professors, “It’s worth a life!”

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Graduation

Folks, I want to explain that end of semester of preparations toward graduation has hindered me from blogging as regularly as I would like.

May 9th is graduation.  I will have completed all of the requirements from my Masters of Divinity degree from Campbell University Divinity School, and my classmates and I will celebrate our accomplishments as well as celebrate God’s sustaining grace to bring us to this point on our journeys.

However, finishing up my journey at Campbell is bittersweet.  I find myself quite nostalgic these days.  I entered Campbell in 2005 as a naive, fearful freshman, and now nine years later, I thank God for continuing to carry me on this journey. 

To those, both near and far, present and part of my great cloud of witnesses, thanks for your encouragement, accountability, and love. I am blessed with awesome friends, family, and husband, and my accomplishment is as much theirs as it is mine.

Now I must get back to end of semester assignments.  

Godspeed to you as you continue following God’s path for your life!

Unified in Heaven

In heaven, I am thankful that we will not be segregated into our denominational and theological allegiances.  There I will be worshiping God beside folks who disagree with me with theologically.  

Why are we not trying to get along with those folks right now?  Or we just going to wait until to heaven to get to know them?  Are we still going to let our differences divide us rather than provide us with different perspectives?  

The amount of “us” and “them” verbiage in the previous paragraph makes me nauseous.  Ephesians 4:3-6 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (emphasis mine)  Can we strive for oneness more than we strive to be right?  Yes, share your convictions and stand firm in what you believe.  However, consider what you say and how you say it before you speak.