Life Update!!!

Wow, it has been a terribly long time since I have written. This will not be about anything but a bunch of lame excuses why I haven't written:

  • I started seminary::: This is a very important step in my calling. In case one doesn't know, I have felt a very grand call to the ministry as a shepherd and teacher. This call has both a very specific and general origin. The specific is as I have understood Christ's personal revelation in my life. The general is as my heart is ripped from me at the suffering of people, both from the disease of mass poverty all the way from the lost and empty realities of the comfortable. I have been a Local Ministerial Candidate. This is where the local church oversees my maturation. I just became a Conference Ministerial Candidate. This is the same as LMC but mentored at a broader level and more responsibility. The next is Ordained Elder, which is fancy talk for a legitimate pastor. To be here, I can take different paths. I chose seminary with more mystically divine revelation and my love for academia. This path requires that I get my Masters of Divinity (M.Div). This is a Masters that takes at least three years (96 units). I am doing the ExL program through Asbury Theological Seminary. This allows me to do 2/3 of the degree online. The other third I will complete by going out to week long intensives. It will probably take me 5 years, although I am really pushing for 4 years. This completed degree along with 4 years full time ministry experience will be my fulfilled requirements and I will an Minister.
  • Erin & I ARE PREGNANT::: Yeah, that's right. I can't believe it. I am overwhelmed and so excited. My heart has already been given over to the idea and I can't wait. I am scared and elated. Christ is good! Here are the specs:: We are, as of today, September 18, 15 weeks and 2 days, which means 24 weeks 5 days left. That puts our due date at March 10, 2010. We do not want to know the sex of the baby. Everyone has an opinion legitimated posthumously by good logic, but our minds are made up. We want to be surprised. I have made some videos for the occasion.
Here is the announcement to the church: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhgVjLbir0s

Here is the remainder of the sonogram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z85pyPm4goc

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