It’s been a little while since I have written something on here, but I wanted to provide an update, and a hope for this blog moving forward.
First, a major moment occurred for me in December of 2017. I graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree. It took 3.5 years, and now looking back on this side of that season, it was well worth it. I’m grateful to God for the sweet season of theological education. I’ve grown as a disciple of Jesus, a husband, and a pastor, and have done so in ways I did not anticipate going into seminary. So that is done. The question of a doctorate has come up in conversation with others, including my professors, family, and friends. Certainly, I will be taking 2018 off from formal academic pursuits. I may, however, apply for admission to several doctoral programs and see what opportunities the Lord provides. Again, as of right now, seminary is finished, and we (my family) are rejoicing!
Second, another major moment has occurred in recent days. I have recently accepted the invitation to be the Senior Pastor at Freedom Fellowship in White Pine. We are in the process of that transition. I resigned from Crossroads after 14 great months there. It was bittersweet as my wife and I have grown to love deeply those brothers and sisters there. God, in his Providence, which is far beyond my ability to understand, orchestrated various events and encounters with people that led to us come to Freedom. I was introduced Sunday January 14, 2018, and will begin my ministry at Freedom on the 21st of January. We are thankful for the Spirit’s leading, and the grace and mercy of Jesus in all of this.
Third, 2017 was a tough year family-wise. There were some major health issues in my wife’s family. It’s been yet a season where the presence and power of Jesus was known and brought about tremendous comfort.
In light of the above, there should be some margin to pick up writing on this blog more. Yes, I know. “You’ve said that before.” Hopefully, now that I’m done with seminary I can make good on writing more regularly — perhaps shorter posts once or twice a week.
God is good. The grace of Jesus is enough. In all things, we rejoice and are thankful.