Ordination Blog

Several events have come up where I can see that I need to be ordained. I need to have some backing behind my name so that I can walk into a congregation or a group and they’ll know that I’m orthodox, or at least I’m backed by people that are the same kind of orthodox as they are in a few points.

As I was preparing to figure out how to make this happen, I began to look into what it means to be ordained. One aspect of it is showing that you are educated in the Word, that you know and understand the Bible in a manner that you can teach, discern, and represent Christ in a great way. Another part of that is delving into church history and tradition and understanding classical fields of study such as Ecclesiology (study of the church), Bibliology (study of the Bible) and Pneumatology (study of the Holy Spirit). Some of that sounds good to me, some of it sounds like a bunch of nonsense.

At the same time, finished the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. Near the end, he says that the main point of a resume is to show how you are just like everyone else. It’s a form of showing your achievements in a bland, lifeless, search-bot friendly manner so you can be weeded out.

This is the opposite of that. This is where I’m going to go after some heady stuff, wring out the scriptures, and look at all of the drippings. I’m putting it here because it’s easier to collect in a single place and because, someday, I might ask some guys to look at it so they may consider laying hands on me and standing behind me.

WCAGLS14: Bryan Loritts, Sacrificial Leadership

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So I must have gotten stuck from Susan Cain, because I had some trouble listening through this one too. BUT this guy brought all kinds of scripture and had some awesome connections, especially at the very end. I’m not sure if he was trying to show his authority by quoting so many people or if he wanted us to look all of those people up, but in my ADHD every time he mentioned an author’s name I veered from whatever point he was trying to make. It was kind of like listening to footnotes interrupt while listening to an audio book.

His story about giving up his diamond class ticket so that he could sit with his wife was awesome. He didn’t change his status, he just gave up the comforts of his seat so that he could be with his wife. Then he pointed to Phil 2 where Jesus gave up all of his honor so that He could be with us. Totally awesome stuff.


WCAGLS14: Susan Cain, Challenging the Extrovert Ideal

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I have a lot of extra thoughts and commentary, but they aren’t really on this topic. There were two speakers that were obviously spiritual, but not Christian, and that rubbed me the wrong way. I wrote in my review survey that either have profound topics by secular people or any topics from Christian speakers, but don’t have spiritual speakers that will refer to other spirits in their talk, especially if the content isn’t earth-shattering. She wasn’t as bad as the other speaker that referred to multiple people inside of her, but I had some trouble with this one.

It was also kind of awkward, immediately after what my wife called an “Amway talk” to sing a song about YOU YOU YOU. My church paradigm knew we were singing to God, but the content of the talk with the song following kind of felt like we were singing an anthem to ourselves. We can accomplish anything. We can do it if we believe in ourselves! Now let’s sing, “you you you”

Maybe it was just me being a curmudgeon.



WCAGLS14: Jeffrey Immelt interview on leadership

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This guy works 80 hours a week as the CEO of GE.

One of my favorite things about this talk was bugging Greg Allen, who used to be a GE contractor.



WCAGLS14: Carly Fiorina’s talk on Defining Leadership

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Here are my notes from Carly Fiorina’s talk entitled: Defining Leadership. Even though I have some commentary on the secularity of the Global Leadership Summit, this was a good talk and there were some very good points in here.





WCAGLS14: Bill Hybels’ Opening Talk

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Here are my notes from the opening session at the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit.

It was Bill Hybels and it was a good talk. wcaglssession1.jpg




After this my word of the day was QUEEN-FREAKIN-MARY although I was convinced that I was going to slip at some point.

Sneak peak, WCAGLS notes coming soon.

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Of course you know I’m worrying too much about how to present my notes.

It was a knock-off Moleskine and a G2 or a purple 2 headed Sharpie most of the day today. Stay tuned for my summaries.


Ark of the Covenant with a Three Day Lead: the Trinity in Numbers

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Numbers 10:

33 So they set out from the mount of the Lord three days’ journey. And
the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them three days’
journey, to seek out a resting place for them.

34 And the cloud of the
Lord was over them by day, whenever they set out from the camp.

35 And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Arise, O Lord, and let
your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee before

36 And when it rested, he said, “Return, O Lord, to the ten
thousand thousands of Israel.”

As Israel wanders in the desert, it’s another part of the Bible where actual historical events are happening and in a bigger picture it’s a forecast of our life in Christ.

Here are half a million people, wandering towards a destination that they have heard of but not visited. They are led by a god that they are still becoming acquainted with.

Then comes this line

“The ark of the covenant of the Lord when before them three days’ journey, to seek out a resting place for them.” Numbers 10:33

At the last supper, Jesus told the disciples,

“There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too.” John 14:2-3 NET

So Jesus is going ahead of us, to prepare a place for us, just like the ark of the covenant went three day’s journey ahead of the Israelites to seek out a resting place for them! Oh yes, and Jesus was in the grave for how many days? Three. Three days ahead of us to prepare a resting place for us in an unknown land.

And there is one more cool bit. He didn’t leave the Israelites alone and unprotected. The ark didn’t go on without them with nothing left behind to guide them.

There was a pillar of fire in the night and a pillar of smoke and clouds during the day. It says that this was their protection and their guide as they traveled. It is also referred to as the Presence of the Lord.

On the day of Pentecost, God sent His Holy Spirit onto the disciples and it looked like fire. From then on those that believe in Jesus, that have left their life of unbelief (like the Hebrews left Egypt) are filled with the Holy Spirit to guide them and protect them as they go through life!

So here it is, like so many other places in Numbers, where the entire Christian life is laid out. Jesus has gone before us, God the Father oversees us and guides us, and the Holy Spirit is within and among us.

Sermon on Acts 3

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I was moved this past week by the way Peter says “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” This is what I had to say at Westminster about Acts 3.

Easter Vigil at St. Ben's

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Two of my sons and I went to the Easter Vigil with our community. It was good and brought up a lot of great conversation before and afterward- and a couple hilarious statements. I told my 11 year old that I was proud of him for staying awake to the very end, and he said, “Yeah, especially with the pope talking in his lullaby voice.”

I had to correct them about 286 times that this was the Bishop and not the Pope. I’m still not sure they get that part.

The other great part is when you are sitting there with kids that have memorized all of the books of the Bible and the first reading is from Genesis, then the 2nd reading is from Exodus, and then their eyes get real big. “Are they going to read from every book of the Bible tonight!?” one of them asked me the first time we went.

Here was the noteworthy quote from the night. I’m not sure if Bishop Thompson was saying it himself or if he was still quoting the Pope, but it’s good and true whoever said it:

all who evangelize are instruments of resurrection power.