Whirlwind weekend

I’ve been crazy busy this weekend. But busy in a good way.

On Friday I met my niece, Violet.  She’s adorable.  We had dinner with my Brother and sister-in-law.

On Saturday I had an early breakfast with the head’s of NU’s MATC (Ron Herms) and MAML (Alan Ehler) programs, and the Provost (Jim Heugel), and my fellow College of Ministry grads.  It was a fun breakfast, and I got a very nice frame as a gift from the College of Ministry.

Then I went and graduated.  That was great.  My family was there, I could see Kathy and the kids.  It was pretty fun.  I was hooded.

Provost Jim Heugel, myself and Prof. Wally Kowalski (I gotta get some regalia like his)

It’s a pretty amazing age that we live in, as I was sitting waiting to get my hood and diploma (cover) I was able to get on facebook and see all the congrats from friends who were there and those who weren’t .  I do think it’s pretty cool how technology has enabled us to celebrate with and congratulate others immediately.

Then we went to lunch with my family and the in-laws which was really fun.

On Sunday, It was mother’s day!  My wife is awesome.  Best mom ever!

I was also preaching at All Saints on Queen Anne.  That was my fourth and final time preaching while Bill Berger has been on sabbatical.   My hope was to encourage All Saints to be sources of Joy for Bill and his family and to keep up with Bill as he runs after the vision that God has placed on his heart.

After church we had Lunch with Kathy’s family for Mother’s Day, and then last night we had Dinner with My Mom, Dad, Sister and Brother in Law.

It’s been busy around here.  Next week I’m teaching a break-out session at a Men’s Conference and preaching at Creekside.  And all this week I’m going to be focusing on writing my Thesis.  last week I wrote a 20 page rough draft for a chapter.  These week I’m hoping to do 10-15 pages of a rough draft on another chapter.  So I’ve got that going on this week.  Prayers are greatly appreciated.

Am I the lamest blogger ever?

Well maybe not, but I feel like I’ve been dropping the ball on the whole blog-o-sphere-a-verse lately.  It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks.  Jocelyn was born a little early, I started my masters degree, and I am reading like a maniac.  So when I do have free time to blog, I don’t really feel drawn to create more words.

In case you are wondering, school has been going great.  I love learning, and I love being force to learn through some sort of program.  Our first class talked about the nature of church community, and the spring of our discussion was the trinity, and the community of the trinity.  It was incredibly insightful and I posted on my twitter that it was leping me to love Jesus more.

We talked a lot about the inlfuence of Karl Barth and the Trinitarian relational model for salvation.  it went above the Calvinist and Arminian debate.  That was pretty incredible.  I’m still trying to process all of what it means and I am trying to figure out how to apply it to our church community.

tonight and tomorrow I will be in class again.  This time Interpretting the Hollywood Narrative, movies, theology, super fun times will be had by me.

Reading YEAH!!! Writing about Reading BOOO!!!

I am totally digging my pre-session reading for the two courses that I am taking this fall.  One is the meaning of Christian Community (it’s about the church) and the other is Theology and Contemporary Media (culture).  These are two of my favorite subjects to talk about, read about, think about.  But I’ve been procrastinating on my writing assignments.  The reading is great, the application is hard.  

Sounds like life, huh?

Grad School Here I Come

I got the phone call today that I was accepted to the Master of Arts in Theology and Culture program at Northwest University.  Woo-Hoo!  I had a feeling I would be accepted but now I know.  Hopefully I can get the money together some way or another.  Prayers and donations are appreciated.

One of my strengths is Learning.  When I am in an environment where I am constantly learning I feel like I can thrive in other areas.  I know this is going to be a huge time commitment but when am I not going to be less busy than I am right now?