Elena and I moved to Tennessee twelve years ago and I finished my bachelors degree at Middle Tennessee State University. Since then I’ve been able to work in the music industry for nine years and have loved it. I’ve been very fortunate to meet some fantastic people and have had the privilege to work some amazing tours and events including cruising the Caribbean! For the past four years I’ve been touring with my old college mates from Mobile Alabama, Big Daddy Weave. It really has been the experience of a lifetime. But, my family’s needs are changing and the desire to be closer to home and church has become more pressing.
The thought of going to seminary has been in the back of my head for a long time. I just never thought it was something I’d actually do, but the Lord has certainly changed that. The decision has been an interesting one to wrestle with because of the obvious question most people ask, ‘are you called to be a pastor?’. The answer to that question is a fluid one, I’m open to where the Lord leads.
I do recognize a need. First, understanding the truth of scripture is needed today just as much as in any other time. Scripture has fallen on hard times in our post modern society. Post modernism is rampant in the church and Scripture is striped of its meaning and power by our feelings and our own preconceived ideas. The Westminster Confession of Faith says of Scripture, ‘The authority of Scripture for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God.’
Secondly, the visible church needs to once again be seen for what scripture says it is, Christ’s Church. Again, the Westminster Confession of Faith describes the church as, ‘the body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.‘ Eph 1:23. Further, ‘Unto this visible Church Christ hath given the ministry, the oracles, and ordinances of God, and the gathering and perfecting of the saints.’ We need to remind ourselves of this again and again. The church is the body of Christ and the fullness of Christ. We are not filled and built up on our own in isolation, but we are filled up by Christ in his church in the ordinary gathering and fellowship of Christ’s body.
So, we’ll see. There is a lot to do, a lot to learn, and a long way to go. Thanks for reading and I’ll ask for prayer again for energy and focus as this journey begins.