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Who is your favorite United Methodist?

Well mine certainly isn't Dubya... but I bring this up for further discussion...

Maybe my youth pastor was on to something with Discipleman... Superhero? or influential Methodist???

I'm working on a couple of posts about United Methodists and Emergent, hopefully I'll get those written up tomorrow.

Yesterday our new families really showed some interest in starting a Bible Study. Last year I had mixed success with that, but maybe I can do something better this year. They were actually really interested in the differences between Catholicism and being Protestant. They also wanted to make sure that we UMs were Christian. I'm wondering if the distinction that I ran into in Costa Rica also plays out here in Albuquerque where you're either "Catholic" or "Christian" which is anything that isn't Catholic. I'll be diving in to that question further as I continue in discussions with them. It was fun to map out a brief history of Christianity and to help them understand some basic ideas of biblical interpretation. I only had 10 minutes to do so, but it was fun and they all seemed really interested which of course gets me fired up as well.

Sometimes I wonder if I should just jump in the teaching world as far as theology and religious history is concerned, other days I feel like maybe I should be looking into public interest law, still other days I know that pursuing a degree from a seminary is where I should be headed next. I feel like I am overwhelmed with opportunities and decisions to make over the next year. Please be in prayer as I work towards discernment.
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1 Comments:

lara,
I am encouraged by the number of people who are entering seminary just as a way to integrate their faith before they enter some other profession. I am encouraged because of what they will bring to thier ministry as they work and live; and their involvement in local churches in the years to come. (somehow that sentance doesn't sound quite ... normal).
anyway, keep searching, questioning and growing, and don't worry so much about the destination as the journey (OK, OK I guess being 50 now I have to say, don't confuse means for ends).
Craig

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:39 AM  

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