‘Do the Church’
s of 10 a.m., May 21, 2016, I am officially a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. My degree, which sounds a little pretentious, is a Master of Divinity. Who would have thought I would be gearing up to work in a church? It’s still funny telling people I want to engage in ministry as a career, especially when I talk about it with some of my high school friends. Never in a million years did I think this would be the path I would take. Apparently, no one else did either— except for God. I had no expectation of getting 18
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into Princeton. I’m a pastor’s kid (PK) with a business degree from a small liberal arts school in the South. Even more so, I’m a Vineyard guy with little experience in theology and especially Reformed theology, so I thought Princeton probably wouldn’t want someone like me. But I applied and was accepted almost two weeks before I graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Lumped Into Dad’s Calling
Not only am I a PK, but I’m a fourth-generation PK, so you might say I grew up in the church.
My parents planted a church in Clearwater, Florida, and we were there about 10 years when my dad received a call to be the associate pastor at a Newport Beach, California, church. A little over a year later, we got ready to move again because my dad believed God was calling him to get back into church planting. At the time, I was a little upset with my father. I remember when he came into my room to tell me we were moving again. “Didn’t you hear from God the first time?” I asked. I harbored negative feelings toward c h ar ism asb est . com
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