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Should I Enroll in Seminary?

Some denominations, specifically those with a more centralized governing structure, require a seminary degree prior to ordination to ministry. Baptist churches, and those in the baptistic tradition, lacking any centralized denominational authority, leave ordination to the decision of local churches. 1,465 more words

Theological Education

Priesthood Anniversary Homily

I hate preaching about myself.  But today it seems like the Lord is practically begging me to do it.  Roman Missal has a special set of prayers for the priest to use, especially on his anniversary.  469 more words


Book Review: In Search of Buddha's Daughters by Christine Toomey

“The difference between a path and a road is not only the obvious one. A path is little more than a habit that comes with knowledge of a place.

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The Women’s Ordination Debate: Why Both Sides Have Handled It Wrong

The following was written in 2009 on my old blog Agostinal Reflections. It’s been revised to account for dead links in the original, and to record changes in my own stance toward the issue at hand. 3,281 more words

Prayer for His Priest

In honor of the ordination day and the anniversaries of a handful of closest friends…

Today, Lord

Take his head, Lord

in your Sacred Hands, 329 more words


Crozier Complete

Once Bishop Johnston was named the new bishop of our diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, I decided to work on a wooden crozier for him. When he was ordained bishop in 2008 for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, I made him a crozier which was gifted to him on behalf of our seminary college. 109 more words

Daily Life

The Way Forward

The Way Forward proposed by the Council of Bishops at General Conference potentially provides a way to deepen the dialogue within the United Methodist Church on matters of human sexuality. 407 more words