Saturday, April 15, 2006

Prayer Request

I am currently a seminarian at a Presbyterian school and yet I do not feel (I may be entirely wrong) that the gospel and/or the words of Christ are taken very seriously but are more just things for topical discussion and philosophical arguments. I have recently been questioning the validity of many of my long held-at least in thought-beliefs about Presbyterianism. I have found in speaking to Lutheran friends and reading Lutheran tracks and studying Luther's own writings that I may be finding a spiritual pull towards Lutheranism. I would like a prayer of guidance that the Holy Spirit may lead me and that through words of our saviour Jesus Christ I may be led to where it is Christ wants me to be in him.


Gannet Girl said...

I have read this post a couple of times and I wanted to add a comment, since no one else has.

Questioning is a GOOD thing. It would be a terrible shame and waste for you to attend graduate school without immersing yourself in questions and doubt and exploration. You will emerge a much finer pastor for the process.

I see from your previous post that you and I are probably on opposite sides of the fence on certain issues. But that doesn't matter. The important thing is that the choices you make -- social, political, theological, denominational -- are based on careful reflection and analysis and the prayer that accompanies them.

Enjoy this opportunity. Revel in the intellectual and spiritual discomfort. 25 years from now when you are working 24/7 and feeling drowned by college tuitions, you will be grateful to have had the opportunity.

Chocolate ice cream might help, too. :)

Anonymous said...

I recommend smoking a good pipe...

The Lutherans are great, but they are in the same boat as us. There will be no peace in the ELCA either.

I'll pray that you find the only peace that can be had---in a Sovereign God who ordains what is right and turns all evil ultimately for our good.

Blessings to you and your family in this difficult journey.

Rev. Chuck Huckaby said...

Dear Backwoods Seminarian,

I feel that tug myself.

Yet ultimately, I landed on a Mercersburg position of Nevin/Schaff where I can affirm the wonders of Luther, but not have to - as I feel I would - the doctrine of the covenant which I sense Lutheranism's law/gospel distinction does. It's a fine schema for preaching and counseling, but I've never seen it do justice to the flow of biblical theology.

Email if you want to talk...