I am writing to share that – if you saw it about a week ago (if you are an FB friend) – Debbie posted that it’s true, we have started the packing process in preparations to move yet again. August 14th 2015 will be my last day of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education of which I was in the year long Chaplain Resident program) and will be released from Vidant on the 26th of August (per contract). I have been applying for Chaplain positions all over the country and have had a couple of interviews but nothing has been offered as of yet. Many know we have moved a lot (this is our 10th or 11th move – most have been involuntary). We came to North Carolina because we believed the Lord had called us to, so we followed. That didn’t work out like we had thought it would. It is not our desire to continue moving from place to place to place. I am grateful for my time in CPE and hope it can help us find a place we can be and live and pursue God’s calling on our lives (as I hope we all do in one form or another). I am asking for prayer support as we continue to seek the Lord for his direction and wait for the next open door as we pursue his calling.
Thanks in advance and blessings.
Sharing a video here with Craig Keener talking about ministry before a Holy God:
if you like Galatians and you like Dog Moo’s work you may well enjoy his lectures on the book of Galatians!
Part of the challenge of ableism* as a worldview is that it is often difficult to distinguish what the Bible says from how the Bible has been received, what our religious traditions say about it, and how we have been taught to interpret it. This means that we’ll often presume out normate understandings of the Bible are exactly what the biblical authors intended to communicate to us. The task before us, then, is to apply a hermeneutics of suspicion not necessarily to the biblical text but to our own traditions of interpretation that have taught us how to read it. The goal is to question our own presuppositions about disability in order to see afresh how the Bible is and can be good news not only for people with disabilities but also for socieities with people across the spectrum of abilities (12).
*ableism names the discriminatory attitudes, negative stereotypes, and sociopolitical and economic structures and institutions that together function to exclude people with disabilities from full participation in society (11).
-Amos Yong (The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God. Eerdmans, 2011)