Monday, May 19, 2008

Been a while: Brief Update & Ordination

So it's been quite a while since I've posted. Things are as crazy as ever with the three kids and the church community. But life is good.

Perhaps the two or three of you who might actually check this thing can notice a few changes around the site. One, I have the URL now (thanks to J-Twitch) The old address will still work too. I hope to add to the links across the top as time goes on. We'll see...

In other news, Meghan and I get to go away alone for three days and two nights this week. North Street gave us a gift certificate, and we're hitting up The Maine Stay in Kennebunkport, ME. We're really looking forward to it.

And then next week I'll be ordained by the New England District Church of the Nazarene (pending GS approval...hehe...). It's been no secret here on this my site, on other blogs, and at that I have in the past and still do differ with some aspects of the Church of the Nazarene. However, it's taken me three years of seminary and almost five years in full-time ministry to decide that even with such variances, I believe that I can make a beneficial impact in the small corner of the Kingdom of God called the Church of the Nazarene.

Even still, that doesn't completely dispell a slight nervousness that I have in knowing that as I kneel down next Saturday, May 31st for ordination in the CotN, there is an implication to many that I'm swallowing the Manual whole. It's the future disagreements that make me slightly nervous. However, I'm quick to point out that when a resolution to change an aspect of the Manual fails at our General Assembly, no one's asking for the credentials of those who voted on the failing side.

To clarify, I uphold the Articles of Faith (though I'd change some wording). I actually really value our Articles of Faith - I think they're worthy. But there are other areas of the Manual that I find disagreeable, but not enough to make me feel like I can't support the CotN, all "in spirit and in truth" (see John 4:24).

I value much of the tradition of the Church of the Nazarenes. Our roots move me. The dedication of many to compassion inspire me. There are leaders in spotlight positions from whom I have benefited, demonstrating to me great humility and leadership. And I am excited about what the CotN is doing locally (near me). I am excited about North Street, though I've for sure learned that community is a long, hard road.

Anyway, I wanted to fire this blog up again. We'll see if it takes me ten months to post again.


  1. Hey Jeremy,

    You probably didn't realize but I do read your blog and have been keeping you and your family in prayer. So congrats on the kids (if I haven't said it already) and also congrats on seminary and ordination. It is great to see another brother in Christ committed to the Gospel message. Truly, amen and amen! Community is very tough. You are in my prayers. Praying the Lord blesses your ministry!

    JOnathan Gough

  2. Jeremy, I'm grateful you will be ordained tomorrow. Just wish I could be there. And I do appreciate your rationale. I agree with it. Good to have fellow traveller on the road!


  3. Nice Pic!



    One small child on our district asked what happened when her father got ordinated.

    He decided that it must be when you get marinated in the Holy Spirit.

  4. I'd love to be there tomorrow morning, Jeremy, to lay my hands on you with the elders. I'm scheduled to celebrate communion at Andrew and Joline's wedding later in the day, and don't trust me level of energy to do both. But I am proud of you, and thank the Lord for your honest and gifted ministry. God bless you and Meghan and your three children. Welcome to the fellowship of elders.
    Russell Metcalfe, Jr.
    Falmouth, MA

  5. congrats on the ordination jeremy! it's good to hear all is well my friend. i look forward to reading what you have to say more often.