Author - joel-usina

Ponderings About Preaching

I’ve been reflecting upon an experience that my wife, Abbie, and I had not too long ago. I serve as a Youth Pastor at a church in Dunn, NC, called Stoney Run, which is a part of the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist (PFWB) denomination. Every...

Fall, In Line

It’s hard to imagine that I’m already buying books for the fall semester. Don’t get me wrong, I have come to thoroughly enjoy, and, even get excited about, buying books (endless thanks to God for the opportunity and the means!)...

Summer Stunner

Over the course of the seventeen years that I have been in school, I have never taken any summer classes. Well, my streak is over. Not only am I taking classes right now, I’m taking 9 hours worth. That’s a hefty load to carry during the...

Am I in Limbo

Do any other seminarians ever feel as if your time in seminary is (or was) a sort of limbo (not “limbo” as in the Roman Catholic doctrine)? An in between stage? Or, perhaps a combination of the two? Well, if you do (or did), then...

Tradition as Tutor

“…[A]ll understanding, whether of history, art, or the Bible, is attainable only within a tradition. A tradition imbues its sons with a conceptual framework and interpretive horizons. A tradition provides its adherents with the questions...

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