A Note on Authority
I don’t consider myself an expert on any any of the topics we’re going to delve into here. I’m not a theologian trained or an ordained member of the clergy, which makes this blog a bit complicated. You see, I firmly believe in an educated clergy speaking from a position of knowledge, experience and denominational tradition. I have none of these things in their entirety. Yet. So take everything I say on here with a grain of salt. Remember that I’m only an undergraduate writing about his thoughts and about the things he sees in the Church and in everyday life. If my arguments come off as half-cocked or poorly organized, remember I’m still learning. If I revise my positions, it’s not because I enjoy waffling on issues, but because I have become more fully educated in a subject than I was before. If my lack of experience with actual pulpit ministry makes me sound foolish, remember that I’ve never been ordained. I cannot offer you all the answers, or even most of the questions. I can only use the brain God has given me to think deeply about the issues that I find both uplifting and disturbing in the world I inhabit and the Church I hope to serve. So take these words for what you will. Read, comment, and respond. Engage me in dialogue or debate. Disagree with me. Call me out. Help me learn more. Just remember that I’m not the final authority on any of these matters, and that I’m only a clergyman-in-training.