Theological reflection proved to be one of the significant formative exercises during my time in seminary. Professors pressed students to “think theologically.” Case studies presented during a Christian Ministry course exposed us to the complexities of pastoral ministry. After reading the conversation between a chaplain and a terminal patient we were asked to write a “theological reflection” paper exploring the themes present in the conversation.
These written exercises combined with hospital visits and conversations with my mentor Dr. Davis illustrate how we are often formed after serving. In other words, thinking about “what we just experienced” forces us to connect our thinking about God and life in intense ways.
One year ago our church, Snow Hill, made a shift in thinking and practice. Spurred by the transforming experience of feeding people living on the streets in OKC and attempting to answer the question “In what way have we impacted our community with the Kingdom of God?”, we set aside the kind of thinking that suggests when the Christians meet at church is is “for us.” The practical aspect meant changing the structure of one of our meeting times. Read More