One of these days I will interview my daughters for the pathological podcast. What would garner more listens than to hear two PK’s talk about life in the fishbowl? Read More
The year was 1993. Be-decked in my Sunday best I walked with a group of fellow graduates. After just turning 30, I had earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from what was considered at the time the “flagship seminary” in our denomination. Most consider the endeavor a professional matter. The DMin for most is a professional degree. My preference is to view this period in my education as a foray into intentional “practical theology.” I care not to argue the merits of the PhD as compared with the DMin. If I live long enough and have the opportunity, I may well pursue a PhD. But that is for another series of posts.
From my earliest memories I had developed an interest in learning, in education. To this day I am something of an eclectic learner. You may prefer to describe it as a nuance of ADD – acquired diploma disorder. Even as something of a vocational “teacher,” some pastors are viewed in this way, I still find it a thrill to learn. So interested to maintain a connection with the academic environment I contacted my alma mater to encourage them to send reading lists from DMin and PhD seminars each semester. I would have been willing to pay for this list. No takers.
So, with that I would look around for a conference to attend. I was not interested in a “preaching conference.” It was not that I could not learn from great preachers. Over the years some make it their cause celeb to let you know someone else they heard preaches “better than you.” Read More
David Phillips told me of the book, The Medici Effect. I read a chapter and we had a discussion. The energy for the book seems to describe what I have in mind for this blog – even if I come up short of that goal on occasion. Learning and leadership for the Medici family came as they intentionally sought to learn from disciplines and vocations outside their own – banking.
What can we learn from other dischiplines and vocations? Plenty. In fact, it might be good to develop the habit of a “Medici Faith.” That is, a way of following Jesus that looks for intersections in all of life. With that in mind, I have re-labeled the heading for posts formerly found under “Life and Faith,” to Intersections.