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It’s summertime, and that means that I get to start reading my ordination books.

For the record, let me say that I think it is somewhat silly that all the reading I’ve done for seminary thus far – probably 50 to 60 books at this point over the past four years – counts for absolutely nothing when it comes to ordination in the Church of God in the state of Indiana.

Let me reiterate: that is, in a word, silly.

I have spent thousands of dollars and thousands of hours working on this M.Div., apparently a practical degree. And yet, just now, I purchased eleven more books totaling over a hundred dollars so I can have even more reading materials that will prepare me to be the perfect minister.

And while I’m on this topic, let me explain one thing of interest. These books that I have to read to be ordained all fall into one of several categories; I have to read one book from each category. One of the categories is “Church of God Contemporary Readings.” Sounds pretty good, huh? Contemporary readings, what’s going on now in the life of the church, what are the vibrant topics of discussion, things that are really important in the Church of God today?

Two titles. Both of them about women in ministry.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I strongly support my female colleagues who are working hard to follow God’s call on their lives to become pastors. And, on the face of it, it’s probably a good thing to make all the yet-to-be-ordained men think about women in ministry and to make all the yet-to-be-ordained women feel better about their journey into hostile territory.

But is that the only contemporary issue that the Church of God is facing today? Hardly.


What about unity? What about homosexuality? What about war and peace? What about environmental stewardship? What about reaching a post-Christian, postmodern culture? What about racism? What about American affluence? What about the nature of the church? What about congregationalism? What about the decline of Sunday School? What about the shortage of pastors? What about Christianity and Islam?

Two titles. Both of them about women in ministry.

This, too, is, in a word, silly.

(And I score ten grammar points for using four commas in a seven-word sentence.)

One Response to “books”

  1. Jim-Bo Says:

    Nice use of the comma! In the words of J. Cash
    “Do what you do do well.”

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