A long series of MasterCard commercials ran in which several items were listed with their prices, followed by the value of their corresponding memories: priceless. Their slogan was, "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard."
The accurate exegesis and application of a text is foundational to effective ministry. You must know the text, teach the text, and live the text. As it relates to military chaplaincy, I am thankful that VBTS offers the 72 credit hour Master of Biblical Studies for Chaplaincy that includes the study of the Greek text. However, I want to challenge aspiring military chaplains to consider the 96 credit-hour Master of Divinity.
Since January of this year, I have been immersing myself in the book of Judges as preparation for teaching a Judges exegesis course in the Fall. The literary presentation is nothing short of fascinating, and the "true-truth" being presented is both profound and convicting. The message of the book is so important that I have become convinced that anyone involved in Christian leadership desperately needs to have an understanding of what the Spirit has to teach us in this book.
Today we visited Herodium, the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem, the Praetorium in Antonio's Fortress, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Garden Tomb. Although visiting all of these sites was amazing, the Praetorium in Antonio's Fortress – where Jesus was questioned by Pilate and then flogged, beaten, and mocked before walking to the cross –had the most impact on me.