We have officially rounded the corner into my favorite time of year. The changing leaves, the colder temperatures, the roasting turkeys, and the Christmas music puts a skip in our step and a smile on our face. Bing will sing again. We’ll sing our hearts out with him, decorate the home, make lots of stuff with cinnamon, and plan the holiday visits.
Good news travels fast. So does bad news. In a typical month my wife and I will have several individuals make contact with us about marriages that are going through significant trials. Sometimes these calls are from a spouse whose marriage is in a tailspin. More often than not, these calls are from believers trying to help a friend or family member’s marriage . . . or pastors trying to establish biblical traction to help a family in their flock. The sad reality is that the calls are frequent . . . the problems are real . . . the hope is dissolving.
In my undergrad, my academic advisor counseled me with something like this, “Well, if you’re planning to be a youth pastor, I’m not convinced that learning Greek will be all that beneficial for you.” Is that right? Is learning Greek beneficial for running a youth ministry? Should a soon-to-be youth pastor invest in a seminary education that involves rigorous Greek and Hebrew study? Well, I am an MDiv grad, and I am writing for a seminary blog, so my obvious answer is, “Of course!
I recently had the opportunity to visit Lexington Baptist Church, pastored by Michael Wilburn (alumnus of Virginia Beach Theological Seminary). Located in the backyard of the Civil War and nestled in the mountains of central Virginia, Lexington Baptist Church is a thriving community of believers. After spending a morning with these brothers and sisters in Christ, I left refreshed – for several reasons:
When I was growing up, I was an avid tennis player. My dad drove me to junior tournaments all around the state of Virginia. I loved it. And I wanted to win every time I stepped on the court! In order to keep winning, the time came when I needed a stronger serve, a better under-spin backhand, a better top-spin forehand, and a more powerful overhead volley.… I needed to take lessons from a professional.