Posted: December 7, 2013 by Matt Horan in Uncategorized
By Matt Horan
My nephew, Owen, was born this past Wednesday around 3pm.
Less than 24 hours after Owen stepped into this world, someone else stepped out of it, into eternity, and into history. Thursday morning, the world woke up to the news that Nelson Mandela was dead.
It might seem strange to link these two events. They happened thousands of miles apart–Owen in the United States, Mandela in South Africa. They surely had nothing to do with each other. Yet all day Thursday, an awareness slowly crept over me–we now live in a world without Nelson Mandela. Further, as news came in from my family about Owen, my awareness grew to include something else–Owen will live his whole life in a world without Nelson Mandela. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 15, 2013 by Matt Horan in Uncategorized
By Matt Horan
Our system of developing leaders for the church has a pretty serious flaw.
If we can afford to go to seminary full time, we tend to go to Duke
–the impressed face people make when we say we’re going there makes us feel good. If we can’t afford to do that, which is the story of 3/4 of the students at the seminary that is currently the fastest producer of pastors in the Florida Conference
, then we get on a 5-6 year plan while working as a worship leader or youth director or something and go to class once or twice a week–fitting the classes in when we can, and going into sizable debt in the process.
Further, many seminaries do not reject any
eligible applicants. So now the students who are about to lead the Florida Conference’s churches are surrounded by other students with no academic achievement or ability of any kind required to get in other than finishing college and passing the GRE
. In fact, great professors have left the seminaries that take anyone and everyone over the years when they got the opportunity to work with more serious students elsewhere.