Road to the Ministry, Part 17: Picking up the mic – 1 Timothy Part 2

(Missed Part 1? Read it here first!) Thing 3. #EphesianChurchProblems So we know Ephesus has a lot going on. Artemis. Folk magic. Power and protection. A rapidly growing church. New believers. Timothy knew good women who raised him and current colleagues like Priscilla and her husband Aquila. (Someone actually messaged me yesterday… and is making […]

Road to the Ministry, Part 15: And mentoring is harder

Don’t be the loud singer My vocal range is still pretty limited. Like high school, I’ve lip-synced my way through a few worship services. That’s why I like loud music in church. I love to worship freely… without worrying about throwing others off-track. And I don’t want to be the “loud singer” in a quiet […]

Road to the Ministry, Part 13: Courage to change (aka the partner and the path)

Summer of sad It was literally the loneliest summer of my life. I was working 60-hour weeks. Toiling at mind-numbing jobs. Emotionally exhausted from customer service. And 15 hours a week bike commuting on Steeles Avenue in Toronto…which is like rollerblading on a highway. It was rough. I was living off-campus. I was tired. I […]

Road to the Ministry, Part 10: The path of wisdom

Finding role models At Tyndale I continued to read through the Bible. I’d read completely through it once or twice before. I’d always been heartened by Ruth, the “woman of valor,” daughter-in-law of Naomi. The sensitivity and persistence of Hannah (Samuel’s mom). Deborah the judge over Israel. (Later I’d encounter a preacher or two with […]