Monday, July 1, 2013

Last month of internship?!

Can you believe it?  Just a few weeks more, and I'll be finished with my internship - and the next school year kicks off with the new interns.  (Once they get their blogs up I'll put up links for you.)

Something I would like to share with

One of the first questions I asked in intern class, and have been consistently re-asking, is - how do we continue to actively seek to know God more deeply while still accepting that He is beyond our comprehension?  (Admittedly, the question is perpetually being rephrased - this is a more elaborate form of it than what I first asked.)  It's tough for me - I like knowing things and understanding.  You might recall me addressing this in my January update.   This summer, UNT FOCUS has a discussion group on Monday nights that working through a study of 1 & 2 Samuel.  And as we're going through this, I'm fighting myself again - and recently summarized some of my thoughts in a way I thought would be helpful to you.

Academic knowledge about who translated the Bible, knowledge about the structure of Hebrew script and vowel pointing and translations into the Septuagint and Masoretic Text - all of that is just as useful to showing me God's heart as studying physical sciences shows the wonder and detail of God's creation, or studying history and sociology shows me the incredible grace that God has poured out onto humanity.  That is, it's all good and useful for seeking God - in proper balance.  Jesus rebukes the people who pride themselves on their knowledge and applauds those who live and serve with humility and thanksgiving.  And may I never be a person who values burying my head in a book over going out and serving somebody with a love that comes from only Christ.

In our intern class, we're preparing our final sermons - the topic being the three biggest lessons we've learned out of the class.  I can't wait to tell y'all more about what things I decide to share in this sermon!  From pastoral applications of the Beatitudes to consistently returning every topic to Jesus - and most importantly, what it means to genuinely seek the heart of God.

What's going on this month?

In my last month of being an intern, I have a few ongoing tasks to be working on.  Our large group meeting in the summer is fairly laid back but there's still some things that need to be done to keep everything running smoothly.  I am participating in a study of 1st and 2nd Samuel, and I attempt to be a model student in that class.  UNT has freshman and transfer orientations all throughout the summer, so I'm organizing having students help with that and then facilitating having people contact the incoming students and befriend that!  I have the opportunity to preach one more time this semester and am very much looking forward to that.  And, of course, I'm moving apartments this month as well as spending quite a bit of time searching for jobs- so summer has maintained a fast pace in my life!

So what's next for me?

Short answer: living in Denton and currently looking for a job!

Long answer: Many in our church feel like God is calling us to plant a church in the Denton area.  I can tell you that I've seen a spiritual need in this community - certainly there are other churches here already but I, too, see this hole when it comes to integrating college students into a community with diverse ages and backgrounds. I could talk at length about what God's working here - so if you'd like to hear more, pick up your phone and call me!  The point to that is, I'll be staying in the Denton area and living with two of the incoming interns - Danielle and Sarah!  I am in the midst of a job hunt so please be praying for that as well.  I honestly couldn't tell you what direction God is taking me here but I am so excited to continue to be part of what He's doing in this city.

How can you help?

Keep on praying!  I can't express just how much I appreciate the support, both prayer and financial, from my friends and family.  Pray as Matt is selecting the leadership team for next year.  Pray for the incoming interns as they fundraise - and consider that you may be the answer to their prayers and ask if you should be supporting them! Thank you again for all that you do!

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