What is ordination? Why do churches perform this ritual – or not? After Kyle and Barry chime in, Aaron shows he does not just polish the pews. The difference between ordination and installation is discussed. Then more questions and answers begin to fly. Are deacons as well as elders to be ordained? How does apostolic … Continue reading Episode 32: Grab ‘Em by Their Ordination
The parishonier questions why the church does not train some of its people to be high-powered executives. Kyle does a Kyle and turns the question back: Is it the job of the church to train people to do jobs? The prof offers a few ideas on gifting and mentoring. The theology of calling is discussed. … Continue reading Episode 31: Brothers, Some of Us are Professionals!
Is the Sabbath now the first day of the week? Do you call it the Sabbath or the Lord’s Day? Can you have a “to-do” and “to-don’t” list without becoming legalistic about it? How do you rest on the Sabbath? How do you keep it like Jesus did? What do you do when you are … Continue reading Episode 30: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. But How?
Our parishonier gets things rolling with this question. The prof tries to kick the can down the street, then runs to others for help. The pastor pontificates a bit about the place of the psalms and putting prayers in print. Fear of public praying is admitted. The role of the Trinity in prayer is pondered. … Continue reading Episode 29: How Do I Pray When I Don’t Feel Like It?
The 3GTers go back in time to pick up on their discussion about the Lord’s Table from Episode 23. A listener asked, “Wait a minute. What about dementia and the mentally disabled? How can they discern Christ’s body and blood to come to the Lord’s Table?” Aaron pulls out his handy dandy parishioner card, but … Continue reading Episode 28: Rewind on the Lord’s Table
Kyle talks about his passion for church revitalization. Barry reminds him that church planters are the modern rock stars in the kingdom. But the Borgmeister trumps this suggestion by pulling out the apostolic card of revitalization, and then just has to mention the rural church. The guys tighten down on the Biblical call to being … Continue reading Episode 27: A Strong Dose of Vitamin R
Barry the old guy is still uncomfortable with technology, especially when it looks like a pretty woman. Aaron and Kyle dodge the ball a bit at first, waxing philosophical about technology and warning about being too Amish. But then Aaron starts tackling AI humanoids and the Turing Test. Kyle warns against the danger of the Tower … Continue reading Episode 26: Technolatry
No, this episode is not about Kyle’s preaching. Rather, the guys have been on the road and explain their travels. Their wanderings take them to a discussion about the doctor of ministry degree and the importance of continuing education for pastors. And we rejoice that far from rambling, Kyle just celebrated a decade of settled … Continue reading Episode 25: I Was Born a Ramblin’ Man
Is Aaron trying to flip the sacred halls of learning? Can pastors be trained over a computer? Is distance education good for a seminary? Listen and see if the 3GT guys have any answers! Continue reading Episode 24: Pixels and Theological Education
The 3GTers discuss qualifications for communing in the church, when/if children may participate (paedocommunion), and church membership in an age where belonging to Sam’s Club seems more important. Continue reading Episode 23: Who May Come to the Lord’s Table?