Jun 11, 2008 by Don Payne | 2 Comments
Cogito ergo blogito - "I think, therefore I blog." OK, the last word is not real Latin but at least it resembles it. This seems like a fitting introduction to a new blog on the Denver Seminary website. Welcome!
Actually, I must admit that I am not much of a blogger, contrary to what my opening claim (borrowed and butchered from Rene Descartes) suggests. So, rejecting the self-imposed and suffocating pressure of having to regularly drum up profound things to say, I plan to chart a new course with this blog! Especially since this is a Denver Seminary sponsored project, I will do my best to write only when I have (or at least think I have) something to say. You, of course, can be the judge of whether I have succeeded. Caveat lector - "Let the reader beware."
Here follows my periodic reflections on a number of subjects in which I have keen personal and professional interest: theology, theological education, and mentoring. All three of those hang together for me in important ways, even though they can also be discrete discussions. Given the parameters of my task and the dignity of my employer, I will avoid (if at all possible) my other favorite topics like hunting and 4x4 trucks. Forgive me in advance if a metaphor or allusion periodically sneeks in from those other parts of my life. And please interact with me if you have time and interest. I would appreciate the opportunity to learn from you.
A bit of context might be in order. Though I don't assume any general or particular public interest in the idiosyncracies of my life, it is important to know that I teach theology, oversee Denver Seminary's mentoring process, and get involved in many other types of administrative projects here. Sometimes this fragmented vocational scene makes me crazy, but it also scratches (on good days) the multiple itches and interests that drive me. Additionally, I immensely enjoy my colleagues here at Denver Seminary. They are a wonderful and fun group of people. As a Denver Seminary alumnus (M.Div. '88), serving God at and through my alma mater is a privilege for which I'm quite grateful. I hope that the musings to follow will somehow contribute to your own movement into places of blessing that enlarge your heart toward God and others.