Why move? Why not professional ministry? Why?

Some people have been asking why we’re moving to Cincinnati, why I’m not going to be a “minister” there…

Others have desired that I update them on the next steps we’ve been taking since my announcement of our life change.

To all of you, I say, no huge specifics yet.

We have bought a house in a crossroads neighborhood called North Avondale, we will be there in May, it does have a sewage line backup, so yes, we have wet crap in our basement, and yes, we’re excited and nervous and afraid and wanting so desperately to have community and wanting so desperately to live the kingdom of God and evangelize by the way we live a hope worth fighting for.

But for now, I heard a song today that illustrates the why; “Why give up comfort?  Why share a living space so closely with others?  Why leave this area?  Why?”  Because we are a part of God’s church, God’s holy nation, called out of the darkness and into his wonderful light.  And as the church;

God has chosen us, God has chosen us
To bring good news to the poor.
God has chosen us, God has chosen us
To bring new sight to those searching for light

God has chosen us, chosen us

And to tell the world that God’s kingdom is near,
To remove oppression and break down fear,
Yes, God’s time is near, God’s time is near
God’s time is near, God’s time is near.

God has chosen us, God has chosen us
To set alight a new fire.
God has chosen us, God has chosen us
To bring to birth a new kingdom on earth.

God has chosen us, chosen us;

And to tell the world that God’s kingdom is near,
To remove oppression and break down fear,
Yes, God’s time is near, God’s time is near
God’s time is near, God’s time is near.

God is calling us, God is calling us
In all whose cry is unheard.
God is calling us, God is calling us
To raise up the voice with no power or choice:

God is calling us, calling us:

And to tell the world that God’s kingdom is near,
To remove oppression and break down fear,
Yes, God’s time is near, God’s time is near
God’s time is near, God’s time is near. *

And to those who think we’re utopian, that we just “need to grow up” and be like everyone else, who think this is a phase we’ll get over, to those who believe the world’s going to hell in a handbasket and all we should do is save some souls and wait for Jesus to come back, I say one thing;

“Watch us.  Watch us, and you can even have a little chuckle when our middle-class white world gets blown to bits as we encounter some other facets of human life.  But watch us.  And see if we don’t show something a little different.  If we don’t find some refining that burns away some of what we didn’t need.”

We just might surprise someone.  Or we might be utopian and crash and burn.  But let’s raise a glass to seeking first God’s kingdom.

*the song actually says, “God has chosen me,” but that sounded pretentious in this context; a little vain.

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One thought on “Why move? Why not professional ministry? Why?

  1. Nate,

    I read your article on Next-Wave–thanks for the a vivid reality check–and then hopped over to your website and noticed you are moving to Cincinnati while reflecting a bit on “Why not professional ministry?” –Yes! I see you are staying connected to Dustin M. I will have to read more from his and your blog. You appears that you are really seeking to live out the stuff you were working out in seminary. Grace as you “hang in the balance”!

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