I’m Resigning from Ordained Ministry in the Anglican Church in North America

Photo by Nikko Tan on Pexels.com

After a considerable period of discernment, coupled with my growing disaffection with the Anglican Church in North America, I sense God calling me to step away from ordained ministry in the ACNA and instead to focus on my family and my career as a software engineer. This also coincides with plans to move closer to…… Continue reading I’m Resigning from Ordained Ministry in the Anglican Church in North America

Life Lessons: 32 Things I’ve Learned So Far

Photo by Connor McManus on Pexels.com

Here are 32 things I’ve learned from life, so far. You are not your thoughts. There is a “you” behind and above your inner voice/monologue/dialogue. Pay attention to what you pay attention to. Think about what you think about. We always only have the present moment. Focusing too much on the future leads to anxiety.…… Continue reading Life Lessons: 32 Things I’ve Learned So Far

My Coding Bootcamp Journey: How a Pastor Became a Programmer

Photo by Andrew Neel on Pexels.com

When I changed my major from Mechanical Engineering to Bible shortly before my first semester of college, I realized that what I was studying was not going to make me rich. So, throughout undergrad, seminary, and into a Ph.D. program in theology, the notion of “bi-vocational ministry” (serving the church while also making money outside…… Continue reading My Coding Bootcamp Journey: How a Pastor Became a Programmer

What Color is My Parachute? The Flower Petal Exercise

I’m working my way through the classic job search guide What Color Is Your Parachute. First, I’ll summarize the 7-part “Flower Petal” exercise—a comprehensive self-assessment geared toward the workplace. Then, I’ll share *my* results from the self-assessment. Ah, but first, my TL;DR: If you’re looking for work, or going to be looking for work soon,…… Continue reading What Color is My Parachute? The Flower Petal Exercise

Published
Categorized as Personal

It’s Official. I’m Hitting Pause on My Ph.D. for a Year

I received word yesterday that the Ph.D. Committee voted to approve my request for “Excused Program Leave” beginning in January 2021 and lasting until January 2022. At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, 2020 has been a particularly difficult year. Attempting to complete my “Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Bible” dissertation has taken a toll…… Continue reading It’s Official. I’m Hitting Pause on My Ph.D. for a Year

I’m looking for a new role to supplement my part-time work for Anglican Compass

Hey everyone! Just a brief update to note that I’m looking for a new role to supplement my part-time work as Managing Editor of Anglican Compass! I’m pretty flexible at this point, but I want to do something that benefits the church. I think I would make a great Assistant Rector! 🙂 Any advice, opportunities,…… Continue reading I’m looking for a new role to supplement my part-time work for Anglican Compass

Published
Categorized as Personal

Josh+? On the use of the sign of the cross (plus sign) in clergy signatures

This is, admittedly, a half-baked opinion. However, I need to get back in the habit of blogging/writing regularly, so here goes. In my opinion, the use of the sign of the cross in clergy names/signatures—unless it’s done in official ecclesiastical communication or immediately after a blessing or prayer for the recipient—is pretentious. It’s showy. At…… Continue reading Josh+? On the use of the sign of the cross (plus sign) in clergy signatures

It’s Time to Get Some Help

Due to increased symptoms of depression and anxiety in recent weeks, I’ve decided to try out a combination of counseling and medication. Sure, I’ve still been able to get out of bed in the morning. And I wasn’t having any serious thoughts about hurting myself. But still, I was feeling hopeless and trapped often enough…… Continue reading It’s Time to Get Some Help

First Day of 24th Grade!

Not sure how this is going to go, or even why I’m doing this anymore, but here we go! Still praying for either a dissertation break-through or a clear sign that I should quit. I hope to receive or discover one of those before the end of the calendar year.

Published
Categorized as Personal