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Jun  2011 16
The Answer is Not Simple

“Do you like being president?” is a question I’ve been asked often over my almost 2 years in office. The honest answer is that the answer is not simple. I have likes and dislikes.  

One big part I definitely like is being an evangelist for theological education. My theological education in college and seminary fundamentally changed the way I read scripture, how I interpret history and the present, what I think God is doing in the world, and the “therefores” regarding how Christians should live. I love inviting others into a community where their fundamental frames through which they see the world might change, too. Talking with prospective friends, donors, and students—all good. 

What about the “don’t like’s”? Aside from the obvious challenges embedded in any human organization, one big “don’t like” stands out. I have a tough time turning off churn. I have never been adept at finding refreshing rest in the midst of churn. PTS has experienced a host of changes in the last two years. I see a host or two more coming.  

Needing to strengthen my capacity for refreshment in the midst of churn has never been more important. This capacity is important for me, my family, and for PTS.


Browse more posts by: Gary Peluso-Verdend, Phillips President
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