The event itself took place a few years ago. The place was
God calls whole persons. Paul was called with his background as a Pharisee. Moses and David were called with their shepherding knowledge. That being the case, what type of undershepherd is God planning to make out of this blunt, mystical, brainy artist-musician? Over forty years of living have provided a few clues.
One clue has come from my work life. Nearly every job I have held since Junior College has been one in which my task was to help others do their jobs better. From the warehouse job at Abbey Medical to the Institutional Research job at Biola University, that has been the case. So, the vocation is to help other ministers to be more effective.
A second clue comes from my straightforward manner. As a child, one of my father's nicknames for me was “Frank Ernest Blunt”. I have a sometimes troublesome tendency to call things as I see them. This tendency has mellowed through the years, but it remains nonetheless. The task is to ask difficult questions and speak the truth without hesitation.
A third clue comes from my academic interests. Three areas interest me most: spiritual formation, anthropology, and ecclesiology. The content of my calling resides in the intersection of these three areas. This is the area where I am most unclear. Further study, especially in anthropology and ecclesiology should clarify. So, generally stated, the content is
As it stands today, I believe I am called as a local church theologian, providing pastors and ministers with the theological fodder they need to be healthy, biblical ministers nurturing healthy, biblical churches.
But now, as always, we shall see.