Why would a young person be ordained?

I was asked on the radio last week to answer the question, “Why would a young person chose to be ordained in this day and age?”

The conversation was lengthy—I got almost 30 minutes of airtime—and pretty good. I felt like I managed to provide a pretty fair accounting of what vocation is all about and why the good news of Jesus Christ needs to be proclaimed as much in this generation as in any other.

The interview has now been posted online. You can listen to it here. It begins around 10:30.

How would you have answered? If you’re not ordained and not planning to be, what do you say when people ask you why you’re in the church?

WHMP Interview: “Moving, funny, and edifying”

My interview on WHMP yesterday is now a podcast. The link is here. The interview starts at about 18:00 and ends about 15 minutes later. They call it “moving, funny, and edifying.” I have my doubts but listen and see what you think.

One of my answers surprised me. It was the one on the big lesson I take away from my time in South Africa. I said it was learning about my own helplessness. It just sort of came out but I think it’s right. There’s something to be said for confronting—again and again—one’s own inability to change the world on one’s own. It teaches us something about who we are and our inherent limitations. But it doesn’t end there. It’s only once you’ve realized your own helplessness that you can truly realize God’s never-ending and abundant grace.

Read the book if you want to hear more: it’s called Grace at the Garbage Dump for a reason.