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A Talk with a Buddhist Part 4 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is the fourth part of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Click here for part 1, part 2 or part 3.  In the end, it seemed Carrie is melding some agnostic, postmodern tendencies with Buddhist philosophy. It is a syncretism of philosophies rather than religions. She made clear that she didn’t see Buddha as a god and didn’t see...

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A Talk With a Buddhist Part 3 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is Part 3 of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Click here for part 1 or part 2. A phrase Carrie kept using was “I really believe that.” That led me to wonder if she really did, or if she was trying to convince herself of it. I think what she was trying to get across was that peace was the thing we...

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A Talk With a Buddhist Part 2 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is Part 2 of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. If you have not read part 1 please click here. “What really drew you to Buddhism anyway?” I asked. Carrie told me that she has a fine arts degree, has travelled quite a bit, and “just became open to whatever.” She moved to California...

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A Talk With a Buddhist Part 1 of 4

Recently, I was tasked with an assignment at seminary that called for me to interview someone with a different religious belief from mine. The purpose was to get to know someone and engage in a conversation that revealed what beliefs they had specifically. What follows is Part 1 of a series of posts that will describe my interaction with a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Part 1 I arrived on a Dallas Buddhist temple ground to interview a local Buddhist about their beliefs. Oddly enough, the first person I encountered was a Thai monk wearing an orange robe. The problem was he only spoke Thai.  I knew I...

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Three Roles of a Worship Pastor

Recently, I was given the privilege of teaching a class of young worship leaders. I was asked to talk with them about something I wish that I had learned before I graduated. I am sure over the course of my education that the topic of worship pastor was covered, but I don’t know if I ever truly understood the weight until much later. What I wish I had understood was that the role of a worship pastor is threefold: pastor, theologian, and musician. And I believe that it is important to understand that musician should always come last.Over and...

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