Ascension Day…1994: a personal note

Aside from the extreme theological significance and importance this day has for the Church, it also holds a special place for me personally. Twelve years ago on Ascension Day (during the Divine Service actually) I decided to join the pre-seminary program in the fall at Concordia Seward and pursue the Office of the Holy Ministry. After our service that evening (we were on choir tour) I remember calling my parents up and saying, “Guess what…I’m taking Greek next year.” They were thrilled. I think my father may have shed a tear or two (His father was also a pastor). It was a joyous occasion, and I remember it well. What caused me to make that decision? There was no special revelation. I was listening to the sermon and thought, “I want to do that.”

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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4 Responses to Ascension Day…1994: a personal note

  1. sam says:

    Happy “Decision Date” Anniversary!

    And look you survived Professors Block and Meehl!

  2. Pastor Beisel says:

    Thanks. It was the day I “decided to follow Jesus” 🙂

  3. brother-in-law says:

    No way!! I used the exact same words to tell my dad.

    Congrats

    Pete

  4. Lawrence says:

    I always enjoy hearing people relate their decision to follow the path to ordination.

    I had considered this early in my career. Called the sem, and talked with people there. I actually had a start date in mind. Then that very next week I recieved a great and unexpected career advancement opportunity.

    I came to realize that my desire for sem was not one of calling, but one of desperation. As such, I think it would have been a mistake for me to pursue that path. But I certainly respect those who do.

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