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July 21 2012 at 11:47 pm 2 Comments

This past Sunday I was greatly encouraged by God’s Word and how he is using it in the life of our church.

J.J. Pyche photoJ.J. Pyche

On Sunday morning Joshua brought a strong word once again from our Matthew series and brought home the truth that Jesus is the fulfillment of all of Scripture. Downstairs the same morning and going hand with Josh’s message was a Sunday class with seminary student and summer pastoral intern J.J. Pyche called “Christ: The Whole Story of Scripture.”  J.J.‘s class is exploring passages of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation showing that Christ is the center of the story, a method of study called “Biblical Theology.” I am excited for the coming weeks of the class as we understand more and more of the history of God revealing himself to humanity in both the Old and New Testaments.

If you want to join in, come out on Sundays July 22, 29, and August 5 at 11 a.m. in Classroom 156 (on the lower level).

Isaac Hydoski

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If a class is being taught by a non-pastor and a, I guess, a non-member of the church, there should be some indication of who he is, what seminary he attends, and why he is qualified to teach this particular class, and from what point of view it is being taught.  There might also be an explanation as to why, in a church with 15 pastors, there was no pastor available to lead it, or to be present at it as a resource, as I thought was a requirement for past classes.

By John Boyles on 07/23/2012

Hi Mr. Boyles,

Thank you for your inquiry about the Biblical Theology class that our intern, J.J. Pyche, is teaching. You’re raising a good point about sharing more information about J.J. and what our relationship is with him.

First, our goal is to have pastors carry the primary teaching responsibility for Sunday Classes. However, when we see opportunities with lay persons who have gifting, maturity and expertise, from time to time, we may invite them to participate, as we have done a few times previously.

To my knowledge we have never had interns working with us who are MDiv students.  I will definitely make note that in our future promotion of classes or teaching contexts like this that we do a better job of informing the church who these men are.  I think that would only serve the church and encourage everyone to participate/benefit more from these men.  We did have J.J. share more extensively about his connection to the church in the class itself, and a couple of pastors are attending to provide support and evaluation. 

To answer your questions about J.J. ... I can tell you that he became a member of our church in 2010, and during that time he married one of our members, Bethany Bussell.  I began a discipling relationship with him at that time as he was considering ministry and seminary training.  He interned with us last year as well before he left for Charlotte, N.C., to attend RTS Seminary there.  As I’ve gotten to know J.J., I’ve found him to be a unique blend of theological acumen and wise, gracious leadership gifting.  He and his wife have transferred their membership to the Sovereign Grace church in Charlotte while in seminary, but it’s their hope to return to Covenant Life to minister here more in the future (he has one year remaining in his MDiv training).

As to why we didn’t have a pastor teach this class, you’re right we could easily have had a number of men teach this class!  We weren’t planning on having a Sunday class in the month of July at all due to the pastoral team schedule.  When J.J. came up here to intern with us over the summer, we found that Biblical Theology had been a significant area of training for him (he had previously preached and taught classes on this subject).  As a result we felt this class would provide an opportunity for him to be evaluated in his teaching gift and also benefit the church. 

I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any further questions.


By Isaac Hydoski on 07/24/2012
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