Welcome Mike Golden to the PhxP

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  1. Josh says:

    Welcome Mike Golden! Interested to hear more about the journey. I’m trying to decide if I want to start a Dmin, a Phd …or wait a while. Tough to say just yet. What did you do, and how was it?

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Welcome Mike! If you want suggestions on current bands, let me know. Off to see Vampire Weekend tonight… ?

    Really looking forward to what you have to share in this time of transition.

  3. mathitus says:

    Thanks Josh. I did two Masters and a Doctorate back to back to back. What helped get through it me is that I’m older, my kids are out of the house, and my church is rather small. I also have a very supportive wife. The readjustment back into a “normal ” life has not been as smooth as I anticipated.

    I did the DMin as I wanted to focus my primary contribution toward those in the pews. A DMin focuses on practical theology in addresses issues and proposing solutions for the church. That doesn’t mean that PhDs don’t contribute to the church on a practical level, they do at many levels. If I had done this 20 years ago, I probably would have done a PhD. As I’m sure you know, PhDs are who most schools are hiring, so I would recommend that route if you think you might like to teach in an academic setting. There are DMin who teach full time, but from my experience, most are adjuncts. I’m sure Duane could weigh-in with some good advice for you as well.

  4. mathitus says:

    Thanks Duane. I need someone to drag me into this decade 😉

  5. Erunner says:

    Hello Mike, glad to see you here and look forward to your contributions. One thing I need to straighten you out on is you will always find yourself floundering if you don’t move the oldies from the ’50’s thru the 70’s to the top of your music list. I have a few thousand suggestions!! 🙂 God bless! Allan

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    Most DMin programs require a certain number of years in pastoral ministry post M.Div., although they might count some of your pastoral work pre-M.Div. In any case, the DMin is a more collaborative process. I’m in the third month of a DMin, and I can say, it is a completely different experience to the PhD. As Mike said, it really depends on what you want to do with it…

  7. Josh says:

    Yeah, I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow up 🙂

    (I’m 44, but that’s not really a joke)

  8. JoelG says:

    Vampire Weekend, Duane? My kids would think you very cool. ?

    Pastor Mike, I have deduced that you live in beautiful country. Im looking forward to reading your articles.

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    Joel G

    ‘Modern Vampires of the City’… great lyrics, great arrangements, great guitar work…?

  10. mathitis says:

    Thanks Erunner. I’m a mixed bag on 50’s – 70’s music. I like late 60’s- mid 70’s, but there is nothing like a line up of 90’s music. blessings to you!

    JoelG, sounds like you must know where I live, LoL.

  11. Xenia says:

    staying home, tending my garden and playing with my dog is looking better and better<<<

    That's what I do 🙂

    Good to see you !

  12. victorious says:

    Looking forward to more of what you write and hiw you are led to minister in season of hitting a new stride in your race of being in Christ.

    Glad I met you while playing hooky from Warm
    Beach to grab some coffee and then with you and Tim a few years in Murietta.

  13. TheGhostofBelleStarr says:

    ” Calvary was good for me for a season, it was also toxic to me for a season; it’s time to leave all that behind. ”
    Ditto on that Mike. I shared some of that toxic season with you. I have fond memories of worship times with you, your wife and Mitch on the worship team. I envy you at the rodeo, husband and I always loved to go to the rodeo. Always all the best to you.

  14. mathitis says:

    thanks Xenia. God has so much to teach us in the garden.

    Vic, good times! Wish you the best and always enjoy staying connected via your fb posts.

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, on so many, many levels. I’ve learned to be at peace with all of it and to leave them peaceably where they are. Wouldn’t trade it for anything with the exception of the incredible physical pain my wife went through. I wrote part of my dissertation on her experience during that time.

  15. Jerod says:

    On cool bands note, if you like Metal with a Seventies sound I recommend The Sword.

    Your movement out of Calvary Chapel sounds like mine, although less whiny and over a longer period, which is to say it’s nothing like mine.

    Welcome! You’ll find my commentary worth all the kilobytes it takes to post.

  16. mathitis says:

    Thanks Jerod,
    I’ll give it a listen. I whined a lot in private, mainly to people who didn’t really want to hear it. That told me a few things. The principle of being careful where we cast our pearls for starters — and no, I’m not implying they are swine. It took a while, but I finally realized people are going to do what they want and they really don’t care what you think. Best to focus on other things.

  17. Paige says:

    Congratulations Mike… I look forward to your contributions here…. We were just talking about making a summer jaunt out to your neck of the woods… Hopefully, we can catch a service…. Sounds like some wonderful seasons of spiritual growth and maturity happening in your life. Congratulations again.

  18. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Hi Mike, welcome to the throw down room. 🙂
    So when you flip to SBC, other than your new association, will there be noticeable difference to the Sunday morning service or the weekday Bible studies?
    If I hadn’t been to your church in 5 yrs, what would I notice other than the Chuck Smith pictures have been replaced by photos of W.A. Criswell? 🙂
    I say that lovingly as I know Mike was an old SBC guy and classmate with Rick Warren.

  19. mathitis says:

    Thanks, would love to see you and your husband.

    LoL! I don’t think we will change anything. Part of my thinking of becoming a cooperative church is that in many ways, that is who we already are. About the only changes I have made in the last few years have been shortening our service time and taking communion more frequently. And I refer to the bread as the body of Christ, and the cup as the blood of Christ. No pictures, no bookstore, but if you have an old picture of you and Rick Warren together, we would consider hanging it in a back hallway. 😉 thanks……

  20. Captain Kevin says:

    Mike, so good to see you here!! It has been a while. Looking forward to future posts.

  21. mathitis says:

    Looking forward to more conversations with you Kevin. Thanks. Blessings to you.

  22. filbertz says:

    Is this “Centorian” of days gone by?

  23. Michael says:

    Might be… 🙂

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