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Semester over

School is over until September. I took a one week summer class which I still have to write a paper for (on atonement theories), but other than that, my summer is mine 🙂

I’ve got some projects I’m thinking about, including learning c++. Who knows how things will shape up?

I saw The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian this week. I’d highly recommend it. I think if you liked the first one, you’ll like this one too.

Not much else to write about. I haven’t really kept the blog updated as much as I thought I would. Hopefully I can do better 🙂

The future

It’s been a while since I posted. School has been busy. I’ve given up trying to catch up with reading. Just have to fake it.

This week I have to sign up for classes for the fall so I’ve also been trying to decide my future. Or at least try to get myself pointed in the right direction.

MDiv or MA degree? Do I really want to pursue ordination?
Kalamazoo or Chicago? Chicago is a nice place to visit, but…
If MDiv, then the school’s contextual ed program or something else? The school’s program would require moving to Chicago…
If MA, then where exactly am I headed? Is it worth the money if the only reason I have to continue is that I like the academics? Money definitely has to be a consideration…

I like worship planning and preaching (although I think I like writing the sermon more than giving it – but at least by giving it, you know someone has heard you)… but there is so much more to ministry that doesn’t particularly get me excited. The schedule of classes I’d have with the MA degree is much more appealing than what I’d have with the MDiv.

Hmmm… but how can one be sure you’re doing the right thing????

School and what’s next?

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. I’ve been struggling to keep up with reading for my classes. Now I’m also getting to the point in the semester where there are tests to take and papers to write so I don’t expect things to let up much.

What has been going on in my life? Well, mainly school work and trying to figure out what is the next step. Trying to discern what my “calling” really is… I seem to change my mind a lot. But in any case, I need to make some decisions soon as the semester will come to a close in another 8 weeks or so. I’m still working out my thoughts, but right now I’m leaning towards finishing out school. Whatever I do, I need to be doing something meaningful with my life to be happy.

Back to school again

I’ve been sick for the past week. Not much was accomplished Monday through Thursday. I didn’t even go to classes on Wednesday and Thursday. Finally got some energy back on Friday but am still fighting with a cough. Entering the third week of classes and I feel so far behind already. Hopefully I can get caught up. At least it’s sunny out today (but cold) so it looks cheery out the window. Not really much to ponder on here today. Just need to read and read and read for classes next week 🙂

Back to school

Seminary classes start again for me one week from today. Four classes this semester.

People & Faith of Israel II
Systematic Theology
Intro to Pastoral Care
Worship and/as Transformative Art

I hope it will be an interesting semester. Hopefully I can figure out this semester if this is really the path I’m supposed to be on. I’m not at all convinced as of yet. Classes last semester were fun and interesting and I’m missing the good people I’ve met there, but on the other hand I kind of would like to have a normal job again and be earning a paycheck too. Finances are unfortunately going to be a part of upcoming decisions. In any case, though, I think this has been a worthwhile experience.

Finally got grades from last semester and I did pretty good for being back in a formal classroom for the first time in 17 years. I was happy with the results.

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