The Grinch @ Seminary

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This quarter at Northern Seminary, I took a class for which I had low enthusiasm before I walked in the door back in September. In fact, the words "low enthusiasm" might be overstating it a bit. If it hadn't been required to complete my degree, I would have probably found a way to avoid taking this course altogether.However, you can't opt out of core theology courses when you are enrolled in seminary.I'm not anti-theology. I noted in my first paper for my Theology I course this quarter … [Read more...]

Virtual Road Trip + A Quick School Update

A book is meant to create a conversation between writer and reader. A good book can spark conversations that echo far beyond its pages. By nature of its form and function, a book with 40,000 or more words (Victor Hugo's Les Miserables clocks in at over 500,000 words) is an extended meditation on a subject or theme.The form and function of a blog post is an entirely different critter. Most blog posts are 500-1,000 words in length. They have pictures, hyperlinks, and most have comments … [Read more...]

Me ‘n N.T. (Wright)

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Part of the delight of my seminary experience so far (I've completed two classes and am enrolled in a church history course this quarter) has been gaining new thinking partners. The promise that seminary would introduce me to new thinking partners was alluring bait for me when I first spoke with an admissions officer at the school last summer. So far, the classroom has indeed fulfilled that promise.Some of those new thinking partners have been other students. It's a rush to be in a room full … [Read more...]

Turns Out, I Needed Those Crayons For Seminary

First day of school

In September, I brought my textbooks, my computer and a brand-new box of crayons to my first day of class at Northern Seminary. Since it had been thirty-five years since I was last in a classroom, I figured I'd better come prepared for any eventuality. When I showed my crayons to a couple of classmates during a break, one of them broke out the neon pink and blue Doc McStuffins folder he'd brought along to hold his course syllabus.It turns out that both of us may have been on to something. … [Read more...]

New Kid In Class

"Are you gonna blog about going back to school?"Since I announced last month that I was accepted as a student at Northern Seminary, I've had a number of people ask me if I was going to write about the experience. Though I've been blogging since 2006 and attempt to write honestly about many facets of my life, particularly when it comes to matter of faith and practice, my first inclination was to tell people, "I will blog about school once I have a couple of classes under my belt and once I … [Read more...]


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