I promised in the last post that I would be brief with these. Here goes.
It probably sounds, based on my last post, like I do nothing but read. In a lot of ways that’s true. I read a lot for my job and for school and still read on the side. When school is in session, it dominates my free reading time, though.
It turns out that I’m actually much closer to finishing my degree program than I realized. After this semester, I’ll have five more classes. A lot depends, of course, on how quickly all of these can be scheduled. After that, who knows? I’ve toyed around with the idea of a Ph.D. on and off over the years, and it may still happen.
The last year or so has probably been the best year of the M.Div. program thus far. Not, mind you, that what came before was bad. But a lot of things have come together for me intellectually in exciting ways. The past year saw courses in ethics, homiletics, and systematic theology. David Fleer (and Tom Long) restored my faith in preaching. Lee Camp pushed me to read Alasdair MacIntyre and a lot of Stanley Hauerwas (in particular, A Community of Character and After Christendom). John Mark Hicks pushed me think deeply about the Trinity and sacramental theology, and answered my questions about Alexander Campbell and Reformed theology along the way.
This semester, I’m enrolled in a Spiritual Formation course. We’re only a few weeks in, so there’s really not much to say so far (except, perhaps that Richard Foster’s Longing For God has been a real disappointment – in case anyone out there was thinking of shelling out the money for it).
More to come…