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Archive for the ‘seminary’ Category

pulling back the curtain • part three

March 27, 2008

finding our way forward with students and their families is going to take knowing the cultural landscape, understanding our theological “rocks” that are non-negotiable and then making intelligent choices based on those two things. the cultural landscape of students these points are based on the research of chap clark in his book “hurt” we may […]


March 11, 2008

with the books i’m collecting i’m getting quite a library.  enough books that i think i will need to build some library shelves and an office if we get our new house.  i know dawn is a great fan of books and has quite a few boxes of old books.  but with the ever increasing […]

last day in california

March 7, 2008

today is my last day out here. it’s been the most intellectually stretching time of my life and i’m so grateful for the opportunity. i’m also super pumped about getting back home and seeing dawn and having life together with her again. however, i will miss a few things about so cal… sunshine temps in […]

peace on the pier

March 6, 2008

tonight i needed some peace after a very long and hard day. we dug into what practical theology is all about by learning how to use a theological grid. basically you take an issue or problem and then do “research” about what the bible teaches, how cultural and psychological factors influence your findings and then […]

pulling back the curtain

February 29, 2008

in the movie the wizard of oz, toto the dog pulls back the curtain and reveals what is really going on. everything changes because of that exposure. i feel the same way not about what is taking place here in my classes at fuller. the curtains are being pulled back [especially as we are discussing […]

my brain hurts

February 26, 2008

between conversations in class, discussion and lecture, all my reading and all my thinking, but sprinkle in the unknown of the future with what i will be doing with and from this degree and a healthy dose of the overwhelming nature of everything that is being addressed in the reading about culture, change, the way […]

studying at your parents

February 26, 2008

so being back at school means being in california.  being in california means being at my parents house for the next two weeks.  and that means i need to find a starbucks or library to get any work done. don’t get me wrong, i love my parents, but because they don’t see me often they […]

over my head, but good

February 25, 2008

i’m feeling like i’m way over my head here at fuller. and that’s usually where life gets most interesting and we grow the most. i definately have my work cut out for me over the next number of years and will have to get to thinking in new ways. being an idea and creative person, […]

california bound

February 23, 2008

dawn made it safe to chicago and is about ready to board her first flight, which is to houston. then they head to guatamala city and should get there about the time i’m landing in minneapolis because today i’m on my way.  tonight by 9 pm pacific time i’ll be in los angeles.  two weeks […]

next week this time

February 17, 2008

my guess is that next week about this time i’ll be too wound up to sleep so i’ll need to go for a long walk down at the beach.  why?  because a week from tomorrow morning i’m starting my classes for my doctor of ministry at fuller in pasadena, california.  going back to school again […]