Ninja Fingers & Swirling Cultures

I have ninja fingers.

You may not believe it, but it’s true. My fingers attack the keys with lightning speed, sending words onto the screen with the force of ninja throwing stars. Portions of some letters are already worn off on my longsuffering keyboard.

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Divine Insomnia

Psalm 121:1-4 “A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.” NASB

Ever have one of those nights where you just can’t sleep? Maybe too much coffee, or too much excitement, or maybe too many worries. Really, there are a million and one reasons for insomnia. (Ok, maybe that’s stretching it just a tad bit, but you know what I mean.)

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Questions, questions

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It’s an exciting week here at School of the Bible. The first time our students get to do a presentation. It’s very short, just five minutes each, to talk about one of the character attributes of God. Believe it or not, it would actually be easier for them if we gave them half an hour to start, but most of them would quit before they began, because the initial perception is that a shorter amount of time is easier. And, in all fairness, this may be true for some people.

So our “big college word” of the week is Homiletics. Basically, how to teach and preach. It can seem a bit mechanical, tiresome, and definitely nonspiritual to be talking through the mechanics of how to teach something. How do you get an audience’s attention? What do you do with them once you have their attention? And so on.

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Quick update-good news, bad news

Hi all!  Thanks to everyone who is checking in on my blog.

The good news is, I have new content ready to post.  The bad news is, the internet is having issues here, so I may or may not be able to actually upload it tonight.  So please be patient with my little blog this week.  More regular posting will resume when possible.

How Sweet the Symphony of the Redeemed

In my previous blog post, I mentioned the way this year’s class here at School of the Bible has grown far beyond what we expected.  (We already added one new student since I wrote that post, and are likely to add at least two more.)

Today I would like to pick up where that post left off.  Thinking about the variety of  nations and cultures we have here.  In our class we have students from at least six countries (more may be coming), and multiple countries are also represented among our staff.  The cultural mix is part of what keeps life so fun.

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My classroom runneth over…or the amazing case of the magically multiplying students

 

At first we thought we might have 11…then the first day of class came, and we had 22…then a familiar face appeared in the classroom, and we had a proud group of 23 students…23 became 26…I think we’re up to 29 now? I’m not very good at math, but one thing I do know is that we have a very full classroom. And I love it.

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The Return of Free Form Fridays, featuring the Paul Colman Trio!

Hi Everyone!
I apologize for the lack of updates over the past two weeks.  The beginning of a new school is always a bit crazy, and thus, I have neglected my blog.  Regular updates will resume next week.  In the meantime…it’s Free Form Friday!  And for your enjoyment, here is a video of the Paul Colman Trio (a great band) performing “Land Down Under” in Canberra.  Good band, with a great sense of humor.  Enjoy!

The Indifferent Gardener and the Good Shepherd

 

photo credit: stock.xchng/Alfi007

I’ll be honest. I don’t like gardening. Ok, let me qualify that-I would enjoy planting some green beans to munch on, maybe some peas too if I’m really daring, but generally speaking, I don’t like gardening. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the beauty of other people’s gardens, and can appreciate the effort and creativity that goes into designing and maintaining a good garden. But I have no inclination to plant one myself.

Living in Texas, where it is hotter than you-know-where for a good portion of the year may play some part in my reluctance. Once something is planted here, it becomes a battle to keep it alive. Skip watering your plants for a day, and they start to wither. Miss a few days, and they will die altogether. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, this takes some getting used to. I understand it intellectually-the climate is different-but it still seems somehow wrong to me.

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