I just wanted to let you know about a fundraiser that I am doing to raise more finances for my involvement in missions. I am making handmade cd case collages that can be hung on your wall as a decoration. They also could make a lovely gift for a friend or family member. Christmas is a comin’! 😉
Just a little bit over one week left of August. At the end of next week, a new year of working with School of the Bible begins.
I don’t know offhand what the “official” first day of Fall is this year, though I’m sure it’s sometime in September, probably a few weeks from now. But for some reason, whenever the calendar clicks over to September, in my mind Fall has arrived.
First off, please accept my apologies for the lack of blog updates lately. Life has been a bit busy, and I have also been focusing primarily on my first e-book (more information to come in the future), though I have plenty of ideas to blog about! Hoping to start updating this blog more regularly again though.
I also wanted to say a big thank you to all my readers, for your support and encouragement.
Finally, I wanted to announce that I will soon be launching a monthly e-newsletter with specific updates on what I am doing each month at School of the Bible. This content will be different than what is posted on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled, as I will be adding a subscription option for that in the very near future.
Today, I’d like to share a post co-written by my dear friend Kati Rose (you can check out her blog here). It was written during her study at School of the Bible last year, and since we are again studying Leviticus, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit it, and share it with a new audience.
We were given an assignment to tell the events of Leviticus 16 (The Day of Atonement) in story form.
Behold, I give you:
A Tail of Two Goats By John Martindale, Rachel Kelley, & KatiRose Johnston
*Note: this story may be a bit irreverent at times, but we believe in a God who laughs 🙂
Once upon a time, in a land sort of far away, there lived two goats: Mahli and Mushi. These were no ordinary goats, pecked at by chickens or chased by the dogs, they were pampered goats, who oft lunched on their master Aaron’s linen underwear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1st Timothy 1:5 “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” NASB
I have the privilege of working with the School of the Bible here at YWAM. It is an 11 month long bible school, where the students not only learn to study the bible, they also learn to apply it practically in their own lives, and how to teach it to others. We have just started prepping for the next school, which starts at the end of the month.