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Courses for the next year

I figure since I have a bunch of friends over at Bethel Seminary that I would post the courses I’m currently signed up to take over the next year. That way we might end up in some together!

Summer 2010:
Doing Theology in a Global Context – GC 739 – 01
– Dr. Roberts & Dr. Stone | End of June
SPF: Self in Community – SP 600 – 10
– Daniel D. Jass | End of July

Fall 2010:
Discipleship in Community – DC 501 – 01
– Cionca | Monday 8-12 am
Introduction to Pastoral Care – PC 501 – 01
Leih | Monday 1-5 pm
“Patron Saints” for Postmoderns – SP 707 – 01
– Armstrone | Tues 7-10:15 pm

Winter 2011:
Effective Communication from Old Testament Genres: Eat This Text I – CP 743DI – 51
-Dr. Ridder | Online
Cross-Cultural Church Planting – GC 672 – 01
– Dr. Stone | Thurs 8-10 pm

Spring 2011:
Understanding Your Audience: Scanning the Crowd – CP 762 – 01
– Durie | Thurs 5:30-7:30 pm
Systematic Theology III – TS 503 – 01
– Dr. Roberts | Thurs 1-5 pm
Christian Social Ethics – TS 505 – 01
– Walker | Mon 1-5 pm

With all of this some you might be wondering how close I am to being done with all this school. Actually pretty close. As of tomorrow (after I give my sermon and turn in my paper) I will have 88 Credits done out of the 144 needed to graduate. Each of these courses is 4 credits, plus my internship ends June 15th and that adds another 4 credits to my load. This means this time next year I will have 132 credits done! With only 3 courses left towards my Masters of Divinity.

It has already been a long journey, but it is very exciting to feel like the end is quickly approaching. And to think that I am likely going to finish in only 3.5 years is pretty exciting as well.

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What happened to two thirds of the Church?

Cross and Lotus from a Christian Monument in China, 781 CEEarlier this week Dr. Philip Jenkins came and spoke to a number of faculty and students at Bethel Seminary on the subject matter of several of his books (most recently ‘The Lost History of Christianity‘). It was very eye opening. His focus has primarily been the eastern and African church during the millennium of the church. Here is a brief except from an interview with him discussing the eastern church.

Also, this Eastern world has a solid claim to be the direct lineal heir of the earliest New Testament Christianity. Throughout their history, the Eastern churches used Syriac, which is close to Jesus’s own language of Aramaic, and they followed Yeshua, not Jesus. Everything about these churches runs so contrary to what we think we know. They are too ancient, in the sense of looking like the original Jerusalem church; and they are too modern, in being so globalized and multi-cultural.

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Newish WP Theme: Cotolance

This theme is actually several months old and has been around the block a bit by this point. It is called Cotolance (Coo-toe-lance) and was developed for the company blog of Nineteen05, my web development company. This blog serves as a way for me to share what is coming up on a decade of web development, marketing, management, and community development experience with the Church as a whole. The latter three of these topics are sorely excluded from the seminal educations professional ministers receive during their masters programs (I’m also currently enrolled at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN)

The design heavily borrows from the main Nineteen05.com website (which was completed by Ned Wright last spring) The main differences are in the layout of the content section of the design, and the sidebar. While the nineteen05.com site is fairly monochromatic for the moment, I wanted to bring more color into the blog and did that through the header and the date boxes. The design will likely mimic that of the company site as it goes through renovations in the future.

Cotolance Theme for Nineteen05 Blog

Check out the theme in action

Like the Inductaloot theme, this one is also private. If you are looking for a blog of your own check out Insights For Church and get blogging today! It is hosting the official nineteen05 blog, and hopes to host hundreds of blogs for those involved in ministry in the near future.