I know it’s been quite some time since I have blogged about anything, but I wanted to give a brief update on what I have been doing!
First, I’ve been going to school. I know, I know, big surprise. I have nine credit hours on the docket this semester, but I’m taking the classes in interesting formats. For the regular, once-a-week three-hour-block classes, I’m taking a course on the Problem of Evil. That class has a ton of interesting reading, and requires us to write reading reviews on various essays. I’m also taking a class called Systems of Moral Philosophy, which is requiring (as my friends in the class can attest) a very large load of reading and writing on philosophers from the Pre-Socratics up through the modern day. My favorites were Plato and Aristotle, who were so close, and Hume, who was crazy. This class comes in the format of five consecutive Mondays from 8am-5pm, and then it’s over; it’s quite intense! I’m also taking a theology elective online, and that’s been fun.
In the midst of all of this, I work in the distance learning department of my school, and I’m trying to help train some new employees and contribute to a great learning environment for our students who live away from campus. I’m attempting to be a research assistant for Dr. Keathley, and I’m grading for him as well.
I’m also teaching two online courses this semester for Trinity Baptist College. The classes come in eight-week formats with very little overlap. I’ve been teaching Poetic Books, and next term it will be Doctrines 1 (starting the first week of March, I believe). It’s really fun to see the intellectual and spiritual growth that happens over the course of these short times. It really plants the seed for further ministry!
I’m coming relatively close to the end of my MA in Philosophy of Religion program—I’m set to graduate in December, Lord willing. Because of that, I need to get moving on my thesis. I have a tentative topic (can theistic conceptual realist accounts of God and abstract objects be compatible with Molinism?), but I have to get a prospectus together and get it approved. Speaking of graduation, I need to work toward applying to PhD programs, and in order to do that I must take the MAT and GRE. These tests can be very challenging, and so I need your prayers to do as well as I can!
On top of all of this, Jodi and I are about to start attending a training class leading to licensure for foster care in the state of North Carolina. We are excited, and a little nervous, about this kind of undertaking. We ask for your prayers for God’s blessing and power in our lives as we try to balance everything.
All this to say thanks so much for reading! I’ll post as much as I can as time goes on, and try not to allow large chunks of time to go between writing posts. God bless you all!