Where did the Holidays go, anyone know? Last week was rough, but this week has been proving itself to be brutal. I think the difference is we were sort of all in the collective fog of wishing we were still lounging around in front of the fire drinking wine and wearing exactly what we had slept in all day while binge watching Netflix. And last week, as we pretended to be super gung-ho about being back in adult-land we could at least still talk about it with one another. But not this week. This week is real production. Send wine and Friday, please.
As you guys know, the Romans class ended before Christmas (um, yep – that professor did not have Parkinson’s and thus inadvertently give me a minus after the solid A…happy for him x 2). There was a bit of a break in theological study, but not in praying [Side note: never in praying – see 1 Thess.5:16-18] as one of our family members, one of our running buddies, and so freaking many others that we and you know were diagnosed with cancer. Again.
I just read yesterday in fact, that 25-year old former Butler Bball player, Andrew Smith, died of leukemia. Enough already. Cancer, we are not your fan. But we do live in a very broken world, which is why it is imperative that we live for the One who is not of this world so someday this will all seem like a really, really long warm-up…an arduous and sometimes seemingly never-ending practice that kicks our collective ass.
Honestly, it took me a lot of years, a lot of hardships, and a lot of kicking and screaming before I finally went to Him and decided to be an active player. Best decision ever.
And so, here it is – the second class has officially begun. History of Christian Thought. New professor, new classmates, excellent topic. From what I can tell, there will be less writing and more…thinking. The first assignment was clearly just breaking us in for what is yet to come. I’ll post the rest as they are due throughout the course.
Summarize your thoughts on one of the theological perspectives you will be discussing in your History of Personal Theology Reflection paper (this should help you clarify your thinking for your paper). Tell us about the influences that helped that perspective become a part of your belief system.
Read your classmates posts and respond to at least two of them. What did you see that was similar to the way you came to your beliefs? What was different? How does their experience and response to it affect your thinking?