INSIDE THE CLASSROOM
As the clock struck 8 am Monday morning I officially began my first day of class at Sattler college! While we couldn’t be on campus the first week it was great to just get started.
Following is list of courses I am taking this semester with the professors description:
Fundamental Texts of Christianity: This course is an introduction to the content, interpretation, and theology of both the Old and New Testaments. The overview of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) provides students with an appreciation for and cohesive understanding of the major figures, events, and themes of the Old Testament and its foundational relationship to the New Testament. Attention will be given to the character, background, and central themes of the New Testament as a whole, and to the authorship, date, setting, theme, purpose, structure, and general content of its individual books. Special topics include: the New Testament canon; methodologic differences in interpretation between the Protestants and Anabaptists; and soteriology in the early church.
Christian Doctrines: The course covers doctrines such as the Trinity, theological anthropology, soteriology, hamartiology, eschatology, the Calvinist-Arminian debate, the atonement, baptism, nonresistance, and the Lord’s supper. The course concludes with an introduction to Christian
ethics and practical applications.
Elementary Greek: This course covers basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Koine Greek, through both inductive and deductive methods. Class time consists of a majority of spoken Koine Greek, using total physical response (TPR) and interactive storytelling. Students will acquire basic oral communication skills and will be introduced to much of the morphology of Greek nouns and verbs. This class, along with the second semester of Greek, will prepare students to be able to read and comprehend basic passages from the Greek New Testament.
Expository Writing: This course will provide intensive practice in writing – introducing students to the fundamental building blocks of effective academic essays. Expository writing, however, is also a skill set that is vital to success in almost every profession outside of academic life.
We consider expository writing as a form of nonfiction writing: an opportunity to explain a part of the world as it is or was, including our own experiences of it. Expository writing is an art, but one that must be based on good research and recognition of others’ contributions to your knowledge and point of view.
In this seminar, we will read many of the texts that express the foundational ideals of a ‘liberal arts’ education – ideals that have animated humanities instruction at colleges, as well as primary and secondary education, throughout most of American history. We will examine the roots of these ideals in both philosophy and rhetorical instruction in ancient Greece and Rome, Christians’ appraisal of their usefulness in the medieval period, the rise of Renaissance humanism and its influence in Protestant and Catholic schooling for both boys and girls in the early modern period, and several autobiographical accounts of education that have uniquely shaped American culture.
Historians’ reconstructions of the characteristics of childhood, family life, and schooling in Europe and America will provide cultural context, alongside changing images of youth and education in artwork, popular advice manuals, and personal memoirs. Students will also have opportunities to discuss the implications of humanist legacies for educational reform movements today: are ‘liberal arts’ ideals culturally elitist, or are they the best way to spur students to ‘perform well’ and find meaning in any walk of life?
Oral Communications: This course focuses on the basic principles and techniques of oral communication with emphasis on platform speaking. You will develop and demonstrate your organizational and communication skills through the preparation and delivery of short speeches in a variety of genres as well as longer speeches to inform and to persuade.
It is exciting to get started. The first week was pretty light homework wise. A couple of highlights include learning the greek alphabet and beginning a discussion on the doctrine of Scripture.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
On Saturday I had the privilege of meeting Steve and Julie Lanz for lunch and touring the USS Constitution Museum! It was good seeing familiar faces and getting to know each other better. Unfortunately I never got a picture of us together 😦
Any guesses what the drink above may be?!
Mango Bubble Tea from Up Tea Hub
Its like a creamy mango drink with chewy tapioca like balls. It supposedly originated in Taiwan. I hadn’t had anything like it before but it was really refreshing!
On Friday afternoon, all the new students got to head to New Hampshire for the weekend for the 2020 New Student Retreat at Toah Nipi.
It was a wonderful weekend of getting to know each other and enjoying ourselves one last time before we were sabotaged with homework!
A few highlights include:
1) Collect Dots – this was a activity to get to know each other. I believe the theory is based off a guy named Danny Meyer. You can read more about it here. Basically, we were to ask each other questions, and each piece of info we gathered about someone was considered a dot! We were encouraged to continue the practice life long – always be collecting dots!
2) Hike Mount Monadnock – this was a thrilling hike. One of the best parts was the motivational speech at the top by a junior. He encouraged us to reflect on our journey of faith with praise and worship, and to fight the giants of our day (Islam, human trafficking, abortion, pornography, racial injustice, etc.). He had one more point but I forget – thankfully there were no quizzes yet 🙂
3) Devotional Time – each morning we gathered for a song together then broke into our personal devotions somewhere on the camps acreage. I found this really peaceful setting next to the pond as pictured below!
4) Greek Class on the Grass – we hadn’t had any in person classes yet so it was exciting to finally be together for class!
We returned safely Sunday evening!