INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Howdy friends!

Spring semester is well underway as Monday marked the beginning of week four! I have five classes and am loving each one!

Evangelism
The course teaches principles and models of successful evangelism. Topics include: the study of effective evangelists in history, practical ways to increase one’s ability to effectively share the faith, and biblical presentations of the gospel.

Historical Theology
This course is designed to introduce you to the history of theology. In this course, you will examine the theological emphases of the early church, become familiar with developments in the medieval, reformations, and modern periods, and draw connections to current debates in Christian faith and practice. This course highlights key thinkers and debates in Christian theology. Employing primary sources, the course will attempt to discuss the various topics from a wide range of theological perspectives. This course also aims to inspire you to better understand and appreciate historic Christianity, ultimately leading you to glorify God and prosper His Kingdom in your generation.

Apologetics
This course equips students with basic Christian apologetic skills. Topics include the history of apologetics, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, approaches to apologetics (classical, evidential, presuppositional, reformed epistemology, and cumulative case), the controversy of miracles, the authority of Scripture, biblical harmonization, pluralism, and responses to objections toward the faith

International and Global Affairs
Human security and flourishing tend to be the dominant forces that drive actors on the world stage. What are the origins of statecraft and how do scholars argue that nations make decisions to promote security and flourishing? How do individuals within these systems take action to catalyze change? As a people commissioned bring the “gospel of the kingdom” to all nations, Christians must understand the dynamics of our world to stand a chance to fulfill our commission by God’s grace.

This course is a wide-ranging introduction to central principles of international affairs and foreign policy analysis. Introductory sessions will cover key concepts of international relations and policy. Subsequent weeks will apply these ideas to different elements of statecraft, institutions, revolutions, theories of world change, and a diverse set of contemporary policy problems. The course emphasizes skill development through written exercises (policy memorandums, opinion editorials, and book journals), reading current events, class discussion, presentations, and debates.

Elementary Greek II
This course covers basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Koine Greek, through both inductive and deductive methods. Class time will consist of approximately 90% spoken Koine Greek, using total physical response (TPR) and interactive storytelling. Students will acquire basic oral communication skills, and will be introduced to most of the morphology of Greek nouns and verbs which was not covered in the first semester. This class, building on the first semester of Greek, will prepare students to be able to read and comprehend basic passages from the Greek New Testament.

Plus, I have chosen to sit in on Islam class as I want to better understand the Muslim worldview. While I am not completing any of the assignments or readings for the class, I have found the lectures very interesting.

Islam
This course focuses mainly on the three primary sources upon which Islam is based: the Qur’an, the Sahih al-Bukhari collection of Hadith, and Sirat Rasul Allah by Ibn Ishaq. This look at classical Islam is complemented by an historical overview of Islam, an apologetics dimension from a Christian perspective, a mosque field trip, and a research paper on a topic integral to Islam.

OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

It was really good to go home and catch up with friends and spend time with family. Since classes have begun, I haven’t done much outside of school, although a friend and I did go visit a Islam Cultural Center which was a unique experience.

Elisha was no common man now that God’s Spirit was upon him, calling him to God’s work, and aiding him in it. And you, devoted, anxious, prayerful teacher, remain no longer a common being, you have become, in a special manner, the temple of the Holy Ghost, God dwelleth in you, and you by faith have entered upon the career of a wonder-worker. You are sent into the world not to do the things which are possible to man, but those impossibilities which God worketh by His Spirit, by the means of His believing people.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

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