Monday, May 21, 2007

School Days

As promised, here is a little school update for you. We finished up classes about a week ago. I now have a couple of weeks before I begin my summer CPE at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. [Berwyn is just west of the city] I meant to put up some stuff about all of my spring semester classes a lot sooner, but I guess its better nate than lever.
  • Lutheran Confessional Heritage - In this course we basically went through the Book of Concord. For this course I had to write a reflection on confessional subscription. (At ordination you have to say you're gonna preach and teach inline with the confessions.) We also had a big project. I wrote a theme study guide comparing Liberation Theology and the Confessions on Justification.
  • Jesus & the Gospels - Surprisingly enough, this course focused on Jesus and the gospels. We wrote two text analysis. I did one on the healing of the paralytic in Matthew 9 and one on the annointing of Jesus in John 12. For my big final paper I wrote about how forgiveness in the healing of the paralytic is indicative of forgiveness throughout Matthew.
  • Pastoral Care - This course was a course to prepare you for CPE. We looked at a wide variety of pastoral care issues. We also practiced lots of empathetic listening.
  • Teaching Ministry - In this course we looked at the many ways that the church teaches. We looked at stuff like Sunday School, but we also looked at how the church teaches through everything it does.
Here at LSTC you have to accumulate five growth in faith credits before you can graduate. One way you can earn credit is through classes. This semester I took Biblical Spirituality. We looked at the great variety of spiritualities present in the bible and compared them with our own spiritualities and experiences.

Here are some pictures of Hannah's new library, White Sox/Yankee's game with free tickets, and the Moo & Oink.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Everything I've Ever Wanted to Tell You

We've been so busy lately we haven't been able to get to the blog. So let me fill you in.

Since the last time we updated my family visited. Mama, Mamaw, my brother Matthew, and my cousin Anna came up. We all had a really good time. Unfortunately, it was a little bit colder than we would have liked. Hannah and I showed them around the neighborhood. Then we went downtown for a day before they had to get back home.

Also, Hannah was able to sneak back to North Carolina about a week ago. She suprised her grandmother for her birthday. Hannah really enjoyed getting back to North Carolina, if only for a few days.

Hannah and I celebrated our 1st anniversary this past weekend. We went to Indianapolis and saw Monty Pyton's Spamalot. I've got some pictures of this.

We've also been able to get out and see some other stuff. One weekend we were able to make it out to a Chicago Fire game with some of our friends. They are Chicago's professional soccer team. They play at a nice new stadium pretty close to where we live.

I've also been able to make it to some White Sox games as well.

Coming tomorrow I'll get you updated on more academic things. So, stay tuned.