this past week has been pretty busy with my normal stuff, quite a few tapestry related gatherings, and i had to finish my last paper for the pastoral counseling d. min seminar that i took in october. i don’t think it is my best work but it will do considering they stuff that was going on and the fact that i’ve been fighting a cold. while i don’t think the paper is my best work i am fascinated by the national marriage project’s annual report the state of our unions.
while it is not finalized with nobts yet the syllabus for the supervised self directed study i want to do for my next d.min seminar has been approved by dr. holcomb, the prof who will be supervising my study. i’ll finish up going through the paper work with nobts tomorrow. for now i am pretty pumped about getting to focus on studying the TRINITY and jürgen moltmann’s thoughts on it.
i know most of you do not care a bit about looking at the syllabus but i thought i would post it for the random searches that have come my way because of people doing searches on seminars for d.min programs.
i know compressed video classes really are a huge help for some people. i’m pretty amazed by the technology that is being used for the one i was in last week. it really is quite good. the video and audio are more than acceptable. you can see and hear everyone – both the professor and your fellow students. still there is a slight delay but nothing very dramatic. it’s very good …
BUT I DON’T THINK I COULD BE VERY GOOD STUDENT ON THE CV END OF THE SEMINAR!
i need the personal interaction of a classroom. those of you who know me understand that i can be easily distracted with ideas. when i preach i chase rabbits. sometimes i chase them so deeply down their holes that i lose my place and train of thought. this happens alot during the seminars i have attended. if i didn’t have to look the professor in the eyes i would be severely tempted to zone out completely on whatever idea or concept i had just been overwhelmed by. after all, at a doctoral level the grades are all based on papers that are done outside of the seminar. the lecture and discussion of the classroom time is meant to expand upon what has been read and written. i can zone out during a lecture and make up for it with further study later. look at the above photo. how involved in the discussion do the guys on the left hand screen look? their in atlanta participating in the seminar via cv. those of us in the actual classroom in new orleans took odds on whether they were working on sunday’s sermon or not.
i know CV opens to door for people who would never be able to travel to the actual campus but it is simply not something that would work for me.
a list of statements that stood out today in the church planting leadership d.min seminar i am presently in. these are not necessarily states that i agreed or disagreed with. they are just statements that stood out as if audiologically highlighted when they were said:
guys it’s not let’s throw mud on the bride time
i’m not bipolar or anything like that
all sbc churches are non-denominational at their core – local church autonomy should mean non-denominationalism.
we need to learn how to think in ways that help people to do the kingdom things that they do best
you want to have the right people on the bus and have them in the right seats
you’re a “pastor of the next thing”
can you figure me out?
nobody knows what “missional” means
sarcasm is a spiritual gift and paul had it … read your bible
they made fun of him in the rabbit movie
there are really just two types of people in the world … cat lovers and dog lovers
you get what you reward – this should affect how we measure progress
military authority training – don’t stand in front of the guys who have the guns
based on the google analytic reports i receive on the blog it appears that my past posts on the course requirements for the previous d.min courses i’ve taken at nobts have been accessed by people via searches and therefore i am assuming useful. if nothing else it lets pam know what i am doing (and therefore she is able to hold me accountable) and gives my mom new things to google.
therefore, i am posting what i am doing over the next two weeks in prep for my march 18-20th "church planting leadership" seminar.
base on the reading write up three ways to develop leaders and then post that to facebook
do statistical research and discover two groups in my geographical area that would possibly respond positively to a new church plant. explain what you would do in trying to connect with them.
i’m not sure if dr. allen is reading my blog or facebook notes (if you’re reading this – hi dr. allen) so i probably shouldn’t make the following comment but i will anyway – i’m not sure how i feel about posting the stuff on facebook. it could be an amazing way to share these thoughts with both my fellow students and others or not so much. i haven’t done it before so we”l just have to see. i do know one absolutely amazing thing about posting them to facebook – NO TURABIAN. i don’t know why all the seminaries use turabian when other academic institutions seem to be fleeing her. oh how i hate kate!
my spring 2009 d.min seminar is coming up (march 18-20). this trimester i am taking “church planting leadership” which kind of seems to fit with what i’m going through. ;) as a part of the course i need to submit my strengthsfinderprofile for dr. allen to see and thankfully during pam and my teamamerica church planting assessment we had to go through the clifton strengthsfinder profile. nice to have something finished already. :)
anyhow, i thought my mom (if no one else) would like to see this so i’m posting my profile for everyone to see and then linking it to dr. allen for him to get it.
i today tried to complete some of the pre-reading for my next d.min seminar at nobts. if you watch a couple of seconds of the above video you will instantly know why i wasn’t very successful. emy j’s is normally a great place to study. there’s a constant flow of traffic but the volume level is very acceptable. today for some reason there was a group there that needed to shout in order to speak. i use the word speak instead of communicate because i pretty sure that none of them were actually listening but all over them we definitely talking. i was sitting at the same table as andy lickel (the iv campus minister) who was trying to study also. we both gave up pretty quickly.
SIDE NOTE – this is for my baton rouge friends – saturday night pam and i ate supper with a couple of other ninth grade parents while adam and their kids ate dinner before their formal dance. one of the dads could be dino rizzo’s separated at birth twin brother. here’s a photo.
my parents, the only people i am sure actually care about posts being place on this blog, will be thrilled to know that today i mailed in the last paper due from my jeremiah seminar. the reason they will be thrilled is because i will now have enough time to post some new things to the blog (mom – you may now cheer).
SIDE NOTE – if you are interested in the paper you can read it here. it’s not one of my better ones so i wouldn’t really put it on a list of recommended reading.
SIDE SIDE NOTE – anyone interested in going to the q ideas conference with me? if you are a church planter or student i know how you can get a $200 discount. even with the discount it still isn’t cheap, but it is a little better.
SIDE SIDE SIDE NOTE – i spoke at uwsp’s intervarsity chapter last night. i was talking about how scripture records that JESUS is “the way, the truth, and the life” BUT it doesn’t not say that our boxed up versions of HIM are “the way, the truth, and the life.” i thought i had a great idea to display video on each side of the stage showing how to make origami boxes and encouraging the students to make such boxes with paper i provided. the idea was to point out at the end how distracting making the box was from what they had really come there to experience. it would have worked a lot better for one side of the room if i had looked at the settings for the projector on that side of the room. we use that projector for reverse projection at tapestry. unfortunately, this was not reverse projection and thus everything was projected on the wall backwards. this made the instructions, and probably the illustration, useless.
for those of you who are wondering, which basically means pam and my parents, the seminar on jeremiah that i have attended this week has been wonderful. i think i have actually gone from thinking that jeremiah was a cry baby to liking jeremiah. it ends today and i’ll be glad to be back home but also a little sorry the classes are over. of course, the joy continues because i have a 20 page exegetical study of a passage from jeremiah due in two weeks,
speaking of papers i thought i would post the two i have written thus far for the course. i’m not posting these because of them being any good, they haven’t been graded yet so they could turn out to be complete crap. instead i’m posting them so someone else will at least have an example to bounce ideas of form off of. when i began prepping for the seminar i tried finding some samples of what others had done for similar seminars so that i would have some idea if i was on target or not. i couldn’t find any. therefore i thought i would post mine so during the next semester when someone googles nobts biblical, exegetical d.min seminar they would at least have an example of what has been done.