Completed a Course

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve updated you on how my courses are coming. I survived 2012, and I guess if you’re reading this, you did too. The past number of weeks have been quite busy, my course Senior Theology has come to an end, in fact I had to ask for a short extension just so I could complete it and have it count.

Just after my last posting, I received a couple of marks back from the Senior Practicum course I am also taking. They were book reports, one on Eugene Peterson’s ‘Working the Angles’ and I got 88% on it. A great book, and for any pastor’s reading this, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it, some great insights for ministry. The other report was on Wayne Corderio’s book, ‘Leading on Empty’. Another great book, I recommend this one too to any leader who “works” too much. I got 88% on it too. I’m very happy with the marks I’ve been receiving.
Today I received my final mark on Senior Theology, I am very impressed with myself on it. I received a 90% (A-) over all. 3.7 GPA. Can you say YEEHAW?? How ’bout YAHOO!!
I sent in my last paper for Senior Practicum yesterday, Sunday January 27th. This will complete this course too–when the mark comes in.
Will be taking a short break and sometime in March will begin another course. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted as I progress and work towards COMPLETING MY DEGREE!!
Thanks for being a part of the journey with me. Until next time–Cheers! Melvin

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Not Guaranteed Tomorrow plus my next mark.

I wrote this originally on my Facebook last night and it took off pretty good. I guess it was more appropriate than I thought for this time of the year. Feel free to share it by sending my blog post out. Have a great Christmas and a Wonderful new year. One last thing before I paste in the posting, I just got my next assignment back and got a 90%, apparently I missed some formatting in APA procedure. Supposedly you need a Bibliography with footnotes in APA format. But I figure 90% is fantastic. Why couldn’t I get these marks when I physically went to School.

Here’s the post.

I would really like to go on a rant and talk about how life isn’t fair and young people just shouldn’t die and how it seems even worse when it happens at Christmas time, but I really have no proof that life is supposed to be fair, and I have no statistics that say everyone is guaranteed a long, healthy, and prosperous life. However I do know that James 4:14 in the Bible says:
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Over the past 2 or 3 weeks, I have known of a number of families who have buried loved ones, some of which were very young. Cancer claimed one young girl, a car accident claimed a young man about to graduate, there were also some adults who left this world–some would say too soon. I am also aware of others who are in their last days on this earth.

But, you know, As I just quoted from James 4:14, we are not guaranteed tomorrow, no matter how old we are. We just need to place our trust in Jesus Christ; God’s Promise to us and the redeemer of the world. As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the true meaning, may we remember that this life is not guaranteed to be sweet and rosy, but may we never forget that Jesus came to give us life, not only now but for all eternity. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

To those mourning the loss of loved ones, no matter how fresh the loss, remember Psalm 30:11 which says:You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.

Jesus is not only the reason for the season but he is also the reason for living. Merry Christmas and know that Jesus cares, He’s there at the mention of His name, and He will carry you through this season and give you strength and peace.

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Another mark in the midst of a busy schedule

Well, I submitted my third assignment for Senior Theology and got it back with a lower mark than the previous two but still a good return for my efforts. My lower mark was due to missing one small detail in the instructions, I forgot to speak of the effects of neo-orthodoxy on todays church. Summed it up pretty good but forgot to say how it is still around today.

Been a very busy week, Brandy’s been away since last Monday, I go get her tomorrow. The kids are all alive and well, and the house is still standing, got a few things done, but still not all I hoped to get done. I got the Christmas Tree up, but haven’t decorated it yet, got stuff to fix my bathroom tub that has a slight leak but haven’t gotten it fixed yet, just to name some of the items left to do. I also have to get the next paper done for Senior Theology and complete reading my book for the next project for Senior Practicum.

Anyway, just a quick update, by the way, my mark was 84%. Not bad but hoping for in the 90’s on the next one.

Have a great day and thanks for coming along on my journey.

Melvin

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Another Mark

Just a short note, I submitted my second paper this past weekend and received it back with a 94%. Not bad if I say so myself. Last night I submitted a book report for my Practicum course, will let you know how that went when I get it back. For any of my ministry friends and colleagues, I highly recommend Eugene Peterson ‘Working the Angles’, if you haven’t already read it, well worth reading.

Thanks for tagging along on this journey and we’ll see you all next time.

Melvin

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Doing Better Than I Thought!

I’ve been meaning to do this now for about a week or so, and that is to let you all know that I submitted my first assignment and got it back with a fantastic mark. Before I tell you how I did, let me give a bit of detail to the course, Senior Theology is one of those subjects/topics that to me is what’s wrong with the Church today, picking apart ideologies and philosophies of those from before us. The Enlightenment era, Romanticism, and other wonderful time frames in history that have left us with lots to discuss and debate and so on and so forth.

Anyway, as I read the textbook, my mind tries to go to sleep, it would rather I hit it with a hammer than read this stuff, but the further I read, the better it gets, maybe I’ve accepted the fact it won’t go away so I may as well do it and get it over with or maybe I am grasping the concepts put forth and am “learning” somethings.

So, I submitted my first assignment, not knowing if I would pass or not and hoped for the best. Well, I got way gooder than that, I was blown away by the mark I received and I think I will do a-okay on this course, providing I can get the time to do the work and submit a half decent assignment every week or two.

I have it all worked out in my head how I envision it all going down, unfortunately, my life is not like my imagination thinks it is and I end up trying to sit down for an hour or two here and there to read and write and concentrate on the task at hand. My mind loves to wander, especially when I need it to focus and concentrate. I’ve been to the beach, Las Vegas, California, and lots of other places, all without leaving my office. Too bad mentally going isn’t as fun as physically going.

I remember a professor I had in college who use to talk about a Banff state of mind, I can truly relate. Anyway, I should get going. Thanks for following me on my journey to completing my degree and hopefully you find my journey entertaining at the very least.

By the way, I got 94% on my first assignment.

Take Care and thanks for tagging along, see you next time.

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Getting off the ground.

Well, this past week I started out my courses by doing some reading. I cannot say light reading because one of the books for Senior Theology is quite heavy. If anyone has Philosophy for Dummies, please contact me, I may have some questions for you. Anyway, this course textbook is quite remarkable to say the least and very, shall I say, over my head. There was some light at the end of the tunnel though, as I concluded the required reading for the first assignment, the authors had concluding remarks on the different philosophers and the concluding remarks helped a bit. It kind of summarized the whole section.

As for the book that is required for Senior Practicum, I wish I had read it a few years ago. WOW!! If you are a pastor and have not read Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson, I would highly recommend picking it up and looking it over. I’m only a third of the way through and it is excellent.

It will be an interesting time, these next few months as I work through these courses, and keep up with life. Such interesting things are happening and in all honesty, life is good and God is fantastic. I know for some, circumstances will not allow you to say that, but there will be better days ahead. Jesus said that He came to give us life MORE ABUNDANTLY (John 10:10) and if we rest in Him and live in Him there is no way that life cannot be fantastic. Jesus never said it would be easy, He just said He’d be with us. Rest in Jesus and give Him your problems and know that He has your best interests at heart.

Thanks for being a part of this journey, leave a comment or two, and stay tuned. This roller coaster ride is about to leave the loading zone and begin it’s uphill climb. Hold on, keep your hands inside the car at all times and most importantly, enjoy it. God Bless!

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Beginning to complete my degree

Welcome to my blog. It’s nice to have you here. Here’s where it will all begin:

Well, 7 years after graduating from Vanguard College with a Diploma of Theology, I am adding to my education and going after my Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a Major in Pastoral Studies. I need about 6 courses to complete my degree. So, I decided that I would attempt to blog my journey to my degree and how life goes in the next few months while I complete my degree.

So, I will add this disclaimer right at the beginning, there will probably be large gaps between my writing on here, my goal is to have a blog every couple of weeks–we’ll see how it goes.

The first course I have registered for is Senior Theology, I start it on September 15th. Anyway, we’ll keep you posted as best as we can and not only about the courses either, we’ll have some blogs about the stuff of life too. After all, I have 3 children 7 and under who keep life pretty interesting–without me having courses too.

Anyway, hope to see you again as I take the journey of completing my degree.

Be blessed!

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