I am absolutely thrilled to be an official student again. I just completed my first session for each of my classes. It feels great to be in classes studying God's Word. My classes are Systematic Theology I, Church History I, Ministry of Proclamation and Hebrew Syntax & Exegesis.
Some of you may remember Dr. Russ Moore who preached at First Free for our Mission's Conference last October. He is my Theology professor. The first session (3 hours) was amazing, the best lecture I have heard in my entire life. He is having us read numerous books, the one I am finishing up today is called Biblical Theology and Preaching by Edmund Clowney. Excellent book, although I am not sure that everyone would enjoy the depth of it. In Church History we are examining the 2nd Century (100's). This is the patristic period, meaning that it is the period of the church fathers (guys that followed after the apostles and wrote, such as Irenaeus). I have been assigned two texts to preach over the course of this semester in Ministry of Proclamation. My first is Colossians 3:1-4 and the second is to come from James. I am leaning towards preaching something from James 4. The Hebrew course is considered the most difficult course in the M. Div. program. I am really enjoying it, it meets at 7:00 am on T, W, and Th. It is a small class, 6 students, so there is great interaction with the professor (who goes to our church).
As you can tell, I am very thankful and excited to be here. Kimberly and I continually look at each other and say, "Can you believe that we get to do this?" Please be in prayer for me that I would be a godly husband, father, student and co-worker. Pray that I would be diligent in my studies and that I would find a great balance. Finally, please pray for my dear wife and boys. They are going to be without daddy much of our time here in Louisville. Kimberly is so selfless and loving. Pray for her growth in godliness, opportunities to grow and learn about being a pastor's wife and for the salvation and well being of our boys.