Off to a Great Start

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:34 AM

Well, how much can one tell of classes on the first day? Usually, I can tell pretty much, but certainly not everything. But, going by the first day, this is going to be a really great semester. Between the first three classes and an amazing chapel service, I left campus today after my first class day at Covenant Seminary feeling really excited and uplifted. How wonderful! Is it the common sense of mission? The exciting topics? God's working in the campus and students? All of the above?

It was just great.

I'll say more later, but for now I just had to share the excitement. Admittedly, the first day is easy, and it is something new and exciting. But, I didn't really feel that excited yesterday or the day before. I didn't even feel that excited — just, perhaps, a bit apprehensive — this morning before class. But, afterwards, I just felt like I was exactly where I was suppose to be.

Hopefully it will stay that way!

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Re: Off to a Great Start
So, tell us - what are your classes? Who are your classmates? (Not names, but descriptions, who goes to seminary nowadays? Marrieds/, singles?, Women?) Who are you going to pal up with for study? Who are your professors?
Posted by Mike O - Jan 28, 2007 | 2:24 PM

Re: Off to a Great Start
The classes are Intro to Counseling, Church History: Reformation to Modern, Greek I (I didn't manage to test out of it, unfortunately -- although I'm thinking maybe it will be good to reinforce it anyway) and Spiritual and Ministry Formation. I'll have to post more about those tomorrow. The classmates are a mix of married and singles. More of the former, but a healthy dose of the latter. There are not a *lot* of women, but still pretty many, including some in the M.Div program, although the majority are in other programs, it seems. Covenant offers free tuition for spouses (up to the same amount of hours taken by the paying student), so there are a lot of couples going through various courses, it appears. Age wise, there's a range from mid-20's through mid-50's, I'd say. Most are PCA (not surprisingly), although not all of them are. I'm not sure, studywise, although I've been invited to join a study group for the history class. The fellow who proctored the Greek exam is taking the class and must have remembered me from that. Also a friend of mine from LU switched what kind of masters he was aiming for and is starting the program this winter as well -- we'll be in several classes together. My professors, are the aformentioned Dr. Lucas, who apparently specializes in southern Presbyterianism and in Calvin, Edwards and Barth; a psychiatrist and former director of L'Abri in England teaches the counseling class; a visiting professor who is apparently very fluent in languages teaches the Greek class; and a ministry planner/consultant/author/professor teaches Spiritual and Ministry Formation. All but the Greek professor appear to be full time at Covenant; and the full time ones have all written books which seems like a good sign!
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 29, 2007 | 5:49 AM

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