Life is busy

Life is very busy right now.

(1) I have a massive Life and Teachings of Christ test on Friday that I am nervous about.

(2) I am compiling research/getting ready to write an exegetical over Lev. 16.6-10.

(3) I am weighing the considerations for my research paper over the “Politics of Jesus.”

(4) Hebrew is rather irritating right now

(5) I have been doing some preliminary work on my Princeton Theological Seminary application. Its’ not due until October (I am applying for early decision), but considering the choice I have chosen, I am already beginning to look at the essay questions and respond/revise. I am having a hard time gaging how to respond. For one, I don’t want to give the typical evangelical response as though I talk about Jesus as if he were my prom date. Second, since its Princeton, it’s important to combine a strong academic tone while maintaining the proper level of devotional attitude. Luckily, I am having Matt Easter (SBU Alum ’05), a current Duke Divinity School student “coaching” me on the techniques of applying to prestigious seminaries. Here is how I have responded to the first question:

In one paragraph, comment on a book, issue, or theological idea that has engaged your attention recently.
I have come upon Richard B. Hayes’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament and found it highly formative in matters related to shaping my theological/ethical convictions. And, contrary to the modern church at large, Hayes gives significant and convictional deliberation to complex and nuanced ethical issues that are typically used as matters to classify one’s theological and ecclesiastical affiliation. I find, whether one agrees or disagrees with his ethical conclusions, one must admit he presents his position in an ostensibly non-hostile manner in regard to controversial topics facing the church today. More personally, his high view of scripture fused with a methodical capacity for detail and sound logic presents a formidable piece of scholarly work that theologians, pastors, and scholars must interact with and respond to in a calculated manner. Indeed, welcoming complexities while providing sound exegesis in a tone of compassion is an aspect of my future ministry that I hold to as invaluable. As Hayes demonstrates throughout this masterpiece, ministry and scholarship combined involves close examination of theological and biblical convictions while providing coherent understanding to guide us into all truth

I promise. More postings are going to come!

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