In short, although I have often been frustrated with learning new languages, the common-sense, practical approach of the book has brought me back into active conversation with an essential dimension of the scriptures. It is well-organized and thoughtfully prepared, and I look forward to its continued use. I highly recommend it for students of Hebrew, as well as for students engaged in more generalized study of the Jewish and Christian traditions.
In the Beginning When I got to the GTU in 2012, I was already wrapping up a lifelong relationship with a small and conservative evangelical church. The breakup had been long in coming. As I began to transition out of Religious Studies at Cal and into graduate school, it became obvious to me… Read more »
The Place Wild Goose is hard to describe. It’s something like a Christian music and arts festival. But the music doesn’t suck, and the adults are generally excited to be there. Plus hipster food stalls and craft beer. The crowd was inclusive, interdenominational, interreligious, with an abundance of inked bodies, rainbow haircuts,… Read more »
At the start of the semester I received a last-minute inquiry regarding my interest in interviewing for a part-time, short-term position at the Pacific School of Religion, one of the member schools at the Graduate Theological Union. The course attracted more enrollees than expected, creating an opening for a teaching assistant. Like a good doctoral student I… Read more »
I got out of Critical Care this Tuesday with a couple good anecdotes and a refreshed perspective.
For my birthday last month my friend and patron Norman took me to see Gungor. The experience was surreal. The show itself was—in the words of Mike the Science Guy—consciously “weird” (although I think what he meant was “post-modern”). Before the show I was chatting it up with the gentleman behind the bar,… Read more »
I call this My Seminary Blog, but there is one thing I should make clear: I’m not a seminarian. More precisely, I’m a doctoral student, studying Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union, which is (among other things) a consortium of seminaries and centers for religious study. So technically I’m not a seminarian,… Read more »
When an old friend heard that I was in the process of converting to Catholicism (sorry: “entering into full communion with the Catholic Church”) he was baffled. He asked “Because it’s easier?” Most people who heard about my new direction responded positively, if with some surprise. A few of my conservative friends were… Read more »
Today my crazy neighbor reminded me of why I do what I do. I don’t know his name or his diagnosis but he knows me, somehow; perhaps he has seen me in the back row at church. Once as we passed on the street he looked at me and snarled, “I know you! You’re nothing… Read more »
I’m suffering right now from excruciating writer’s block. I have a million things I should be working on, and several that I actually want to be working on, but I can’t seem to focus. Something is wrong. It isn’t time yet. I don’t feel ready. Or is this just typical procrastination nonsense? I’m afraid of something…. Read more »