I’m talking about terms, of course. After this week (in which I have two exams), we have one week of holiday, and then we’re back in to the third and final term of the year.
So, how have things been going this term? I thought I might post up some reflections similar to my reflections after one term.
The workload has definitely increased this term, which was only to be expected really! I think next term is going to be even worse (with the elective modules I’ve chosen, I have an additional three assignments to be handed in as well as the five required ones).
These are the main courses I’ve been studying (in no particular order):
- The Development of the Church and the Doctrine of God – it’s a bit of a mouthful, but basically it’s a church history / doctrine combo module. I’ve found it a great way to study doctrine – learning about it via the medium of early church history and the various heresies that had to be dealt with. As part of the course I wrote an essay on the Trinity which I really enjoyed writing, but more on that story some other time. This course continues through til next term.
- Old Testament 1 – Genesis to 1 Samuel – I’ve really enjoyed this module. Seulgi, our lecturer, is so enthusiastic about the Old Testament it’s difficult not to enjoy it! The Old Testament is fascinating, and it’s been great to look at it – even at a fairly speedy pace. Just getting an overview of the theme of each book and some of the context, history etc has been invaluable. Next term we will also be continuing with the Old Testament module.
- Foundations of Philosophy - I’ve never studied Philosophy before, so it’s been great to look at Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Augustine and so on. This course also continues over into next term so I will talk about it properly some other time.
- Pastoral Epistles - Looking at 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus. We’ve just finished looking at 1 Timothy, we will do 2 Timothy and Titus next term. This has been fantastic as well, it’s great to go further into a particular part of the Bible and the Pastorals really are fascinating books.
- Apologetics – following on from Cultural Exegesis last term. I’ve learnt a lot in this module about the ‘presuppositional’ model of apologetics, which I kind of knew a little about beforehand but makes a lot of sense to me. Of everything I’ve done this is probably one of the most helpful, practically speaking – I would definitely like to post something up about this in the future.
Overall, I’m still enjoying the courses, and I’m looking forward to the next term!
So, that’s how my term has been. Apart from academic stuff, Phil and I have settled down into life at our placement church, and have also been going to Christ Church, Cockfosters in the evenings (including joining a home group there).
And despite missing Colchester and all the friends we have there, I think we’re pretty much settled into life in London and are happy here :)