|From left: Glen Kaiser, Roy Crowne, |
Wendy Kaiser and me at JPUSA in
In 2007 I went to Moody to get a degree. Now, if I had to choose one place on earth to be, it might just be Moody Bible Institute.
Moody is a unique place. It belongs, perhaps, to a former era of Bible Institutes - independent, theologically conservative schools that opted out of the liberal arts model of college education. It is a place in which theology is primary. Proffessors at Moody don't get tenure. Instead, to remain, they must, year by year, affirm a doctrinal statement. Teachers teach because they love it and believe it. No one is there because it is a job, but because it is their passion. And it shows.
Moody remains theologically conservative. Too rigid? Not really if what one means by rigid is a commitment to the authority of scripture. And if God is God and he has spoken it is not rigid to adhere to every word he says, it is just plain right. Still, some might wonder if debate is squashed in such an environment. No, I didn't find this. Perhaps, for some, but for me, having the Bible as the authority rather than my opinion was the least hemming in I could ask for. The truth does set people free. It set me free. Brain washed? Yes. Not all clean yet, but give it time.
|Greek study group |
from left: Luke, Kameron, me, Ron
|Taking notes in class|
|Commuting "Moodies" at the train station. |
From left: Micah, Dave, me, Jeff and Andy (I am
the only student. The rest were employees of Moody)
For me, going to college in my thirties was somewhat of a do-over. My last encounter with full time school had not gone so well. I finished my A-Levels with one E in design and technology and that, for my American friends, is not good. In fact, I was a flunk. Once, upon examining a welding job I had done for Design and Technology class, my teacher told me that his horse had put more thought into defecating than I had into my entire project. Fortunately Moody did not mind that I cannot use a mig-welder. They were prepared to give me a shot. More importantly, God gave me another chance to put my mind to use in his service.
|BA (magna cum laude) in Apologetics|
and Philosophical Theology