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No choice can be a good thing

I got an email this past week from my school announcing that online registration was open for the spring and fall semesters. I excitedly signed in to see if the class I'm hoping to take, taught by the prof I hope will teach it, was being offered. It was. In September, I will be starting my Hebrew studies, and I'm also going to take the Theology of Church and Ministry. I'd love to take a third, but I'm hearing from others that the vocabulary in Hebrew is cumbersome even if the grammar is not, so I think I need to be careful in how overloaded I get. This semester has been heavy with reading. I spent the weekend trying to finish Who Shall Ascend to the Mountain of the Lord? I still have about about eighty pages to go, which I plan to complete today. The ease of reading a 300 page book in a few days is contingent upon the subject matter and difficulty: this one was not overwhelming, but it's not like reading puffy fiction.

As I reviewed my registration options, I had a chance to see what courses I still have to take to finish my MDiv. I have no electives remaining. The rest of my course load is required course material. I noticed that Dr. Haykin is offering a course on Canadian Evangelicalism. I'd like to take it, but I don't need it. I could audit it, but it's still time reading. I have to finish my required courses.

When we're in high school, we grumble because we have required courses. We may grumble furthr in university because our degree program has expectations. Isn't part of being a grown up making our own choices about such things? For years, in my personal studies, I've been able to read whatever I want; to follow that rabbit trail style of reading which is so enjoyable. But there is merit in being told what is good for me.

Who Whall Ascend to the Mountain of the Lord is a biblical theology on Leviticus. I may not have chosen to read this book. I must confess that in my own studies, I gravitate toward New Testament books, and in the back of my mind, as I contemplate taking Hebrew, I fear the loss of my Greek and I feel sad that I won't be continuing to learn more about Koine Greek. But spending time in the Old Testament this semester has been very enjoyable. Reading about Leviticus has opened my eyes to the beauty of the covenant with God. It has drawn my gaze forward again and again to the New Testament and the new covenant. I'm thankful that I have been told to read this book; even as I contemplate writing a review (which I thought only had to be 9-10 pages, but upon checking the syllabus needs to be 10-12 pages).

Choice is great. It's wonderful to be able to research a topic we can immerse ourselves in. But I know there are reasons for required courses, and I'm looking forward to what other little gems I'm goiong to discover along the way.

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Reader Comments (2)

I just ordered "Who Shall Ascend." I added a copy to our church library, but I have a feeling that I will be underlining a lot. :)

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPersis

You will! I have underlining and book darts.

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKim Shay

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