Saturday, October 20, 2007

M.A.R. Missional Leadership

I am working on my Master of Arts of Religion in Missional Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University. I am thoroughly enjoying the program at this point. It is all online and I am discovering the consumption of time that occurs with active engagement in my courses. I am also finding that my mind is provoked to think continually about our discussion/post topics. I wonder why it is that relationships and conversation online seem more intentional toward authenticity and committment. Maybe it's that there are sweet people in my class who value shared experience and time with each other? Maybe it's that we don't have on masks in an attempt to try to prove ourselves as ones who we are not? Maybe it's because we are required to spend time in virual dialogue so that we are not distracted by all the distractions in real conversation?


Aaron said...

Hey Travis, great to bump into you on the blogosphere! I definitely hear you on the time-consuming nature of correspondence studies. I have done the majority of my undergrad in a correspondence program and my classes literally take me double the time my classes at the University of Nebraska took me. Ironically, I got into the program hoping I could breeze through it. But what I've found is I have no way to shortcut! It has really made me immerse myself in the material and for the first time, I really feel like I am wrestling with the material and retaining what I learn. Good stuff. Great to hear that you're enjoying the program more than your short time at ashland!

Anonymous said...

I waited for a week, come back after a three day trip and you have 3 new posts? Looks like I'll be busy for a while.

To clarify my question, I put quotes around "hard questions" because when someone says hard questions my mind jumps to many unrefined, weak, or pointless questions that seem to always be the hottest "hard questions" lately.

Maybe I am way to cynical and need to give people a break.

It's pretty contradictory that you find that question among my list of recent hard questions. I give myself so many reasons to make fun of myself. I'm still learning how to not be a wishy/washy compulsive poster.

I'll see YOU later

Sarah said...

Could you give me a rough estimate on how much time you spend per week on your grad studies? Are you challenged by your program or do you find yourself coping with a bunch of busy work? I'm checking out different programs to start early next year and any first hand information I could get would be really helpful. Thanks!

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."