03 October 2020

Studies Begin

The last several weeks since my last update have kept Jenny and me busy with many in person meetings. We're grateful for these opportunities to pour our hearts into members of our church and other friends as we seek to help one another follow Jesus. These meetings include marriage and pre-marital counseling, church membership interviews, as well as Bible studies.

In addition to this pastoral work, it has become clear that the time is right to begin formally honing my own skills for the task of training men for ministry. Pursuant to that goal, I have begun studies in the Old Testament department at The Master's Seminary in California. My first class is both exciting and a little intimidating: I'm studying Akkadian, the language spoken by Israel's neighbors (and eventual conquerors) in Assyria and Babylonia. Having some background with these languages can help shed some light on biblical Hebrew as well as help us understand the culture and literature that a person like Daniel would have encountered in the exile. Pray that as I sharpen my tools for the task that I would manage my time wisely and work hard for God's glory.

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