We’ve completed our first year at LCC! We’ve fully settled in this spring semester, which proved much less chaotic and exhausting than the fall (not having a condensed teaching schedule made quite the difference).
Teaching this semester was very enjoyable. All my classes went well, but I’ll here mention my Christian Classics course. We read selections from the writings of Augustine, Athanasius, Calvin, Barth, and many others, discussing the theological contributions of these works and their relevance for today. The students appreciated reading the ‘classics’ and class discussions were always lively and engaging! Some days the conversation continued on after class into lunch!
This semester Sara and I have many opportunities to invite students into our homes to eat together and share our lives and faith with them. We have developed mentoring relationships with several students and look forward to continuing this aspect of our ministry when the students return in the fall.
From music nights to sporting events to panel discussions, the semester was full of campus events. One highlight was a panel in which I participated: “Disciplines in dialog: philosophical, theological, and psychological perspectives on evil.” I joined my colleagues Ken Stoltzfus and John Milliken in a stimulating conversation about evil from the Christian perspective. Students seemed to respond well to the event and it certainly was a great time for us professors!
Another highlight of the semester was graduation—my first as a professor.
We’re traveling in the States this summer for a few weeks, then back to LCC for the summer for some research time and preparing for fall classes!