Another Semester Underway

Well, here we are already more than 3 weeks into the new semester. It's been a long time since I last posted anything, so I thought maybe I should log in and type a few lines.
The summer was a welcome respite from classes, but alas, all good things must come to an end. Then again, if we didn't think school was good, I guess we wouldn't still be here. For everything a season, right?

The summer saw several of our friends getting married. I dare not list all of them or I will surely overlook someone. I will mention two, however, because I was in both of them. Elisabeth Manka married Stephen Moody on August 4th in West Virginia. Stephen and I ministered together at Faith Baptist Church in Easley for about 5 years working in their AWANA program. As weddings go, it was very nice. (The reception was good, and that's normally my primary criterion for judging a wedding. However, I have to say that as I grow older [and hopefully mature] and also as it's now my friends who are getting married, the whole idea takes on new meaning. Which is probably a good thing.) 
We also had a good time in WV meeting people from the church there and enjoying local attractions such as they were. :) A family from Elisabeth's church hosted us and another couple (Kyle and CeAnn Newton) from Greenville that we know through BJU, so we got to enjoy doing things with them. 
Stephen & Elisabeth are now serving with Grace Baptist Church in Anderson, IN, teaching at the school (Indiana Christian Academy). We miss the fellowship with Stephen, but I'm sure Grace is happy to have them back in Indiana, and I'm sure Stephen and Elisabeth are glad to be finally together!
Elizabeth Heath married Brad Schubert on August 12th in nearby Clemson, SC.  Again, as weddings go, it was very nice. It was also nice to see a lot of people from IL. (Brad is from my home church in Shannon, IL, so lots of Shannon people came for his wedding.)
Two such "people from IL" were my parents, who stayed with us for several days. It had been a long time, and it was really nice to see them. 
Brad and Beth are now serving at a church in Colorado Springs, CO, where Brad is the Youth Pastor. It's sad that so many of our friends are moving away and scattering across the U.S., but we're glad that they are where God wants them doing things that will last for eternity. And, we look forward to the day when we will join them. Not geographically, but in service wherever God calls us. 
But right now He has us at BJU, finishing degrees and ministering here.
An update about that. So far, Ashley is still working on an M.A. in Fine Arts, with a Rhetoric and Public Address (RPA) principal, and a secondary emphasis in Piano. She's considering a change to straight RPA, but so far she's still working on the Fine Arts angle. I'm in my second and final year of an M.A. in Bible.
After that, I'm not sure. Ashley will have another year left on her degree, so I have to find something to do with myself. It's not that I don't have any ideas – it's that I have too many. One of my recent ideas is to start work on an MBA. I figure while I'm here I might as well take advantage of the opportunities I have, and I think further training in business would certainly be useful no matter what we end up doing with our lives. We'll see how the Lord leads in that direction.
I never did finish my "class review" from last semester. Maybe I'll be able to do that shortly. This year, my classes are as follows: Issues in Church Ministry (Gary Reimers, Ph.D.), Systematic Theology (Daniel Olinger, Ph.D.), and Elementary Hebrew (Ken Cassillas, Ph.D.). Only three classes – seems like it should be easy. And it would be pretty manageable, except for that last class… (some of you will be able to sympathize with me more completely than others…)
I think that's all for now. Maybe I'll be a little more regular (and less verbose!) in my posts as the semester goes on.  
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