After much thought, I have decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Apologetics. This decision was not made in a vacuum. Seventeen years ago I was looking to go to seminary but it did not work out at that time. Since then, I have grown in maturity and feel called to pursue that course now.
I am not giving up my career; I will continue along that path. However, I have a desire to teach and feel that teaching is one of my gifts. The funny thing about teaching is in high school, I said there were two things I would not want to do, one of which was teaching. I now teach computer classes, but as I get older, staying on top of the technology industry is not going to be easy. In addition, I want to teach something that will change lives.
I applied and was accepted at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. I chose their seminary because it was cheap and online. However, after talking to my best friend and others, I decided I would look for the best school in the field I am most interested in, Apologetics. Biola University is known for its apologetics program, and I just found out they have a distance learning option. They are slightly more expensive per unit, but I think the quality is head and shoulders above the rest. Liberty was going to be $12,000 total for a Master’s of Theology whereas Biola will be $17,000 for a Master’s in Apologetics. Right now I don’t know how I will pay for it. Your prayers and support are appreciated.
I have just started the application process for Biola, and I have until December 1st to get it in for the spring 2012 semester. I will let you know when I get accepted.
Pastor Rick Moe from Golden Hills Community Church has agreed to mentor me as I progress though school. My best friend, John, has given me over 1000 books that he used while he was in seminary. His topic of study was apologetics, so the books are very appropriate. John has taught at Morling Theological College and believes that I have the gift of teaching and should pursue further education. I thank them for their support.
I have to thank my wife for her support as well. She puts up with me having my head in a book all the time and the library of books that fills our home.
That’s all for now. I will periodically send you updates on my progress and post them to my blog.