I have been presented with many educational opportunities. Looking back the greatest time of education I ever experienced with raising children. Next to that one was my time in Bible College. Much of what I now hold very dear had the seeds planted at Trinity Bible College by professors who very much were trying to get us to think and not just giving us knowledge. Add to that, the hallway debates that sharpened all our thinking I would say that this was a great time for me. I actually was quite sad to walk away from it. Education is probably the only thing that I have gained that truly cannot be taken away from me. It is a possession that I hold inside and that is only removable with some form of mental incapacity to remember it.
I have been anxious to further my formal education and that has presented me several options. I have been asked why I have chosen a conventional school and why political science as a major. After all I already have religion as something I can’t talk about with other people so why add politics? The first question I have to say is simply one of human interaction. I am a pastor, that is true but my church is made up of people who are mostly older than myself and I quite frankly I want to hang around some people who are younger that are learning along with myself. I really subscribe to the idea to stay young you need to hang with the young. I need to know what the younger folks think if the political thing is going to work. My personal belief is that the libertarian cause is going to find more fertile soil in the younger generation than the old guard. I need to be exchanging ideas with people younger than me.
Why political science? 1) Versatility – there are few degrees with so many options after you finish it. Your knowledge of law, public policy, politics, public relations and other related topics is very broad and diverse and it lends itself well further education in many other degree areas. I love my Biblical Studies and Theological Studies degrees but they simply do not give my the employment options that this degree will give. 2) I love politics and political philosophy and I really need to refine my Libertarian views and I cannot think of a better forum than a political science degree and a traditional education to make the contacts, connections and commitment to help me advance that philosophy.
Leadership – Education in politics remains in front of me. I am now a member of the Libertarian Party with aspirations of involvement. I have a possible opportunity to tide me over until my education is complete. All of these things are on hold until the time is right.
Ministry – In the church world everything is focused on Easter. My sermon planning now turns to after Easter and I am looking forward to a church with some summer activity. Other people are coming forth with good ideas so we will see what happens. Ideas are good, but ideas that are actually put into action are better.
Spiritual Disciplines – Meditation ahs been very strong because I my weight lifting time. I just now need some better focus on certain issues.
Celebration – another birthday down and it was a good week for it. I just spent too much time relaxing and enjoying and not enough time writing and focusing on things I need to.
Blessings and Cheers!!!