Saturday, August 25, 2007

Syllabus Shock . . . fitting term

A few different professors warned that the arrival of the slate of syllabuses creates a gut reaction (similar to the feeling of butterflies in the tummy) called "syllabus shock." I can attest to this feeling as I kept counting the number of books I'm expected to read, papers I'll write, and oral presentations I'll prepare and deliver. Yet, I'm a nerd, in that, I'm super excited for it all.

Any recommendations from those of you who've traveled the road of seminary or grad school. Are there things for which I need to watch out? Any tips on getting through all the material and papers?

Personal side of things: my mother-in-law showed up today to hold her new grandson. We've had a nice, peaceful day. We enjoyed a lunch in downtown Denver and a little sight-seeing to boot.

Tomorrow we visit an EFCA church plant. Pray that God would give us discernment as we seek a church home.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Genitive this . . . aorist participle that . . .

yahoo!! I passed my Greek pass-out exam today. I took Classical Greek like 5 years ago in undergrad and then for the last 5 years I've tried to pick-up Biblical New Teastment (Koine) Greek through personal study. They gave me 6 free (well, $50 for the test) credits and now I get to start in New Testament exegesis classes this semester. Also, these 6 credits put me up to 18 total, 12 of which I've taken the last 3 years in ministry. This means I don't have to kill myself to finish school in the three years my scholarship is good for. I just need to average about 4 classes per semester and then one extra class each year either during the summer or winter session. Praise God!!

Here's my fall schedule: (to my pals out there in school, I'd love to hear what you're taking)

NT 611 - Using Greek in New Testament Exegesis - We will study an intermediate grammar textbook, translate the first 8 chapters of Paul's epistle to the Romans, and read Doug Moo's Romans' commentary to supplement our personal study.

EM501 - Foundations of Teaching and Learning - We will use a standard textbook to look at the history and development of Christian Education. Then we will read an additional 1000 pages from a number of different options to investigate the roles of teaching and learning. We will have one set teaching time of 30 min. or more to wow our audience and show that we have embraced some solid teaching principles.

NT 511 - Understanding the Gospels and Acts - We will read through the Gospels in a NT parallel Bible and also the Acts of the Apostles. We are reading 2 books by the professor (Blomberg), a few others, and also Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight.

BI501 - Effective Biblical Interpretation - This is the prerequisite to all classes basically. I guess if you don't know how to study the Bible "correctly," it would be tough to go much further in seminary.

T/M 500 - Intro to Christian Formation and Training & Mentoring - One of the coolest things about Denver Seminary is that I am required each semester to focus not just on textbooks, but my own walk with Jesus and over whom I influence. This intro class involves personality tests, personal assessment, and early encouragement in seminary to keep the heart loving God just as much as the mind.

I start Monday and I am pumped!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Samuel just 8 days old

so the family keeps asking for more pics and until I'm smack dab in the middle of seminary, I'll try and keep up.

Friday, August 17, 2007

pics for the grandparents

What the grandparents want, the grandparents get! (or so they think!)

My mom showed up today to behold and enjoy the little one. She took the Amtrak from Iowa to Denver and will be with us the next few days.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Obsessive parent alert . . . first bath at home

So I love the little guy . . . what can I say? Here's some pics of Samuel's first bath at home. Mom and Dad worked hard together. He came out looking pretty good if I do say so myself.

We had a nice day today. Carrie's uncle Kevin, wife and kiddos came to play. We ate together, played some games, and just enjoyed life together.

more pics of Samuel

Well, we are totally Coloradan now. Driver's licenses, new plates, and a baby born in the state. Seems official huh? All except the Iowa State football shirt I'm sporting in the pic with Samuel.

In all reality we are really missing Iowa right now (sigh). Yet, I thought it fitting that the 3 letters on the license plate are PGS . . . seems appropriate for a native Iowan, where there are more PiGS than people statewide.

The process for getting a license plate was so much easier (all except I was sent to the wrong county office to start.) Seems that my zip code is shared by 3 different counties. After having to drive about 6 miles back east, I only had to wait about 15 minutes to talk to the right person. God is teaching me patience . . . and teaching me to trust in Him.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Getting Licensed . . .

Welcome to the city!! I just returned from the Driver's License Office in Littleton, CO. My wife and I were on our way to get new licenses and license plates last Thursday, while in the middle of the emissions testing, Carrie's water broke.

So we thought today, we'd just quickly run out right after Samuel's feeding and get these 2 errands done. BOY WAS I WRONG. We waited for over 2.5 hours at the driver's license office. We went to the office, a 30' by 30' building to see it filled with over 75 people and some overflowing just outside the exit. We almost missed our number being called b/c Samuel needed to nurse. We did get our new Colorado drivers' licenses, but we ran out of time for the registration and new plates. That trip is yet another day.

Side note: I'm still jobless. I have 3 leads, but nothing official just yet. Say a quick word of prayer my way please.

Video of Samuel's New Life

If you are interested, you can download this video. It's BIG!! (over 100MB)

It will take a while to download (3omin-1hr), but I think it's worth it. It traces the first 3 days of Samuel's life with pictures and video.

Click here for video!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Samuel is home

We pulled into home around 12PM Sunday August 12th.

Welcome home Samuel!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

A Baby Among Us

Samuel Wade Proctor entered the world on August 10th, 2007.

Samuel weighs 7 lbs. 11.7 ounces. He is 20 inches tall, and is currently sporting some very cute red hair.

One picture is with Dad on his way to get weighed and the one with Mommy is in their new (post-delivery) room.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

She's a trooper

6 hours of labor and all is well :)

Baby Cometh!!

Thanks to the wonderful internet connection provided in the birth and delivery room, you get to see pics of my beautiful wife just hours into labor.

This is a picture of her kind and fun nurse, Amanda. (bottom pic) Also, a picture of her doctor, Jean (top pic.) The labor should outlive their shifts. So, we may get some new pics as the night develops.

Things are going great . . . more pics to come :)

Monday, August 06, 2007

We're here . . .I'm tired.

We are in our apartment in Littleton. Most of our boxes are in the right room and we even got to eat out on our first night in town. It's time for bed.

BTW . . . I love wireless internet. Some gracious neighbor has allowed me the use of his unsecured network. Due to the fact he is not aware, do you think this is stealing? Anyway, it's a blessing to me tonight.

Day 2

The trip is going well so far.

We made it to North Platte last night. We ate some good food, did a little go-kart racing, and then hit the hay early.

Our goal is to be on the road by 8AM, which would put us in the Denver area about 4 hours later.

Much Love . . . thanks for praying.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Moving Day

Today we begin day 1 of our 2 day journey from Boone, IA to Littleton, CO. My wife's dad, step-mom and brother are driving out with us. We have the 26' Penske Truck, our car, and their van. It's going to be a wild ride. Pray for me since I'll be behind the wheel of the Penske truck the whole way. We travel to North Platte, NE today and arrive in Littleton Monday early afternoon.

2 Iowans going far from home
2 Iowans leaving friends
2 Iowans on the open road
2 Iowans trusting life's bends

Pray also that our first child (due Aug. 22) stays nicely tucked in the womb at least until Monday :)