Classes, Classes, and more Classes
I appreciate Ken's comment on my previous post. I will post as often as I can and when I have something of weight to say. Of course, what is "weighty" for one person is "shallow" to another.
I hope to post some reflections on the "Critical Concern" course I took with John Franke at the Emergent Conference here in Nashville. It was a wonderful dialogue--particularly since there were only five attendees at this session which gave us an opportunity to think together in significant ways. I will cut out some time to post on that tomorrow.
Today, however, I am catching up on some classes. This summer I am teaching three graduate courses this summer. This will be the first time that I have taught Systematic Theology as an online class. But I enjoy the dialogue of the online environment where everyone gets to speak more often and more fully than in a classroom context. I am also teaching Postmodern Theologies for Lipscomb University as well. This is the first time I have taught this course, and it is consuming lots of time with reading in the postmodern literature more fully than I ever have before. I find it fascinating, illuminating and stretching. I am also teaching one class for Harding Graduate School of Religion which meets in early June. I have taught Providence and Suffering several times. It is always stimulating both intellectually and existentially, but it is also gut-wrenching as we relive stories, think theologically about them, and seek ways to "weep with those who weep" but weep with hope.
So much of my time is consumed with these three topics, but they are also interconnected. I want to think theologically in a postmodern context, particularly as people encounter evil, injustice and tragic suffering in their journey of faith. So the three classes form a kind of unit for me and I fully anticipate learning, growing and being enriched by my journey through these topics with students/friends.
Rubel Shelly and I have taught the last few Wednesdays together on the topic of "perfected through suffering." When I have opportunity, I will post something about what our discussion has been like.